Nairan Ramirez-Esparza

Degree: Ph.D., 2007, University of Texas at Austin
Webpages: Language and Behavior Cultural Lab | Google Scholar
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Research Interests:
  • Culture, Language, and Personality
  • Culture, Language, and Health
  • Culture, Language, and Development
Prospective Graduate Students: May be accepting applicants for Fall 2018 semester
Students in Research: See Language and Behavior Cultural Lab
Recent News:
  • Began appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, August 2012
  • January 2008: Best Paper, Journal of Research in Personality
Recent Publications: Publications since 2010, indexed on Google Scholar
Representative Publications:
    1. Ramírez‐Esparza, N., García‐Sierra, A., & Kuhl, P. K. (2014). Look who’s talking: speech style and social context in language input to infants are linked to concurrent and future speech development. Developmental Science.


    1. 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.


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


    1. Ramírez-Esparza, N., Gosling, S. D., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2008). Paradox lost: Unraveling the puzzle of Simpatía. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 39, 703-715.


    1. 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.


  1. Rodríguez-Arauz, G., Ramírez-Esparza, N., Boyd, R. & Perez-Brena, N. (2017). Hablo Inglés y Español: Cultural schemas as a function of language. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00885