Media Psychology

Media Psychology aims to study the processes that govern the ways in which individuals interact with the media. We seek to understand why people expose themselves to the various media (media uses) and what such exposure does to them (media effects). Media psychology deals with issues of cognition and emotion; with socialization and development through the lifespan (including both young, adult and ageing populations). It focusses on processes common to most people, but also on pathological outcomes. The division is interested in theoretical and empirical contributions from a wide background of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The rise of survey research has blurred the lines between psychology and sociology. Much media audience and effects research from a sociological or economic point of view would therefore also be welcome in the Media Psychology section.

The Media Psychology has a steering committee of five people: Steven Eggermont (KU Leuven), Tilo Hartmann (VU Amsterdam), Moniek Buijzen (RU Nijmegen), Kathleen Beullens (KU Leuven) and Guido van Koningsbruggen (VU Amsterdam). Gaëlle Ouvrein (UA) and Rowan Daneels (UA) are PhD representatives.

Open Science Framework

2016 (December): Symposium on Media and morality, Radboud University Nijmegen

2017 (January): Preconference at the Etmaal 2017 conference

2017 (October 16): Donna Davis: The Promise and Peril of Digital Social Capital in Virtual Worlds - Lessons Learned from People with Disabilities.

2017 (November 30): Leaning in to video games: Technologies that demand engagement

2018 (March 15): Symposium 'Media Psychophysiology'

2018 (October 29): Symposium 'Advancing Positive Media Psychology: Transcendence, meaning-making and morality'

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