Your Words Might Know You Better Than You Do

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“I was seeing something about the human mind. I was seeing the author in the text in a way that people hadn’t seen the author in the text before.”

Jed Abumrad of Radiolab talks with scientists about how our use of words—the density and complexity of our sentences, or lack thereof—may be an indicator of our current and future mental health. Agatha Christie, for example, wrote 80 detective novels, but in book number 73, something changed. Listen now.

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Julie Greicius was Art Editor for The Rumpus when it launched in January 2009. One year later, she became Senior Literary Editor and is now Senior Features Editor. Julie also co-edited the first book published by The Rumpus, Rumpus Women, Vol. 1, featuring personal essays and illustration from twenty kick-ass contributors. Her writing been featured on The Rumpus, Midnight Breakfast, Stanford Medicine Magazine, and BuzzFeed, as well as in the anthology The 27th Mile. She lives in California. More from this author →