Media Psychology

The Research Group Media Psychology, headed by prof. dr. Elly Konijn, bridges media research and psychology to optimize our understanding of media use, processing and effects. Media psychology emphasizes the perspective of the individual media user, increasingly so in view of new communication technologies such as mobile apps, social media, virtual worlds, gaming, Virtual Reality, and social robotics.

By integrating psychological theories and research methods with media research, we aim to unravel the fundamentals of human communicative processes using media. The results often have an applied value, generally to support learning, foster development, wellbeing and health, and enhance resilience. For example, based on increasing insights into gaming (both violent games and for educational purposes), self-presentation and social comparison on social media, cyberbullying, and communicating with social robots.