digicomlab Master Thesis Funding Grants


Since 2018 the Digicomlab has a reoccurring call for applications for the Digital Communication Methods Lab Master Thesis Grant. These grants provide financial support for theoretically-relevant and digitally innovative (research) master theses written at the University of Amsterdam’s Graduate School of Communication.

This pages provides a list of currently funded theses and completed theses that received funding in the previous years.



“Can We Virtually Care?”: An Experimental Study on the Impact of True Immersive Journalism on Audience Engagement and the Motivated Response to Distant Suffering by Rajeshwari Singh

Coping with News Negativity – Emotion Regulation as a Remedy in Times of Crisis by Lina Buttgereit

Enhancing the Pedagogical Healthcare Environment with Innovation: A Comparison of Traditional versus Mixed Reality Learning for CPR Training by Lisa Marie Gonzalez

Implicit Citation Dynamics in the Current Academic Discourse on Opinion and Attitude Change by Media Effects by Philipp Noah Egger

Going with the Flow: The effects of VR gaming on spatial presence, flow, and positive emotions by Melissa Quirijnen

Looking Past Laziness – The Effect of Negative Deservingness Cues on Welfare Support Across Different Levels of Issue Salience by Felix Grünewald

Loyalty, Purity, and Two Smoking Dumpsters – Moral Rhetoric in Occupy Wall Street Tweets Predicts Violence and Civil Disobedience in Collective Action Events by Daniel Komáromy

Tackling the Algorithmic Power of Social Media: A Randomized Controlled Trial Examining how Instagram’s Chronological Feed Affects Users’ Daily Well-being by Marios Georgiou


Cultural Differences in VR Sustainability Advertising: The Role of Culture in Perceptions towards Sustainability Messages in Virtual Reality by Laurent Hebette

Feel Like a Number: Perceived Fairness of the Job Application Process through AI by Nirvi Maru

Who is Responsible? Analyzing the Influence of Covid-19 Severity and Political Orientation on Social- Individual Responsibility Framing of Covid-19 measures in News Media by Lilian Li

What if we Screenshot all the food we see on social media in a day? A mix-method study: how social media food exposure is associated with eating behaviour by Connie Chen

Is life brighter when your phone is not? The efficacy of a grayscale smartphone intervention addressing digital well-being: a mixed-method study by Cynthia Dekker

Infectious interactions: Identifying user-communities in German-language Twitter topic networks on vaccination throughout the Covid-19 pandemic by David Leimstädtner

Partisan news, polarized audiences? A quantitative content analysis of digital news and user comments in India by Apeksha Shetty

Why p not q? An investigation into the affective and behavioral effects of contrastive explanation by a product recommendation chatbot by Zhimiao Li

The Effect of Humour in Political Messaging: An Investigation Combining Fine-Tuned Neural Language Models and Social Network Analysis by Janice Butler

Conspiracy Consequences for Whom? By Timothy Dorr

What’s in a voice? The direct and conditional effects of vocal characteristics on voting choices by Lonneke van Riele

A User-Centric Evaluation of Democratic News Recommenders by Nordin Bouchrit

Understanding users’ responses to disclosed vs. undisclosed customer service chatbots by Nathalie Koubayová



Acquiring Political Knowledge through Meme Exposure on Facebook: An Eye Tracking Experiment by Julia Dalibor

Do Individual Differences Moderate the Effect of Political Attacks Conveyed via a Deepfake on Evaluations of Politicians? by Mónika Simon

Viral Violence: The Effects of Police Violence Framing, Group Identity, and Militarization on Public Outrage and Perception of Police  by Neil Fasching

Designing Virtual Reality Experiences to Promote Pro-Environmental Behaviour: The Longitudinal Effects of Prompts by Hana Hegyiova

Online vigilance and goal conflict stress smartphone users out: An in-situ approach to digital stress by Alicia Gilbert

Assessing political news quality: An automated comparison of political news quality indicators across German newspapers with different modalities and reach by Nicolas Mattis

Emotions as the Impetus of Negative Campaigning Effects. Investigating the mediating role of anger and fear in the effects of negative campaigning by Vladislav Petkevic



Can AI trust you? Cultivating perceptions of trustworthiness in online Conversational Agents by Eirine Ntaligkari

Disclosing or Disguising Influencer Marketing on Instagram? by Céline Müller

Fake News in the 2018’s Brazilian Presidential Election: An analysis of its diffusion on Twitter by Pieter Attema Zalis

Mapping the Issue Arena of Plastic Soup: Applying the Network Agenda-Setting (NAS) Model in Big-Data Research by Louelle Pesurnaij

What’s really the difference? Developing machine learning classifiers for identifying Russian state-funded news in Serbia by Ognjan Denkovski

Consuming Less Meat For Me or For Us? by Demi van der Plas

Expectation Hurts? by Xiaotong Chu

Immersive Persuasion by Jonas Schlicht

The Sound of Immersion by Noëlle S. Lebernegg