Again ICA Awards for Persuasive Communication Research

Published on June 14 2019 – At the 2019 annual conference of the International Communication Association, Persuasive Communication research received two awards.

Theo Araujo and Nadine Bol, in a collaboration between the Corporate and Persuasive Communication program groups, were awarded the Jake Liang top paper award for their paper “From speaking like a person to being personal: The effects of personalised, regular interactions with conversational agents”. This award was presented by the Human-Machine Communication interest group and awarded to Theo during their pre-conference. The paper was part of the seed funding program for innovative methodological research from the RPA Communication and its Digital Communication Methods Lab (

In addition, Kirsten van der Eijken  won the Amanda Kundrat Health Communication Master Thesis of the Year Award, from the Health Communication Divisions of NCA/ICA. Her master thesis was entitled: “Knowledge is Power? How Using Online Health Information Influences Patient Participation During Consultation Among Newly-Diagnosed Cancer Patients”. Kirsten did her research master internship at  our department on a collaborative project with the Amsterdam UMC (AMC), department of Medical Psychology and Gastro-Intestinal Oncological Centre Amsterdam (GIOCA). The thesis was supervised prof. Julia van Weert and dr. Hao Nguyen.