Kayla Pierce

Kayla Pierce

Areas of Study

Social Psychology, Group Processes, Emotions, Virtual Groups


Kayla is a first year graduate student and University Presidential Fellow in the Department of Sociology.  Her primary interests include social psychology, group processes, emotions and virtual groups.  She received her M.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2015.  Her M.A. thesis tested status cues theory and investigated the way in which response latency functions as a status cue to create a hierarchy in task groups.  She is expanding this research to include other nonverbal behaviors.  Kayla is also conducting research with professor Jessica Collett on clickbait and the reduction of emotional discomfort.  Before graduate school, Kayla graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Sociology from Auburn University. 


2015 Graduate Student Research Award, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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