Dates present in Davis: September 2013-
Professional Title: Assistant professor, Department of Communication
Area of specialization: Online communication, new communication technologies
Degree: Ph.D., Cornell University, Communication (2007), Universidad de Santiago (2002)
Research and Professional Interests: Dr. Peña examines the cognitive, emotional and behavioral foundations of computer-mediated interaction. He is interested in how people develop impressions when interacting through recreational and instrumental technologies (e.g., video games, text-messages, social networking sites, etc.). His most recent work looks at priming and cognitive load effects in video games and virtual settings. Dr. Peña is currently assessing how military training technologies affect trainees’ cognitive readiness outcomes. In partnership with Portuguese computer scientists, he is presently designing and evaluating a virtual environment for international collaborations. Peña’s published and forthcoming work appears in Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, CyberPsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking, and Communication Reports. He has also co-authored numerous book chapters and has presented studies at academic conferences.
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