Media Attention

Media Attention

Are you looking for an expert’s commentary on the cognitive understanding of drawing, comics, emoji, and/or their relationship to language? Please contact Neil Cohn. Here is a selection of prior media.

Television and video

The Global Emoji Experience 🌎🌍🌏. (video) Emojipedia celebrates World Emoji Day 2022. July 17, 2022

Van smiley tot aubergine: waarom bestaan er zoveel emojis? (video). AD news website. July 17, 2022.

Neil onderzoekt én verzint nieuwe emoji’s (video). AD news website. October 27, 2021.

Dít is de ontwerper van jouw emoji’s (video). Khalid en Sophie on NPO1 television. October 26, 2021.

Interview on Brabant Vandaag (video, starts at 4:00). Omroep Brabant. October 26, 2021. 

Can you speak emoji? By Mike Rugnetta. PBS Idea Channel. 4/13/16

One Guest: Neil Cohn. WGBH One Guest. July 2009.

Radio and Podcasts

Neil Cohn “Who Understands Comics?” New Book Network with Elizabeth Woock. October 30, 2023.

Words, Images, & Worlds with Dr. Neil Cohn. Words, Images, & Worlds Podcast with Jason DeHart. June 19, 2023.

Neil Cohn rethinks visual literacy… (audio). Pretty Heady Stuff podcast with Scott Stoneman. November 11, 2021

Linguist’s perspective on drawingVisual Thinking podcast with Yuri Malishenko. April 16. 2021

Professor Neil Cohn on Comics Studies Science. Professor Latinx. June 30, 2020

Discussing Comics, Neuropsychology, and Graphic Medicine with Neil Cohn. With A. David Lewis. October 25, 2019

The Language of Comics with Michael Rosen. Word of Mouth on BBC Radio 4. May 6, 2019

Could Emoji Become a Universal Language? By John Harrison. Sputnik Radio. September 17, 2016

The Stakes: The emojification of langauage. By Julianne Ross. MTV News Podcast. May 6, 2016

Comic-Forscher in Bremen. Radio Bremen: Funkhaus Europa. By Lina Kokaly. 2014. April 25, 2014

News stories

Talk emoji to me: The science behind why we love these tiny pictures. Discord Blog, November 2, 2022

絵文字は本当に世界”共通”? Worksight, November 1, 2022

How Emojis Might Improve Your Health Care. By Virginia Pelley. The Paper Gown, January 31, 2022

Smeltend gezicht en wolkje voor de mond: nieuwe emoji’s voor alle smartphones hebben een Tilburgs tintje. by Stan Schrijen. Brabants Dagblad. October 26, 2021.

Het vermogen om beeld te lezen komt niet vanzelf. Tekstblad 4, by Corien Unger, October 2021.

The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over. New York Times. By Anna P. Kambhampaty, September 29, 2021. 

Visual linguist Neil Cohn: ‘Comics might seem simple, but there is so much more complexity to it’. by Sebas van Aert. Univers. May 10, 2021.

Back to the Caveman: Are Emojis Replacing Words? By Patrick J. Kiger. July 10, 2018

The psychology of comics. By Sean Edgar. Image+. Vol. 7. March 2018.

The Power of Digital-Comic Therapy in Schools. By Paul Wisenthal. Atlantic Monthly. 5/2017.

All smilies; are emoji meanings changing how we date? By Alexander Rennie. Elite Singles Magazine. 5/2/17 

Cosmoetica #151: On comic strips. Hosted by Dan Schneider. 11/13/16 

Emoji: The evolution of emoticons. By J.J. O’Donoghue. The Japan Times. 9/18/206

What communicating in only emoji taught me about language in the digital age. By Samantha Lee. Quartz. 8/31/2016

Facebook messenger finally bridges the great emoji divide. By Brian Barrett. Wired. 6/6/16

A língua franca dos emoji. By Leonardo Pinto. Veja Digial. 3/7/16

The hidden benefits of emoji. By Gemma Church. Creative Digest. 2/19/16

Did the Maya create the first ‘comics’? By David Robson. BBC News–Future. 2/17/16.

Why emojis are a no-brainer for digital communication. By Tracey Lien. Los Angeles Times. 1/26/16

Emojis the modern day answer to cave paintings, one tweet and text at a time. By Peter Henderson. Canadian Press. 7/1/15.

Help! I Can’t Stop Thinking in Emoji!. By Garrett Gilmore. VICE. 4/21/15  

KATCHOW! How to Write Sounds in Comics. By Greg Uyeno. Slate Magazine. 2/13/15  

Are we hard-wired to doodle? By David Robson. BBC News–Future. 10/1/14

The Core of Story. Neiman Reports. By Erin Polgreen. 7/15/2014.

Das Prinzip Charlie Brown. By Laura Von Höflinger. Der Spiegel: Issue 52. Dec. 2013. pp.126-127.

The science of comic strips. By Eric Jaffe. Fast Company: Co.Design. December 18, 2013. 

How the visual language of comics could have its roots in the ice age. By David Robson.  The Guardian. November 23, 2013. 

The secret language of comics: Brain science tackles visual grammar. by Lisa Granshaw. Tufts Magazine. Fall 2013.

The Charlie Brown Effect: A comic book-artist turned-neuroscientist says the images in Peanuts tap the same brain processes as sentences. by Carl Zimmer. Discover Magazine. Dec. 2012. Pp. 68-70

The intricate language of a visual art. by Hui Lim. The Tufts Daily, March 5, 2009.

Creator of comic book series speaks at Tufts. by Matthew Repka. TheTufts Daily, Jan. 27, 2009. (Video

Drawing Conclusions. by Georgiana Cohen. Tufts University website feature profile. Jan. 26 – Feb. 2, 2009.

Local resident creates new visual language. by Candice Reed. North County Times, Dec. 24, 2002.

Introduction to Visual Language. by Michael Dean. The Comics Journal 247. Oct. 2002. Pp. 21.

Photo by Ramon Mangold
Tales from the Road: Comic-Con pt. 2. by Jorge Cham. PhD Comics. July 25, 2010.