Vakgroep Psychologie, Gezondheid & Technologie

ATTACHMENT 3- Template form for INTERNSHIP assignments

(to be completed by the organisation in English or Dutch)



Title of internship assignment

Computer-mediated communication vs. face-to-face communication: are emotional interactions fundamentally different online than offline?


University of Twente, Department of Psychology, Health & Technology in cooperation with the Department of Psychology of Conflict, Risk & Safety



Desired period of internship

April – July 2017

The assignment

The last decades witnessed the rise of a digital revolution. This digital revolution ignited a myriad of social and cultural changes. One example of these changes is that it has become increasingly easy for individuals to communicate with each other over great distances, via freely available software such as Skype or FaceTime. It is unclear however, in what manner computer-mediated interaction differs from more ‘traditional’ forms of communication, such as face-to-face communication. One question that has not been answered yet is whether the awareness, expression, and sharing of emotions differs significantly for computer-mediated communication in comparison to face-to-face contact. In addition, it is unclear whether groups exchange ideas and cooperate more efficiently if communication is computer-mediated.  Results are increasingly important because individuals make use of these types of software in a variety of domains, such as in the professional sphere, in personal affairs and in health-related domains. Students of Health Psychology & Technology will work with health-related topics. However, since the methodology can also be used for other contexts (e.g. victim-offender mediation), we approach this project cross-departmentally.

The goal of the internship is to develop a design for measuring the difference between face-to-face and computer-mediated communication applicable for different settings. The UT-BMS lab offers an environment for this type of research ( ).

Your internship product will be a description of the concrete methodology to study the comparison between computer-mediated communication and face-to-face communication.

Your internship report will be a narrative review of studies which compared computer-mediated communication and face-to-face communication in the domain of health psychology.

This project is very suitable for Non-Dutch speaking students. The internship can be followed up by a Master theses.

Contact person information:

Name: Dr. Christina Bode

Telephone: 053-4896044