Emily Gravesteijn is a joint-PhD Candidate at both UvA ASCoR – Political Communication and Radboud University Empirical Political Science. In her research, she tries to understand why some citizens perceive news from public media such as the NOS as biased. Within the set-up of her dissertation, she looks at bias accusations in public debates, news content, and individual perceptions of bias conjointly.
In addition to academic life, she enjoys yoga, running, cooking and music (the latter two preferably simultaneously :)). She is also obsessed with all sorts of flowers (tulips, daisies, sunflowers, you name it!) to cheer up the house.
Špela Dolinšek is a PhD candidate at ASCoR’s Persuasive Communication department at the University of Amsterdam. More specifically, she researches the impact of specific health messages on mental well-being of message recipients and the role of pre-existing mental well-being in processing of such messages. For instance, could extensive use of threatening messages negatively impact mental well-being of recipients and could anxious individuals process such messages differently than those that are not anxious? She is also interested in the role of social media interactions with such messages in their processing. For example, what are the benefits of liking or reposting a distressing message? Does that have a potential of buffering its negative effect on our mental well-being?
Science stuff aside, she likes to read (the goal is 40+ books in 2023, and she’s already two books behind), walk dogs, explore recipes from around the world, and has recently become a plant person (as of yet, plants are still alive, but ask her again in a few months).