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Nicholas Duran

Assistant Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 3051
Biography: 

Nicholas Duran is an associate professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the cognitive science area of the Department of Psychology at ASU. He holds a doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of Memphis and received postdoctoral training from the University of California, Merced. 

Duran studies complex cognitive processes as revealed in the dynamics of movement and language, both within individuals and across dyads and groups. This line of work is currently being pursued in a number of ways, including the analysis of reaching movements during decision tasks, to interpersonal coordination dynamics in communicative contexts (with a focus on continuous "micro-behaviors" and speech). Major areas of research include deception and hidden biases, social perspective-taking, and collaborative problem-solving. He also has a wide range of interests that span the connection between language and action, cognitive dynamics, and theoretical cognitive science. In his research, he also uses a range of techniques such as computer-mouse tracking, motion capture, acoustic analysis, physiological sensing, nonlinear time series analyses and discourse modeling.

Education: 

Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, University of Memphis 

Research Interests: 

Cognitive dynamics, interpersonal coordination and synchrony, perspective-taking, motion tracking, language processes, deception, natural language processing

Publications: 

REFEREED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

Duran, N. D., Fusaroli, R., & Paxton, A. (2019). ALIGN: Analyzing linguistic interactions with generalizable techniques – a Python library. Psychological Methods. Advance Online Publication.

Galati, A., Dale, R., & Duran, N. D. (2019). Social and configural effects on the cognitive dynamics of perspective-taking. Journal of Memory and Language, 104, 1-24.

Lau, K. H., Randall, A., Duran, N. D., & Chun, T. (2018). Examining the effects of couples’ real-time stress and coping processes on interaction quality: Language use as a mediator. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1-14.

Crossley, S. A., Duran, N., Kim, Y., Lester, T., & Clark, S. (2018). The action dynamics of native and non-native speakers of English in processing active and passive sentences. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. Advance online publication.

Duran, N. D., Nicholson, S., & Dale, R. (2017). The hidden appeal and aversion to political conspiracies as revealed in the response dynamics of partisans. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 73, 268-278.

Duran, N. D. & Fusaroli, R. (2017). Conversing with a devil's advocate: Interpersonal synchronization dynamics in deception and conflict. PLOS ONE. 12(6): e0178140.

Schillinger, D, McNamara, D, Crossley, Scott, Moffet, H, Sarkar, U, Duran, N. D., Allen, J, Oryn, D, Karter, A. J. (2017). The next frontier in communication and the ECLIPPSE study: Bridging the digital divide in secure messaging. Journal of Diabetes Research, 2017, 1-9.​

Coco, M. I., & Duran, N. D. (2016). When expectancies collide: Action dynamics reveal the interaction between stimulus plausibility and congruency. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review23, 1920-1931.

Duran, N. D., Dale, R., & Galati, A. (2016). Towards integrative dynamic models for adaptive perspective-taking. Topics in Cognitive Science, 8, 761-779.

Tabatabaeian, M., Dale, R., & Duran, N. D (2015). Self-serving dishonest decisions can show facilitated cognitive dynamics. Cognitive Processing, 16, 291-300.

Duran, N. D., & Dale, R. (2014). Perspective-taking in dialogue as self-organization under social constraints. New Ideas in Psychology, 32, 131-146.

Dale, R. & Duran, N. D. (2013). Dealing with complexity differently: from interaction-dominant dynamics to theoretical plurality. Ecological Psychology, 25, 248-255.

Duran, N. D., & Dale, R., Kello, C., Street, C. N. H., & Richardson, D. C. (2013). Exploring the movement dynamics of deception. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 1-16.

Dale, R., Fusaroli, R., Duran, N. D., & Richardson, D. C. (2013). The self-organization of human interaction. In B. Ross (Ed.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation, vol. 59 (pp. 43-95). Elsevier, Inc: Academic Press.

Dale, R., Duran, N. D., & Morehead, J. R. (2012). Prediction during statistical learning, and implications for the implicit/explicit divide. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 8, 196-209.

Duran, N. D., & Dale, R., & Kreuz, R. J. (2011). Listeners invest in an assumed other’s perspective despite cognitive cost. Cognition, 121, 22-40.

Dale, R. & Duran, N. D. (2011). The cognitive dynamics of negated sentence verification. Cognitive Science, 35, 983-996.

Myers, J. C., McCarthy, P. M., Duran, N. D., & McNamara, D. S. (2011). The bit in the middle: A computational analysis of the linguistic features of body paragraphs. Behavior Research Methods, 43, 201-209.

Duran, N. D., Dale, R., & McNamara, D. S. (2010). The action dynamics of overcoming the truth. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 486-491.

Duran, N. D., McCarthy, P. M., Hall, C., & McNamara, D. S. (2010). The linguistic correlates of conversational deception: Comparing natural language processing technologies. Applied Psycholinguistics, 31, 439-462.

Bellissens, C., Jeuniaux, P., Duran, N. D., McNamara, D. S. (2010). A text relatedness and dependency computational model: Using Latent Semantic Analysis and Coh-Metrix to predict self-explanation quality. Studia Informatica Universalis, 8, 85-125.  

McCarthy, P. M., Hall, C., Duran N. D., Doiuchi, M., Duncan, B., Fujiwara, Y., & McNamara, D. S., (2009). A computational analysis of journal abstracts written by Japanese, American, and British scientists. The ESPecialist, 30, 141-173.   

Dale, R., Roche, J., & Duran, N. D. (2008). Language is complex. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 8, 351-362. (Invited article).

McCarthy, P. M., Renner, A. M.,  Duncan, M. G., Duran, N. D., Lightman, E. J., & McNamara. D. S. (2008). Identifying topic sentencehood. Behavior Research Methods, 40, 647-664.

Duran, N. D., McCarthy, P. M., Graesser, A. C, & McNamara, D. S. (2007). Using temporal cohesion to predict temporal coherence in narrative and expository texts. Behavior Research Methods, 39, 212-223.

REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Computer Science

Grafsgaard, J., Duran, N. D., Randall, A., Tao, C., & D’Mello, S. (2018). Generative models of nonverbal synchrony in close relationships. The 13th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, Xi’an, China. (8 pages)

O’Hora, D., Redfern, S., Duran, N. D., Zgonnikov, A., & Sweeney, D. (2018). In-game motion dynamics provide a means of exploring the cognitive dynamics of deception. The 2018 IEEE Games, Entertainment, Media Conference (GEM), Galway, Ireland. (8 pages)

Cognitive Science

Yonehiro, J. & Duran, N. D. (2018). Measuring attention control abilities with a gaze following antisaccade paradigm. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (6 pages).

Heidari, A., D’Arienzo, M., Crossley, S. A., and Duran, N. D. (2017). Computational analysis of lexical and cohesion differences in deceptive language: The role of accordance. Proceedings of the AAAI 30th International Florida Artificial Intelligence Society Conference (FLAIRS 2017) (6 pages).

Duran, N. D., Nicholson, S., & Dale, R. (2015). Tracking the response dynamics of implicit partisan biases. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin: TX: Cognitive Science Society (6 pages).

Coco, M. I. & Duran, N. D. (2015). Incidental memory for naturalistic scenes: Exposure, semantics, and encoding. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin: TX: Cognitive Science Society (6 pages).

Tabatabaeian, M., Dale, R., & Duran, N. D. (2014). Facilitation of dishonesty in self-serving tasks. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1562-1567). Austin: TX: Cognitive Science Society (6 pages).

Duran, N. D. & Dale, R. (2012). Increased vigilance in monitoring others' mental states during deception. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R. P. Cooper (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1518-1523). Austin: TX: Cognitive Science Society (6 pages).

McCarthy, P. M., Duran, N. D., & Booker, L. M. (2012). The devil is in the details: New directions in deception analysis. Proceedings of the AAAI 25th Annual Conference of the International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society, San Marco Islands (6 pages) (Invited proceeding).

Duran, N. D. & Dale, R. (2011). Spatial cognition adapts to social context. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1111-1116). Austin: TX: Cognitive Science Society (6 pages).

Duran, N.D., Crossley, S., Hall, C., McCarthy, P., & McNamara, D. S. (2009). Expanding a catalogue of deceptive linguistic features with NLP technologies. Proceedings of the AAAI 22nd Annual Conference of the International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society, Sanibel Island, FL (6 pages).

Duran, N. D. & Dale, R. (2009). Predictive arm placement in the statistical learning of position sequences. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Amsterdam, Netherlands (pp. 893-898). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society (6 pages).

Bellissens, C., Jeuniaux, P., Duran, N. D., & McNamara, D. S. (2007). Towards a textual cohesion model that predicts self-explanation inference generation as a function of text structure and readers’ knowledge. In D. S. McNamara and G. Trafton (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Nashville, TN (pp. 815-820). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society (6 pages).

Duran, N. D., Bellissens, C., Taylor, R. S., & McNamara, D. S. (2007). Quantifying text difficulty with automated indices of cohesion and semantics. In D. S. McNamara and G. Trafton (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Nashville, TN (pp. 233-238). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society (6 pages).

Willits, J. A., D’Mello, S. K., Duran, N. D., & Olney, A. (2007). Distributional statistics and thematic role relationships. In D. S. McNamara and G. Trafton (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Nashville, TN (pp. 707-712). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society (6 pages).

Duran, N. D., McCarthy, P. M., Graesser, A. C., & McNamara, D. S. (2006). Using Coh-Metrix temporal indices to predict psychological measures of time. In R. Sun & N. Miyake (Eds.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Vancouver, Canada (pp. 190-195). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society (6 pages).

BOOK CHAPTERS AND COMMENTARIES

Vinson, D. W., Dale, R., Tabatabaeian, M. & Duran, N. D. (2015). Seeing and believing: Social influences on language processing. In Mishra, R. K., Srinivasan, N., & Huettig, F. (Eds.) Attention and Vision in Language Processing. Springer: India. (pp. 197-213).

Duran, N. D., & Dale, R. (2014). Theory of mind. In T. R. Levine (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Deception (pp. 883-886).

Duran, N. D., & Street, C. H. (2014). Nonverbal cues. In T. R. Levine (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Deception (pp 721-724).

Dale, R., Duran, N. D., & Roche, J. (2011). Dynamics of action during language processing. In R. K. Mishra & N. Srinivasan (Eds.), Language-Cognition Interface: State of the Art (pp. 114-135). Muenchen: LINCOM Europa.

Duran, N. D., Dale, R., & Richardson, D. (2014). A mass assembly of associative mechanisms: a dynamical systems account of natural social interaction. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (commentary), 37, 198.

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 323Sensation and Perception
PSY 360Cognitive Science
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 360Cognitive Science
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 360Cognitive Science
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 323Sensation and Perception
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 593Applied Project
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 360Cognitive Science
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 323Sensation and Perception
PSY 360Cognitive Science
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 592Research
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 323Sensation and Perception
PSY 360Cognitive Science
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 360Cognitive Science
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 323Sensation and Perception
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Presentations: 
  • Duran, N. D. & Fusaroli, R. Conversing with a devil's advocate: Dialogical dynamics of movement and speech in deception and conflict. 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Nov 2014).
  • Randall, A., Duran, N. D., & Hilpert, P. Couples' communication dynamics: Measuring Intra- and Inter-personal dynamics during real-time interaction. Workshop on Intensive Modeling of Dynamic Social Interactions (Nov 2014).
  • Petersen, G. & Duran, N. D. Turn-taking dynamics in conversations involving conflict and deception. NCUIRE Scholarship Reception (Oct 2014).
  • Tabatabaeian, M., Dale, R., & Duran, N. D. Facilitation of dishonesty in self-serving task. 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (Jul 2014).
  • Fusaroli, R., & Duran, N. D. Dialogical dynamics in conflict and deception. Biennial Conference of the International Society for the Study of Interactivity, Language, and Cogni (Jun 2014).
  • Duran, N. D. & Coco, M., & Dale, R. Beyond reaction time: Predicting false responding with arm movement trajectories. 27th Annual Conference of the International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society (May 2014).