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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

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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

Trapped in the rabbit hole: life history strategies modulate the impact of mild stress on hedonic consumption

Fennis, B. M., Gineikiene, J., Barauskaite, D. & van Koningsbruggen, G. M., 2018

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

Activities 2010 2019

  • 4 Lecture / Presentation

Assessment of an optimistic bias in social media messages

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Promoting goal progress through self-affirming social media use

van Koningsbruggen, G. M. (Speaker)
28 Nov 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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