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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

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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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., 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

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, Handbook of Self-Control in Health and Wellbeing. de Ridder, D., Adriaanse, M. & Fujita, K. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 495-507 13 p. (Routledge International Handbooks)

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

Psychological Distance Cues in Online Messages: Interrelatedness of Probability and Spatial Distance

Sungur, H., Van Koningsbruggen, G. M. & Hartmann, T., 2017, In : Journal of Media Psychology. 2017, p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Activities 2010 2016

  • 2 Lecture / Presentation

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

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Zelfwaardering, zelfbevestiging en leedvermaak

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic