Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Elly A. Konijn is full Professor in Media Psychology at the Department of Communication Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam). Building on her multidisciplinary background in psychology, media studies, and computer science, she initiated and developed the unique graduate and research program in Media Psychology Amsterdam. Her research focuses on three interconnected lines: (i) relating to media figures, virtual humans, and social robots; (ii) emotions and media-based reality perceptions; (iii) media use among adolescents. Konijn’s research work has been published in major scientific journals, books and edited volumes in the field, and her research was presented in professional documentaries, invited lectures, and media appearances. She has served as chair of the Information Systems division of the International Communication Association and editor of Media Psychology.


Crone, E. A., & Konijn, E. A. (2018). Media use and brain development during adolescence. Nature Communications, 9(1), 588. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03126-x

Konijn, E.A. & Achterberg, M. (2020). Neuropsychological underpinnings of emotional responsivenessto media. In: van den Bulck, J., Sharrer, E., Ewoldsen, D. & Mares, M-L. (Eds). The International Encyclopedia of Media Psychology. Wiley Publishers. See:

Konijn, E.A. & Hoorn, J.F. (2017). Parasocial Interaction and Beyond: Media Personae and Affective Bonding. In: P. Roessler, C. Hoffner, & L. v. Zoonen (Eds.). The International Encyclopedia of Media Effects (pp. 1-15). Wiley-Blackwell Publ.  DOI: 10.1002/9781118783764.wbieme0071

Konijn, E.A., Nije Bijvank, M., & Bushman, B.J. (2007). I wish I were a warrior: The role of wishful identification in the effects of violent video games on aggression in adolescent boys, Developmental Psychology, 43, 1038 – 1044. DOI: 10.1037/0012-1649.43.4.1038

Konijn, E. A., van der Molen, J. H. W., & van Nes, S. (2009). Emotions bias perceptions of realism in audiovisual media: Why we may take fiction for real. Discourse Processes, 46(4), 309–340. doi: Pii 91301140110.1080/01638530902728546

Konijn, E.A. & Hoorn, J.F. (2005). Some like it bad. Testing a model on perceiving and experiencing fictional characters. Media Psychology, 7(2), 107 – 144. DOI: 10.1207/S1532785XMEP0702_1