Dr. Monica Riordan

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Mailing Address:
Chatham University
1 Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
Office: Coolidge Hall 221
Email: mriordan @ chatham . edu
Fax: 412-365-1505
Phone: 412-365-1631

Research Focus

I am a cognitive scientist whose interests include discourse processing and verbal and nonverbal communication. I largely focus on the interpersonal process in constructing and interpreting meaning between a speaker and listener. Most of my work focuses on computer-mediated communication, such as emails, instant messages, and text messages.

Publications

Riordan, M. A. (2017). The communicative role of non-face emojis: Affect and disambiguation. Computers in Human Behavior, 76, 75-86. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.07.009

Selected Press: The Today Show (7/17/2017)

 

Riordan, M. A. (2017). Emojis as tools for emotion work: Communicating affect in text messagesJournal of Language and Social Psychology. doi: 10.1177/0261927X17704238

Selected Press: The List TV show, Vogue, The Globe and MailMetro, Tribune-ReviewPsychology Today

Riordan, M. A. & Trichtinger, L. A. (2017). Overconfidence at the keyboard: Confidence and accuracy in interpreting affect in e-mail exchangesHuman Communication Research, 43, 1-24doi: 10.1111/hcre.12093

Selected Press: Science Of Us (NYmag), Mental Floss, Slate (France)

Riordan, M. A., Kreuz, R. J., & Olney, A. (2014). Alignment is a function of conversational dynamicsJournal of Language and Social Psychology, 33, 465-481. doi: 10.1177/0261927X13512306

Kreuz, R. J., & Riordan, M. A. (2014). Exaggeration. In S. Attardo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of humor studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Kovaz, D., Kreuz, R. J., & Riordan, M. A. (2013). Distinguishing sarcasm from literal language: Evidence from books and blogging. Discourse Processes, 50, 598-615. doi: 10.1080/0163853X.2013.849525

Riordan, M. A., Markman, K. M., & Stewart, C. O. (2013). Communication accommodation in instant messaging: An examination of temporal convergence. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 32, 84-95. doi:10.1177/0261927X12462695

Cornell, P. T., Riordan, M. A., Townsend-Gervis, M., & Mobley, R. (2011). Barriers to critical thinking: Workflow interruptions and task switching among nurses. Journal of Nursing Administration, 41, 407-414. doi:10.1097/NNA.0b013e31822edd42

Riordan, M. A., Dale, R., Kreuz, R. J., & Olney, A. (2011). Evidence for alignment in a computer-mediated text-only environment. In L. Carlson, C. Hoelscher, & T. F. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2411-2416). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Kreuz, R. J., & Riordan, M. A. (2011). The transcription of face-to-face interaction. In W. Bublitz & N. Norrick (Eds.), Foundations of Pragmatics. Mouton de Gruyter Publishers.

Cornell, P. T., Riordan, M. A., & Herrin, D. (2010). Transforming nursing workflow, part 2: The impact of technology on nurse activities. Journal of Nursing Administration, 40, 432-439. doi:10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181f2eb3f

Riordan, M. A., & Kreuz, R. J. (2010). Emotion encoding and interpretation in computer-mediated communication: Reasons for use. Computers in Human Behavior, 26, 1667-1673. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2010.06.015

Riordan, M. A., & Kreuz, R. J. (2010). Cues in computer-mediated communication: A corpus analysis. Computers in Human Behavior, 26, 1806-1817. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2010.07.008

Bartholow, B. D., Riordan, M. A., Saults, J. S., & Lust, S. A. (2009). Psychophysiological evidence of response conflict and strategic control of responses in affective priming. Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, 45, 655-666. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2009.02.015

Presentations

INVITED TALKS

Riordan, M. A. (October, 2013). Alignment in the 21st century: Text-only computer-mediated conversational alignment. Invited talk at the University of Pittsburgh Reading and Language Group, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Riordan, M. A. (February, 2012). The art of communicating through computers: Encoding and interpreting messages in text-only environments. Honorary speaker at the 42nd annual meeting of the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders, Memphis, Tennessee. 

Riordan, M. A. (November, 2010). Computerized analyses of alignment in online communication. Invited talk at the Experimental Psychology Brownbag Talk Series, Memphis, Tennessee.

Riordan, M. A. (November, 2010). Alignment in online communication: Verbal and nonverbal. Invited talk at the University of Memphis School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Memphis, Tennessee.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Riordan, M. A. (November, 2016). Emojis make you appear happier. Presented at the 57th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

Riordan, M. A., & Trichtinger, L. (November, 2015). Relational and contextual effects on the confidence and accuracy of interpreting affect in email exchanges. Presented at the 101st annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kovaz, D. M., Riordan, M. A., Trichtinger, L., & Kreuz, R. J. (November, 2014). The effects of cooperation and relationship status on alignment in conversation. Presented at the 55th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, California.

Kreuz, R. J., Blair, A. N., & Riordan, M. A. (August, 2014). Digital immigrants evaluate text messages differently than digital natives. Presented at the 24th annual meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse, Chicago, Illinois.

Kovaz, D., Riordan, M. A., Boyd, W. A., & Kreuz, R. J. (November, 2013). “That’s ur opinion”: Alignment and agreement in computer-mediated communication. Presented at the 54th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, Canada.

Riordan, M. A., Kreuz, R. J., & Olney, A. (November, 2012). Alignment is a function of conversational and relational dynamics. Presented at the 53rd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Riordan, M. A., & Kreuz, R. J. (May, 2012). The communicative efficacy of email: The effect of situation and interpersonal context. Presented at the 2nd annual meeting of the Midwest Cognitive Science Conference, Bloomington, Indiana.

Riordan, M. A., Markman, K. M., & Stewart, C. O. (May, 2012). Temporal and utterance length convergence are a function of conversation topic and interlocutor pairs. Presented at the 2nd annual meeting of the Midwest Cognitive Science Conference, Bloomington, Indiana.

Riordan, M. A., & Kreuz, R. J. (November, 2011). 🙂 = Happy? Nonverbal cues fulfill a variety of communication goals. Presented at the 52nd annual meeting of The Psychonomic Society, Seattle, Washington.

Riordan, M. A. (November, 2011). The flow of online conversation: Chronemic alignment in a synchronous text-only channel. Presented at the 52nd annual meeting of The Psychonomic Society, Seattle, Washington.

Riordan, M. A., & Kreuz, R. J. (August, 2011). Expressing emotion online: What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. Presented at the 17th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Association for Interdisciplinary Learning, Hood River, Oregon.

Riordan, M. A., Dale, R., Kreuz, R. J., & Olney, A. (July, 2011). Evidence for alignment in a computer-mediated text-only environment. Presented at the 33rd annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

Riordan, M. A. & Kreuz, R. J. (July, 2011). Use and interpretation of nonverbal cues in computer-mediated communication. Presented at the 21st annual meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse, Poitiers, France.

Riordan, M. A. & Markman, K. M. (July, 2011). Structural accommodation in persuasive instant messaging conversations. Presented at the 21st annual meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse, Poitiers, France.

Markman, K. M., & Riordan, M. A. (May, 2011). Turn construction and conversational context in dyadic online interactions. Presented at the 61st annual conference of the International Communication Association, Boston, Massachusetts.

Riordan, M. A., Dale, R., Kreuz, R. J., & Olney, A. (May, 2011). Semantic alignment in a synchronous chat environment. Presented at the 61st annual conference of the International Communication Association, Boston, Massachusetts.

Riordan, M. A., Dale, R., Kreuz, R. J., & Olney, A. (November, 2010). Socially facilitated alignment and novelty in an interactive micro-task with online crowdsourcing. Presented at the 40th annual conference of the Society for Computers in Psychology, Saint Louis, Missouri.

Riordan, M. A., Kreuz, R. J., Dale, R., & Olney, A. (November, 2010). Interactive alignment in simulated online computer-mediated communication. Presented at the 51st annual meeting of The Psychonomics Society, Saint Louis, Missouri.

Roche, J. M., Riordan, M. A., Duran, N. D., Kreuz, R. J., & Dale, R. (September, 2010). Conditions guiding coordinative and adaptive dynamics in human interaction. Presented at the Human and Social Dynamics Grantees Conference, Arlington, Virginia.

Riordan, M. A., Dale, R., & Kreuz, R. J. (August, 2010). Socially facilitated alignment and novelty in separate channels of online communication. Presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland, Oregon.

Riordan, M. A., & Kreuz, R. J. (April, 2010). Emotion expression online. In C. O. Stewart (Chair), Discursive management of potentially problematic communication. Presented at the 80th annual meeting of the Southern States Communication Association, Memphis, Tennessee.

Riordan, M. A., & Kreuz, R. J. (July, 2009). Using LIWC to distinguish irony and literal language. Presented at the 19th annual conference of the Society for Text and Discourse, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

LOCAL PRESENTATIONS WITH STUDENTS

Bocast, V., & Riordan, M. A. (April, 2015). The effect of pitch height on color lightness perception. Presentation at the 43rd annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Erie, PA.

Haskin, A., & Riordan, M. A. (April, 2014). Big five personality traits and intuitive eating: A correlational study. Presentation at the 42nd annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Geneva, PA.

Hall, N., & Riordan, M. A. (April, 2014). Vicarious shaming. Presentation at the 42nd annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Geneva, PA.

Coleman, M. & Riordan, M. A. (April, 2013). The influence of personality characteristics and the willingness to online date. Presentation at the 41st annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Meadville, PA.

Walch, A. & Riordan, M. A. (April, 2013). The effects of benevolent sexism on body shame and body surveillance. Presented at the 41st annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Meadville, PA.

Honors and Awards

Faculty research grants, Chatham University, April 2016, $1033; October 2016, $525

Honorary speaker at the 42nd annual meeting of the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders, February 2012

Society for Text and Discourse Travel Award (funded by the National Science Foundation), April 2011, $1500

Roland L. Frye Achievement Award (awarded by the University of Memphis), April 2011

University of Memphis Institute for Intelligent Systems Travel Grants (March 2012, $500; October 2011, $1000; June 2011, $1000; January 2011, $330; October 2010, $400; August 2010, $525; April 2009, $1000)

University of Memphis Graduate Student Coordinating Council Travel Grants (May 2011, $375; September 2010, $150; April 2010, $75; April 2009, $325)

University of Memphis Student Government Association Travel Grants (August 2010, $325; October 2009, $300; March 2009, $575)

Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology
Behavioral Research (Writing Intensive)
Cognitive Psychology
Theories of Learning
Theories of Motivation
Personality Psychology

Selected Service

Co-chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Faculty liaison between academic and athletic departments.

Faculty advisor to approximately 15-20 students each year.

Expert blogger for Psychology Today.

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