Individuals' thoughts and feelings are tied inherently to their communication. The cognitions people have and the emotions they feel both affect, and are affected by, social interaction. Our research examines cognition and emotion from a variety of theoretical perspectives. We use qualitative and quantitative methods to study cognitive structures and processes, lay theories of cognition and emotion, different types of emotions, and the thoughts that people have about their own and others' affective experiences. Our recent work looks at the associations between communication and both cognition and emotion in a variety of contexts ranging from the family to the workplace and examines cognition and emotion as conveyed via face-to-face and virtual interactions.
Courses | Publications by faculty members | Dissertations | Faculty and courses in other departments
CMS 386S Communication, Cognition, and Emotion
CMS 386P Stereotyp/Prej in Interpersonal Communication
CMS 386P Perceptive Taking
Publications by faculty members
Aronson, J., & McGlone, M. S. (2009). Social identity and stereotype threat. In T. Nelson (Ed.), Handbook of Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination Research (pp. 153-178). New York: Psychology Press.
Hampel, A. D., & Vangelisti, A. L. (2008). Commitment expectations in romantic relationships: Application of a prototype interaction-pattern model. Personal Relationships, 15, 81-102.
McGlone, M. S., & Aronson, J. (2007). Forewarning and forearming stereotype-threatened students. Communication Education, 56, 119-133.
McGlone, M. S., & Pfiester, R. A. (2009). Does time fly when you're having fun, or do you? Affect, agency, and embodiment in temporal communication. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 28, 3-31.
McGlone, M. S., Beck, G. A., & Pfiester, R. A. (2006). Contamination and camouflage in euphemisms. Communication Monographs, 73, 261-282.
McGlone, M. S., Bortfeld, H., & Kobrynowicz, D. (2007). Laying it on thin: Analogical cue frequency in the manipulation of choice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 721-731.
Peña, J., & Hancock, J. T., & Merola, N. A. (in press). Avatar priming effects in virtual settings. Communication Research.
Peña, J., Walther, J. B., & Hancock, J. T. (2007). Effects of geographic distribution on dominance perceptions in computer-mediated groups. Communication Research, 34, 313-331.
Shapiro, M. A., Peña, J., & Hancock, J. T. (2006). Realism, imagination, and narrative video games. In P. Vorderer & J. Bryant (Eds.), Playing computer games: Motives, responses, and consequences (pp. 275-289). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Stroud, N. J. (2008). Media use and political predispositions: Revisiting the concept of selective exposure. Political Behavior, 30(3). 341-366.
Vangelisti, A. L. (2006). Hurtful interactions and the dissolution of intimacy. In M. A. Fine & J. H. Harvey (Eds.), Handbook of divorce and relationship dissolution (pp. 133-152). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Vangelisti, A. L. (2007). Communicating hurt. In B. H. Spitzberg & W. R. Cupach (Eds.), The dark side of interpersonal communication (2nd ed., pp. 121-142). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Vangelisti, A. L., Maguire, K. C., Alexander, A. L., & Clark, G. (2007). Hurtful family environments: Links with individual, relationship, and perceptual variables. Communication Monographs, 74, 357-385.
Vangelisti, A. L., & Hampel, A. D. (2010). Hurtful communication: Current research and future directions. In S. R. Wilson & S. W. Smith (Eds.), New directions in interpersonal communication research (pp. 221-241). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Vangelisti, A. L. (Ed.). (2009). Feeling hurt in close relationships. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Vangelisti, A. L. & Hampel, A. D. (2012). Hurtful interactions as feedback. In R. M. Sutton, M. J. Hornsey, & K. M. Douglas (Eds.), Feedback: The communication of praise, criticism, and advice (pp. 153-168). New York: Peter Lang.
Ph.D. Dissertations and M.A. theses
Hampel, A. D. (2006). Commitment expectations in romantic relationships: An application of a prototype interaction pattern model.
Hsu, L. H.. (2009). Identity integration and intergroup bias in the communication behavior of Asian Americans.
Jang, S. A. (2006). Understanding uncertainty, communication efficacy, and avoidance following the discovery of a relational partner's deception.
Mann, T. M. (2006). Cooperative and competitive co-parenting: Relations to marital quality across the transition to parenthood and predictive of children's emotional development.
Merola, N. (2009). Infrahumanization in communication: Linguistic denial of human emotions in the abortion debate.
Middleton, A. V. (2008). Standards and parent-child relationships: An exploratory and quantitative examination of adult children's relationship standards and satisfaction.
Pfiester, R. A. (2009). Stereotype threat in mixed sex dyadic communication.
Faculty and courses in other departments
Department of Advertising
Department of Human Ecology
Department of Psychology
School of Nursing
EDP 382L Motivation and Emotion
EDP 382L Cognition and Behavior
EDP 385 Child and Adolescent Social and Cognitive Development
PSY 387N Fundamentals of Perception
PSY 387R Fundamentals of Cognition
PSY 394N Fundamentals of Cognitive Development
PSY 394U Seminars in Cognition and Perception