We Search Among People and Words

CPACT – research project (2016-2018) devoted to the study of human communication and to finding the relations between people’s personality and the words they use, funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR).

CPACT Research

Computational Psycholinguistic Analysis of Czech Text

Project Description

CPACT (Computational Psycholinguistic Analysis of Czech Text) is a three-year research project devoted to the study of human communication. The research aims to understand the relations between a person’s personality and the words they use. Why do people use different sentences, words, or phrases when communicating about the same topic? By combining advanced computational methods with modern psychodiagnostics, the unique phenomenon of human communication can now be studied from an entirely new perspective.

CPACT is an interdisciplinary research interconnecting two disciplines – psychology and linguistics. The research employs both psychological testing methods and computational linguistics methods. The computational analysis of a natural language conducted by means of programmed neural networks enables us to describe verbal communication in a manner that was previously impossible. This method is further combined with psychological research tools in order to identify which specific characteristics of words are associated with selected personal traits of the speaker.

Research outcomes may be employed in various fields, e.g. by emergency line operators working with people who find themselves in life endangering situations. The research may help us find answers to questions such as: Is the given caller experiencing only a temporary state of anxiety, or do they find themselves in a serious risk of self-harm or even suicide? The analysis of the person’s oral and written communication may enable us to better understand and help them. Moreover, isn’t there more to verbal communication than just the transmission of users’ attitudes and opinions? The CPACT research aims to answer these questions and many more.

 

Project Team and Research Funding

The CPACT project is realised by the Faculty of Education, University of South Bohemia (Pedagogicka fakulta Jihočeské univerzity v Českých Budějovicích) in 2016-2018, and is funded by a grant from the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR, grant no. 16-19087S). The project team comprises experts from four academic institutions, including University of South Bohemia, Masaryk University, University of Hradec Králové, and Charles University.

The research is conducted by a project team under the lead of Dalibor Kučera, Ph.D., who is responsible for a smooth running of the project, as well as for the completion of the project goals. The Faculty of Education, University of South Bohemia is the institutional guarantor of the research project and is also the receiver of the funding. Agenda related to communication with the research participants is taken care of by project assistants.

Project team members:

Team memberDepartment
PhDr. Dalibor Kučera, Ph.D.Department of Pedagogy and Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of South Bohemia
prof. PaedDr. Iva Stuchlíková, CSc.Department of Pedagogy and Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of South Bohemia
PhDr. Jana M. Havigerová, Ph.D.Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University
prof. PhDr. Tomáš Urbánek, Ph.D.Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University
Mgr. Jiří Haviger, Ph.D.Department of Informatics and Quantitative Methods, Faculty of Informatics and Management, Faculty of Education, University of Hradec Králové
RNDr. Milena Hnátková, CSc.Institute of Theoretical and Computational Linguistics, Faculty of Arts of Charles University
Mgr. Tomáš Jelínek, Ph.D.Institute of Theoretical and Computational Linguistics, Faculty of Arts of Charles University
RNDr. Hana Skoumalová, Ph.D.Institute of Theoretical and Computational Linguistics, Faculty of Arts of Charles University

 

Ethical Principles of the Research

The research aspires to fulfil high standards of quality and aims for socially desirable and relevant goals. The research follows the ethical principles of both APA and Czech-Moravian Psychological Society (ČMPS). It does not involve any risk to its participants, their health or property. Participants take part in the research voluntarily and receive financial reward for doing so. All material provided is considered private and is treated as such, and without the participant’s explicit consent none of it will be shared with third parties. Research findings will be published with respect to the principle of anonymity and confidentiality. The participants will have been informed about the research requirements and features prior to their participation. By providing their informed consent with partaking in the research, participants also agree with the use of the data collected.

 

Contact

CPACT Research (GA ČR 16-19087S)
Dalibor Kučera, Ph.D.
Department of Pedagogy and Psychology
Faculty of Education
University of South Bohemia

Jeronýmova 10
371 15 České Budějovice
Czech Republic

E-mail: info@cpact.cz
Www: www.cpact.cz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vyzkumcpact
Phone: +420 605 983 326

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