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

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Research Output 2005 2018

A brief measure of social media self-control failure

Du, J., van Koningsbruggen, G. M. & Kerkhof, P. 3 Feb 2018 In : Computers in Human Behavior. 84, July, p. 68-75 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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. 15 May 2018 Proceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Web science: Main Conference Poster Session. p. 33-34 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access

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. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Handbook of Self-Control in Health and Wellbeing. de Ridder, D., Adriaanse, M. & Fujita, K. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter