Deutsch Intern
Psychology of Communication and New Media

Research Projects

Funded Research Projects

Joke or Threat? Can male-disparaging comedy elicit masculinity threat?

Time: 2021 – 2022

Funding Agency: EASP Seedcorn Grant

Social Comparison Behavior on Social Media: The influence of cognitive re-evaluations

Social networking sites such as Facebook or Instagram constantly provide us with information about others. This information provokes social comparison processes. However, social comparison has been shown to be associated with lower wellbeing - online and offline. The current project, funded by the German Society for Online Research, aims at reducing the negative impact of social comparison processes by introducing cognitive strategies to re-evaluate social comparison information.  

Time: 2017

Funding Agency: German Society for Online-Research

Previous Collaboration in Funded Research Projects:

The Smart Way to Beat Stress at Work – SOMA

Interdisciplinary research collaboration with Soma Analytics (London, UK) on research and development of ICT-based health interventions

Time: Research collaboration since 2012, H2020 Project 2016 – 2018

Funding Agency: H2020 Research & Innovation Programme, ICT in Health (Funded Organization & Project Lead: Soma Analytics)

Narratives in Health Communication (“HealthNar Network”)

International Research Collaboration with UNSW Australia, Radboud University Nijmegen, et al.


Time: 2014 - 2017

Funding Agency: EU-IRSES, People Exchange Program  

On the acceptance of humanoid service robots (“AkHuSeRo”)

Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration with the ARS Electronica Future Lab, Linz, Austria

Time: 2015 - 2017

Fundation agency: BMBF (Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Markus Appel) 

Social identity and cognitive performance of immigrant adolescents in Austria

Time: 2012 - 2014

Foundation agency: Austrian National Bank (Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Markus Appel)