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Faculty Lecture Series

Each academic year, individual faculty members have the opportunity to share their professional work and interests with colleagues and the community through the Faculty Lecture Series. This event is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs.

Past Faculty Lectures can be viewed in DigitalCommons@Linfield.


Emojis mean what? 😤👏🤷

Presented by Kay Livesay, Associate Professor of Psychology


Wednesday, April 17, 2019
7:00 p.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall

Created in Japan in the late 1990’s (Davis & Edberg, 2015), emoji have been recently gaining popularity in text communication. Emoji evolved from emoticons ( e.g., ; ) ), but are far more varied and nuanced. Some emoji have obvious and shared meaning, such as ❤️, which all participants related to love or strong affection, while others appear to be less clear and vary by user group, such as 😰. Emoji are often added to text messages to give additional information or emphasis, however if the emoji is unknown, missed or misinterpreted it can lead to confusion. My research examines our understanding of the meanings of emoji and how they change our understanding of text communication.