Language and Communication Effects

In this group we investigate how the structure and style of a message determines how humans feel, think and act in interpersonal and mediated settings. Can entertainment narratives change worldviews? What do people see in their mind’s eye when reading narratives? How do specific characteristics of language use affect perceptions, emotions and behaviour? Can entertainment narratives change worldviews? What do people see in their mind’s eye when reading narratives?  What is the role of, for instance, gender and culture in doctor-patient conversations? We use quantitative and qualitative corpus analyses and experiments to answer such research questions. Objects of investigation range from naturalistic conversations to professionally produced texts and (moving) images, in domains as diverse as health communication, mass communication, marketing communication, and entertainment.

Research projects

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Reading the Mind

This project investigates the involvement of social-cognitive processes, such as empathy and theory of mind, during story reading.

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In this project, we examine how news media content and social media discussions influence public perceptions of the benefits and harms of cancer screening.

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Erasmus building

Erasmusplein 1
6525HT Nijmegen
Postal address
Postbus 9103
6500HD NIJMEGEN