Dr. Martin Tanis

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faculteit der sociale wetensch ( afdeling communicatiewetenschap )
Associate Professor

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Informatie in het Nederlands



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Martin Tanis is an Associate Professor in Communication at the Department of Communication Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and director of the bachelor and master program in Communication Science. His primary research interest focuses on online social behavior with a special interest in health communication. In addition to his work on online social behavior, he has a special interest in group-based phenomena that he studied from a Social Identity perspective. In this research he focuses on processes in the private sphere (e.g., impression formation), the organizational sphere (e.g., communication and commitment / identification), and the public sphere (e.g., social identification and the hostile media effect).

Martin Tanis published in journals in the field of Communication (e.g., Journal of Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication) as well as in Social Psychology (e.g., European Journal of Social Psychology, Group Dynamics, Group Processes and Interpersonal Relationships, Cyberpsychology and Behavior).



  • Computer mediated communication
  • Online social behavior
  • Social identity theory


Current research

  • Health anxiety and online health information
  • Hostile media effect


Current teaching

  • Interpersonal Communication (BA)
  • Supervision MA theses


Representative publications

  • Tanis, M., Hartmann, T., & te Poel, F. (2016). Online health information, health anxiety and consultation satisfaction: A quantitative exploratory study on their relations. Patient Education and Counseling. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.01.021
  • Tanis, M., Beukeboom, C. J., Hartmann, T., & Vermeulen, I. (2015). Phantom Phone Signals: An investigation into the prevalence and predictors of imagined cell phone signals. Computers in Human Behavior, 51, 356-362.
  • Hartmann, T., & Tanis, M. (2013). Examining the hostile media effect as an intergroup phenomenon: The role of ingroup identification and status. Journal of Communication, 63(3), 535-555. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12031
  • Beukeboom, C. J., Tanis, M., & Vermeulen, I. E. (2013). The language of extraversion: Extraverted people talk more abstractly, introverts are more concrete. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 32(2), 191-201. doi: 10.1177/0261927X12460844
  • Utz, S., Tanis, M., & Vermeulen, I. (2012). It is all about being popular: The effects of need for popularity on social network site use. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15(1), 37-42. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2010.065


Other academic activities

  • Director of the bachelor and master program Communication Science
  • Member of editorial board of Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Memberships: Centre for Advanced Media Research Amsterdam (CAMeRA), International Communication Association (ICA), Netherlands School for Communication Research (NESCoR)


Ancillary activities

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Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017