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Benjamin Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

His research is focused on selective exposure in new media settings, especially as it relates to impression management, social comparison, and self-regulation processes. Dr. Johnson is an author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications, which have appeared in high-profile communication journals such as Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, Media Psychology, and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Benjamin teaches a number of courses in the bachelor- and master-level media psychology programs. That also includes supervising a variety of student thesis projects each year.

Benjamin earned his PhD from the School of Communication at The Ohio State University in 2014. From 2007 to 2010, he was the Director of the Telecommunications Center at Albany State University, managing the university’s television channel and radio station as well as teaching radio courses. Prior to that, he completed a MA in Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University and a BS in Communication at the University of Indianapolis.

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Research Output 2013 2018

Open Access

The experience of narrative in the permanently online, permanently connected environment: Multitasking, self-expansion, and entertainment effects

Woods, K., Slater, M. D., Cohen, J., Johnson, B. K. & Ewoldsen, D. R. 2018 Permanently online, permanently connected: Living and communicating in a POPC world. Routledge, p. 116-128

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

(Don’t) Tell me how it ends: Spoilers, enjoyment, and involvement in television and film

Johnson, B. K. & Rosenbaum, J. E. 15 Jul 2017 In : Media Psychology. p. 1-31 31 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Change your ways: Fostering health attitudes toward change through selective exposure to online health messages

Westerwick, A., Johnson, B. K. & Knobloch-Westerwick, S. 4 May 2017 In : Health Communication. 32, 5, p. 639-649 11 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Confirmation biases in selective exposure to political online information: Source bias vs. content bias

Westerwick, A., Johnson, B. K. & Knobloch-Westerwick, S. 3 Jul 2017 In : Communication Monographs. 84, 3, p. 343-364 22 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle