Psychology of Swearing
This website accompanies the Psychology of Swearing talk held on Tuesday 10th November 2020 for the Universit of Glasgow Psychology Society.
If you would like more information about anything presented in this talk, I recommend the following sources:
- Benjamin Bergen – What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves. Amazon link.
- Steven Pinker - The Stuff of Thought. Amazon link.
- Emma Byrne - Swearing is Good For You. Amazon link.
Harris, C. L., Aycicegi, A., & Gleason, J. B. (2003). Taboo words and reprimands elicit greater autonomic reactivity in a first language than in a second language. Applied Psycholinguistics, 24(04), 561-579.
Mackay, D. G., Shafto, M., Taylor, J. K., Marian, D. E., Abrams, L., & Dyer, J. R. (2004). Relations between emotion, memory, and attention: Evidence from taboo Stroop, lexical decision, and immediate memory tasks. Memory & Cognition, 32(3), 474-488.
Relationship between age and vocabulary
The correlation between age and animals is r = -0.14, p = 0.43.
The correlation between age and swears is r = -0.13, p = 0.43.
The correlation between swears and animals is r = 0.47, p = 0.
Vocabulary scores by gender
Most frequent swear words
Most frequent words by gender
Word cloud - men
Word cloud - women
Word cloud - non-binary