Matthias Mehl

Director, Social Graduate Program
Director, Naturalistic Observation of Social Interaction (NOSI) Laboratory
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Psychology 460 (Office)
Psychology 407 (Lab)

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Research Interests: 

  • Psychological implications of our everyday lives in regards to personality expression, person perception, social interactions, as well as coping and health
  • Use of naturalistic observation as well as psychological text analysis.

Updated: 07/06/22

Selected Publications: 

  • Mehl, M. R. (2017). The Electronically Activated Recorder or EAR: A method for the naturalistic observation of daily social behavior. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26, 184-190. DOI: 10.1177/09637214166806
  • Mehl, M. R., Raison, C. L., Pace, T. W. W., Arevalo, J. M. G., & Cole, S. W. (2017). Natural language indicators of differential gene regulation in the human immune system. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114, 12554-12559. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1707373114
  • Mehl, M. R. & Conner, T. S. (Eds.) (2012). Handbook of research methods for studying daily life. Guilford Press: New York, NY.
  • Mehl, M. R., Robbins, M. L., & Deters, g. F. (2012). Naturalistic observation of health-relevant social processes: The Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR) methodology in psychosomatics. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 410-417.
  • Mehl, M. R., Vazire, S., Holleran, S. E., & Clark, C. S. (2010). Eavesdropping on happiness: Well-being is related to having less small talk and more substantive conversations. Psychological Science, 21, 539–541.
  • Mehl, M. R., Vazire, S., Ramírez-Esparza, N., Slatcher, R. B., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2007). Are women really more talkative than men? Science, 317, 82.
  • Mehl, M. R., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2003). The sounds of social life: A psychometric analysis of students’ daily social environments and natural conversations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 857–870.  547–577.


Courses Taught:

  • PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology (2011)
  • PSY 396H - Honors Proseminar (2023)
  • PSY 596A - Topics in Social Psychology: Personality & Social Behavior (2011)
  • PSYC 352 - Personality (2009)

*Year listed indicates when this individual last taught the specified course.

Updated: 11/13/23


  • Diplom (~ M.A.), Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany (July 1998)
  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (May 2004)