Sophie Boerman wins Best Student Paper Award at ICORIA

ASCoR PhD candidate Sophie Boerman won the Best Student Paper Award at International Conference In Research In Advertising (ICORIA) that took place in June 2013 in Zagreb. Continue reading >>

Best Reviewer Award for Eva van Reijmersdal

Eva van Reijmersdal received the Best Reviewer Award 2013 of the International Journal of Advertising. This award is based on doing a large number of high quality reviews over a sustained period of time. Continue reading >>

12 June 2013: Symposium: One size fits all? Tailored and online interventions in Health Communication

NeFCA is proud to announce the symposium entitled “Tailored and online interventions in Health Communication”organized by NeFCA’s Health Communication division in collaboration with ASCoR.
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ASCoR Research Priority Area Symposium: Automatic processes in mediated message processing: 23 May 2013

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Three excellent (inter)national researchers from the field of communication science will share their perspective on how automatic processes affect the way in which mediated messages are processed and how this affects people’s cognitions, evaluations, and behavior. Continue reading >>

16 mei 2013 Debat Communicatie met ouderen: van spreekkamer tot internet

Minder dan een kwart van de informatie die in de spreekkamer gegeven wordt, wordt onthouden door oudere patiënten! Toch is deze spreekkamer de belangrijkste en vaak enige informatiebron voor deze doelgroep. Continue reading >>

Peter Neijens wins the first NeFCA Career Award

Prof. dr. Peter Neijens has been awarded the first NeFCA Career Award for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in communication science. He received the award during the Etmaal conference 2013. The award recognizes scholars who have shown substantive and quantifiable contributions, scientific as well as societal, to the field of communication studies. Continue reading >>

MOA Wetenschapsprijs

Fred Bronner, Guda van Noort en Lotte Willemsen wonnen de MOA Wetenschapsprijs van 2012 met hun artikel ‘Een menselijk geluid: het effect van reactieve en proactieve webcare op merkevaluaties’. Continue reading >>

Jones, M. O’Connor, D., Schwartz, J., Johnston, D., French, D. & de Bruin, M. (2012). Opportunities and challenges in real time data capture: Methods in Health Psychology Symposium II. The European Health Psychologist. 14(4), 93-99.

de Bruin, M. & Johnston, M. (2012). Methods in health psychology: How do we know what we really know? The European Health Psychologist. 14(4), 107-112.

Top Paper Award at ICA

Sophie Boerman, Eva van Reijmersdal and Peter Neijens won Top Paper Award in the Information Systems division at this year’s ICA conference in Phoenix, Arizona, with their paper ” Beware: This is Sponsored! How Disclosures of Sponsored Content Affect Persuasion Knowledge and Brand Responses”.

De Bakker, S., Van den Boom, S., Kerkhof, P. & Luit, P. (2011). Help, ze willen vrienden worden. Heemstede (NL): Customer Media Council.

Fifteen years of SWOCC!

This year Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Commerciële Communicatie (SWOCC) turns 15 and this must of course be celebrated! The 13th of September 2011 will therefore be a special day and 15 scientists will share their knowledge during presentations that will each last 15 minutes. Continue reading >>

Research line 1 Online media developments (Theme 1.1-1.4)

Today’s media are characterized by digitization, interactivity, connectivity, mobility, ubiquity, multitasking and fragmentation. Devices such as smart phones and tablets afford reading, watching and listening and are able to integrate and complement previously separated media activities. A major aim of this research line is to understand what influences the perceptions and the way consumers use digital media, and with what consequences, with a specific focus on the use and effectiveness of personalized communication. Within this line, we study the possibilities and challenges of new interactive digital media and technologies such as augmented reality, location-based advertising apps and mobile health apps that collect real-time health data.
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Kerkhof, P. (2011). Van customer media naar content marketing. In: S. de Bakker, S. van den Boom, P. Kerkhof & P. Luit (Eds.), Help, ze willen vrienden worden, p. 17-25. Heemstede (NL): Customer Media Council.

Theme 1.1 One size fits all? Personalized online health communication

Personalized or “tailored” ICT innovations offer large opportunities for the management of health, well-being or diseases. Particularly, the role for mobile health (“m-Health”) is increasing. However, little is known about how people use ICT innovations for health, and what the effects are of using these technologies. Continue reading >>

Theme 1.2 Persuasion in the media multitasking context

Media saturation and the convergence of technologies have led to an increase in a combined use of different media (e.g., using a smartphone and watching TV). This phenomenon is known as media multitasking and describes situations when consumers consume multiple media at the same time. Media multitasking could impact the way communication, such as advertisements, is processed. Continue reading >>

Theme 1.3 Personalized online advertising

This theme focuses on the uses and implications of personalized advertising. The usage of personal information to tailor and target communication can generate more consumer engagement, but can also lead to privacy issues. Continue reading >>

Theme 1.4 New media & advertising

New media, such as social networks (e.g., Facebook and Instagram), blogs, vlogs, branded apps (e.g., Tinder and Snapchat), brand websites, emerge at a fast pace. In this theme we investigate uses and perceptions of new media, and consequences of new media marketing strategies. Emergent media raise questions like: How do characteristic features of new media (interactivity, mobility, social connectivity, dialogue, augmented reality) influence the persuasiveness of new media advertising strategies? Continue reading >>

Research line 2 Consumer empowerment (Theme 2.1 & 2.2)

Communication technology increasingly disguises the use of persuasion tactics, which increasingly blurs the boundary between the private and the public. This research line, aims to disentangle (hidden) persuasion and resistance mechanisms, to inform users about strategies, and to develop tools to empower consumers to resist hidden persuasion. It is investigated to what extent people are informed about persuasion techniques (disclosures), to what extent they are able to resist persuasion, and if so, what role this awareness plays.
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Theme 2.1 Resistance towards persuasion

People are not always open to persuasive messages, such as advertising and health messages. In fact, consumers often arm themselves with several strategies to resist persuasion. This is a problem for advertisers and information officials as they strive to influence people’s behavior with their messages. Continue reading >>

Theme 2.2 Persuasive effects of sponsored content and disclosures of sponsored content

Advertising is increasingly integrated into editorial media content, in vlogs, blogs, tweets, music videos, and television programs, a phenomenon called sponsored content, native advertising or brand placement. For advertisers, these are new ways to reach the audience. But, for legislators the hidden nature of sponsored content is a cause of concern. Continue reading >>

Research line 3 Online and offline interactions (Theme 3.1-3.5)

In today’s society, interpersonal and mediated communication increasingly intertwine and interact, thereby blurring boundaries between the online and offline world and making it more dynamic than ever before. Communication does not only involve organizations communicating via various media outlets to the public, but also the way in which citizens communicate about this information amongst each other. This means an increasingly important role for consumer reviews, (e)Word of Mouth, consumer posts on social media and a need for companies and organizations to develop adequate webcare. In this respect, offline and online peer-to-peer, parent-child, teacher-student and patient-provider interactions are also examined.
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Theme 3.1 Intercultural communication

Due to on-going globalization, communication between people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds is on the increase. Interactions between people from different cultural/ethnic backgrounds are often characterized by miscommunication and misunderstandings. This is problematic, because this impedes persuasive effects, such as positive attitudes and intentions. Continue reading >>

Theme 3.2 Health on social media

The emergence of social media has allowed people to become both active posters and passive recipients of communication and media related to health. For instance, people may post exercise goals and performance on social media, but may at the same time be exposed to friends drinking alcohol and/or indulging in unhealthy snacks. Continue reading >>

Theme 3.3 Opinion expression and opinion leadership in social media

Social media offer various opportunities to express one’s opinion publicly (e.g., in comments about brands) and to communicate with and persuade a large number of friends or followers. In this environment, some users may be particularly influential and emerge as opinion leaders, for instance, with regard to topics of health or marketing communication. Continue reading >>

Theme 3.4 Brand endorsements on social media

On social media, such as Facebook, consumers often “like” or share brands and brand- related information. They can, for instance, like brands on Facebook, re-tweet brand-related content on twitter, or post brand-related photos on Instagram. By means of endorsements like this, consumers advertise the brand among their peers in their social network. Continue reading >>

Theme 3.5 Webcare

The evolution of digital and especially social media has empowered consumers to voice their opinions about organizations to the public at large. As these opinions influence other people’s evaluations and behaviors, many organizations (both profit and non-profit) monitor and intervene in online discussions. Such practices have become known as webcare (Van Noort & Willemsen, 2012). Continue reading >>

Research line 4 Communication campaigns and interventions (Theme 4.1-4.6)

Theory-and evidence-based campaigns and interventions are more effective in the behavior change process than those that are not based on evidence and theory. In this research line, we apply communication and behavioral theories to design, evaluate, and implement communication campaigns and interventions, with a special focus on the understanding of the underlying mechanisms. The aim is to gain insight in which content elements, design elements, behavior change techniques, and modes of delivery work best under which conditions for which target group.
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Theme 4.1 Evaluating and improving digital health communication

Despite the abundance of digital health information and its potential to improve healthcare, most health information is difficult to understand and hard to apply by consumers. Particularly people with low health literacy or older adults are vulnerable, and find it difficult to apply health information to their daily lives. Continue reading >>

Theme 4.3 Risky business? How to optimize risk communication

Choices that people make often include uncertainty and risk – will the new iPhone last as long as I would like? Will not drinking alcohol keep me healthy? Will wearing a bicycle helmet in Amsterdam keep me safe? Continue reading >>

Theme 4.2 Entertainment-Education

Entertainment formats are increasingly being used to convey educational messages, like messages about condom use in a popular sitcom or about organ donation in a narrative. Research on this novel message strategy has just started to emerge and many questions remain. Continue reading >>

Theme 4.4 Effective persuasive communication for the 50+ target group

People aged 50 years and older are an increasingly important target group for campaigns that focus on commercial, social or health issues. Theories suggest that older adults respond differently to persuasive communication than younger people because of ageing and generational differences. Continue reading >>

Theme 4.5 Using social proof in communication campaigns and interventions

When we are unsure of how to act or what to do, we often look around us to see what others are doing and let this guide our actions. In persuasive communication, social norms (i.e., what others do, or think we should do) are often used to influence consumer or health behavior. Continue reading >>

Theme 4.6 Green advertising and CSR

The environment has become a hot topic over the past few years. Both profit (H&M conscious, Tony’s Chocolonely) and non-profit (governmental) organizations try to stimulate green behaviors. In this theme, you can investigate different ways in which consumers may be stimulated to be green via campaigns and interventions. Continue reading >>

Van Noort nieuwe directeur SWOCC

Guda van Noort (37) wordt per 1 januari 2015 directeur van SWOCC (Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Commerciële Communicatie). Zij volgt hiermee Peeter Verlegh op. Continue reading >>

Mario Keer won the 2011 Baschwitz Young Researcher award

On the 9th of June 2011, Mario Keer won the 2011 Baschwitz Young Researcher award for the article: Keer, M., Van den Putte, B., & Neijens, P. (2010). The role of affect and cognition in health decision making. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 143-153.

Prestigious Spinozaprize 2011 for Communication scientist Patti Valkenburg

Communication scientist Patti Valkenburg and theoretical physicist Erik Verlinde received the NWO-Spinozaprize 2011, which is the highest Dutch award in science. This was announced by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) on Monday 6th of June 2011. Continue reading >>

Edith Smit in Goudzoekers

The Dutch VPRO program Goudzoekers made an episode that was shown on May 16th on why there are still enormously annoying advertisements on the television. The producers plan to make both an annoying commercial and a fun commercial and test what its effects are. Continue reading >>

ASCoR Research program Persuasive Communication

The research of the Communication Science department at the University of Amsterdam is organized in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR. ASCoR hosts the Research Priority Area Communication of the UvA (awarded in 2011). Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam received a top ranking in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject: number 1 in Continental Europa, Number 6 worldwide. There are currently four program groups: Persuasive Communication, Political Communication & Journalism, Corporate Communication, and Youth & Media Entertainment. Continue reading >>