Miranda's primary research focus is on Person and Thing Orientations (PO and TO). PO and TO are fundamental individual difference factors that relate to which elements of the environment an individual attends and responds to. Person-oriented individuals orient toward the social aspects of their environment (i.e., the people around them), whereas thing-oriented individuals orient toward the physical aspects of their environment (i.e., the objects around them). Previous work has found that PO and TO are highly related to interests in majors and careers and has important implications for STEM fields. Miranda's current projects examine the cognitive bases of PO and TO, looking at the process of attention in relation to stimuli that involve social and non-social content.

Miranda's research interests also involve the social dimensions of language. She is interested in how linguistic data can reveal basic psychological processes, including individual differences. Some of her previous work has addressed objective linguistic measures of writing quality and the development of writing skill across time. Her current work examines how self-presentation behaviors are represented in verbal descriptions.​

Research Team

Undergraduate Research Assistants:
*Supervised senior thesis/Honor's project

Andrew Bradburn (2018 - Current)
Britney Nguyen (2017 - Current)
Cassidy Walsh (2014 - 2016)
Catherine Galley (2016 - 2017)
Colleen Widmaier (2014 - 2015)
Courtney Benefiel (2016)
Darby Dyar (2014 - 2015)
Elizabeth Bianco (2017)
Emma Palmer (2018 - Current)
Izzy Landis (2013)
Jacob Schneider (2018 - Current)
*Jessica Gundlach (2014 – 2016)
Kala Wiegman (2013)
Kasia Jayjack (2013 - 2014)
Kelsey Chance (2013)
Lillian Goodman (2017)
Liz Bianco (2017)
Nola Daley (2015 - 2016)
Paige Asbridge (2017)
Quazi Fairooz (2016)
*Ronnie Nowicki (2014 - 2015)

Lab Photos:

Fall 2014
Back: Colleen Widmaier, Darby Dyar, Cassidy Walsh, Jessica Gundlach
Front: Ronnie Nowicki, Miranda McIntyre

Spring 2014
Jessica Gundlach, Kasia Jayjack,
Miranda McIntyre

Fall 2013
Kasia Jayjack, Miranda McIntyre
Not Pictured: Kelsey Chance

Spring 2013
Izzy Landis, Miranda McIntyre,
Kala Wiegman, Kelsey Chance