Published on September 29, 2022 – On the 21st of September, Sarah Geber (Senior Research and Teaching Associate in the Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich, Switzerland) gave a guest lecture at ASCoR entitled “The potential of social norms for crisis communication – Learnings from […]
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Published on September 15, 2022 – More and more people say they avoid the news, for example, about Covid-19. But what are the implications for society? A recently published study finds that avoiding news about a crisis is not necessarily bad news for society. 
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Published on July 7, 2022 – On the 22nd of June, the ‘Be Prepared’ consortium was launched at the RIVM headquarters in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. In the coming 3 years, the consortium will conduct in-depth research about improving pandemic preparedness from a behavioural perspective. 
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Published on June 9, 2022 – During the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of ACHC researchers shifted the focus of (part of) their work towards understanding and promoting health behaviour through effective communication about COVID-19  – see also here. Our vice-chair and secretary Eline Smit also devoted some of her time […]
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Published on May 19, 2022 – On Monday, May 16, the roundtable discussion on the longer term COVID-19 policy took place in the Dutch Parliament. In the presence of the Standing Committee of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS). ACHC director Julia van Weert, among others, spoke about the role of […]
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Published on published on April 28, 2022 – COVID-19 has had many unprecedented and far-reaching consequences for human lives, economies and democracy. In the European Union, one aspect concerns transnational solidarity between member states. A group of ASCoR-researchers led by Andreas Goldberg studied the relationship between citizens’ media use and […]
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Published on April 21, 2022 – The acquisition of accurate knowledge on COVID-19 is not a given. Mis- and disinformation abound, while experts do not always agree and factual claims are disputed or updated regularly. Despite this context, recent survey research among a representative sample in the Netherlands indicates that […]
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Published on April 14, 2022 – During a pandemic outbreak, timely and accurate information that matches the information needs of the public is vital to inform the public. Earlier, we already reported that the Dutch public mainly used traditional media (e.g., news programs on tv, and newspapers) for information about […]
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Published on February 10, 2022 – COVID-19 disinformation is most credible and hardest to correct when there is a stronger link with factual truths. This was the main result of a recently published experimental study held under 1490 German participants. These findings suggest that disinformation may be more dangerous when […]
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Published on January 27, 2022 –The COVID-19 pandemic is having an amplifying impact on the dissemination and effects of mis- and disinformation. This is what Michael Hameleers and Rens Vliegenthart conclude in an expert vision published in a collection published by the WRR/KNAW. This report contains recommendations on how policy […]
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Published on November 8, 2021 – How the consequences of corona policies are framed influences whether people prefer risk- seeking or risk-averse measures. More specifically, emphasizing potential gains if policy measures are installed (staying healthy, available healthcare) or potential losses of the same measures (people dying or getting long-covid, overcrowded […]
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Published on August 13, 2020 – Several ACHC researchers have started health communication and behavior change research on COVID-19 in the past months. Our ACHC website now has a dedicated COVID-19 section where news and publications about COVID-19 are collected. Below we summarize some of our pending projects.
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Published on May 13 2020 – There are many uncertainties in the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, but health  communication is a key factor in fighting this crisis. An international team of health communication and behavioral scientists provides advice on how to communicate effectively and promote behavioral change and maintanance. The advice […]
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Published on April 29 2020 -The first results of a study by Fam te Poel, Annemiek Linn and other ACHC colleagues focusing on media use and information needs of the Dutch population during the Covid-19 crisis, show that mainly traditional media such as news programs on tv, and newspapers (both […]
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Here, we provide 10 science-based guidelines for effective communication with teens. Many of these tips can also be used by teachers, parents, and social media influencers. The Bitefile is offered to you by the Dutch Young Consumers Network, who bundled their insights from the literature and their own research on […]
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All over the world communication professionals, policy makers, and crisis teams face the challenge of informing older adults about the COVID-19 pandemic, explaining the behavioural rules recommendations (e.g. social distancing, handwashing etcetera) to help flatten the curve. Scientists together with communication experts, developed 10 evidence-based tips for effective communication with […]
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