CPACT is a research project devoted to the study of human communication and to finding the relations between people’s personality and the words they use. The project was funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR).
CPACT is an interdisciplinary research interconnecting two disciplines – psychology and linguistics. The research employs both psychological testing methods and computational linguistics methods. The computational analysis of a natural language conducted by means of programmed neural networks enables us to describe verbal communication in a manner that was previously impossible. This method is further combined with psychological research tools in order to identify which specific characteristics of words are associated with selected personal traits of the speaker.
Research outcomes may be employed in various fields, e.g. by emergency line operators working with people who find themselves in life endangering situations. The research may help us find answers to questions such as: Is the given caller experiencing only a temporary state of anxiety, or do they find themselves in a serious risk of self-harm or even suicide? The analysis of the person’s oral and written communication may enable us to better understand and help them. Moreover, isn’t there more to verbal communication than just the transmission of users’ attitudes and opinions? The CPACT research aims to answer these questions and many more.
The CPACT project was realised by the Faculty of Education, University of South Bohemia (Pedagogicka fakulta Jihočeské univerzity v Českých Budějovicích) in 2016-2018, and was funded by a grant from the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR, grant no. 16-19087S). The project team comprises experts from four academic institutions, including University of South Bohemia, Masaryk University, University of Hradec Králové, and Charles University.