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Student Projects

Master Theses 2016 (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
• Lisette van Baarsen, “This article is sponsored by”: How advertorials compete with editorials in selective exposure and selective sharing.
• Marieke van den Berg, Online sustainable health news: Exploring the attitude-behavior gap.
• Mieke Brethouwer, Why do you like, share, or comment on health posts on Facebook? The influence of involvement, message responses, and self-control.
• Marieke Heijnen, I share, therefore I vote: Influence of selective exposure and selective sharing on political participation in the Ukraine Association Agreement.
• Maura Moss, “Friends” with benefits: Research on the dark side of Facebook.
• David Overmars, Unveiling the road to more mobile app downloads.
• Nils Paar, The cues to success: Revealing the heuristics that lead to more app downloads in the finance category of the Google Play Store.
• Lotte Smits, Selective exposure, social media, and mass polarization: The role of social media in attitudinal polarization regarding migration in the Netherlands.
• Rowena van Staveren, Warning, graphic content:
The relation between attraction to and enjoyment of media violence.
• Anh-Vi Tong, Welcome to the dark side of Facebook: Self-esteem, the dark triad, and hate-following as predictors of schadenfreude.
• Angel Udvardi, Eeny, major, minor, boo: Minor and major spoilers on the enjoyment and suspense of horror films.
• Caitrina van Veen, “I’d rather not say”: How does the spiral of silence affect the online conversation on feminism?

Master Theses 2015 (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
• Marloes Jeurink, Spoiling TV shows: The influence of genre and personal attributes on the enjoyment, suspense, and transportation of spoiled TV shows.
• Romy van Keppel, Why do we compare ourselves with the people we follow on Facebook?
• Sophie Passe, The effect of self-presentation motivations on sharing music on Facebook.
• Maria Purwitasari, The effect of social comparisons on Facebook, and contributions to depression and compulsive buying behavior.
• Newien Rampersad, Spoilers, spoilers everywhere!: The effects of spoilers in movie clips on enjoyment and transportation.
• Rowie Schopman, Social sharing: The influence of social motivations on the sharing behavior of movies.
• Sven Ulrich, Predictors of hate-follow behavior and schadenfreude on social networking sites.

Bachelor Theses 2016 (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
• Jessica van Es, The future starts now: Effects on behavior improvement, through the working self and the reading of personal blogs.
• Monika Grooteman, Selectively reading blogs: Explaining individual preferences through contingent self-esteem, possible selves, and gender.
• Michelle Kribben, Selective exposure to blog texts in life transitions: Uncertainty, avoidance, and gender.
• Sharon Liem, What do you like to read today? The blogosphere, people’s self-concepts, motivations, and selective reading.
• Fleur Steenbrink, The effects of personal blog reading on future self-concepts and self-improvement behavior.

Bachelor Theses 2015 (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
• Lisette van Baarsen, That’s not what happens in the book: How spoilers and transportation affect the appreciation of a story.
• Benjamin Collins, Are we spoiled? The mutual effect of transportation and spoilers on enjoyment.
• Tom Everard, Ruined or relieved: Spoilers, adaptations, and narrative enjoyment.
• Lieke Hoefs, The influence of narrative spoilers.
• Rowena van Staveren, Brace yourself, spoilers are coming: Effects of spoilers on transportation and enjoyment.

Pre-Master Theses 2015 (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
• Varisha Balsingh, Renee Haenen, Hilde Nugteren, & Angel Udvardi, (Don’t) tell me how it ends: Autonomy, reactance, and entertainment spoilers.
• Marieke van den Berg, Natascha Olofsen, David Overmars, & Nils Paar, Do online recommenders persuade themselves by publicly sharing?