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Morteza Dehghani

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Computer Science

Contact Information
E-mail: mdehghan@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-4382
Office: DNI 268

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Curriculum Vitae
Computational Social Sciences Laboratory
 

Education

Ph.D. Computer Science, Northwestern University, 2009
 

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctorate in Psychology, Northwestern University, 2010-2011   
 

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Scienti c Insights on Human Nature and a New Economics of Cooperation and Conflict (Institute for New Economic Thinking), A. Damasio, H. Damasio; M. Dehghani; M. H. Immordino-Yang; J. Kaplan; J. Monterosso, $900,000, 2015-2018  
Modeling and exploiting the social function of emotions in mixed human-machine teams (AFOSR), J. Gratch, M. Dehghani; S. Marsella; P. Carnevale, $1,200,000, 2014-2018  
Applying Moral Pluralism to the Study of Self-Control (Templeton Foundation), J. Graham, M. Dehghani; J. Doris; J. Monterosso; D. Oyserman, $265,011, 2015-2017  
"I Was Never the Same": Development and Validation of a Text-Based Approach to Studying Transformati (Templeton Foundation), J. Graham, M. Dehghani; J. Doris; J. Monterosso, $153,986, 2015-2017  
Investigating & Modeling the Emergence of Counterfactual Reasoning (ONR), H. Moll, M. Dehghani, $750,000, 2014-2017  
Religiosity, Culture and Decision Making (AFOSR), Morteza Dehghani, $360,000, 2012-2015  
Culture-specific neurobiological models of the influence of narrative framing using sacred values (DARPA), A. Gordon, A. Damasio; H. Damasio; M. Dehghani; M. H. Immordino-Yang; J. Kaplan; K. Sagea, $1,900,000, 2012-2014  
 

USC Funding

USC Collaboration Fund. Big Data and Human Behavior Speaker Series: The funds will also be used for various social and networking events, aiming at building a more cohesive community of big data researchers and students at USC. , $10,000, 2015-2016   
 

Publications

Book Chapter

Hoover, J., Dehghani, M., Johnson, K., Iliev, R., Graham, J. (2015). Into The Wild: Big Data Analytics in Moral Psychology. Atlas of Moral Psychology
Dehghani, M., Forbus, K., Tomai, E., Klenk, M. (2011). An Integrated Reasoning Approachto Moral Decision-Making. Machine Ethics Cambridge University Press.
 

Journal Article

Dehghani, M., Johnson, K. M., Garten, J., Boghrati, R., Hoover, J., Balasubramanian, V., Singh, A., Shankar, Y., Pulickal, L., Rajkumar, A., Parmar, N. J. (2016). TACIT: An open-source text analysis, crawling, and interpretation tool. Behavior research methods. PubMed Web Address (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Johnson, K., Hoover, J., Sagi, E., Garten, J., Parmar, N. J., Vaisey, S., Iliev, R., Graham, J. (2016). Purity Homophily in Social Networks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. PubMed Web Address (pdf)
Kaplan, J. T., Gimbel, S. I., Dehghani, M., Immordino-Yang, M. H., Sagae, K., Wong, J. D., Tipper, C. M., Damasio, H., Gordon, A. S., Damasio, A. (2016). Processing Narratives Concerning Protected Values: A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Neural Correlates. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991). PubMed Web Address (pdf)
Krämer, N. C., Karacora, B., Lucas, G., Dehghani, M., Rüther, G., Gratch, J. (2016). Closing the gender gap in STEM with friendly male instructors? On the effects of rapport behavior and gender of a virtual agent in an instructional interaction. Computers & Education. Vol. 99, pp. 1-13. (pdf)
Sachdeva, S., Iliev, R., Ekhtiari, H., Dehghani, M. (2015). The Role of Self-Sacrifice in Moral Dilemmas. PloS one. Vol. 10(6) (e0127409) Plos One
Dehghani, M., Khooshabeh, P., Nazerian, A., Gratch, J. (2014). The Subtlety of Sound: Accent as a Marker for Culture. Journal of Language and Social Psychology. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Carnevale, P. J., Gratch, J. (2014). Interpersonal effects of expressed anger and sorrow in morally charged negotiation. Judgment and Decision Making. Vol. 9 (2), pp. 104-113. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Sagae, K., Sachdeva, S., Gratch, J. (2014). Analyzing Political Rhetoric in Conservative and Liberal Weblogs Related to the Construction of the "Ground Zero Mosque". Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Vol. 11 (1), pp. 1-14. (pdf)
Khooshabeh, P., Dehghani, M., Nazarian, A., Gratch, J. (2014). The cultural influence model: When accented natural language spoken by virtual characters matters. Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Society. (pdf)
Sagi, E., Dehghani, M. (2014). Measuring moral rhetoric in text. Social Science Computer Review. Vol. 32 (2), pp. 132-144. (pdf)
Iliev, R., Dehghani, M., Sagi, E. (2014). Automated Text Analysis in Psychology: Methods, Applications, and Future Developments. Language and Cognition. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Bang, M., Medin, D., Marin, A., Leddon, E., Waxman, S. (2013). Epistemologies in the Text of Children's Books: Native-and non-Native-authored books. International Journal of Science Education. Vol. 35 (13), pp. 2133-2151. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Iliev, R., Kaufmann, S. (2012). Causal explanation and fact mutability in counterfactual reasoning. Mind & Language. Vol. 27 (1), pp. 55-85. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Atran, S., Iliev, R., Sachdeva, S., Medin, D., Ginges, J. (2010). Sacred values and conflict over Iran’s nuclear program. Judgment and Decision Making. Vol. 5 (7), pp. 540-546. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Iliev, R., Atran, S., Ginges, J., Medin, D. (2009). Emerging sacred values: The Iranian nuclear program. Judgment and Decision Making. Vol. 4, pp. 990-993. (pdf)
Ekhtiari, H., Behzadi, A., Dehghani, M., Jannati, A., Mokri, A. (2009). Prefer a cash slap in your face over credit for halva. Judgment and Decision Making. Vol. 4 (7), pp. 534-542. (pdf)
 

Other

Dehghani, M. (2009). A cognitive model of recognition-based moral decision making. Northwestern University. (pdf)
 

Proceedings

Boghrati, R., Garten, J., Litvinova, A., Dehghani, M. (2015). Incorporating Background Knowledge into Text Classification. In the proceedings of 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.
Garten, J., Sagae, K., Ustun, V., Dehghani, M. (2015). Combining distributed vector representations for words. NAACL Vector Space Modeling for NLP.
Sagi, E., Dehghani, M. (2014). Moral Rhetoric in Twitter: A Case Study of the US Federal Shutdown of 2013. In the proceedings of 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)
Kim, E., Dehghani, M., Kim, Y. K., Carnevale, P. J., Gratch, J. (2014). E ffects of Moral Concerns on Negotiations. In To be published in In the proceedings of 36th Annual Conference of the CognitiveScience Society (CogSci (Ed.), In the proceedings of 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci). (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Immordino-Yang, M. H., Graham, J., Marsella, S., Forbus, K., Ginges, J., Tambe, M., Maheswaran, R. (2013). Computational Models of Moral Perception, Conflict and Elevation. Proceedings of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP). (pdf)
Gratch, J., Hartholt, A., Dehghani, M., Marsella, S. (2013). Virtual Humans: A New Toolkit for Cognitive Science Research. pp. 215-233. In the proceedings of 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)
Sagae, K., Gordon, A. S., Dehghani, M., Metke, M., Kim, J. S., Gimbel, S. I., Tipper, C., Kaplan, J., Immordino-Yang, M. H. (2013). A Data-Driven Approach for Classification of Subjectivity in Personal Narratives. Proceedings of the 2013 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative. (pdf)
Salehi, N., Dehghani, M. (2013). The Rich Who Have the Humility of the Poor: Effects of Culture and Power on Altruism. In the proceedings of 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Gratch, J., Carnevale, P. (2012). Interpersonal Effects of Emotions in Morally-charged Negotiations. Proceedings of CogSci 2012. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Khooshabeh, P., Huang, L., Nazarian, A., Gratch, J. (2012). Using Accent to Induce Cultural Frame-Switching. Proceedings of CogSci 2012. (pdf)
Karacora, B., Dehghani, M., Krämer-Mertens, N., Gratch, J. (2012). The influence of virtual agents’ gender and rapport on enhancing math performance. pp. 563-568. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)
Carnevale, P. J., Kim, Y. K., De Melo, C. M., Dehghani, M., Gratch, J. (2011). These Are Ours: The Effects of Ownership and Groups on Property Negotiation. Appeared in The 24th Annual Conference of the International Association for Conflict Management. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Gratch, J., Sachdeva, S., Sagae, K. (2011). Analyzing Conservative and Liberal Blogs Related to the Construction of the Ground Zero Mosque. pp. 1853-1858. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Khooshabeh, P., Huang, L., Oganseyan, L., Gratch, J. (2011). Cultural frame-switching using accented spoken language by a virtual character. Workshop on Culturally Motivated Virtual Characters, IVA. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Forbus, K. (2009). QCM: A QP-based concept map system. Proceedings of the 23nd International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Gentner, D., Forbus, K., Ekhtiari, H., Sachdeva, S. (2009). Analogy and moral decision making. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Analogy Conference. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Iliev, R., Kaufmann, S. (2009). Causal Explanations in Counterfactual Reasoning. Proceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Sachdeva, S., Ekhtiari, H., Gentner, D., Forbus, K. (2009). The role of cultural narratives in moral decision making. pp. 1912-1917. Proceedings of the 31th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Tomai, E., Forbus, K., Iliev, R., Klenk, M. (2008). MoralDM: a computational modal of moral decision-making. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci-08). (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Tomai, E., Forbus, K., Klenk, M. (2008). Order of Magnitude Reasoning in Modeling Moral Decision-Making. 22nd International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Tomai, E., Forbus, K. D., Klenk, M. (2008). An Integrated Reasoning Approach to Moral Decision-Making. pp. 1280-1286. AAAI. (pdf)
Lockwood, K., Lovett, A., Forbus, K., Dehghani, M., Usher, J. (2008). A Theory of Depiction for Sketches of Physical Systems. Proceedings of QR 2008. (pdf)
Lockwood, K., Lovett, A., Forbus, K., Dehghani, M., Usher, J. (2008). Automatic interpretation of depiction conventions in sketched diagrams. pp. 167-173. Proceedings of the Fifth Eurographics conference on Sketch-Based Interfaces and ModelingEurographics Association. (pdf)
Lovett, A., Dehghani, M., Forbus, K. (2008). Building and comparing qualitative descriptions of three-dimensional design sketches. In Proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium on Control Mechanisms for Spatial Knowledge Processing in Cognitive / Intelligent Systems.. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Iliev, R., Kaufmann, S. (2007). Effects of fact mutability in the interpretation of counterfactuals. Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Nashville, TN. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Unsworth, S., Lovett, A., Forbus, K. D. (2007). Capturing and Categorizing Mental Models of Food Webs using QCM. In Proceedings of the 21st International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning. (pdf)
Forbus, K. D., Lockwood, K., Tomai, E., Dehghani, M., Czyz, J. (2007). Machine Reading as a Cognitive Science Research Instrument. pp. 55-60. AAAI Spring Symposium: Machine Reading. (pdf)
Lovett, A., Dehghani, M., Forbus, K. (2007). Incremental learning of perceptual categories for open-domain sketch recognition. In Proceedings of the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence. (pdf)
Lovett, A., Dehghani, M., Forbus, K. (2007). Constructing spatial representations of variable detail for sketch recognition. In Proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium on Control Mechanisms for Spatial Knowledge Processing in Cognitive / Intelligent Systems. (pdf)
Lovett, A., Lockwood, K., Dehghani, M., Forbus, K. (2007). Modeling human-like rates of learning via analogical generalization. pp. 35. In Proceedings of Analogies: Integrating Multiple Cognitive Abilities. (pdf)
Dehghani, M., Lovett, A. M. (2006). Efficient Genre Classification using Qualitative Representations. pp. 353-354. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval. (pdf)
Lovett, A., Dehghani, M., Forbus, K. (2006). Efficient learning of qualitative descriptions for sketch recognition. In Proceedings of the 20th International Workshop on Qualitative Reasoning (QR’06). (pdf)
 

Honors and Awards

Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, 2012-2013   
 
 
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