Professor James Pennebaker, University of Austin

Pronouns, prepositions, articles, and other short function words have traditionally been ignored by most self-respecting business scholars, computer scientists, and other academics interested in how people communicate with one another. Not so fast. Dozens of studies are summarised that point to the value of function words in understanding people’s thinking styles, social interactions, emotional states, honesty, status, and a broad array of behaviours. Ultimately, function words can tell us how people are paying attention to and connecting with their audience. Recent findings relying on big data from Reddit, blogs, movies, and other sources examine ways of understanding group and larger cultural dynamics in ways relevant to the understanding of people and the decisions they make.

Speaker bio

James Pennebaker is the Regents Centennial Chair of Psychology and the Executive Director of Project 2021 at the University of Texas at Austin. He and his students are exploring the links between emotional experiences, natural language, and physical and mental health. His most recent research focusses on how everyday language reflects basic social and personality processes. Author or editor of nine books and over 250 articles, Professor Pennebaker has received numerous awards and honours. Beginning in 2016, he has assumed the leadership of Project 2021, a programme to change the way the University of Texas thinks about and delivers undergraduate education.

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Trumpington St
Cambridge
CambridgeshireCB2 1AG
United Kingdom

Date & time

Date: 24 June 2019
Start Time: 12:30
End Time: 14:00

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Open to: Members of the University of Cambridge

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Trumpington St
Cambridge
CambridgeshireCB2 1AG
United Kingdom

Event timings

Date: 24 June 2019
Start Time: 12:30
End Time: 14:00