|I am a Cultural Researcher
at the University of Connecticut. My research interests are
at the intersection of culture, language and
Language and Personality
I find the bilingual brain fascinating. When bilinguals alternate between their languages they see the world differently. I have been doing research on personality and I have also collaborated with Dr. Garcia-Sierra doing research on speech perception. My research questions include:
*Do bilinguals change their personality when they switch languages?
*How bilinguals change their perception of speech sounds as they switch languages?
Ramírez-Esparza, N., Gosling, S. D., Benet-Martínez, V., Potter, J., & Pennebaker, J.W. (2006). Do bilinguals have two personalities? A special case of cultural frame switching. Journal of Research in Personality, 40, 99-120. pdf.
Ramírez-Esparza, N., Gosling, S. D., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2008). Paradox lost:
Unraveling the puzzle of Simpatía. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 39,
García-Sierra A., Ramírez-Esparza, N., Silva-Pereyra, J., Siard, J., & Champlin, C. (2012). Assessing the double phonemic representation in bilingual speakers of Spanish and English: An electrophysiological study. Brain & Language, 121, 194-205.
Ramírez-Esparza, N., Mehl, M. R., Alvarez-Bermúdez, J. & Pennebaker, J. W. (2009). Are Mexicans more sociable than Americans? Insights from a Naturalistic Observation Study. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 1-7.pdf.
Ramírez-Esparza, N., Chung, K. C., Sierra-Otero, G., & Pennebaker J. W. (2012). Cross-cultural constructions of self-schemas: Americans and Mexicans. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 233-250. pdf.
Mehl, M. R., Vazire, S., Ramírez-Esparza, N., Slatcher, R. B., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2007). Are women really more talkative than men? Science, 317, 82.pdf.
Ramirez-Esparza, N., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2006). Do good stories produce good health? Exploring words, language, and culture. Narrative Inquiry, 16, 221-229 pdf.
Ramírez-Esparza, N., Pennebaker, J. W., García, A. F., & Suriá, R. (2007). La Psicología del Uso de las Palabras: Un Programa de Computadora que Analiza Textos en Español [The Psychology of Word Use: A Computer Program that Analyzes Texts in Spanish]. Revista Mexicana de Psicología, 24, 85-99. pdf.
Ramírez-Esparza, N., Chung, C., Kacewicz, E., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2008). The Psychology of Word Use in Depression Forums in English and in Spanish: Testing Two Text Analytic Approaches. Proceedings of the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2008). pdf.
*In order to answer these
questions we have used the LIWC a text analytic tool
developed by Dr Pennebaker. To learn more about LIWC go
to Dr. Pennebaker's web page.
For the information in Spanish click here.
Language, Culture, and Development
As a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington we collected data from monolingual and bilingual infants and we assessed their everyday behaviors, social environment and language use. As part of this project I collaborated with Dr. Garcia-Sierra to collect infants' brain responses.
*Do everyday social behaviors and language
use influence infants' well-being and language
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