Clockwise: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt, Dr. Lena Frischlich, Dr. Felix Reer, Svenja Boberg M.A., M. Saïd H. Unger M.A., Johanna Klapproth M.A., Tim Schatto-Eckrodt M.A.
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Chair of Online Communication

About us / Mission statement

The chair of online communication, headed by Prof. Thorsten Quandt, focuses on societal changes connected to the Internet and new media. The empirical research of the chair follows three central areas that can be understood as the core dimensions of these changes. These three focal areas are: (1) Innovations & technology, (2) the individual, its (self-)perception and everyday life, (3) human coexistence and societal effects. Along these three areas, the chair  investigates several current phenomena and challenges, using classic and innovative empirical methods. The chair’s research and methods operate at the intersection of communication studies, psychology, empirical social sciences and data science.  The primary goal  is to merge different thematic and methodical perspectives and thus to make a substantial contribution to the understanding of societal and communicative changes.

(1)    Foundations of media innovations

The chair conducts research on the general impact of new media on the individual, groups and society.  This is typically groundwork for cutting edge innovations, like VR-, AR and Mixed Reality-Devices, or new types of computer games. Some of these studies are carried out in the chair’s own Virtual Reality and Game Lab.

(2)    Transformations of the individual and its everyday life

The chair is interested in the effects of new media and online communication on the users’ mind, and the impact on their everyday life.  This typically involves recently introduced technologies and current forms of online use. Research projects address the effects of social media or computer games on psycho-social well-being, but also dysfunctional forms of use (like excessive use/addiction).

(3)    Transformation of public communication and society

The chair studies higher-level effects that operate on the meso- or macro-level (i.e. group/interaction effects, societal effects). Again, this includes research on dysfunctional forms of using digital media (like cyberbullying, cyberhate and online propaganda), but also research in the field of (online) journalism and alternative/participatory information sources on the Internet.

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  • Projects

    HybriD – Real-time detection and identification of hybrid disinformation campaigns in online media
    (10/2021–09/2024) – Dr.-Ing. Christian Grimme (University of Münster), Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt (University of Münster), Prof. Dr. Christian Stöcker (HAW Hamburg)

    Disinformation has been the focus of research and public debate for some time. Incidents such as the manipulation of journalistic forums during the early days of the Ukraine conflict, the suspected influence of disinformation in the Brexit referendum, or the use of automated communication in the 2016 U.S. election have drawn public and political attention to the issue. This leads to the central question: How do disinformation campaigns behind all these incidents work?
    Since the above-mentioned events, research has increasingly focused on automated communication, fake news and hate speech, and how to detect them. Many citizens face these phenomena on a daily basis. The intensive study of disinformation strategies has revealed that, in addition to automated communication, there are sometimes covert aspects and actors that make a disinformation campaign powerful in the first place. In order to identify, understand, and combat the sometimes concerted disinformation campaigns, it is also necessary to take into account human actors, content, and timing.

    Smart for Science
    (04/2019–03/2022) – Prof. Dr. Stefan Heusler (University of Münster), Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt (University of Münster) and many more

    While smartphones play a central role in students' everyday lives, their use in the classroom is viewed critically. Nevertheless, targeted use for learning purposes could bring positive effects in terms of learning success and motivation. The question of how smartphones could be advantageously integrated into school lessons is still largely unanswered. The project therefore investigates the conditions for the successful use of smartphones in mathematics and science lessons.

    PropStop (05/2016 - 04/2019)

    PropStop is a project funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) that aims at studying hidden propaganda disseminations via online media, in order to identify and prove accordant attempts. Throughout the project an interdisciplinary team of statisticians, communication scientists, IT-security researchers, journalists and IT-security companies works together. Besides a large-scale examination of propaganda characteristics online, huge quantities of public opinion statements in different areas of the digital public sphere will be analyzed for repeated semantic and technical patterns. The insights gained throughout the project will be used to enhance our detection of massive, hidden propaganda attacks, to develop technologies to identify these attacks, and to improve our abilities to verify propaganda attacks. Real-time simulations of massive hidden propaganda attacks will provide meaningful insights into the transdisciplinary applicability of the gained findings.

    The Internet and Mental Health (05/2016 - 04/2018)

    Groundbreaking technologies change not only our daily lives and habits but also affect our perceptions, feelings, communication structures, and self image.  Never before, however, has the discussion of the impact of a technological development on mental health been as intense as it has been since the introduction of the internet. One would expect psychiatric experts to take the lead in this discussion.  At present, most of the commentary by psychiatrists and psychologists seems to be as influenced by their own attitudes towards modern technology as it is by empirical data and scientific insight.  There are reasons for this.  While one need not look far for inflammatory discussions of „internet addiction,“ a scientific debate amongst psychiatric professionals on this topic is seldom to be found.  Despite the fact that many of the accusations found in the media about internet use can be disproven, they continue to enjoy great popularity.

    Research Training Group 1712/1 “Trust and Communication in a Digitized World” (04/2012 – 09/2016)

    The research training group examines how trust can be developed and maintained under the conditions of new forms of communication. Digitized means of communication change the structure and sustainability of trust because firstly, familiar face-to-face communication is replaced by digitized interactions, secondly, virtual social and office networks emerge and finally, because new forms of relationships between the public, organisations and individuals develop. The postgraduate programme analyses the consequences of these processes for the establishment of trust relationships by the example of four prototypical areas: media, economy, science and sports.

  • Publications

    Publications

  • Talks

    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Two Decades of Journalism Studies: Changes in and Impact of Diversity Across Authorship’. 72nd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Paris, France, .
    • Klapproth, Johanna; Frischlich, Lena; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Enhancing Critical Media Literacy to Fight Conspiracy Theories: Testing the Effectiveness of Narrative Prebunking Interventions’. Post-Truth and Affective Publics’ Challenges to Social Ties. Disinformation, Populism, Data-Driven Propaganda. An International Communication Association (ICA) Preconference, Metz, .
    • Quandt, Thorsten; Boberg, Svenja; Unger, Saïd; Klapproth, Johanna (): ‘Scenarios of dark participation in online counter publics: Comparing anti-Corona movements on Telegram and Twitter’. Media and Publics, Roskilde, .

    • Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Pandemic waves and information flows: Findings from a longitudinal content analysis of German mainstream and alternative news’. Invited presentation at the Workshop "Science communication in times o f the Covid-19 pandemic. News media, social media and the role of misinformation." Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, (Online), .
    • Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Frischlich, Lena; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Covering Covid-19: The crisis reaction of journalism during the first year of the pandemic’. 8th Future of Journalism Conference (The School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) at Cardiff University), Cardiff University, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Frischlich, Lena; Clever, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Linking Alternative and Legacy News Use on Social Media to Conspiracy Beliefs: Insights from a Cross-Platform Linkage Study’. 8th Future of Journalism Conference (The School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) at Cardiff University), Online, .
    • Langmann, Klara; Wintterlin, Florian; Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Frischlich, Lena; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘In the face of dark participation. Community managers’ views on the efficacy of content moderation’. ECREA’s 8th European Communication Conference, Online, .
    • Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘#MeToo as a social movement or strategic #-campaign? Analyzing the dynamics of Social Issue Emergence using computational methods’. ECREA’s 8th European Communication Conference, Online, .
    • Janzik, Robin; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Reer, Felix; Boberg, Svenja; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Analyzing the gaming disorder debate on Twitter: A computational approach’. ECREA’s 8th European Communication Conference, Braga, Portugal (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Klapproth, Johanna; Bergmann, Christina; Drerup, Floriane; Meinshausen, Fenja; Schwarz, Alina; Reer, Felix; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘VR as an ‘empathy machine’ for immersive journalism? An experimental study on the impact of narrative perspective and presentation form in a 360° Holocaust video’. 8th European Communication Conference (ECREA), Braga, Portugal (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Janzik, Robin; Reer, Felix; Festl, Ruth; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Cyberbullying victimization and mental health: A representative cross-sectional study of German Internet users’. 71st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Denver, USA (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Reer, Felix; Wendt, Ruth; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘A Longitudinal Study on Smartphone Use Disorder and Psychosocial Well-Being’. 71st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Denver, USA (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Reer, Felix; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Addicted to Digital Games? A Representative Survey Study on the Societal Perception of Gaming Disorder’. 71st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Denver, USA (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Quandt, Thorsten; Boberg, Svenja (): ‘The Ebb and Flow of Corona Coverage: A time-based analysis of news media’s crisis coverage during the first 9 months of the Covid-19 pandemic’. 71st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Denver, USA (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Boberg, Svenja; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Covid, confusion and conspiracies: A longitudinal content analysis of alternative media’s coronavirus coverage and its impact on the media landscape’. 71st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Denver, USA (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Ratan, Rabindra; Nanyang, Vivian Chen; De Grove, Frederik; Breuer, Johannes; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Gender, Gaming Motivations, and Genre: Comparing Singaporean, German, and American Video Game Players’. 71th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Denver, USA (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Reer, Felix; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Why Do People Spread Distorted Information Online? An Examination of Predictors based on the Theory of Collective Action’. 71st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Denver, USA (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘#PandemicHateMails’. Presentation at DACH 21, (Online), .
    • Quandt, Thorsten; Boberg, Svenja (): ‘Alternative and mainstream news media during the Coronvirus crisis: Insights from a large-scale computational content analysis’. Presentation at the International Symposium “Journalism, Media and the Normalization of (Right-Wing) Populism and Nativist Authoritarianism: Analysis of Practices and Counteracting Strategies before and during the COVID-19”, Gothenburg University & Uppsala University, .

    • Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Copycats and Hijackers: How malicious actors exploit social media hypes’. MISDOOM - 2nd Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Open Online Media, Leiden University, Netherlands (Online), .
    • Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Misinformation, conspiracies and confusion. (Alternative) News media and the Coronavirus crisis in Germany’. Keynote Speech at the International Symposium Misinformation Across Borders and Contexts (Online), Seoul National University, Korea, .
    • Reer, Felix; Kieslich, Kimon; Tang, Wai, Yen; Frischlich, Lena; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Using a Virtual Reality Game for Mood Repair: A Laboratory Experiment’. Tagung der Fachgruppe Medienpsychologie, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Chemnitz, Deutschland, .
    • Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Pandemic news, pandemic populism’. Invited impulse presentatiot at the keynote panel “Lessons of the infodemic”, Global Fact 7, Oslo (Online), .
    • Reer, Felix; Wehden, Lars-Ole; Janzik, Robin; Tang, Wai Yen; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Virtual reality technology and game enjoyment. A self-determination theory perspective’. 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Gold Coast, Australia (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Frischlich, Lena; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Hidden Biases: The Effects of Deleted Content on Twitter on Sampling Quality’. 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Gold Coast, Australien (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Wehden, Lars-Ole; Reer, Felix; Janzik, Robin; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Addicted to cybersex? A representative study on the disordered use of sexual online content’. 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Gold Coast, Australia (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Janzik, Robin; Wehden, Lars-Ole; Reer, Felix; Tang, Wai Yen; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘To give or not to give: Examining the prosocial effect of a 360° video documentary on the refugee crisis’. 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Gold Coast, Australia (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Reer, Felix; Tang, Wai Yen; Quant, Thorsten (): ‘Dark personality traits and social media disorder: The mediating role of social media use motives’. 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Gold Coast, Australia (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Denunciation, corrective or catchphrase? The use of the term fake news in social media debates’. 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Gold Coast, Australia (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Reer, Felix; Tang, Wai Yen; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘How gamer identity and sense of community online are related to psychosocial well-being and gaming disorder scores’. 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Gold Coast, Australia (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Festl, Ruth; Reer, Felix; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘A cross-lagged panel study on online sexual victimiziation and psychosocial well-being’. 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Gold Coast, Australia (virtual due to COVID-19), .
    • Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Structur of (pandemic) news waves: Findings from a large scale analysis of journalistic and alternative news media in Germany’. Comparative Media Studies in Today’s World (CMSTW), St. Petersburg, Russia (Online), .
    • Wehden, Lars-Ole; Reer, Felix; Janzik, Robin; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Sex on the Internet – a representative survey study on the prevalence and correlates of the addiction-like use of sexual online content“. Jahrestagung der DGPuK, München, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Hate Speech, Disinformation and Incivility: The Moderation of Negative User Content in German Newsrooms“. 65. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), München, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Frischlich, Lena; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja, Quandt, Thorsten (): „Who corrects misinformation online? The Effect of Third-, Second-, and First-Person Perceptions on Corrective Actions“. Gemeinsame Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe „Kommunikation und Politik“ der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), des Arbeitskreises „Politik und Kommunikation“ der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW) und der Fachgruppe „Politische Kommunikation“ der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft (SGKM) "Desinformation, Populismus, “Lügenpresse” - Vertrauen und Glaubwürdigkeit in der politischen Kommunikation", Mainz, .

    • Reer, Felix; Wehden, Lars-Ole; Tang, Wai Yen; Janzik, Robin; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘The slippery path to total presence: How using an omnidirectional VR treadmill influences the gaming experience’. Digital Games Research Section Symposium (ECREA 2019), Rotterdam, Niederlande, .
    • Reer, Felix; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Are We Entering a New Era of Interactive Entertainment and Digital Games Research?’ Panel auf dem Digital Games Research Section Symposium 2019, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Rotterdam, Niederlande, .
    • Reer, Felix; Kieslich, Kimon; Tang, Wai Yen; Frischlich, Lena; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘My Happy Virtual Me? The Influence of Interactivity and Virtual Reality Technology on Mood Repair’. Vortrag auf dem Digital Games Research Section Symposium 2019, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Rotterdam, Niederlande, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Frischlich, Lena; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Sampling on Twitter: Sampling Bias due to Deleted Content“. 21. Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe „Methoden der Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft“ der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), Universität Greifswald, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘How to cope with dark participation? Authoritative and participative moderation in German newsrooms’. Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff, .
    • Temmann, Linn Julia; Engmann, Michael; Maubach, Katharina; Reer, Felix; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Strong and Powerful or Sexy and Skinny? Effects of Objectifying Video Game Avatars in Virtual Reality’. Vortrag auf der 11. Tagung der Fachgruppe Medienpsychologie, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs), Chemnitz, Deutschland, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Frischlich, Lena; Wintterlin, Florian; Boberg, Svenja; Adam, Lena; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Who is Affected by the Disinformation Order? Predicting the Exposure to Distorted Information Prior to the Parliamentary Election in Germany’. 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Washington D.C., USA, .
    • Boberg, Svenja; Wintterlin, Florian; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Between Threat and Panic: Journalists’ Experiences with Covert Propaganda Attacks before and during the Federal Election in Germany’. 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Washington D.C., USA, .
    • Reer, Felix; Festel, Ruth; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Investigating Problematic Social Media and Game Use in a Nationally Representative German Sample’. Full-Paper zur Jahrestagung der International Communication Association (ICA 2019), Washington, D.C., USA, .
    • Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Buzzword “Fake News”: Analyzing How Commenters of a Leading News Forum Use the Term Fake News via Automated Content Analysis’. 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Washington D.C., USA, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Reer, Felix; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Corrective actions in the information disorder. Presumed influence and the countering of distorted information’. 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Washington D.C., USA, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Best-Practice Preprocessing. Lecture in the context of the special window Research Software in Communication and Media Science.“ Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), Münster, .
    • Reer, Felix; Festl, Ruth; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Computer game addiction rarely comes alone. A Representative Survey Study on Problematic Use of Digital Games and Social Media Services“. Vortrag auf der Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), Münster, Deutschland, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Frischlich, Lena; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Titles vs. topics: Thematic Commonalities of Journalistic Articles and the Corresponding User Comments“. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), Münster, .
    • Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): „On the relevance of person characteristics and media usage patterns for the confrontation with hate-speech and personal victimization in the Internet.“ Jahrestagung der deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikation (DGPUK), Münster, Deutschland, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten (): „The Role of Citizens in the Disinformation Order: Who Amplifies Fake News?“ Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPUK), Münster, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): „In the Thicket of Conspiracy: Information Sources of Conspiracy-Theoretical Online Communities“. SmartNETWORK-Tagung „Öffentlichkeit und Debattenkulturen“ (SmartNETWORK), Universität Münster, .
    • Frischlich, Lena; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘The markets of manipulation: The trading of social bots on clearnet and darknet markets’. MISDOOM - Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg, Germany, .
    • Boberg, Svena; Frischlich, Lena; Wintterlin, Florian; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Between overload and indifference. Detection of fake accounts and social bots by community managers’. MISDOOM - Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg, .
    • Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Use and Assessment of Sources in Conspiracy Theorists' Communities’. MISDOOM Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg, .
    • Wintterlin, Florian; Frischlich, Lena; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Boberg, Svenja; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Manipulation attempts during the German federal election 2017’. MISDOOM - Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Online Media, Hamburg, .
    • Reer, Felix; Wehden, Lars-Ole; Janzik, Robin; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Süchtig nach dem Smartphone? Eine Repräsentativbefragung zu Verbreitung und Korrelaten problematischer Smartphone-Nutzung in Deutschland“. Jahrestagung der DGPuK-Fachgruppe Rezeptions- und Wirkungsforschung 2019, Mainz, .

    • Maubach, Katharina; Engmann, Michael; Sünderbruch, Lena; Temmann, Linn J.; Reer, Felix; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Effects of Objectifying Video Games in Virtual Reality: How Does Playing with a Sexualized Avatar in a VR Setting Affect Women’s Self-Objectification and Body Esteem?’ 7th European Communication Conference (ECREA 2018), Lugano, Schweiz, .
    • Tang, Wai Yen; Reer, Felix; Kieslich, Kimon; Quandt, Thorsten; Liebold, Benny; Pietschmann, Daniel; Tauchmann, Nico; Ohler, Peter (): ‘Trigger-happy on the holodeck: Do embodied acts of violence increase aggression?’ 7th European Communication Conference (ECREA 2018), Lugano, Switzerland, .
    • Quandt, Thorsten (): „Technology change, media change, journalism change?“ SSM Kongress, Thun, .
    • Williams, Patrick; Austermann, Oliver; Kreyenborg, Maike; Malczewski, Dominik; Reer, Felix; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Learning in Virtual Reality: Testing the Effectiveness of a VR Game’. 7th European Communication Conference (ECREA 2018), Lugano, Schweiz, .
    • Wilhelm, Rebekka; Haack, Jana; Günzel, Matthias; Zemlicka, Tim; Ghavamzadeh, Shaghayegh; Reer, Felix; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Shaping Attitudes towards Sexual Harassment: Testing the Influences of Highly Immersive Technology and Perpetrator Framing’. 7th European Communication Conference (ECREA 2018), Lugano, Schweiz, .
    • Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Wintterlin, Florian; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘The effects of fake news, political emotions, and trust on populist votes’. DGPs, Frankfurt, .
    • Liebold, Benny; Pietschmann, Daniel; Tauchmann, Nico; Ohler, Peter; Reer, Felix; Kieslich, Kimon; Tang, Wai Yen; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Violence in Virtual Reality: The Influence of Embodied Virtual Violence on Aggression“. Vortrag auf der 51. Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGP), Frankfurt, Deutschland, .
    • Festl, Ruth; Reer, Felix; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Online Sexual Risk Behavior, Victimization and Psychosocial Well-Being among Adolescents and Young Adults’. Full-Paper zur Jahrestagung der International Communication Association (ICA 2018), Prag, Tschechien, .
    • Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘False Information—real problems? Online-misinformation, political anger, inefficiency, trust and the intention to vote populists’. Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (ICA), Prague, .
    • Reer, Felix; Tang, Wai Yen; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Psychosocial Well-Being and Social Media Engagement: The Mediating Roles of Social Comparison Orientation and Fear of Missing Out’. Full-Paper zur Jahrestagung der International Communication Association (ICA 2018), Prag, Tschechien, .
    • Tang, Wai Yen; Reer, Felix; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Harassment Behaviors in Online Videogames: A Replication and Extension With a German Nationally Representative Sample’. Full-Paper zur Jahrestagung der International Communication Association (ICA 2018), Prag, Tschechien, .
    • Festl, Ruth; Reer, Felix; Quandt, Thorsten (): „The impact of online sexual risk behaviors and victimization experiences on adolescents' and young adults' psychosocial well-being.“ Vortrag auf der 63. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), Mannheim, Deutschland, .
    • Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Quandt, Thorsten. (): „Would the real reader please stand up? Detection of fake accounts and social bots in participatory journalistic offerings“. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikation (DGPUK). , Mannheim, .
    • Reer, Felix; Tang, Wai Yen; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘The Relationship Between Psychosocial Well-Being, Fear of Missing Out, Social Comparison Orientation, and Social Media Engagement’. Poster auf der General Online Research (GOR), Köln, .
    • Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Schatto-Eckrodt, Tim; Wintterlin, Florian (): ‘Roots of Hate. Interpersonal differences and the amplification of hate’. Multidisciplinary perspectives on radicalization, Cologne, Germany, .

    • Frischlich, Lena; Boberg, Svenja; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Online newspapers as target of strategic user-generated content —Dealing with hate-speech, fake news and covert propaganda’. Annual Meeting of the International Journal of Press and Politics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, .
    • Quandt, Thorsten; Boberg, Svenja; Frischlich, Lena (): ‘The wall against the dark? How journalists and community managers identify and interpret hidden online propaganda.’ 66th annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Diego, CA, USA, .
    • Frischlich, Lena; Quandt, Thorsten; Boberg, Svenja (): „In the web of propaganda? Covert Propaganda in Participatory Internet Offerings from a Journalistic Perspective“. Vortrag im Rahmen der Jahrestagung der deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikation (DGPUK), Düsseldorf, Deutschland, .

    • Quandt, Thorsten; Festl, Ruth (): „Risks of online use“. 22. Bundeskongress für Schulpsychologie, Berlin, .
    • Festl, Ruth; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Reinforcers, defenders, or outsiders? Explaining different behaviors when observing cyberbullying“. 50th Convention of the German Psychologist Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie, DGPS), Leipzig, .
    • Buhl, Florian; Günther, Elisabeth; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Unambiguous Burstiness: Towards Explaining the Dynamics of Digital News Flows from Opportunity Structures, News Factors, and Topics’. 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Fukuoka, Japan, .

    • Festl, Ruth; Quandt, Thorsten; Scharkow, Michael, Vogelgesang, Jens (): ‘Spirals of Retaliation? Analyzing Patterns of Cyberbullying Involvement Among High School Students Using Latent Transition Analysis.’ Future Challenges of Aggression Research, Linz, .
    • Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Cyberbullying among adolescents: Risks and myths’. Ladenburg Roundtable „Internet and Mental Health“, Daimler & Benz Stiftung, Ladenburg, .
    • Buhl, Florian; Günther, Elisabeth; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Patterns of Immediacy: News Diffusion Processes among German Online News Sites’. 65th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA, .
    • Günther, Elisabeth; Engelmann, Ines; Neuberger, Christoph; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘From Text to Topics: A Comparison of a Manual and an Automated Content Analysis’. Tagung „Re-Inventing Journalism“ der Fachgruppen für Journalismusforschung der ECREA und DGPuK, ZHAW Winterthur, .

    • Buhl, Florian; Günther, Elisabeth; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘No time to think? A big-data approach to studying news diffusion processes among online news websites’. 5th European Communication Conference (ECREA), Lissabon, Portugal, .
    • Günther, Elisabeth.; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Methods for Inductive Topic Analysis: Document Clustering and Latent Dirichlet Allocation“. Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe Methoden der DGPuK, LMU München, .
    • Scharkow, Michael; Festl, Ruth; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Epidemiology of problematic and pathological computer and internet use“. 27th congress of Fachverband Sucht e.v., Heidelberg, .
    • Günther, Elisabeth; Domahidi, Emese; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Undivided Attention? An Automated Analysis of the 2013 Bundestag Election Candidates' Media Visibility“. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), Universität Passau, .
    • Günther, Elisabeth; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Observing the News Flow: A Big Data Analysis of Online Coverage During the 2013 German Elections’. Jahrestagung der International Communication Association (ICA), Seattle, .

    • Günther, Elisabeth; Quandt, Thorsten (): „Keyword-based Topic Detection of Online News“. Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe Computervermittelte Kommunikation der DGPuK, Universität Wien, .
    • Günther, Elisabeth; Festl, Ruth; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Team Sports in Virtual Worlds: Are Clan Members Team Players in the Real World, too?’ Jahrestagung der International Communication Association (ICA), London, .

    • Günther, Elisabeth; Festl, Ruth; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘The League of Extraordinary Computer Gamers: Using Media as a Sport’. ECC Digital Games Research Pre-Conference, Istanbul, .
    • Günther, Elisabeth; Festl, Ruth; Quandt, Thorsten (): ‘Media as Sports: Let the Digital Games Begin!’ Jahrestagung der International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Durban, .