Nairán Ramírez-Esparza

Associate Professor and Director of Social Psychology

Psychological Sciences


Ph.D., 2007, University of Texas at Austin


Research Interests

In the Language and Behavior Cultural lab we answer questions about how culture and language influences personality, behavior, and health. In order to answer these questions, we use multiple methodological approaches, including digital recording devices, text analytic tools, and brain measures.



Publications since 2010, indexed on Google Scholar


Ramírez-Esparza, N., García-Sierra, A., & * Jiang, S. (2020). A current standing of bilingualism in today’s globalized world. A socio-ecological perspective. Current Opinion in Psychology, 32, 124-128.
Ramírez-Esparza, N., García-Sierra, A., *Rodríguez-Arauz, G., *Ikizer, E. G., & *Fernandez-Gomez, M. (2019). No laughing matter: Latinas’ high quality of conversations relate to behavioral laughter. PLoS ONE, 14, 1-23.

Ikizer, E. G., & Ramírez-Esparza, N. (2017). Bilinguals’ Social Flexibility. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, DOI: 10.1017/S1366728917000414

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, Social Psychology 8, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00885

Ramírez-Esparza, N., García-Sierra, A., & Kuhl, K. P. (2017). The impact of early social interaction on later language development in Spanish-English bilingual infants. Child Development. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12648

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.

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.

Mehl, M. R., Vazire, S., Ramírez-Esparza, N., Slatcher, R. B., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2007). Are women really more talkative than men? Science, 317, 82.

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.

Nairan Ramirez-Esparaza
Contact Information
Mailing AddressUnit 1020
Office LocationBousfield 181
LinkLanguage and Behavior Cultural Lab (LAB-C-Lab)