James W. Pennebaker is the Regents Professor of Psychology and the Executive Director of Project 2021, an educational innovation project at the University of Texas at Austin. Whereas Pennebaker's earlier work examined how writing about traumatic experience improved physical health and immune function, more recent studies have explored natural language. He finds that low-level word use is related to personality, deception, status, group dynamics, and emotional states. He is now working with his university's senior administration to rethink 21st century education models. Author or editor of 10 books and over 300 scientific articles, Pennebaker is among the most cited scientists in psychology and psychiatry. His current work is funded by NSF, the Templeton Foundation, and the Army Research Institute.
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