Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Kayla Jordan

M.S., Experimental Psychology, Missouri State University

Graduate student
Kayla Jordan



language, political psychology, morality, health, computational psychology


My research program is centered on two major questions. First, what can language tell us about the thought processes and psychological traits of political leaders? Second, how do the psychological aspects of political language impact peoples’ political attitudes and everyday behaviors? Central to my research program is a methodological focus on cutting edge, quantitative, automated language analysis for exploring large quantities of political text. As a social psychologist by training, I seek to apply the findings and theories of social psychology to understand the psychological side of political leaders and the political system through language.


Selected Publications

Jordan, K. N., Pennebaker, J. W., & Ehrig, C. (2018). The 2016 US Presidential Candidates and How People Tweeted About Them. SAGE Open, 8(3), 1-8. doi: 10.1177/2158244018791218.

Jordan, K. N., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2017). The exception or the rule: Using words to assess analytic thinking, Donald Trump, and the American presidency. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 3(3), 312. [pdf]

Jordan, K. N., Pennebaker, J. W., Petrie, K. J., & Dalbeth, N. (2018). ‘Googling’ Gout: Exploring perceptions about gout through a linguistic analysis of online search activities. Arthritis Care & Research. doi: 10.1002/acr.23598

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