Facial Emojis and Emotion Communication

Aug. 31, 2023
Box grid of different facial emojis

Valeria Pfeifer is a cognitive scientist within Psychology at the University of Arizona. She is one of a small group of researchers who has studied how emojis affect our thinking. Emojis “convey this additional complex layer of meaning that words just don’t really seem to get at,” she says. Many a word nerd has fretted that emojis are making us—and our communication—dumber. But Pfeifer and other cognitive scientists and linguists are beginning to explain what makes them special.

Pfeifer Headshot

This is work conducted within the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Laboratory of Dr. Vicky Lai in our Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona. The authors of the academic publishing found in the journal of Computers in Human Behavior include:

  • Valeria Pfeifer, now a postdoctoral fellow in lab of Matthias Mehl, UA Psychology
  • Emma Armstrong, then-honors-thesis student with Dr. Lai
  • Vicky Lai, lab Director and Assistant Professor of CNS, UA Psychology

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Updated: 08/31/23