- Ph.D., Communication, UC Santa Barbara, 2005
- M.A., Communication, UC Santa Barbara, 2002
- B.A., Psychology, UC Berkeley, 1999
Nicholas Palomares has expertise in message production and processing in two primary areas of communication: language use and conversational behavior. He has particular insight into how people use communication to determine, analyze and respond to the goals of other people. He is concerned with these fundamental processes in both face-to-face and mediated contexts.
Professor Palomares' conversational-behavior research examines the goals that individuals pursue in their interactions with others and assorted processes involved in goal pursuit. Specifically, he studies how individuals understand others' goals and the consequences that individuals' goal inferences have on people in social interaction. His research on goal understanding, for example, highlights how people come to realize that a friend is pursuing a prosocial goal (e.g., provide help, protect) and why inferring that type of goal leads to better communication outcomes than inferring a self-serving or even a malevolent goal (e.g., gain advantage or put in place). He also is interested in understanding the cognitive mechanisms involved in goal pursuit and understanding. His language-use research focuses on the cognitive structures and processes responsible for producing gender-based language differences and similarities (e.g., emotional language and tentative language) between men and women in face-to-face and mediated social interactions, as well as the consequences that emerge from such language.
- Palomares, N. A., Grasso, K., Li, A. S., & Li, N. (in press). The role of suspiciousness in understanding others' goals: Benefits or detriments? Interaction Studies.
- Zhang, J., Reid, S. A., Gasiorek, J., & Palomares, N. A. (in press). Voice pitch variation and status differentiation in mixed-sex dyads: A test of expectation states theory, role congruity theory, and the biosocial model. Communication Research.
- Palomares, N. A., Grasso, K. L., & Li, S. (2015). Understanding others' goals depends on the efficiency and timing of goal pursuit. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. doi:10.1177/0261927X15579913
- Palomares, N. A. (2014). The goal construct in interpersonal communication. In C. R. Berger (Ed.), Interpersonal Communication (pp. 77–99). Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.
- Palomares, N. A. (2013). When and how goals are contagious in social interaction. Human Communication Research, 39(1), 74–100.
Nicholas Palomares teaches undergraduate courses in Gender Differences in Communication, Language Use in Social Interaction, and Empirical Research Methods, and graduate courses in Social Interaction and Interpersonal Communication Theory, Theory Development, and Research and Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis. Professor Palomares also leads a study abroad program focused on gender and communication that includes two courses over a four-week period during the summer in London.
- Top Paper Award, Communication and Social Cognition Division, National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV, 2015
- Top Two Paper Award, Intergroup Communication Interest Group, International Communication Association, Chicago, IL, 2009
- Top Two Paper Award, Intergroup Communication Interest Group, International Communication Association, Montreal, Canada, 2008
- Top Three Paper Award, Intergroup Communication Interest Group, International Communication Association, Montreal, Canada, 2008
- Top Four Paper Award, Communication and Social Cognition Division, National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, 2007