Top paper at AEJMC

Our paper “Melfi’s choice” – which analyzes viewer reactions to the moral conundrum faced by psychologist Jennifer Melfi after being sexually assaulted in the television drama “Sopranos” – received a top paper award at the recent AEJMC conference in San Francisco. Congrats to all coauthors for a wonderful job!


2015 has been an exciting year. I was offered a permanent position by the VU, I had several papers and book chapters accepted for conferences or publication, and we started work on the NWO grant “Smart use of smart media in transportation.” Perhaps most important for me personally, I welcomed my boy into the family on JuneContinue reading “2015”

Guilty Couch Potato in the news

Our study about ego-depletion and media use has been picked up by several news outlets. Speaking of depletion restoration, this happened while I was on holiday, so apologies this is a bit delayed! Here are links to the relevant articles: reading “Guilty Couch Potato in the news”

New Junior Fellow!

Thrilled to announce that my MA student, Britt Hoeksema, has been awarded a GSSS Junior Fellowship for six months to turn her excellent MA thesis “Predicting enjoyment, appreciation, interest, and nostalgia from novelty in media content: The case of mashups” into a publication in an international communication journal. Way to go, Britt!

Back to school! Fall 2013

A new school year has started again, and I am back to the daily routine of teaching, writing, and research. Updated in that order, then: Teaching This fall in September and October I am teaching Essentials of Media Psychology to the incoming group of MA students in the Media Psychology track in Communication at theContinue reading “Back to school! Fall 2013”

Repeat remix remediate: Hamburg Summer School Research Center for Media & Communication

August 1 I gave the following talk at the Hamburg Summer School. Although not my specific area of focus, it was really fun to think about the ways psychological knowledge about old versus new content may affect our response to remixed media. I focused mainly on novelty and familiarity since when I was making theContinue reading “Repeat remix remediate: Hamburg Summer School Research Center for Media & Communication”