2020-07-10

New Blogpost, Preprint, and CfP

Time passes quickly, and there are three new things to announce now. First, I have published a new blog post in German, which deals with the differential treatment in speaking, Andersbehandlung von Menschen im Sprechen.

Second, a preprint titled From Text to Thought: How Analyzing Language Can Advance Psychological Science was just submitted online. The paper by Joshua C. Jackson, Joseph Watts, myself, Ryan Drabble, and Kristen Lindquist discusses how new approaches to language analysis could be fruitfully applied in psychology in the future:

Humans have been using language for thousands of years, but psychologists seldom consider what natural language can tell us about the mind. Here we propose that language offers a unique window into human cognition. After briefly summarizing the legacy of language analyses in psychological science, we show how methodological advances have made these analyses more feasible and insightful than ever before. In particular, we describe how two forms of language analysis—comparative linguistics and natural language processing—are already contributing to how we understand emotion, creativity, and religion, and overcoming methodological obstacles related to statistical power and culturally diverse samples. We summarize resources for learning both of these methods, and highlight the best way to combine language analysis techniques with behavioral paradigms. Applying language analysis to large-scale and cross-cultural datasets promises to provide major breakthroughs in psychological science.

Last not least, we have just launched a call for papers, for a workshop on Model and Evidence in Quantitative Comparative Linguistics, organized by Gerhard Jäger (University Tübingen) and myself as part of the annual meeting of the DGfS in February 2021. The deadline for this Call is 31st of August 2020, and we invite submissions for 20-minute talks and have even limited resources for travel funds available.