Dr. Guido M. van Koningsbruggen

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faculteit der sociale wetenschappen ( afdeling communicatiewetenschap )
Assistant Professor

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Informatie in het Nederlands



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Guido van Koningsbruggen completed his PhD in Communication Science at the VU University Amsterdam in 2009. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University. As of September 2012, he is working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Science. His research interests concern health communication and the self-regulation of health behavior (e.g., understanding when and how self-affirmation interventions have beneficial effects on health persuasion and subsequent health behavior), and the psychology of social media use (e.g., understanding when and how reflective vs. impulsive processes influence people’s self-regulation of social media behavior).



  • Health communication
  • Health behavior change
  • Self-affirmation
  • Self-regulation of social media behavior


Current research

  • NWO-KIEM project ‘Getting the message across’
  • Understanding when and how self-affirmation interventions influence health-risk information processing, message acceptance, and health behavior change
  • Understanding when and how reflective versus impulsive processes influence people’s self-regulation of social media behavior


Current teaching

  • Marketing Communication and the Consumer (MA)
  • Project Impact (MA)
  • Risk and Health Communication (BA)
  • Supervision BA theses
  • Supervision MA theses


Representative publications

  • Van Koningsbruggen, G.M., Hartmann, T., & Du, J. (in press). Always on? Explicating impulsive influences on media use. In P. Vorderer, D. Hefner, L. Reinecke, & C. Klimmt (Eds.), Permanently Online, Permanently Connected. Routledge. [Article]
  • Van Koningsbruggen, G.M., Miles, E., & Harris, P.R. (in press). Self-affirmation and self-control: Counteracting defensive processing of health information and facilitating health behavior change. In D. de Ridder, M. Adriaanse, & K. Fujita (Eds.), Handbook of Self-Control in Health and Wellbeing. Routledge. [Article]
  • Van Koningsbruggen, G.M., Harris, P.R., Smits, A.J., Schüz, B., Scholz, U., & Cooke, R. (in press). Self-affirmation before exposure to health communications promotes intentions and health behavior change by increasing anticipated regret. Communication Research. [Article]
  • Van Koningsbruggen, G.M., Veling, H., Stroebe, W., & Aarts, H. (2014). Comparing two psychological interventions in reducing impulsive processes of eating behaviour: Effects on self-selected portion size. British Journal of Health Psychology, 19, 767-782. [Article]
  • Van Koningsbruggen, G.M., Stroebe, W., & Aarts, H. (2013). The rise and fall of self-control: Temptation-elicited goal activation and effortful goal-directed behavior. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 546-554. [Article]


Other academic activities

  • Associate editor for Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Reviewer for various international journals such as Communication Research, Health Psychology, Psychology and Health, British Journal of Health Psychology, British Journal of Social Psychology, Appetite, and European Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Memberships: International Communication Association (ICA), European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), and Netherlands School of Communication Research (NeSCoR).