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Dr. Katalin E. Bálint is an Assistant 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. 

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, University of Pecs

Film studies, Master, University of ELTE

1 Sep 200315 Jul 2008

Psychology, Master, University of ELTE, Budapest

1 Sep 199915 Jul 2005


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

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Theory of Mind Medicine & Life Sciences
social cognition Social Sciences
narrative Social Sciences
Motion Pictures Medicine & Life Sciences
Professional Role Medicine & Life Sciences
experience Social Sciences
Aptitude Medicine & Life Sciences
virtual reality Social Sciences

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Research Output 2014 2019

Absorbed Character Engagement: From social cognition responses to the experience with fictional constructions.

Balint, K. & Tan, E., 2019, Screening Characters: Theories of Character in Film, Television, and Interactive Media. Riis, J. & Taylor, A. (eds.). Routledge, p. 209-229 (AFI Film Readers).

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

social cognition
qualitative interview

Narrative Sequence Position of Close-ups Influences Cognitive and Affective Processing and Facilitates Theory of Mind

Balint, K. & Rooney, B., 6 Mar 2019, In : Art and Perception . 7, 1, p. 27-51 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Theory of Mind
Visual Narrative

Personal relevance in story reading: a research review.

Kuzmicov, A. & Balint, K., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Poetics Today.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Emotional Response
Individual Differences
Literary Text

Shot scale and viewers’ responses to characters in animated films

Balint, K. & Rooney, B., 1 Nov 2018, Emotion in Animated Films. Uhrig, M. (ed.). New York: Routledge, p. 162-180 18 p. (Routledge Advances in Film Studies).

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

Open Access
Animated Film

Virtual reality, presence and social cognition: The effect of eye-gaze and narrativity on character engagement

Rooney, B., Burke, C., Balint, K., O'leary, T., Parsons, T., Lee, C. T. & Mantei, C., 24 Apr 2018, Proceedings of the 2017 23rd International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, VSMM 2017. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., p. 1-6 6 p.

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

social cognition
virtual reality

Activities 2014 2018

  • 2 Peer review

Frontiers in Psychiatry (Journal)

Katalin Eva Balint (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

Patient Education and Counseling (Journal)

Katalin Eva Balint (Reviewer)
2014 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic