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  • Your Story Counselling | Amsterdam | Directeur/eigenaar | 2021-10-04 - 2030-12-31

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Dr. Katalin E. Bálint is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since 2018. She defended her PhD dissertation in 2012 in the field of Psychology at Pécs University (Hungary). She was a postdoc researcher at Utrecht University in an NWO-funded project entitled Varieties and Determinants of Absorption in Narrative Literature and Film (2012-2014). She taught and researched at University of Augsburg (Germany) at the department of Media, Knowledge and Communication (2014-2016). Afterwards, she joined the New Media Design track at the department of Communication and Cognition at Tilburg University (2017-2018). 


Katalin E. Bálint was awarded a 3-year individual research grant by the German Science Foundation (Basis Module) in 2017. The project investigates the role of audio-visual formal features in eliciting empathy and prosocial behavior in film viewers. In 2021, she received the prestigious Aspasia grant from NWO on a project about narrative complexity and real-life understanding. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, The effect of attachment style and narrative structures on character engagement in film viewers, University of Pecs

Award Date: 19 Jun 2012

Film studies, Master, University of ELTE

1 Sept 200315 Jul 2008

Award Date: 15 Jul 2008

Psychology, Master, University of ELTE, Budapest

1 Sept 199915 Jul 2005

Award Date: 15 Jul 2005

User created Keywords

  • Narrative
  • Fictional stories
  • Media psychology
  • Media entertainment
  • Film viewers
  • Social cognition
  • Empathy
  • Narrative engagment
  • Formal features of cinema
  • Psychology of cinematography
  • Narrative complexity
  • Prosocial behavior


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