Dr Ryan Boyd

Lecturer in Behavioural Analytics

Research Overview

I'm deeply interested in what a person's behavior can tell us about why they do what they do. For the past several years, I have been conducting researcon verbal behavior in particular -- not just what a person says, but how they say it. Do words reveal a person's core motives? Can we accurately deduce what a person is thinking based on what they say online, face-to-face, or privately? These are the types of questions that keep me up at night.

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

What do couples talk about in daily life and how? Age differences in relational pronouns, emotions and conversation topics
Oral presentation

The Language of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Associations between political leaders speech and collective emotional responses across time in four countries
Oral presentation

The language of the COVID-19 pandemic
Oral presentation

Linguistic analysis of borderline personality disorder
Oral presentation

The arc of narrative
Oral presentation

How to talk about your feelings: The peculiar relationship between words and emotions
Invited talk

How to talk about your feelings: The peculiar relationship between words and emotions
Invited talk

Natural language and groups: Perspectives from communications, computer science, psychology, and organizational behavior
Oral presentation

The narrative arc: Quantifying the psychological structure of stories
Invited talk

Psychology and verbal behavior
Invited talk

How to talk about your feelings: The peculiar relationship between words and emotions
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Motives: Using language to understand the thought -> behavior gap
Invited talk

Active emotion vocabularies: Natural variations in affective language and psychosocial functioning
Oral presentation

Verbal Behaviour: Using language analysis to capture core social and psychological processes
Invited talk

The Psychology of Language
Invited talk

Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: Language and Computation (Journal)
Editorial activity

PLoS ONE (Journal)
Editorial activity

Top Faculty Paper
Prize (including medals and awards)

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