Author, Professor to Analyze What the Language You Use Really Says About You

Dec. 2, 2011

Event: The Austin Forum on Science, Technology & Society will host: "How Our Words Reflect Who We Are" presented by James W. Pennebaker, Liberal Arts Foundation Centennial Professor, Department Chair of the Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin.

When: 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: AT&T Conference Center Amphitheater (Room 204), 1900 University Ave.

Background: James W. Pennebaker will explore the secret life of function words and show how analyzing them can reveal depression, dishonesty, leadership qualities, and whether you are compatible with the person you are interested in.

Pennebaker's more recent work examines the links between natural language and psychological state. He has published almost 300 research articles and nine books, including his recently released book, "The Secret Life of Pronouns" (Bloomsbury Press). Among the most cited researchers in the social sciences, Pennebaker has an active research lab that is routinely funded by the National Science Foundation and federal agencies associated with national security.

Additional information is available on the Austin Forum website.

For more information, contact: Faith Singer-Villalobos, Texas Advanced Computing Center, 512 232 5771.