curriculum vitae

Education Background


Ph.D. Mass Communications, 2015 (expected)

M.A. Telecommunications, 2011

    • Indiana University
    • Thesis: Skill gap: Quantifying violent content in video game play between variably skilled users (full text)
    • Advisor: Andrew Weaver, Ph.D.

B.A. Telecommunications, 2007

    • University of Georgia
    • Senior thesis: The mod effect: The influence of game modifications on the game industry
    • Advisor: Anandam (Andy) Kavoori, Ph.D.

Research Interests


  • Human conflict and cooperation
  • Processing and effects of video games (particularly violence)
  • Human moral decision making
  • The relationship between morality and the processing and effects of media
  • Integrating evolutionary and social psychology into media research

Refereed Journal Articles


Matthews, N. L., & Weaver, A. J. (2013). Skill gap: Quantifying violent content in video game play between variably skilled users. Mass Communication and Society, 16(6), 829-846. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2013.773043 (full text).

Matthews, N. L., Speers, L. M., Ball, J. M. (2012). Bathroom banter: Sex, love, and the bathroom wall. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 15 (full text).

Refereed Published Abstracts


Potter, R., Falk, M., Bae, S., Lynch, T., Matthews, N. L., Kraus, A., Mayell, S. (2012). Does the orienting response habituate to repeating auditory structural features that vary in semantic content? Society for Psychophysiological Research. Psychophysiology, 49, S74. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01440.x (full text).

Articles Under Review


Martins, N., Matthews, N. L., & Rabindra, R. (Revise resubmit). Playing by the rules: Parental mediation of video game play. Journal of Family Issues (journal link).

Matthews, N. L., Lynch, T., & Weaver, A. J. (Initial submission). Using construal level and player expertise to predict video game induced aggression, hostility, and prosocial outcomes. Journal of Media Psychology (journal link).

Matthews, N. L. (Initial submission). Too good to care: The effect of skill on hostility and aggression following violent video game play. Computers in Human Behavior (journal link).

Jensen, J. D., Matthews, N. L., Martins, N., Ivec, R. (Initial submission). Bringing Handheld Media to School is Negatively Related to Reading Behavior. Journal of Children and Media (journal link).

Refereed Conference Presentations


Matthews, N. L. (Accepted for August 2014). Too good to care: The effect of skill on hostility and aggression following violent video game play. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montréal. *Top Student Paper (PDF).

Martins, N., Matthews, N. L., & Rabindra, R. (Accepted for November 2014). Playing by the rules: Parental mediation of video game play. National Communication Association, Chicago.

Matthews, N. L. (Accepted for November 2014). Using Construal Level Theory to Predict the Effects of Video Game Violence. National Communication Association, Chicago.

Weaver, A. J., Matthews, N. L., Lewis, N., Fangxin, X. (May 2014). Narrative and Moral Perspective-Taking as Determinants of Players’ Antisocial Behavior. International Communication Association, Seattle.

Matthews, N. L., & Lynch, T. (November 2013). Not to be misconstrued: Using construal level theory to investigate the effects of narrative and avatar identification on aggression, hostility, and prosocial outcomes. National Communication Association, District of Columbia (PDF).

Matthews, N. L., Jensen, J. D., Martins, N., Ivec, R. (August 2013). Handheld Media Use at School: Increased Use Negatively Impacts Reading Outcomes. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, District of Columbia (PDF).

Matthews, N. L., Lynch, T., Martins, N. (June 2013). Real ideal: The effects of attainable and unattainable video game bodies on users’ body-image disturbance. International Communication Association, London (PDF).

Matthews, N. L. (April 2013). Defining and measuring construal level. Broadcast Education Association, Las Vegas.

Potter, R., Falk, M., Bae, S., Lynch, T., Matthews, N. L., Kraus, A., Mayell, S. (September 2012). Does the orienting response habituate to repeating auditory structural features that vary in semantic content? Society for Psychological Research, New Orleans.

Potter, R., Falk, M., Bae, S., Lynch, T., Matthews, N. L., Kraus, A., Mayell, S. (August 2012). Does Automatic Attention Allocation to Auditory Structural Features Habituate? Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago.

Matthews, N. L. (November 2011). Skill gap: quantifying the amount and type of generated violent content in video game play between variably skilled users. National Communication Association, New Orleans.

Spears, L. M., Matthews, N. L., Ball, J. M. (November 2010). Bathroom banter: Sex, love, and the bathroom wall. National Communication Association, San Francisco.

Other Conference Presentations


Matthews, N. L. (2012). Halfway there: The historic marriage and (possible) future divorce of tenure and academic freedom. Poster presented at Understanding Academic Freedom: History, Purpose, Threats, and Successes at Indiana University.

Matthews, N. L. (2007). The mod effect. Poster presented at the Grady Communication Research Symposium at the University of Georgia.

Academic Appointments – Research Assistant


Nicole MartinsIndiana University, FA2012, SP2013

    • Co-conceptualized and co-authored a survey to assess children-parent mediation of video games using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
    • Analyzed data and co-authored a paper on video game body types’ effect on players’ body image
    • Co-authored a paper on children’s literacy and video game usage

Robert PotterIndiana University, SP2012

    • Cleaned psychophysiological data
    • Prepared data sets for analysis
    • Designed and created the website for the ICR @ IU

Academic Appointments – Assistant Instructor with Discussion Sections


T206 Introduction to Design & Production, SP2011, FA2010, & FA2008

    • Indiana University
    • Planned and lead 3 weekly discussion sessions
    • Graded the work, production notebooks, and exams of 65 students
    • Maintained weekly assignment blog
    • Created an online Wiki study guide

T101 Introduction to Telecommunications, SP2010 & FA2013

    • Indiana University
    • Planned and lead 3 weekly discussion sessions
    • Graded the work and exams of 60 students
    • Created an online Wiki study guide

Academic Appointments – Assistant Instructor


T207 Intro to Telecom Industry & Management, SU2014

    • Indiana University
    • Graded the papers and tests of 50 students

T316 Media Ethics, SP2014

    • Indiana University
    • Co-developed and facilitated mock trials
    • Graded the papers of 65 students
    • Provided guest lectures

T205 Introduction to Media & Society, FA2011

    • Indiana University
    • Graded the projects and tests of 65 students
    • Created an online Wiki study guide
    • Developed exam questions

T191 Race, Ethnicity & the Media, FA2009

    • Indiana University
    • Graded the essays of 65 students
    • Created study guides
    • Conducted online chat Q&A sessions

T317 Children & Media, SP2009

    • Indiana University
    • Graded the essays of 65 students

Teaching Experience – Invited Lectures


Modding Skyrim for Video Game Research

    • Graduate Game Design Group, Oct 2014

The video game industry: Structure, strategies, & trends

    • T207 Intro to Telecom Industry & Management, July 2014

Everyday ethics: Bridging ethics and moral psychology

    • T316 Media Ethics, Apr 2014

Video games as art: The ethics of pushing the envelope

    • T316 Media Ethics, Mar 2014

Current trends in social scientific research on video games

    • Games Research Seminar, Feb 2014

Metacoverage: Issues and ethics

    • T316 Media Ethics, Feb 2014

Content analysis crash course

    • T316 Media Ethics, Feb 2014

Violence, morality, & enjoyment in video games

    • T205 Introduction to Media & Society, Nov 2012

Video games: Content, effects, & concerns

    • T205 Introduction to Media & Society, Apr 2011 & Nov 2011
    • T101 Media Life, Jun 2011

Service to the Field


Pre-conference organizer

    • International Communication Association, Game Studies Division, 2015

Journal Reviewer

    • Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, FA2012, SP2013
    • Human Ethology Bulletin, FA2013

Conference Reviewer

    • National Communication Association, SP2014
    • International Communication Association, FA2013
    • Foundation for Digital Games, SP2012

Service to the University


Graduate & Professional Student Organization (GPSO) Rep, FA2013 – SP2014

    • Attend monthly meetings for representatives from academic units across campus
    • Forward pertinent email and correspondence to the Department of Telecommunications graduate students
    • Participate in GPSO sub-committees if necessary
    • Actively solicit opinions of graduate students in the Department of Telecommunications and accurately voice their perspectives to the GPSO
    • Participate in GPSO social and civic activities

GPSO Programming Sub-Committee, FA2013 – SP2014

    • Reviewed past programs, social hours, and events
    • Developed future events

Service to the Department


Teaching Assistant Training,  2010, 2014

    • Co-coordinated and led departmental teaching assistant training

Faculty Representative, FA2012 – SP2013

    • Attend faculty meetings
    • Convey graduate student concerns to faculty
    • Report back to graduate students

Webmaster, SP2012

Faculty Search Committee Graduate Student Rep., FA2011-SP2012

    • Reading candidate files
    • Talking to candidates
    • Observing the decision-making process within the department
    • Reporting back to graduate students

Departmental Graduate Ambassador, SP2010, FA2010, SP2012, SP2013, SP2014

    • Met with potential faculty candidates
    • Answered candidate questions

Awards & Activities


  • College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, FA2014 – SP2015 ($20,000)
  • Top Student Paper, AEJMC, Mass Communication & Society Division, 2014 ($75)
  • AEJMC Graduate Student Travel Award, 2014 ($750)
  • College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award, FA2013 ($250)
  • Merit Fellowship, FA2010 – SP2014 ($1000 per annum)
  • Graduate Tuition Scholarship, FA2008 – SP2014 ($11,500 – 15,500 per annum)
  • Dean’s List, FA2004, SP2005, SP2006, FA2007
  • International Golden Key Society, 2006 – 2007
  • Honors Program, 2003-2005

Professional Memberships


  • International Communication Association
  • Broadcast Education Association
  • National Communication Association
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Selected Public COmmentary


Industry blog entry

Expert opinion

Industry Experience


Graphic design & prepress management

    • Bryan County News, Jan 2008 – Aug 2008

Advertising editor & reporter

    • The Inkwell, Jan 2004 – May 2005

Web design & webmaster

    • Bitteroot Hardwoods & Dimension, Summer 2010
    • Mattewagner.com, Fall 2009 – Summer 2010
    • Fabrika Fine Fabrics, Summer 2008
    • Deacy Welding Supply, Summer 2006
    • The Inkwell, Aug 2004 – May 2005

Links to Creative Work


Technical Skills


  • Video game modding (Skyrim Creation Kit – intermediate)
  • Mechanical Turk (intermediate)
  • MediaLab (intermediate)
  • DirectRT (intermediate)
  • Survey Monkey (proficient)
  • Flash (proficient)
  • Photoshop (proficient)
  • HTML (proficient)
  • InDesign (proficient)
  • Photography (proficient)
  • Action Script (intermediate)
  • Java (beginner)

Hobbies & Interests