International Journal of Yoga

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91--95

The psycho-linguistic effects of yoga: A lexical analysis of shifts in positivity, agency, and creativity


Robin Blades, David MacFadyen 
 Department of Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA

Correspondence Address:
Robin Blades
1141 Walnut St., Berkeley, California 94707
USA

Introduction: Yoga is understood in the scientific community as a powerful de-stressor. Reduced stress has been linked to improved mood, increased agency, and enhanced creativity. Objective: This study investigates these potential psychological effects of yoga by comparing two lexical data sets, composed of nearly 3000 words collected before and after yoga classes. Methods: Each word is scored along three dimensions: positivity, agency, and creativity. Positivity is calculated using SentiWords Sentiment Dictionary 1.0; agency is determined by grammatical categorization; and creativity is viewed as a function of the set distribution. Results: Analysis reveals a shift toward more positive and less agentful self-reporting after practice. No significant difference is found in creativity.Conclusion: This study provides insight into how yoga alters thought processes and affects the mental health of practitioners.


How to cite this article:
Blades R, MacFadyen D. The psycho-linguistic effects of yoga: A lexical analysis of shifts in positivity, agency, and creativity.Int J Yoga 2019;12:91-95


How to cite this URL:
Blades R, MacFadyen D. The psycho-linguistic effects of yoga: A lexical analysis of shifts in positivity, agency, and creativity. Int J Yoga [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 May 26 ];12:91-95
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