The virtual self: How video games and virtual experiences change people's behavior

Jorge Peña delivered this talk on April 24, 2015 at the Institute for Social Sciences conference series Leading Research in the Social Sciences Today. Peña is an assistant professor of communication at UC Davis.

Peña’s research investigates how people develop impressions when interacting through recreational and instrumental technologies such as video games, text-messages and social networking sites. His most recent work looks at priming and cognitive load effects in video games and virtual settings. 

Peña’s published and forthcoming work appears in Communication ResearchJournal of Communication, and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Learn more about Jorge Peña.

The 2015 ISS conference series showcased world-class research by social scientists across UC Davis and by top researchers from across the country. Each day of the conference focused on a unique aspect of inquiry, including people in societies, perceptions and reality and the role of social networks in decision making. This conference was co-sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, the Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change.