|Dr. Norah Dunbar
Position: Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2000
Office Phone: 405-325-1588
Office: Burton Hall Room 203, 2PP Room 132
Office Hours: By appointment only.
Classes Spring 2013 semester:
Dr. Dunbar is offering Comm 4990 (independent study) for students interested in working with her on research.
Norah Dunbar was born in Canada and has a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Arizona (2000), an M.A. from California State University Chico, and a B.A. from the University of Nevada Reno.
Academic Interests: Professor Dunbar's research interests include interpersonal deception and nonverbal expressions of power and dominance in interpersonal relationships. Methodologically, she uses behavioral observation techniques to examine verbal and nonverbal communication displays. Dr. Dunbar's recent publications include articles in Communication Monographs, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Family Communication, and Communication Reports. She has also written chapters on nonverbal dominance and influence in The Persuasion Handbook, Beyond Words: A Sourcebook of Methods for Measuring Nonverbal Cues, The Sage Handbook of Nonverbal Communication and Computer-Mediated Communication in Personal Relationships.
Currently, as a member of the OU Center for Applied Social Research, Professor Dunbar is working on several projects including studies on improving deception detection accuracy and reducing bias in credibility assessments. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity in grants and contracts totaling over $11 Million. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in Interpersonal Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Deception, and Communication Theory.
Representative Recent Publications:
Dunbar, N.E., Jensen, M. J., Bessarabova, E., Burgoon, J. K., Bernard, D. R., Robertson, K. J., Kelley, K. M., Adame, B., Eckstein, J. M. (2012). Empowered by persuasive deception: The effects of power and deception on dominance, credibility, and decision-making. Communication Research. doi:10.1177/0093650212447099
Dunbar, N.E. & Mejia, R. (2012). A qualitative analysis of power-based entrainment and interactional synchrony in couples. Personal Relationships. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2012.01414.x
Bippus, A. M., Dunbar, N. E., & Liu, S. –J. (2012). Humorous responses to interpersonal complaints: Effects of humor style and nonverbal expression. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 146(4) 437-453. doi:10.1080/00223980.2011.652696
Bippus, A. M., Young, S. L., & Dunbar, N. E. (2011). Humor in conflict discussions: Comparing partners’ perceptions. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 24(3), 287-303.
Dunbar, N. E. & Jensen, M. (2011). Digital Deception in Personal Relationships. In K. B. Wright & L. M. Webb (Eds.), Computer-Mediated Communication in Personal Relationships (pp. 324-343). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
Lindsey, L. L. M., Dunbar, N. E., & Russell, J. (2011). Risky business or managed event? Power and deception in the workplace. Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications, and Conflict, 15(1), 55-79.
Dunbar, N. E. & Abra, G. (2010). Observations of dyadic power in interpersonal interaction. Communication Monographs, 77(4), 657-684.
Dunbar, N. E. & Burgoon, J. K. (2005). The measurement of nonverbal dominance. In V. Manusov (Ed.), The Sourcebook of Nonverbal Measures: Going Beyond Words (pp. 361-374). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.