23 March 2017
NIOD, Herengracht 380, Amsterdam

In various academic fields texts are analysed for indicators of speaker personality, or speaker emotions like disgust, anger, and happiness: concepts which have been shown to drive political behaviour or to represent opinions, attitudes or emotionality in relation to certain topics. Quantitative analysis or ‘mining’ of these psychological constructs in the study of historical, social, and political phenomena is burgeoning. To learn more about these developments, we plan to form a multidisciplinary group of interested and active researchers in the Netherlands by means of a regularly occurring seminar in which best practices in applied work, new methodologies, and substantive new findings are exchanged and discussed.



  •  Establishing a multidisciplinary research community around topics measuring psychological constructs using digital quantitative text analysis;
  •  A forum where researchers working on these topics can get meaningful feedback on their work before they send it out for review;
  •  Discussion and exchange of ideas, best practices in applied work, new methodologies and substantive new findings;
  •  Network opportunities for developing fruitful (multidisciplinary) collaboration in future work.


  • Regularly recurring seminars of 2 hours, on Thursdays (every two months) from 3 to 5PM.
  • The exact format of the meetings will vary from edition to edition but recurring elements are the following:
  • Short presentations of new and relevant work by members.
  • Extensive discussions with an eye for getting the work published.
  • Reading of a seminal text in the field of measuring psychological constructs in text.
  • Invitation of an external speaker (in person or through Skype).

First Mind, Text, and Mining seminar:

  • Date and time: March 23, 2017 | 3-5PM
  • Location: NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide studies (Herengracht 380 1016 CJ Amsterdam)


  • Introduction by Martijn Schoonvelde (VU) and Mark Dechesne (Leiden University).
  • Presenting paper-in-progress ‘Dialects of Discord’ by Ralf Futselaar and Milan van Lange (NIOD).
  • Presentation ‘Text mining Japanese political texts and newspapers’ by Yasuto Nakano (Kwansei Gakuin University). 


If you want to participate, send an email to Martijn Schoonvelde (h.j.m.schoonvelde [at] NB: we aim for a group of committed members who intend to participate on a regular basis.