Cynthia Whissell

Summary

Affiliation: Laurentian University
Country: Canada

Publications

  1. ncbi Using the Revised Dictionary of Affect in Language to quantify the emotional undertones of samples of natural language
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
    Psychol Rep 105:509-21. 2009
  2. ncbi Emotion in the sounds of pets' names
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada P3E 2C6
    Percept Mot Skills 102:121-4. 2006
  3. ncbi A comparison of two lists providing emotional norms for English words (ANEW and the DAL)
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3E 2C6
    Psychol Rep 102:597-600. 2008
  4. ncbi Emotion and the humors: scoring and classifying major characters from Shakespeare's comedies on the basis of their language
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 106:813-31. 2010
  5. ncbi The trend toward more attractive and informative titles: American Psychologist 1946-2010
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 110:427-44. 2012
  6. ncbi Quantifying genre: an operational definition of tragedy and comedy based on Shakespeare's plays
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario
    Psychol Rep 101:177-92. 2007
  7. ncbi Word emotionality and the structure of the Old Testament book of Ruth
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 101:1011-5. 2007
  8. ncbi Emotional fluctuations in Bob Dylan's lyrics measured by the dictionary of affect accompany events and phases in his life
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 102:469-83. 2008
  9. ncbi Poet interrupted: differences in the emotionality and imagery of Byron's poetry associated with his turbulent mid-career years in England
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 107:321-8. 2010
  10. ncbi Challenging an authorial attribution: vocabulary and emotion in a translation of Goethe's Faust attributed to Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 108:358-66. 2011

Detail Information

Publications26

  1. ncbi Using the Revised Dictionary of Affect in Language to quantify the emotional undertones of samples of natural language
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
    Psychol Rep 105:509-21. 2009
    ..The revised Dictionary, which contains ratings for words characteristic of natural language, is a portable tool that can be applied in almost any situation involving language...
  2. ncbi Emotion in the sounds of pets' names
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada P3E 2C6
    Percept Mot Skills 102:121-4. 2006
    ..0001). As well, pets' names were longer and more easily pronounced by children than the human names (p < .0001)...
  3. ncbi A comparison of two lists providing emotional norms for English words (ANEW and the DAL)
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3E 2C6
    Psychol Rep 102:597-600. 2008
    ..quot; In view of these differences, list similarities strongly support the generalizability of the two main lexical dimensions of affect...
  4. ncbi Emotion and the humors: scoring and classifying major characters from Shakespeare's comedies on the basis of their language
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 106:813-31. 2010
    ..A study of Kate and Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew demonstrated state-like changes in humor for characters as the play unfolded...
  5. ncbi The trend toward more attractive and informative titles: American Psychologist 1946-2010
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 110:427-44. 2012
    ..Predictors of this trend include societal variables and the journal's editorial policies...
  6. ncbi Quantifying genre: an operational definition of tragedy and comedy based on Shakespeare's plays
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario
    Psychol Rep 101:177-92. 2007
    ..The predicted elevation of language in tragedy was noted instead in the use of more verse, fewer common words, and fewer personal pronouns (less subjectivity)...
  7. ncbi Word emotionality and the structure of the Old Testament book of Ruth
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 101:1011-5. 2007
    ..Ruth was gentle in tone, containing 188% of the normative proportion of Pleasant/Passive words and approximately 50% of the normative proportion of various active and unpleasant categories of words...
  8. ncbi Emotional fluctuations in Bob Dylan's lyrics measured by the dictionary of affect accompany events and phases in his life
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 102:469-83. 2008
    ..Dylan's three popularity peaks were used to divide the singer's career into three stages (rhetor, poet, sage) which differed in terms of pronouns used...
  9. ncbi Poet interrupted: differences in the emotionality and imagery of Byron's poetry associated with his turbulent mid-career years in England
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 107:321-8. 2010
    ..Differences between the two parts of Childe Harold were best explained on the basis of time-dependent growth curves rather than the interruption...
  10. ncbi Challenging an authorial attribution: vocabulary and emotion in a translation of Goethe's Faust attributed to Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 108:358-66. 2011
    ..Some problems with the stylometry of the challenged attribution to Coleridge are noted...
  11. ncbi Explaining inconsistencies in Shakespeare's character Henry V on the basis of the emotional undertones of his speeches
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3E 2C6
    Psychol Rep 108:843-55. 2011
    ..Four categories of Henry V's speeches (Condescension, Control, Self-definition, and the Courtship of Good Opinion), represented in both public and private discourse, reflected increasing pleasantness in emotional undertones...
  12. ncbi Sound and emotion in Milton's Paradise lost
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 2C6, Canada
    Percept Mot Skills 113:257-67. 2011
    ..The poem analyzed had updated spelling, and the author's exact intentions when creating it are not accessible to direct investigation, for this among other reasons...
  13. ncbi The flow of emotion through Beowulf
    Cynthia Whissell
    Department of Psychology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 99:835-50. 2006
    ..Data from three different translations and data representing the meter and orthography of the original poem provided convergent construct validity for the model...
  14. ncbi Titles of articles published in the journal Psychological Reports: changes in language, emotion, and imagery over time
    Cynthia Whissell
    Department of Psychology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, P3E 2C6 Canada
    Psychol Rep 94:807-13. 2004
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  15. ncbi Pronounceability: a measure of language samples based on children's mastery of the phonemes employed in them
    Cynthia Whissell
    Department of Psychology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada
    Percept Mot Skills 96:748-54. 2003
    ..8), providing construct validity for the interpretation of Pronounceability as a measure of Youthfulness...
  16. ncbi What difference does it make? Implications of the size of the difference between the means of two groups
    Cynthia Whissell
    Department of Psychology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada
    Percept Mot Skills 97:716-22. 2003
    ..g., top 1% of scorers, were discussed. It was noted that even small differences between means could result in an extremely disproportionate inclusion of members from the two original groups in a high-scoring subgroup...
  17. ncbi Emotion and style in an English translation of the Quran
    Cynthia Whissell
    Department of Psychology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 94:523-44. 2004
    ..Significant differences were noted between chronologically Early and Late suras (chapters) in terms of emotion, style, and word use. An inflection point was identified in the time-line partway through the Meccan suras of the Quran...
  18. ncbi Geographical and political predictors of emotion in the sounds of favorite baby names
    Cynthia Whissell
    Department of Psychology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3E 2C6
    Percept Mot Skills 102:105-8. 2006
    ..01). It was possible to predict emotional associations and pronounceability (R2 = .27-.48, p < .01) on the basis of historical, geographical, and political variables...
  19. ncbi Serial publication and the emotional associations of words in Dickens' David Copperfield
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 99:751-61. 2006
    ..It was felt this was likely as a result of Dickens' efforts to maintain dynamism and increase reader interest...
  20. ncbi The distinct emotional flavor of Gnostic writings from the early Christian era
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6, Canada
    Psychol Rep 102:213-34. 2008
    ..The majority of the predictive power of the function (97% of all correct categorizations, 70% of the canonical r2) was associated with the preferential presence of passive and passive/pleasant words in Gnostic documents...
  21. ncbi "The sound must seem an echo to the sense": Pope's use of sound to convey meaning in his translation of Homer's Iliad
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6, Canada
    Percept Mot Skills 98:859-64. 2004
    ..There was also a significant difference between Books (Book I was more Active) and a distinct pattern of rise and then fall within each of them in the preferential use of Active phonemes...
  22. ncbi The emotional symbolism of two English e-sounds: /i/ as in "cheap" is pleasant and /I/ as in "chip" active
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada
    Percept Mot Skills 96:149-65. 2003
    ..The placement of samples in quadrants was additionally informative. Data samples including many long e sounds (/i/) tended to be more Pleasant and those including many short e sounds (/I/) tended to be more Active...
  23. ncbi Historical and socioeconomic predictors of the emotional associations of sounds in popular names
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3E 2C6
    Percept Mot Skills 103:451-6. 2006
    ..For example, the inclusion of Positive Emotional sounds in women's names was predicted with R2 = .73 from a formula emphasizing the advent of the pill (beta = 1.58) and year (beta = -1.56)...
  24. ncbi Comparison of the books of the New Testament (English Translation) in terms of emotion and word use
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada P3E 2C6
    Psychol Rep 98:57-64. 2006
    ..Measures of the books were related to one another, e.g., Pleasantness score and the use of the word "love" (p=.80) and to descriptors of the books, e.g., longer books tended to score lower on Pleasantness (p = -.79)...
  25. ncbi Readers' opinions of romantic poetry are consistent with emotional measures based on the Dictionary of Affect in Language
    Cynthia Whissell
    Department of Psychology, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON Canada
    Percept Mot Skills 96:990-2. 2003
    ..Dictionary measures and subjective ratings of the same constructs loaded on the same factor. Results are interpreted as providing construct validity for the Dictionary of Affect...
  26. ncbi Using computer-scored measures of emotion and style to discriminate among disputed and undisputed Pauline and non-Pauline epistles
    Cynthia Whissell
    Psychology Department, Laurentian University, Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, ON, Canada
    Percept Mot Skills 98:1117-25. 2004
    ..There were significant differences in patterns of word use (vocabulary) between Disputed and Undisputed samples...