Nairán Ramírez-Esparza

Degree: Ph.D., 2007, University of Texas at Austin
Webpages: Language And Behavior Cultural Lab (LAB-C-Lab)
Research Interests: Culture, Language, and Personality

Culture, Language, and Health

Culture, Language, and Development

Research Synopsis: Prof. Ramirez is interested in answering questions about how culture and language influences personality, behavior, health, and development. In order to answer these questions, she uses multiple methodological approaches, including digital recording devices, text analytic tools, and brain measures.
Courses: Social Psychology

Cross-Cultural Psychology

Tools to Analyze Language

Recent publications: Indexed in google scholar

All publications in Google Scholar

Representative Publications: Ramírez-Esparza, N., García-Sierra A., & Kuhl, K. P. (2014). Look who’s talking: Speech style and social context in language input to infants is linked to concurrent and future speech development. Developmental Science, 17, 880-891.


Ramírez-Esparza, N., Chung, K. C., Sierra-Otero, G., & Pennebaker J. W. (2012). Cross-cultural constructions of self-schemas: Americans and Mexicans. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 233-250.


Ramírez-Esparza, N., Mehl, M. R., Alvarez-Bermúdez, J. & Pennebaker, J. W. (2009). Are Mexicans more sociable than Americans? Insights from Naturalistic Observation Study. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 1-7.


Ramírez-Esparza, N., Gosling, S. D., Benet-Martínez, V., Potter, J., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2006). Do bilinguals have two personalities? A special case of cultural frame switching. Journal of Research in Personality, 40, 99-120.

Accolades: In the news: Look who’s talking manuscript in Developmental Science with García-Sierra A., & Kuhl, K. P. [Smithsonian, Washington Post, Scientific American, Uconn Today, Daily Mail]


January 2008: Best Paper, Journal of Research in Personality