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Nicholas A Palomares

Education

  • Ph.D., Communication, UC Santa Barbara, 2005
  • M.A., Communication, UC Santa Barbara, 2002
  • B.A., Psychology, UC Berkeley, 1999

About

Professor Palomares' research aims to shed light on the goals communicators pursue, how they pursue them, and how other people gain an understanding of those goals. He also has expertise in gender-based communication. His work focuses on the fundamental processes of communication that transcend contexts, means, and modes of social interaction. Stated differently, although Professor Palomares was trained in interpersonal communication and considers himself an interpersonal communication scholar, he is passionate about generating knowledge across multiple subareas (or contexts) of communication and is keen on collaborating in interdisciplinary and synergistic ways to achieve this objective.

Research Focus

Professor Palomares' current projects emphasize goal pursuit and understanding regarding a diverse set of communicative phenomena in a variety of communicative settings, such as bullying and cyberbullying (message severity, mental health implications, coping, public vs private cyberbullying, etc.), relational development (closeness, commitment, topic avoidance, conflict, etc.), language adaptation and compliance gaining, health-influence attempts, media portrayals of sexual assault, and other contexts, wherein people engage in goal-directed behavior, message recipients tend infer those goals, and these processes unfold in meaningful and consequential ways. Professor Palomares examines these mechanisms in mediated and face-to-face contexts, employing a variety of quantitative social scientific methods, including--but not limited to--experimentation, surveys, topic modeling, machine learning, and other traditional and more state-of-the-art methods.

 


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Selected Publications

Teaching

Professor Palomares teaches undergraduate courses in Gender Differences in Communication, Language Use in Conversation, and Empirical Research Methods, and graduate courses in Social Interaction and Interpersonal Communication Theory, Theory Construction, and Experimental Design and Analysis.

Awards

  • 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