International dissertation award for Nadine Bol

The Annie Lang Dissertation Award recognizes the most outstanding dissertation in a topic relevant to the Information Systems Division in the preceding year. Congratulations, Nadine!

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Openingssymposium ACHC groot succes

Op dinsdag 10 mei vond het openingssymposium van het ACHC plaats. Veel belangstellenden vanuit de praktijk en wetenschap kwamen naar de UvA v oor een middag in het teken van effectieve communicatie voor mensen met lage gezondheidsvaardigheden.

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EC-funded asthma project concludes with advice on improving patient-provider interaction

For the past 4 years, Alexandra Dima and Marijn de Bruin from ASCoR have partnered with 6 European organizations in the ASTRO-LAB project, a European Commission-funded longitudinal cohort study investigating the long-term impact of asthma treatment and self-management on health outcomes in France and the United Kingdom. On the 14th of April, the ASTRO-LAB final symposium took place in Lyon, France. Continue reading >>

Corine Meppelink defends her dissertation about health literacy and message design on May 12

Digital health information is widely available, especially on the Internet, but not everyone fully benefits from this information source due to limited health literacy. This is unfortunate, as people with limited health literacy are a vulnerable group that needs health information the most. Continue reading >>

Top Student Paper Awards for Nadine Bol and Hao Nguyen

Nadine Bol and Hao Nguyen both won the Philip C. Palm Green Top Student Paper Award at the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication 2016. They received the exact same reviewer score, and the scientific advisory board could not make a final decision between the two papers. The committee therefore decided to award them both with the award. Congratulations to both Nadine and Hao!
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Aanmelding ACHC symposium Health Literacy 10 Mei 2016

Het vinden, begrijpen, beoordelen en gebruiken van gezondheidsinformatie is moeilijk voor mensen met beperkte gezondheidsvaardigheden. Deze groep mensen heeft echter juist baat bij goede gezondheidsinformatie. In het openingssymposium van het Amsterdam Center for Health Communication (ACHC) presenteren we verschillende effectieve strategieën voor het communiceren met deze kwetsbare doelgroep. Continue reading >>

Claire Segijn wins the Best Student Conference Paper Award of the American Academy of Advertising

ASCoR PhD candidate Claire Segijn received the award for her paper “Consumers’ Multiscreening Viewing Behavior, Reporting, and Effects: An Eye-Tracking Study” at the annual conference of the American Academy of Advertising (AAA) held March, 2016 in Seattle. The paper was supervised by prof. Edith Smit, dr. Hilde Voorveld, and dr. Lisa Vandeberg. This is the second year in a row that she wins the best student conference paper award of the AAA.
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Eva van Reijmersdal receives grant American Academy of Advertising

Eva van Reijmersdal received a research fellowship grant from the American Academy of Advertising to do research on the effects of online advertising disclosures on children. Continue reading >>

Dissertation Stefan Bernritter: Consumer brand endorsements via social media

Social media are playing an increasingly important role in the marketing strategies of many brands, as consumers now use social media to write reviews about the products they have purchased, create advertisements for brands and participate in the development of brands. Continue reading >>

Marijn Meijers wins NeSCoR Dissertation Award 2016

Marijn Meijers, Assistant Professor Persuasive Communication, receives the NeSCoR Dissertation Award 2016. Continue reading >>

The role of health literacy in the evaluation of online health information

Consumers of online health information often do not question the quality of what they find online and tend to evaluate the information based on criteria not recognized by existing web quality guidelines. People with low health literacy, in particular, use less established criteria and rely more heavily on non-established ones compared to those with high health literacy.  Continue reading >>

Dissertation Simon Zebregs: Informing low educated adolescents about alcohol consumption

Dutch adolescents from lower secondary education levels are more likely to engage in alcohol abuse than adolescents from higher education levels. Moreover, they start doing so at an earlier age. For to the Dutch government,  health education materials are an important part of their overall prevention approach. However, the materials that are currently available were originally developed for the general population of secondary education students, and therefore less suitable to this particular target group. Continue reading >>

UvA launches new research centre: Amsterdam Center for Health Communication

During herinaugural lecture on Friday, 22 January, Julia van Weert, professor of Health Communication at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), will launch the new Amsterdam Center for Health Communication (ACHC). The centre aims to improve health by conducting scientific research into effective communication and promoting the implementation of research in the field of health and welfare. Continue reading >>

Teunissen, M., Hijmans, C. T., Cnossen, M. H., Bronner, M. B., Grootenhuis, M. A., & Peters M. (2014). Quality of life and behavioral functioning in Dutch pediatric patients with hereditary spherocytosis. European Journal of Pediatrics, 173(9), 1217-1223. doi: 10.1007/s00431-014-2299-1.

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Eline and Julia received grant from Dutch Cancer Society

On Christmas Eve, Eline and Julia received some good news: together with a colleague from Maastricht University, they were awarded a grant from the Dutch Cancer Society for a three-year PhD-project on the  effectiveness of message frame tailoring in online smoking cessation communication. Continue reading >>

Oratie Julia: Online en offline communicatie met kwetsbare patiënten

Hoe kunnen online en offline communicatie ingezet worden voor kwetsbare patiënten? Julia van Weert stelt in haar oratie dat nieuwe technologieën, als aanvulling op de communicatie in de spreekkamer, een meerwaarde kunnen hebben. De mogelijkheden worden volgens haar echter nog bij lange na niet optimaal benut. Continue reading >>

Nadine Bol will defend her dissertation on 3 December 2015

Providing information to cancer patients is crucial within cancer care, and in the current technology age, this information is increasingly presented through the Internet. Continue reading >>

Sanne Schinkel receives grant from KWF Kankerbestrijding

After successfully defending her PhD thesis last month, Sanne Schinkel – together with Julia van Weert, Barbara Schouten and Maria van den Muijsenbergh from Pharos – was awarded a grant from KWF for a 2-year postdoc project (halftime). Continue reading >>

Theo Trostli de Araújo Costa will defend his dissertation on 18 November 2015

Theo Trostli de Araújo Costa onderzoekt welke factoren van invloed zijn op de verspreiding van merkcontent op sociale netwerksites, en welke effecten deze berichten hebben op de ontvanger. Continue reading >>

Sanne Schinkel will defend her thesis on 10 November 2015

In today’s multicultural society, medical communication increasingly involves intercultural medical communication, with patients and doctors from different ethnic backgrounds. Continue reading >>

Verena Wottrich wins Unilever Research Prize 2015

ASCoR PhD candidate Verena Wottrich receives the Unilever Research Prize 2015.
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‘You must drink less’ – and why this message often doesn’t work

Eline Smit received a Veni grant for research into tailor-made health communication.

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Brand Communication

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Brands and Organizations in Social Media

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Verena Wottrich wins Best Student Paper Award at ICORIA 2015 in London

ASCoR PhD Candidate Verena Wottrich won the Best Student Paper Award for her paper ‘How Game Customization and Brand Trust Affect Persuasion in Advergames – The Role of Consumer Privacy Concerns’ at this year’s International Conference on Research in Advertising (ICORIA), held in London. The paper was co-authored by prof. dr. ir. Peeter Verlegh and prof. dr. Edith Smit.  Continue reading >>

Digital Analytics

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Teaching awards for PersCom lecturers

Five awards have been distributed by the College of Communication and the GraduateSchool of Communication to excellent lecturers of the program group Persuasive Communication during the department meeting on the 25th of June. Continue reading >>

Annemiek Linn and Lisa Vandeberg collaborate on Reumafonds grant for project on implicit determinants of medication adherence

The Reumafonds has awarded a grant to Bart van den Bemt (Sint Maartenskliniek Nijmegen) who will work on this project with ASCoR collaborators Annemiek Linn, Lisa Vandeberg; Alfonds den Broeder, Els van den Ende (Sint Maartenskliniek Nijmegen); Liset van Dijk, Marcia Vervloet and Sandra Van Dulmen (NIVEL); and Mike Nurmohamed (Reade).
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Persuasive Design in a Digital Era

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Ed Peelen, professor by special appointment of Content Marketing

Professor E. Peelen (1960) has been named professor by special appointment of Content Marketing at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The chair was designated on behalf of the Customer Media Chair Foundation (Stichting Leerstoel Customer Media).

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Julia van Weert, professor of Health Communication

Dr J.C.M. van Weert (1962) has been named professor of Health Communication at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences effective 1 april 2015. Continue reading >>

Peter Lewinski will defend his thesis on 24 June 2015

Peter Lewiński doet onderzoek naar het weerstaan van reclames door consumenten en kijkt daarbij naar de rol van gezichtsuitdrukkingen. Continue reading >>

Edwin Oberjé will defend his dissertation on Thursday 18th June 2015

Since 1996, HIV can be treated effectively with combination Antiretroviral Therapie (cART). However, non-adherence to cART remains a problem for a substantial number of patients, leading to poor clinical outcomes and avoidable healthcare costs.
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Successful ICA conference for Persuasive Communication Researchers

Our Program Group ‘Persuasive Communication’ has been very successful at the annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Margot van der Goot even received two awards. Continue reading >>

Media Strategies

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Master’s thesis

The master’s thesis at the Graduate School of Communication is a “Graduation Project” (18 ECTS) that consists of three phases whereby students can chose from various themes. After having chosen one of the themes, master’s thesis can start. The first phase takes place during the 1st semester of the Master’s program, and consists of 3 ‘thesis preparation group’ meetings. Continue reading >>

Research Lines & Thesis Themes

A major challenge for communication professionals and policymakers is to optimally use the potential of communication and media to achieve specific persuasive goals in marketing and health communication, while at the same time empower citizens to make informed decisions. Persuasive Communication research aims at studying factors that explain the development, reach, processing and effects of professional and consumer-generated messages in marketing and health communication. Continue reading >>

Eva van Reijmersdal, new Associate Editor of the International Journal of Advertising.

Eva van Reijmersdal has been appointed as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Advertising.
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Two awards at the 2015 DC Health Communication Conference

During the 2015 DC Health Communication Conference in Fairfax, United States, twoawards were appointed to ASCoR researchers. Nadine Bol and Corine Meppelink won a Top Student Research Presentation award for their paper “How Illustrations Improve Health Information Processing Among Individuals with Limited Health Literacy: An Eye-Tracking Experiment”. Continue reading >>

Claire Segijn wins Best Student Paper Award and a Travel Grant at AAA 2015

ASCoR PhD candidate Claire Segijn received the award for her paper “Multitasking withSecond Screen Media. The Persuasive Effects and Underlying Mechanisms of Multiscreening” at the annual conference of the American Academy of Advertising in Chicago.