The brain interprets irony or sarcasm conveyed by an emoji in the same way that sarcasm is conveyed verbally, according to a new report from researchers at the linguistics department of the University of Illinois
Researchers measured brain activity of native English-speaking college students reading sentences using various emoji at the end. They read sentences with positive, negative or ironic emoji at the end.
An example used in the study was “You are such a jerk” followed by smiling, frowning and winking emoji.
The students then had to answer questions about how they interpreted the sentences. Read more…