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Nora A. Murphy

Nora A. Murphy

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My research interests fall under three primary areas: (1) nonverbal communication and person perception, (2) emotion and aging, and (3) 3D immersive environments and social interaction. Much of my research involves "thin-slices," which are brief video clips of social interactions. I study these thin slices to understand how emotions, personality, and nonverbal behavior shape social outcomes. I also have an interest in meta-analysis as a method to distill overall effects of social phenomena.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Internet and Virtual Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Gilbert, R. L., Gonzalez, M. A., & Murphy, N. A. (2011). Sexuality in the 3-dimensional internet and its relationship to real life sexuality. Psychology and Sexuality, 2, 107-122. doi: 10.1080/19419899.2010.536987
  • Gilbert, R. L., Murphy, N. A., Kreuger, A., Ludwig, A., & Efron, T. (2013). Psychological benefits of participation in 3D virtual worlds for individuals with real-world disabilities. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 3, 208-224. doi: 10.1080/1034912X.2013.812189
  • Gilbert, R. L., Murphy, N. A., & McNally, T. (2011). Addiction to the 3-dimensional internet: Estimated prevalence and relationship to real world addictions. Addiction Research and Theory, 19, 380-390. doi: 10.3109/16066359.2010.530714
  • Gilbert, R. L., Murphy, N. A., & Ávalos, C. M. (2011). Communication patterns and satisfaction levels in 3D versus real life intimate relationships. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14, 585-589. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2010.0468
  • Hall, J. A., Andrzejewski, S. A., Murphy, N. A., Schmid Mast, M., & Feinstein, B. A. (2008). Accuracy of judging others’ traits and states: Comparing mean levels across tests. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 1476-1489.
  • Hall, J. A., Blanch, D., Horgan, T. G., Murphy, N. A., Rosip, J. C., & Schmid Mast, M. (2009). Motivation and interpersonal sensitivity: Does it matter how hard you try? Motivation and Emotion, 33, 291-302. doi: 10.1007/s11031-009-9128-2
  • Hall, J. A., Murphy, N. A., & Carney, D. R. (2006). On the varieties of asymmetrical outcome dependency: Feelings, motives, behavior, and accuracy in dyadic interaction. European Journal of Social Psychology, 36, 583-599.
  • Hall, J. A., Murphy, N. A., & Schmid Mast, M. (2007). Nonverbal self-accuracy in interpersonal interaction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1675-1685.
  • Hall, J. A., Murphy, N. A., & Schmid Mast, M. (2006). Recall of nonverbal cues: Exploring a new definition of interpersonal sensitivity. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 30, 141-155.
  • Isaacowitz, D. M., Allard, E., Murphy, N. A., & Schlangel, M. (2009). The time course of age-related preferences towards positive and negative stimuli. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 64B, 1-5. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbn036
  • Murphy, N. A. (2007). Appearing smart: The impression management of intelligence, person perception accuracy, and behavior in social interaction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 325-339.
  • Murphy, N. A. (2005). Using thin slices for behavioral coding. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 29, 235-246.
  • Murphy, N. A., & Hall, J. A. (2011). Intelligence and interpersonal sensitivity: A meta-analysis. Intelligence, 39, 54-63. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2010.10.001
  • Murphy, N. A., Hall, J. A., & Colvin, C. R. (2003). Accurate intelligence assessments in social interactions: Mediators and gender effects. Journal of Personality, 71, 465-493. [Reprinted in (2004). Mensa Research Journal, 35, 69-81.]
  • Murphy, N. A., Hall, J. A., & Smith LeBeau, L. (2001). Who’s smart? Beliefs about the expression of intelligence in social behavior. Representative Research in Social Psychology, 25, 34-42.
  • Murphy, N. A., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2010). Age effects and gaze patterns in recognising emotional expressions: An in-depth look at gaze measures and covariates. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 436-452. doi: 10.1080/02699930802664623
  • Murphy, N. A., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2008). Preferences for emotional information in older and younger adults: A meta-analysis of memory and attention tasks. Psychology and Aging, 23, 263-286.
  • Murphy, N. A., Lehrfeld, J. M., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2010). Recognition of posed and spontaneous dynamic smiles in young and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 25, 811-821. doi: 10.1037/a0019888
  • Zebrowitz, L. A., Hall, J. A., Murphy, N. A., & Rhodes, G. (2002). Looking smart and looking good: Facial cues to intelligence and their origins. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 238-249.

Other Publications:

  • Murphy, N. A. (2012). Nonverbal perception. In S. T. Fiske & C. N. Macrae (Eds.), Handbook of social cognition (pp. 196-215). London: Sage.

Courses Taught:

  • Lifespan Development
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Research Methods - Nonexperimental Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination

Nora A. Murphy
Department of Psychology
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 4700
Los Angeles, California 90293
United States

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