Personal profile


My research interests concern (media effects in) health communication and the self-regulation of health behavior (e.g., understanding when and how self-affirmation interventions have beneficial effects on health persuasion and subsequent health behavior), and the psychology of media use (e.g., understanding when and how reflective vs. impulsive processes influence people’s self-regulation of social media behavior).


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)
  • Science for Impact 1 & 2 (MA course)

Ancillary activities

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

Last mutation Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2017-11-30)

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Research Output 2005 2018

Always on? Explicating impulsive influences on media use

van Koningsbruggen, G. M., Hartmann, T. & Du, J. D. 2018 Permanently Online, Permanently Connected. Vorderer, P., Hefner, D., Reinecke, L. & Klimmt, C. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 51 60 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Self-affirmation and self-control: Counteracting defensive processing of health information and facilitating health behavior change

van Koningsbruggen, G. M., Miles, E. & Harris, P. R. 2017 Handbook of Self-Control in Health and Wellbeing. de Ridder, D., Adriaanse, M. & Fujita, K. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Self-affirmation interventions to change health behaviors

Schüz, B., Cooke, R., Schüz, N. & van Koningsbruggen, G. M. 2017 Behavior Change Research and Theory: Psychological and Technological Perspectives. Little, L., Sillence, E. & Joinson, A. (eds.). London: Elsevier, p. 87-114

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Spontaneous Hedonic Reactions to Social Media Cues

van Koningsbruggen, G. M., Hartmann, T., Eden, A. L. & Veling, H. 2017 In : Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. 20, 5, p. 334-340

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle