Nora Murphy, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Office: University Hall 4716
Telephone: (310) 258-8639


B.S., Psychology, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1996
M.A., Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 2000
Ph.D., Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 2003
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Emotion Lab, Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 2005-2007

Specialty/Areas of Interest:

Nonverbal communication, person perception accuracy, interpersonal sensitivity, emotion, psychology and aging, meta-analysis

Courses Taught:

General Psychology; Nonexperimental Methods; Developmental Psychology; Lifespan Development; Stereotypes, Prejudice, & Discrimination

Brief Bio:

Dr. Nora Murphy joined LMU’s Psychology department in the fall of Fall 2007. She earned a PhD in experimental psychology with a specialization in social/personality psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA; and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. She previously served as Visiting Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Her research centers on nonverbal behavior and nonverbal communication particularly in the area of impression formation; emotions and aging; and social identities as portrayed in 3D environments. She has published several book chapters and numerous articles appearing in journals such as Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking; Journal of Nonverbal Behavior; Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin; and Psychology and Aging.

Recent Publications:

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

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., & 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

Isaacowitz, D. M., & Murphy, N. A. (2011). Aging eyes facing an emotional world: The role of motivated gaze. In R. B. Adams, Jr., N. Ambady, K. Nakayama, & S. Shimojo (Eds.), The science of social vision (pp. 133-150). New York: Oxford University Press.

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., 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

Murphy, N. A., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2010). Age effects and gaze patterns in recognizing emotional expressions: An in-depth look at gaze measures and covariates. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 436-452. doi: 10.1080/02699930802664623

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., 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. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2008.06.013

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. doi: 10.1037/0882-7974.23.2.263

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. doi: 10.1177/0146167206294871

Murphy, N. A. (2005). Using thin slices for behavioral coding. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 29, 235-246. doi: 10.1007/s10919-005-7722-x

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.]