The research group Media Psychology, headed by Elly Konijn, bridges media research and psychology to optimise our understanding of media use, processing and effects. Media psychology emphasises the perspective of the individual media user, increasingly so in view of new communication technologies such as mobile apps, social media, virtual worlds, gaming, virtual reality, and social robotics.
By integrating psychological theories and research methods with media research, we aim to unravel the fundamentals of human communicative processes using media. The results often have an applied value, generally to support learning, foster development, well-being and health, and to enhance resilience. For example, increasing insights into gaming (both violent and educational games), self-presentation and social comparison on social media, cyberbullying, and communicating with social robots.