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From text to thought: how analyzing language can advance Psychological Science [Preprint]

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Watts,  Joseph
Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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List,  Johann-Mattis
CALC, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Jackson, J. C., Watts, J., List, J.-M., Puryear, C., Drabble, R., & Lindquist, K. (2020). From text to thought: how analyzing language can advance Psychological Science [Preprint]. PsyArXiv Preprints, qat4r. doi:10.31234/osf.io/qat4r.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-DB21-E
Abstract
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.