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Tilo Hartmann is currently an Associate Professor at the VU University Amsterdam. He studied Communication Science and obtained his PhD in 2005 at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover. He has worked at the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Southern California Los Angeles, and communication departments at the University of Erfurt, and University of Zurich. His research focuses on media use (selective exposure, experience, effects), and includes research on the hostile media bias, parasocial interaction, and media realism. He has published in major scientific journals of the field (e.g., Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Media Psychology), and several books, including "Media Choice: A theoretical and empirical overview." Tilo Hartmann served as member of the editorial boards of “Journal of Communication”, “Media Psychology”, “Human Communication Research”, as elected vice-chair of the “Audience and Reception Studies Division” of the German Communication Association DGPuK, as a vice-hair of ECREA's audience and reception studies division, and as secretary of ICA's game studies interest group.


In my own research, I combine communication-scientific and media-psychological expertise to illuminate how media affects users, depending on the way users subjectively process and experience media. More specifically, I try to understand how mediated illusions (including users’ parasocial interaction, virtual violence against seemingly real video game characters, and Presence experiences in Virtual Reality) as well as their biased media perceptions (including cyberchondria and hostile media biases) affect users. Furthermore, as I maintain a background in entertainment research, I am interested in understanding the psychological function and effects of media entertainment, e.g., on psychological well-being and recreation.

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  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Communication
  • Communication science
  • Media
  • Media psychology
  • Experience
  • Effects
  • Selective exposure
  • Presence
  • Virtual Reality
  • Video games
  • Entertainment
  • Parasocial
  • Hostile media
  • Resilience
  • Reality
  • Perceived realism
  • Illusion
  • Truth
  • Enjoyment
  • Virtual violence
  • Morality
  • Cyberchondria
  • Health anxiety
  • Outbreak communication
  • Conflict
  • Polarization
  • Mass communication
  • Internet
  • Social media
  • self-regulation
  • wellbeing

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computer game Social Sciences
entertainment Social Sciences
disengagement Social Sciences
violence Social Sciences
Video Games Medicine & Life Sciences
guilt Social Sciences
emotion Social Sciences
Anxiety Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2005 2018

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

Self-transcendent Media Experiences: Taking Meaningful Media to a Higher Level

Oliver, M. B., Raney, A. A., Slater, M. D., Appel, M., Hartmann, T., Bartsch, A., Schneider, F. M., Janicke-Bowles, S. H., Krämer, N., Mares, M. L., Vorderer, P., Rieger, D., Dale, K. R. & Das, E. Apr 2018 In : Journal of Communication. 68, 2, p. 380-389 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Virtually Bad: A Study on Virtual Agents that Physically Threaten Human Beings

Bosse, T., Hartmann, T., Blankendaal, R. A. M., Dokter, N., Otte, M. & Goedschalk, L. F. 2018 Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS'18. ACM Press

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

A psychometric evaluation of the Dutch Short Health Anxiety Inventory in the general population

te Poel, F., Hartmann, T., Baumgartner, S. E. & Tanis, M. Feb 2017 In : Psychological Assessment. 29, 2, p. 186-198 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Changed priorities ahead: Journalists’ shifting role perceptions when covering public health crises

Klemm, C., Das, E. H. H. J. & Hartmann, T. 1 Feb 2017 In : Journalism. p. 1 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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