Hello, I'm Boban Dedović.

I'm a Croatian-American psycholinguist interested in psychology, language, and computer science. My professional background is in technology and nonprofit work. Formally, I have training in social psychology, religions of antiquity, and dead ancient languages.

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I was born in Southern Europe and immigrated to the United States at a young age. My formal training includes both hard sciences and the humanities; however, most of my professional experience is related to the field of technology.


  • University of Chicago Logo

    University of Chicago

    Division of the Humanities · Chicago, IL · uchicago.edu

    Master of Arts (M.A.) · Ancient Languages

    Select coursework

    • Middle Egyptian language (hieroglyphic script)
    • Old Babylonian / Akkadian language (cuneiform script)
    • Mesopotamian Law
  • University of Maryland College Park Logo

    University of Maryland College Park

    College of Arts & Humanities · College Park, MD · umd.edu

    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) · Religions of Antiquity


    • 2020 UMD Library Award for Research (award info · paper)
    • First-ever graduate of the newly instituted major

    Select coursework (languages)

    • Classical Latin
  • University of Maryland College Park Logo

    University of Maryland College Park

    College of Behavioral & Social Sciences · College Park, MD · umd.edu

    Bachelor of Science (B.S.) · Social Psychology



    • Division I Wrestling (ACC Conference)

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Work and Research

My main foci are the OMNIKA project and other nonprofit organizations focused on research within the social sciences and humanities. My research includes digital projects, academic papers, and scientific investigations.

Current Work

  • M_ | Mindspace Studio Podcast Logo

    M_ | Mindspace Studio Podcast

    Podcast · Las Vegas, NV · mindspace.studio

    Host · January 2021 - Present

    Mindspace Studio is a podcast dedicated to discussing "what we talk about when we talk about mind." This psycholinguistics-themed program offers 30-60 minute episodes concerning the kinds of words, phrases, and constructions people use when referring to mental action: for example, thinking, feeling, brain, heart, mind, thought, idea, etc. All guests are either native speakers of one or more languages or thought leaders in linguistics, psychology, or another related specialty. As the host, I am responsible for conducting the interviews and content curation.

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    Julian Jaynes Society

    Nonprofit · Henderson, NV · julianjaynes.org

    Senior Advisor · September 2020 - Present

    Founded in 1997, the Julian Jaynes Society is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing, promoting, and fostering discussion of the life, work, and theories of Julian Jaynes (1920–97). As a Senior Advisor, I assist the Executive Director with strategy, technical operations, and research initiatives.

  • OMNIKA Foundation Logo

    OMNIKA Foundation

    Nonprofit · Las Vegas, NV · omnika.org

    Founder & Executive Director · January 2019 - Present

    The OMNIKA Foundation is a nonprofit organization tasked with the mission of organizing, indexing, and curating the world's (soon to be) largest digital library of world mythology. As the Executive Director, I help with day-to-day operations, fundraising, systems architecture, content curation, and recruiting.

  • Nevada Center on Foreign Relations

    Nevada Center on Foreign Relations

    Nonprofit · Las Vegas, NV · nvcfr.org

    Chief Technology Officer & Vice President · May 2016 - Present

    The Nevada Center on Foreign Relations (“the Center”) is a Nevada based nonprofit organization which received its charter on July 1, 2011, and obtained its 501(c)3 tax-exempt status on August 29, 2012. The Center is an independent nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing programming with quality speakers and contributors dealing with the most critical issues facing U.S. foreign policy.

  • Volunteering
  • Ted Reese Memorial Scholarship

    Nonprofit · Sebago, ME · tedreesememorialscholarship.com

    Board member · May 2023 - Present

    The Ted Reese Memorial Scholarship is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was formed in the Spring of 2022 as a way to continue the legacy of legendary Bonny Eagle High School wrestling coach Ted Reese. The scholarship awards one Bonny Eagle High School wrestling senior $1,000 to help with the costs of post-secondary education. Awarding of the scholarship is based on the ideals and principles that Coach Reese promoted in wrestling and life. As a member of the board of directors, I help the organization accomplish its mission by means of providing input on all matters related to technology.

  • Tribe Fitness and Martial Arts

    Martial arts school · Las Vegas, NV · tribevegas.com

    Volunteer Youth Wrestling Instructor · January 2023 - Present

    I teach young children the fundamentals of folkstyle and freestyle wrestling by means of running group coaching seminars and conducting private one-on-one training sessions. As a former high school state tournament finalist, three-time state place winner, and collegiate division I wrestler at the University of Maryland, it is my privilege to give back to both my local community and the sport that has taught me so much about life.

  • Valley Vegas Church

    Place of worship · Las Vegas, NV · valleyvegas.org

    Volunteer, poverty alleviation ministries · February 2015 - January 2019

    I contributed to Valley Vegas Church's poverty alleviation efforts via two of its food drive programs. The Brown Bag Ministry helps feed needy families via distribution of brown bag lunches based on purchases and donations made by the church. I worked alongside a team of other volunteers to help with the preparation of the bags. The second program, the VVC Food Drive, collects donations from food vendors around the city of Las Vegas to give away to needy families on a weekly basis. As a volunteer, I helped set up tables, prepare the goods, and distribute it every Saturday morning at the church's location on 4500 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102.


  • eHammurabi.com: A case study on developing user-friendly digital tools for complex ancient languages like Akkadian

    eHammurabi.com: A case study on developing user-friendly digital tools for complex ancient languages like Akkadian

    Boban Dedović · Preprint · May 23, 2023

    DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.23092748 · ResearchGate

    This case study outlines how the eHammurabi.com digital tool was built by describing its development from start to finish. The Law Code of Hammurabi was created in c. 1750 BCE and is well-known for being one of the oldest and most important legal texts in recorded human history. A live demo of the website is kindly provided on https://ehammurabi.org. [Promo video] [PDF]

  • Allo: A Modern Digital Dictionary Platform for Ancient Languages - Conference Paper

    Allo: A Modern Digital Dictionary Platform for Ancient Languages

    Boban Dedović · Conference Paper · Feb. 2023

    Conference info: dictionarysociety.com · Dictionary Society of North America Conference

    A paper presented at the 24th Biennial Conference of the Dictionary Society of North America on June 2, 2023, in Boulder, Colorado. This conference presentation first examined the challenges and needs of digital dictionaries for ancient languages like Latin and Greek; then outlined how usability, access, and content scope were key opportunities for improvement; then summarized key features of the finished product. The first complete dictionary–Allo Latin–was also shown. The public version of Allo Latin is available on https://ancientlanguages.org/latin. [PDF] [Conference video] [Conference program]

  • The Evolution of Mental Language in the 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey' - Book Chapter

    The Evolution of Mental Language in the Iliad and Odyssey

    Boban Dedović · Book Chapter · Aug. 2022

    ISBN: 978-1-7373055-3-8 · Julian Jaynes Society

    A book chapter concerning mental language in the Homeric epics, in Marcel Kuijsten, ed., Conversations on Consciousness and the Bicameral Mind: Interviews with Leading Thinkers on Julian Jaynes’s Theory (Henderson, NV: Julian Jaynes Society, 2022): 297–314. [Q&A Interview]

  • 'Heart', 'Mind', and Behavioral Causation in the Songs of 'Sinuhe' - Master's Thesis

    “Heart,” “Mind,” and Behavioral Causation in the Songs of Sinuhe

    Boban Dedović · Master's Thesis · Jun. 4, 2021

    Access: academia.edu · University of Chicago

    Applied psycholinguistic analyses of grammatical and lexical patterns of ib, rekh, and other alleged “mental language” words and passages in the Middle Egyptian Story of Sinuhe; including novel readings of ib, rendered faithfully under the auspices of Dr. Janet H. Johnson.

  • eHammurabi.com - Digital Project


    Boban Dedović · Digital Project · Feb. 14, 2021

    Web URL: ehammurabi.org

    A digital version of the Law Code of Hammurabi, including cuneiform, transliteration, normalization, and an Akkadian to English translation; contents sourced from other publications into a single-page user interface.

  • 'Minds' in 'Homer' - Journal Article

    ‘Minds’ in ‘Homer’: A quantitative psycholinguistic comparison of the Iliad and Odyssey

    Boban Dedović · Seminar Paper · Jan. 18, 2021

    DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/uvqdc · PsyArXiV

    A quantitative comparison of mental language frequency in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Greek and English. These findings were presented at the International Conference on the Mental Lexicon in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, between October 11 – 14, 2022. [PDF] [Interview]

  • When Art Betrays Mythology - Journal Article

    When Art Betrays Mythology: Acquitting Cronus (Κρόνος) in Goya's Saturn

    Boban Dedović · Conference paper · July 6, 2023

    DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.12993086 · FigShare

    A paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (ICSHA), on December 1–3, 2023, in Paris, France. This conference presentation summarizes the main findings of the paper: a reinterpretation of the depicted contents in Francisco de Goya's Saturn devouring his son painting. [PDF] [Conference presentation]

  • Inanna's Descent to the Netherworld - Seminar Paper

    "Inanna's Descent to the Netherworld": A centennial survey of scholarship, artifacts, and translations

    Boban Dedović · Seminar Paper · May 22, 2019

    DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.8941445 · University of Maryland

    A survey of all major scholarship for the Sumerian afterlife myth named "Inanna's Descent to the Netherworld." [PDF] [HTML]

  • Upcoming
  • 'Minds' in 'Homer' - Journal Article

    Victoria per malam fidem: A novel hypothesis concerning the use of deception and perfidy in the Spanish-Aztec War (1519-1521)

    Boban Dedović

    A novel hypothesis concerning the role of perfidy during the initial encounter of Spanish invaders and native Nahuatl peoples in present-day Mexico between 1519-1521.

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