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The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us

By James W. Pennebaker

Abstract

Presentation delivered March 15, 2011 at Haverford College, KINSC Sharpless Auditorium, by James W. Pennebaker from the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas.James W. Pennebaker is a social-personality psychologist whose groundbreaking research examines the implications of language for personality, social behaviour and psychological and physical health. His work, which is methodologically innovative and cross-cuts traditional boundaries in the field, has been published in many leading journals, including Science, Psychological Science, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and featured in several books, including Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions (Guilford Press, 1997). Professor Pennebaker has been the recipient of several honors and awards for both teaching and research, including the APA award in 2002 for outstanding contributions to Health Psychology (Division 38). His talk, entitled, "The Secret Life of Pronouns: What our Words Say About US," will examine how patterns and variations in our use of function words--the seemingly smallest and most significant words in our vocabulary--can provide powerful hints about many aspects of our lives, including personality, honesty and deception, and intimate relationships"--Haverford College Calenda

Year: 2011
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