New research released in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology unveiled how language patterns can help reveal a person’s true feelings.
As part of an experiment consisting of 1,169 participants, they were instructed to provide input about their false or truthful opinions on an outgroup they believed was more evolved or less so.
“Following several automated text analyses, the data indicated psychological differences in attention through word patterns,” the authors explained in their report.
“Consistent with prior work, deceptive texts contained fewer self-references and more negative emotion terms than truthful texts, and dehumanizers used more negative emotions than humanizers.”
What researchers determined: “New evidence suggests those who wrote deceptively about evolved groups focused the most on negative emotions compared to other participants.”