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My research interests concern (media effects in) health communication and the self-regulation of health behavior (e.g., understanding effects of self-affirmation interventions), and the psychology of media use (e.g., social media self-control failure, self-affirming social media use).


I teach several courses and supervise theses in the Communication Science program at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

  • Marketing Communication and the Consumer (MA course)
  • Risk and Health Communication (BA course)

Ancillary activities

  • ISM University of Management and Economics | Amsterdam | Senior Researcher | 2017-11-21 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily


  • self-affirmation
  • health communication
  • health behavior
  • health promotion
  • self-control
  • social media self-control failure
  • self-affirming social media use

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Research Output 2005 2019

From close and concrete to far and abstract: A construal level theory approach to understanding online truth judgments

Sungur, H., 2019, 170 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Psychological distance cues in online messages: interrelatedness of probability and spatial distance

Sungur, H., Van Koningsbruggen, G. M. & Hartmann, T., 2019, In : Journal of Media Psychology. 31, p. 65-80 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


A brief measure of social media self-control failure

Du, J., van Koningsbruggen, G. M. & Kerkhof, P., Jul 2018, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 84, July, p. 68-75 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Social Media

Always on? Explicating impulsive influences on media use

van Koningsbruggen, G. M., Hartmann, T. & Du, J. D., 2018, Permanently Online, Permanently Connected: Living and Communicating in a POPC World. Vorderer, P., Hefner, D., Reinecke, L. & Klimmt, C. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 51-60 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Assessment of an optimistic bias in social media messages

Bašić, S., Spijkers, B. S., Ouwerkerk, J. W., Vermeulen, I. E., van Koningsbruggen, G. M. & Fokkens, A. S., 2018, Proceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Web science: Main Conference Poster Session. Vermeulen, I. (ed.). p. 33-34 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
human behavior
social media

Activities 2010 2019

  • 4 Lecture / Presentation

Assessment of an optimistic bias in social media messages

I.E. Vermeulen (Speaker), Benthe S. Spijkers (Speaker), Suzana Bašić (Speaker), A.S. Fokkens (Speaker), Jaap W. Ouwerkerk (Speaker), G.M. van Koningsbruggen (Speaker)
8 Feb 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Promoting goal progress through self-affirming social media use

Guido van Koningsbruggen (Speaker)
28 Nov 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Regulating social media use: Hedonic responses to social media cues. 

G.M. van Koningsbruggen (Invited speaker)
4 Feb 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Zelfwaardering, zelfbevestiging en leedvermaak

Wilco W. Van Dijk (Speaker), G.M. van Koningsbruggen (Speaker), Jaap Ouwerkerk (Speaker), Y.M. Wesseling (Speaker)
10 Dec 2010

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic