Emotion Mining Seminar with James Pennebaker, creator of LIWC

The October issue of the Mind, Text, and Mining seminar presents:

Q&A (via Skype) with James W. Pennebaker (University of Texas Austin) & round table discussion.

Professor James Pennebaker is Centennial Liberal Arts Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a key figure in the study of psychology using text both through his wide-ranging research and through development of the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) text analysis program, which is being used by many researchers within the social sciences and in industry.

NB: Although there will enough room for discussion with James Pennebaker, we ask you – if you have specific questions – to send them to us a week in advance so that we can forward them to James Pennebaker. The number of participants is limited. If you want to participate, please send an email to Martijn Schoonvelde (mschoonvelde@gmail.com).

For more info, see: http://mschoonvelde.com/seminar/

Date and time: October 18, 2018 | 3-5PM

Location: NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide studies (Herengracht 380 1016 CJ Amsterdam)

In various academic fields texts are analysed for indicators of speaker personality, or speaker emotions like disgust, anger, and happiness: concepts which have been shown to drive (political) behaviour or to represent opinions, attitudes or emotionality in relation to certain topics. Quantitative analysis or ‘mining’ of these psychological constructs in the study of historical, social, and political phenomena is burgeoning.

To learn more about these developments, we are forming a multidisciplinary group of interested and active researchers in the Netherlands by means of a regularly occurring seminar in which best practices in applied work, new methodologies, and substantive new findings are exchanged and discussed. We aim for a group of committed members who intend to participate on a regular basis.