RESEARCH INTERESTS

Nicola’s areas of interest in CyberPsychology are in communications, online dating, interpersonal attraction, homophily (the tendency to bond with others like ourselves), language analysis, and the connections between language and personality, deception and culture.
Other areas of interest include information design, usability and human computer interaction.

 

PHD RESEARCH TOPIC
Title: Homophily in attraction: linguistic encoding of personality and culture online.

My PhD study will investigate the effect of similarity on interpersonal attraction, specifically in relation to traits encoded in language in online dating profiles. The aim is to determine whether information in functional language is discernible to people, whether it is consistent across different contexts, and whether that information has an impact on attraction and perceived similarity.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Friend, C. & Fox Hamilton, N. (2016). Deception detection: The effect of trust levels and perspective taking in real time online and offline communication environments. Cyberpsychology Behaviour and Social Networking, 19(9), 532-537.

Fox Hamilton, N. (2016). Online relationships. In A. Attrill & C. Fullwood (Eds.), Applied Cyberpsychology: Practical Applications of Cyberpsychological Theory and Research. Palgrave Macmillan; UK.

Fox Hamilton, N. (2016). Love and attraction online. In Connolly, I., Palmer, M., Barton, H., & Kirwan, G. (Eds.). (2016). An Introduction to Cyberpsychology. Abingdon, England: Routledge.

Fox Hamilton, N. (2016). Consumer cyberpsychology and online marketing. In Connolly, I., Palmer, M., Barton, H., & Kirwan, G. (Eds.). (2016). An Introduction to Cyberpsychology. Abingdon, England: Routledge.

Mullen, C., & Fox Hamilton, N. (2016). Adolescents’ response to parental Facebook friend requests: The comparative influence of privacy management, parent-child relational quality, attitude and peer influence. Computers in Human Behavior60, 165-172.

Fox Hamilton, N., Fullwood, C., & Kirwan, G. (2015). Language in online dating texts: Trait identification, homophily, and their effect on attraction. In B. K. Wiederhold, G. Riva, &  M. D. Wiederhold (Eds.), Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine Vol. 13. (pp. 112–116). Amsterdam:  IOS Press. (Read it here)

Fox Hamilton, N. & Kirwan, G. (2013). A cross cultural-comparison of deception using language analysis in Irish and American online dating profiles. In A. Power & G. Kirwan (Eds.), Cyberpsychology and New Media. A Thematic Reader. Routledge, London, UK.
(Read it here)

Fox Hamilton, N. & Kirwan, G. (2013). Cultural homophily in online dating texts: the effect of culturally typical personality traits encoded in language. Perspectives: An Anthology of IADT Research.
(Read it here – page 43–51)

 

CONFERENCES & INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Fox Hamilton, N. (2016, November). 50 Shades of grey. The dark side of online romance. Presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland, Athlone, Ireland.

Fox Hamilton, N. (2016, August). Keynote: 50 Shades of grey. The dark side of online romance. Keynote at the PSI Student Affairs Group Slovenian Psychology Exchange, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Fox Hamilton, N., Fullwood, C., & Kirwan, G. (2016, June). Author and rater characteristics that predict higher scores of attractiveness for online dating profile texts. 21st Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland.

Fox Hamilton, N., Fullwood, C., & Kirwan, G. (2015, September). Gender differences in personality trait detection and attraction in computer mediated texts. Social Networking in Cyberspace conference 2015, University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Fox Hamilton, N., Fullwood, C., & Kirwan, G. (2015, June). Language in online dating texts: Trait identification, homophily, and their effect on attraction. 20th Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference, University of California, San Diego, USA.

Fox Hamilton, N., Fullwood, C., & Kirwan, G. (2015, April). Gender differences and attractiveness of online dating profile authors. CRUW | CyberPsychology Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Fox Hamilton, N., Fullwood, C., & Kirwan, G. (2014, April). Accuracy of peer judgments of personality from “About Me” texts in online dating. CRUW | CyberPsychology Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Fox Hamilton, N. (2014, May). Interpersonal communication: How image and language interact to affect attraction in online dating. Workshop for the Scientific Programme at the 28th European Federation of Psychology Students Association Congress. Baile Felix, Romania.

Fox Hamilton, N. (2014). The psychology of engaging with design. The Psychological Society of Ireland Special Interest Group for Media, Art and Cyberpsychology public talk Psychology of Engaging with Film and Design public talk. Dublin, Ireland.

Fox Hamilton, N. (2014). Psychology of design. The IADT Drawing Project Seminar Series. Dublin, Ireland.

Fox Hamilton, N., Fullwood, C., & Kirwan, G. (2013). Context and personality: Using linguistic analysis to investigate language related to personality. Psychology Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Fox Hamilton, N.  & Kirwan, G. (November, 2013). Birds of a feather: the Irish preference for Irish online dating profiles. Presented at the Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Sligo, Ireland.

Fox Hamilton, N., Fullwood, C., & Kirwan, G. (September, 2013). The effect of context on personality related language: Using LIWC and content analysis to investigate online dating profiles and story texts. Cyberpsychology Conference, De Montfort University, UK.

Fox Hamilton, N., Fullwood, C., & Kirwan, G. (2013, July). Take another LIWC: The effect of context on the relationship between language and personality in online dating profile texts and story texts. Paper presented at the 2nd Social Networking in Cyberspace Conference. Wolverhampton, UK.

Fox Hamilton, N., Fullwood, C., & Kirwan, G. (2013). Cultural differences in language and personality in online dating profile texts. Presented at the 35rd annual Congress for Psychology Students in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.
Winner of 2nd prize for presenting in the post-graduate category.

Hamilton, R., Palmer, M., & Fox Hamilton, N. (2013, March). Designing teaching and learning materials; Transitions from default to Universal Design. Presented at the AHEAD conference “Is Universal Design any of my business”. Dublin, Ireland.

Fox Hamilton, N. & Kirwan, G. (2012, November). Cultural homophily: the preference for same culture language in online dating profile texts. Presented at the Multimodality & Cyberpsychology Pop-up Conference Conference. DCU, Dublin, Ireland.

Fox Hamilton, N. & Kirwan, G. (2012, July). A cross cultural-comparison of deception using language analysis in Irish and American online dating profiles.Paper presented at the 2nd Cyberpsychology and Computer Psychology Conference. Bolton, UK.

Fox Hamilton, N. & Kirwan, G. (2011). A cross-cultural content analysis of personality traits in Irish and American online dating profiles. Presented at the 33rd annual Congress for Psychology Students in Ireland, Cork, Ireland.