About UAlberta's Augustana Campus


Sean E Moore, PhD (University of Alberta), BA (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Associate Professor/Psychology

Augustana Campus

Social Sciences

About Me

You've reached the website of Dr. Sean E Moore, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Alberta-Augustana Campus. I received my B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and my Ph.D in psychology from the University of Alberta. Prior to my appointment at Augustana, I was a postdoctoral research associate in the survey methodology program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln as well as a sessional lecturer in psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


In terms of research interests, I consider myself a social-cultural psychologist whose primary interests are in examining the causes and consequences of human emotions. In studying the causes of emotions, I often look at how cultural values or belief systems impact emotional outcomes like perceived happiness and life satisfaction. When looking at the consequences of emotions, I conduct research examining how moods affect people’s attitudes and thinking about social/political issues. 

Areas of Research Interest: Affect and cognitive processes (e.g., psychology of emotions, mood and attitude change), Psychology of nonreligion and secularity, Cultural psychology of life satisfaction, Scholarship of teaching and learning, Bias correction in social judgment, Judgment and decision-making processes (e.g., anchoring, political judgments), Cognition and survey methodology, Applied social psychology


As part of the liberal arts philosophy of my university campus, I teach classes in a variety of interdisciplinary areas connected to the field of social-cultural psychology (e.g., social psychology, intimate relationships, social cognition, environmental psychology, cultural psychology, psychology of religion, political psychology). I also currently teach the capstone class (History & Systems of Psychology) for all psychology majors in our program.

Courses Currently Taught

  • AUPSY 103 – Introduction to Psychology
  • AUPSY 240 – Social Psychology
  • AUPSY 338 – Intimate Relationships and Human Sexuality
  • AUPSY 363 – Social Cognition
  • AUPSY 344 – Environmental Psychology
  • AUPSY 408/09 – History and Systems of Psychology - Psychology Capstone
  • AUSY 426 – Psychology of Religion
  • AUPSY 441 – Emotion 
  • AUPSY 442 – Psychology in a Cultural Context
  • AUPSY 448 – Political Psychology
  • AUPSY 497/499 – Individual Study – Fourth Year Thesis