Dr Ryan Boyd

Lecturer in Behavioural Analytics

Research Overview

I'm deeply interested in what person's behavior can tell us about why they do what they do. For the past several years, my research has largely looked at verbal behavior in particular -- not just what a person says, but how they say it. Do words reveal what drives a person -- their core motives? Can we accurately figure out what's going on inside a person's head based on what they say online, face-to-face, or privately? These are the types of questions that make me lose sleep at night.

Most broadly, I'm interested in virtually any behavior that can tell us about a person's underlying motivations.

Selected Publications

Examining long-term trends in politics and culture through language of political leaders and cultural institutions
Jordan, K.N., Sterling, J., Pennebaker, J.W., Boyd, R.L. 26/02/2019 In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 9, p. 3476-3481. 6 p.
Journal article

The big two dictionaries: Capturing agency and communion in natural language
Pietraszkiewicz, A., Formanowicz, M., Gustafsson Sendén, M., Boyd, R.L., Sikström, S., Sczesny, S. 1/08/2019 In: European Journal of Social Psychology. 49, 5, p. 871-887. 17 p.
Journal article

Characterizing the Internet Research Agency’s Social Media Operations During the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election using Linguistic Analyses
Boyd, R., Spangher, A., Fourney, A., Nushi, B., Ranade, G., Pennebaker, J.W., Horvitz, E. 1/10/2018 PsyArXiv. 9 p.
Other report

Psychological Profiling and Event Forecasting Using Computational Language Analysis
Boyd, R., Kapoor, P. 1/03/2019 CREST Security Review, Spring 2019, p. 6-7. 2 p.