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Psychology

Vivian Ta

Vivian Ta

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Specialization

Social psychology
Personality psychology
Psychology of language
Computer-mediated communication
Quantitative text analysis
Dyadic interaction

Research Interests

My research interests include (1) using computational linguistics techniques to investigate the influence of language on interpersonal dynamics (such as the development of common-ground understanding); (2) the impact of personality and individual differences on interpersonal relationships; and (3) the role of technology and computer-mediated communication on psychological processes. More information can be found on www.vivianpta.com.

Education

PhD University of Texas at Arlington
MS University of Texas at Arlington

Courses Taught
Research Methods & Statistics I & II
Social Psychology
Selected Articles

Ta, V.P., Babcock, M.J., & Ickes, W. (2017). Developing latent semantic similarity in initial, unstructured interactions: The words may be all you need. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 35(3), 1-24.

Ta, V.P. (2017). A meta-analytic review of gender-role dimensions and relationship satisfaction. Journal of Relationships Research, 8(e18), 1-14.

Ta, V.P., Gesselman, A.N., Perry, B., Fisher, H., & Garcia, J. (2017). Stress of singlehood: Marital status, domain-specific stress, and anxiety in a national U.S. sample. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 36(6), 461-485.

Russell, E.M., Ickes, W., & Ta, V.P. (2018). Women interaction more comfortably and intimately with gay men—but not straight men—after learning their sexual orientation. Psychological Science, 29(2), 288-303.

Lewis, D.M.G., Russell, E.M., Al-Shawaf, L., Ta, V.P., Senveli, Z., Ickes, W., & Buss, D. M. (2017). Why women wear high heels: Evolution, lumbar curvature, and attractiveness. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1875.

Russell, E., Babcock, M., Lewis, D., Ta, V., & Ickes, W. (2016). Why attractive women want gay male friends: A novel strategy to prevent competitive deception and sexual exploitation. Personality and Individual Differences, 120(1), 283-287.

Russell, E., Ta, V., Lewis, D.M.G., Babcock, M., & Ickes, W. (2015). Why (and when) straight women trust gay men: Ulterior mating motives and female competition. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(3), 763-773.

Babcock, M. J., Ta, V.P., & Ickes, W. (2014). Latent semantic similarity and language style matching in initial dyadic interactions. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 33(1), 78-88.

Selected Research Presentations

Ta, V.P. (2018, March). Language and Civil Discourse in Online Interactions. Paper presented at Facebook Headquarters, Menlo Park, CA.

Ta, V.P. (2018, March). The Role and Development of Latent Semantic Similarity in Interpersonal Interactions. Paper presented at the Psychology of Language Pre-Conference, Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.

Ta, V.P., Garcia, J.R., Merriwether, A.M., Massey, S.G., Gesselman, A.N., & Seibold- Simpson. (2017, November). Effects of Sexual Experience and Gender on Conceptualizations of Ideal Partner Types: A Linguistic Analysis. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Atlanta, GA.

Ta, V.P. & Ickes, W. (2016, April). Latent Semantic Similarity in Initial Computer-Mediated Interactions. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association Convention, Dallas, TX.

Ta, V.P. & Ickes, W. (2017, January). Measuring Latent Semantic Similarity in Initial Computer-Mediated Interactions. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX.

Ta, V.P., Garcia, J.R., Massey, S., Merriwether, A., Seibold-Simpson, S. (2016, November). Predicting Attitudes Towards Women Using Ideal Hook-Up Descriptions: A Linguistic Analysis. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Phoenix, AZ.

Ta, V.P. & Ickes, W. (2016, May). Latent Semantic Similarity in Initial Computer-Mediated Interactions. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Ta, V.P. & Ickes, W. (2016, January). Latent Semantic Similarity in Initial Computer-Mediated Interactions. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Ta, V.P. (2015, February). The Words May Be All You Need: Latent Semantic Similarity in Initial Dyadic Interactions. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention, Long Beach, CA.

Babcock, M.J., & Ta, V.P. (2014, February). Examining the Effect of Latent Semantic Similarity in Unstructured Initial Dyadic Interactions. Poster presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention, Austin, Texas.

Selected Awards & Honors

Heritage Dissertation Award, Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, 2018

Dissertation Research Award, American Psychological Association, 2017

Janice M. Epp Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, 2017

LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2015-2017

Poster award, Graduate Competition Poster Showcase, Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, San Antonio, TX, 2017

First Place, Graduate Research Competition, Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association, Dallas, TX, 2016

Selected to attend Summer Institute in Social Psychology and Personality (SISPP), Northeastern University, 2015

Outstanding Poster Award (co-investigator), Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2015

Diversity Fund Graduate Award, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, 2014

STEM Fellowship, University of Texas at Arlington, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018

Research and Travel Grant, University of Texas at Arlington, 2015, 2016, 2017