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Jorge Pena


  • 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.

Research Focus

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.

Selected Publications


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.