Your research will be embedded within the Behavioural Science Institute
(BSI). BSI is a multidisciplinary research institute and one of the three research institutes of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Radboud University. Our researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, pedagogical and educational sciences, and communication science. Our mission is to strengthen people through understanding the foundations of human behaviour, by creating synergy between different paradigms and by facilitating craftsmanship, curiosity and connection in academic research. BSI has seven research programmes covering three major research themes, namely human development, connection and health. BSI conducts fundamental as well as applied/translational research and has excellent facilities and support for lab and field research. Moreover, the institute is known for its successful graduate school and strong commitment to open science.
This postdoctoral project will be part of the Communication and Media research programme in which currently some 45 staff are involved. The main objective is to study the social and psychological mechanisms underlying media use, media processes and media effects, while taking into account the economical, technological and sociocultural forces that influence the 21st-century media landscape. We aim to apply these fundamental insights to develop strategies for improving people's well-being. A key role is played by recent developments in digital technology: we study innovative techniques and tools such as artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality to find ways to empower people to thrive in their multiple roles, for example as consumers, citizens or parents. Driven by these objectives, we focus on three communication themes: influence (commercial and prosocial communication), information (journalism and news), and entertainment (consumer community and culture).
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