- Ph.D., Communication, Cornell University, 2007
- M. S., Communication, Cornell University, 2004
- B. A., Social and Organizational Psychology, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, 2002
Jorge Peña specializes in computer-mediated communication, new media, communication in video games and virtual environments, and content analysis of online communication. He is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and is currently vice-chair of the Game Studies Division at the National Communication Association.
Professor Peña investigates cognition, affect, and behavior in video games and virtual environments. He also studies priming effects in virtual contexts, along with impression formation and group communication in online settings. Professor Peña employs quantitative research methods such as experiments, content analysis and automated linguistic analysis.
- Peña, J., Khan, S., & Alexopoulos, C. (2016). I am what I see: How avatar weight affects physical activity among male gamers. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 21, 195-209.
- Peña, J., & Brody, N. (2016). Increasing cognitive readiness through computer and videogame-based training. Communication Research, 43, 571-592.
- Peña, J. (2016). Online gaming. In C. Berger & M. Roloff (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Yoo, S.-C., Peña, J., & Drumwright, M. (2015). Virtual shopping and unconscious persuasion: The priming effects of avatar age and consumers’ age discrimination on purchasing and prosocial behaviors. Computers in Human Behavior, 48, 62-71.
- Yilmaz, G., & Peña, J. (2014). The influence of social categories and interpersonal behaviors on future intentions and attitudes to form subgroups in virtual teams. Communication Research, 41, 333–352.
Jorge Peña teaches courses in computer-mediated communication. He also teaches courses on the uses and social effects of video games and virtual environments.
- Summer Research assistantship, University of Texas, Austin, summer 2012
- Collaborator in research project awarded a €200,000 grant from the Portuguese Republic via the Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia, 2010.
- Top paper award at the National Communication Association meeting, Human Communication and Technology Division, 2008.