Matthias Hofer

Matthias Hofer, Dr.

Senior Research and Teaching Associate

Tel.: +41 (0)44 635 20 63

m.hofer@ipmz.uzh.ch

Porträt

Dr. Matthias Hofer. Studium Publizistik, Computerlinguistik und germanistische Linguistik. Seit 2014 ist er Oberassistent am Institut für Publizistikwissenschaft und Medienforschung der Universität Zürich (IPMZ), Abteilung "Media Psychology & Effects". 

Forschungsinteressen

Nutzung und Wirkung medienvermittelter Umgebungen

  • Presence und Embodiment
  • Wirkungen von Computerspielen auf kognitive und emotionale Prozesse 

Mediennutzung und Wohlbefinden

  • Medienwirkungen auf das Wohlbefinden jüngerer und älterer Menschen
  • Wirkungen von Online-Medien auf das Sozialkapital
  • Medienwirkungen auf moralische Intuitionen und moralisches Verhalten

Unterhaltungsforschung

  • Sinnhaftigkeit und Bedeutsamkeit durch Unterhaltungsangebote
  • Unterhaltungsmedien und der Umgang mit der eigenen Sterblichkeit
  • Unterhaltungsnutzung in verschiedenen Kulturen

Methoden

  • Experimentalforschung
  • Operationalisierung theoretischer Konzepte (z.B., eudaimonisches Unterhaltungserleben, Emotionsregulation, emotionales Involvement)
  • Psychophysiologische und implizite Messungen
  • Messinvarianz

Curriculum vitae

Aktuelle Position

Oberassistent

Publikationen

Under review/resubmitted

Hofer, M., Eden, A., Van Diepenbeek, W. (under review). Not if or what, but how. Older and younger adults’ selective and compensatory media use and well-being. Media Psychology.

Hofer, M., Hüsser, A. P., & Prabhu, S. (under review). The effect of an avatar’s emotional expressions of players’ fear reactions. The mediating role of embodiment. Computers in Human Behavior.

Tamborini, R., Grall, C., Prabhu, S., Hofer, M., Novotny, E. R., Hahn, L., Klebig, B. (under review). Miserly but still mindful: Applying attribution theory to explain the appeal of imperfect heroes within an affective disposition theory framework. Journal of Communication.

Tamborini, R., Hofer, M., Prabhu, S., Grall, C., Hahn, L., Novotny, E. R., Klebig, B. (resubmitted). The impact of terrorist attack news and outgroup prejudice. Mass Communication and Society.

Journal articles (*SSCI)

14. *Rieger, D. & Hofer, M. (accepted). How movies can ease the fear of death: The survival or death of the protagonists in meaningful movies. Mass Communication and Society.

13. Odağ, Ö., Hofer, M., Schneider, F. M., & Knop, K. (2016). Testing measurement equivalence of eudaimonic and hedonic entertainment motivations in a cross-cultural comparison. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research42. 108–125. doi:10.1080/17475759.2015.1108216 

12. *Hofer, M. (2015). The effects of light-hearted and serious entertainment on enjoyment of the first- and the third-person. Journal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications, 28, 42–48doi: 10.1027/1864-1105/a000150

11. *Hofer, M., Burkhard, L., & Allemand, M. (2015). Age differences in emotion regulation during a distressing film scene. Journal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications, 27, 47–52. doi:10.1027/1864-1105/a000134 

10. *Hofer, M., Allemand, M., & Martin, M. (2014). Age differences in non-hedonic entertainment experiences. Journal of Communication64, 61–81. doi:10.1111/jcom.12074 

9. *Hofer, M., & Aubert, V. (2013). Perceived bridging and bonding social capital on Twitter: Differentiating between followers and followees. Computers in Human Behavior29, 2134–2142. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2013.04.038

8. *Hofer, M. (2013a). Appreciation and enjoyment of meaningful entertainment. Journal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications25, 109–117. doi:10.1027/1864-1105/a000089 

7. *Hofer, M., Wirth, W., Kuehne, R., Schramm, H., & Sacau, A. (2012). Structural equation modeling of spatial presence: The influence of cognitive processes and traits. Media Psychology15, 373–395. doi:10.1080/15213269.2012.723118 

6. *Wirth, W., Hofer, M., & Schramm, H. (2012). Beyond pleasure: Exploring the eudaimonic entertainment experience. Human Communication Research, 38, 406–428. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2958.2012.01434.x

5. *Hofer, M., & Wirth, W. (2012). It's right to be sad: The role of meta-appraisals in the sad film paradoxon. A multiple mediator model. Journal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications, 24. 43-54. doi: 10.1027/1864-1105/a000061

4. Schramm, H., Wirth, W. & Hofer, M. (2012). Genese und Modifikation von Emotionen bei der Rezeption von Musik. Eine appraisaltheoretische Modellierung [Genesis and modification of emotions during the reception of music. An appraisal theoretical model]. Musikpsychologie, 22, 123-142.

3. *Wirth, W., Hofer, M., & Schramm, H. (2012) The role of emotional involvement and trait absorption in the formation of spatial presence. Media Psychology, 15, 19-43. doi: 10.1080/15213269.2011.648536

2. Hofer, M. (2011). Mitfühlende Rezeption: Der Einfluss von Empathiefähigkeit auf Emotionen und Empathie bei der Rezeption eines traurigen Zeichentrickfilms.[The influence of dispositional empathy on emotions and empathy during the reception of a sad anime movie]. M & K, 59, 324-344.

1. Wirth, W & Hofer, M. (2008). Präsenzerleben. Eine medienpsychologische Modellierung. [Presence: A media psychological perspective]. Montage AV17, 159–176.

Books

1. Hofer, M. (2016). Presence und Involvement. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Book chapters/encyclopedia entries

13. Hofer, M. (in press). Confoundation check. In: J. Matthes, R. Potter, & C. S. Davis (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

12. Hofer, M. (in press). Mean centering. In: J. Matthes, R. Potter, & C. S. Davis (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

11. Hofer, M. (2017). Responses to sad media/tragedy. In P. Rössler, C. A. Hoffner, & L. van Zoonen (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Media Effects (pp. 1731–1743). Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc..

10. Hofer, M. (2016). Older adults' media use and well-being: Media as a resource in the process of successful aging. In L. Reinecke & M. B. Oliver (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Media Use and Well-being. International Perspectives on Theory and Research on Positive Media Effects (pp. 106–117). Routledge.

9. Hofer, M., Hüsser, A., & Brandao, P. (2016). „Schweigen ist Gold“ – Zum Einfluss von Avatar-Emotionen auf das Emotionserleben bei Computerspielen – Identifikation als Mediator. [„Silence is golden“ – The influence of avatar emotions on perceived emotions during computer game play – the mediating role of identification]. In. C. Wünsch, M. Czichon (Eds.), Reihe Rezeptionsforschung: Vol. 32. Rezeption und Wirkung Fiktionaler Medieninhalte (pp. 97–114). Baden-Baden: Nomos.

8. Hofer, M. (2016). Der Einfluss von Faktualität und Fiktionalität auf Eudaimonisches Unterhaltungserleben – Die mediierende Rolle wahrgenommener Realität. [The influence of factuality and fictionality on eudaimonic entertainment experiences – The mediating role of perceived realism]. In. C. Wünsch, M. Czichon (Eds.), Reihe Rezeptionsforschung: Vol. 32. Rezeption und Wirkung Fiktionaler Medieninhalte (pp. 79–96). Baden-Baden: Nomos.

7. Hofer, M., & Fahr, A. (2016). Apparative Messungen in der Werbewirkungsforschung. [Psychophysiological measurement in advertising research]. In G. Siegert, W. Wirth, P. Weber, & J. Lischka (Eds.), Handbuch Werbeforschung (pp. 573–592). Springer VS.

6. Fahr, A., & Hofer, M. (2013). Psychophysiologische Messmethoden. [Psychophysiological measurement]. In W. Möhring & D. Schlütz (Eds.), Handbuch standardisierte Erhebungsmethoden in der Kommunikationswissenschaft (pp. 347–365). [S.l.]: Vs Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

5. Hofer, M., & Sommer, K. (2013). Seeing the others ... Der Einfluss von Kommentaren zu redaktionellen Inhalten auf den Third-Person-Effekt. [Seeing the others… The influence of user comments on news websites on the third-person effect]. In O. Jandura & A. Fahr (Eds.), Theorieanpassungen in der digitalen Medienwelt. (pp. 159-174). Baden-Baden: Nomos.

4. Hofer, M. (2013b). Präsenzerleben und Transportation. [Presence and transportation]. In W. Schweiger & A. Fahr (Eds.), Handbuch Medienwirkungsforschung. (pp. 279-294). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

3. Hofer, M. (2012). Zur Wirkung der Nutzung von Online-Medien auf das Sozialkapital. [The effect of using online media on social capital]. In L. Reinecke (Ed.), Unterhaltungsforschung: Vol. 7. Unterhaltung in neuen Medien. Perspektiven zur Rezeption und Wirkung von Online-Medien und interaktiven Unterhaltungsformaten (pp. 289–307). Köln: von Halem.

2. Hofer, M. & Wirth, W. (2011). Supplanting oder Supplementing? Der Einfluss von Chat-Kommunikation und das Sozialkapital der Nutzer. [Supplanting or supplementing? The influence of chat communication on social capital]. In M. Hartmann & J. Wimmer (Eds.), Digital Technologies revisited (pp.  112-137). Opladen: Leske + Budrich.

1. Schramm, H., & Hofer, M. (2008). Musikbasierte Radioformate. [Music based radio formats]. In H. Schramm (Ed.), Musik im Radio. Rahmenbedingungen, Konzeption, Gestaltung (pp. 113–134). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften / GWV Fachverlage GmbH Wiesbaden.

Reviews

2. Hofer, M. (2016). [Review of the book Medienrezeptionsforschung [Media Reception Research], by H. Bilandzic, H. Schramm, & J. Matthes], Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft.

1. Hofer, M. (2014). [Review of the book Third-Person-Effekt, by M. Dohle], r:k:m.

Reports

1. Hofer, M. (2014). Graduate Survey of the IPMZ, Unpublished report of the graduates of the IPMZ 2011-2013, Zürich

Presentations

Invited talks

3. Hofer, M. (2016, Nov). Older Adults’ Media Use and Well-Being. Talk at the research colloquium of Prof. Dr. Silke Adam, University of Bern, Nov 10 2016, Bern, Switzerland

2. Hofer, M. (2014, September). Hasspropaganda in sozialen Netzwerken - Motive, Gründe und Massnahmen. [Hate propaganda on social network sites]. Talk at the caucus of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland (SPS), Sep 16 2014, Bern, Switzerland.

1. Hofer, M. (2013, November). Meaningfulness. Nature and Determinants of Eudaimonic Entertainment Experiences. Talk at the research colloquium of Prof. Dr. Peter Vorderer at the University of Mannheim, Nov 05 2013, Mannheim, Germany.

Competitive conference presentations

32. Hahn, L., Tamborini, R., Klebig, B., Novotny, E., Grall, C., Hofer, M., & Lee, H. (2017, May). The representation of altruistic and egoistic motivations in popular music over 60 years. Paper accepted for presentation at the 67th annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA (Full paper).

31. Tamborini, R., Novotny, E. R., Prabhu, S., Hofer, M., Bente, G., Grall, C., Klebig, B., Hahn, L., & Ratan, R. (2017, May). The effect of behavioral synchrony with black or white virtual agents on outgroup trust. Paper accepted for presentation at the 67th annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA (Full paper).

30. Hofer, M., Eden, A., Van Diepenbeek, W. (2017, May). Not if or what, but how. Older and younger adults’ selective and compensatory media use and well-being. Paper accepted for presentation at the 67th annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA (Full paper).

29. Sommer, K., & Hofer, M. (2017, May). Ordinary citizens in online news. The effect of online comments on third-person perceptions and support for censorship. Paper accepted for presentation at the ICA 2017 preconference on "Ordinary Citizens in the News" in San Diego, CA.

27. Tamborini, R., Grall, C., Prabhu, S., Hofer, M., Novotny, E. R., Hahn, L., & Klebig, B. (2016, November). Miserly but still mindful: Applying attribution theory to explain the appeal of imperfect heroes within an affective disposition theory framework. Paper accepted to the 102nd annual meeting of the National Communication Association (NCA), Philadelphia, PA. (Full Paper)

27. Hofer, M., Tamborini, R., Prabhu, S., Grall, C., Hahn, L., Novotny, E., & Klebig, B. (2016, November). The impact of news coverage of the Paris terror attacks on moral intuitions and moral behavior towards outgroups. Paper accepted for consideration to the 102nd annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA. (Full Paper)

26. Tamborini, R., Grall, C., Prabhu, S., Hofer, M., Novotny, E. R., Hahn, L., & Klebig, B. (2016, November). Miserly but still mindful: Applying attribution theory to explain the appeal of imperfect heroes within an affective disposition theory framework. Paper accepted to the 102nd annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA. (Full Paper)

25. Huang, K., Hofer. M., Ball, C. (2016, June). A touch of the virtual: An investigation of the effects of immersive features on spatial presence. Paper presented at the 2016 International Society for Presence Research (ISPR) annual conference, Kyoto, Japan, June 8.

24. Hofer, M., & Hüsser, A., & Brandao, P. (2015, May). „Silence is golden“. The mediating role of identification in the relationship between an avatar’s emotional expressions and a player’s fear reactions during horror game playing. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), May 21–25 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

23. Hofer, M., & Allemand, M. (2015, May). Coping with stressful media content dispositional and situational emotion regulation in younger and older adults during a stressful film scene. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), May 21–25 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Full Paper)

22. Rieger, D., & Hofer, M. (2015, May). Meaningful movies as anxiety buffers. The role of mortality and life salience in appreciation, liking, and self-esteem. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), May 21–25 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Full Paper)

21. Odağ, Ö., Hofer, M., Schneider, F., Bartsch, A., Knop, K. (2015, May). Measurement equivalence of eudaimonic and hedonic entertainment motivations in a cross-cultural comparison. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), May 21–25 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Full Paper)

20. Hofer, M. (2015, January). Der Einfluss von Fiktionalität und Faktualität auf eudaimonisches Unterhaltungserleben – die mediierende Rolle wahrgenommener Realität. [The influence of factuality and fictionality on eudaimonic entertainment experiences – The mediating role of perceived realism]. Paper presented at the an der 23rd annual meeting of the Media Reception and Effects Division of the German Communication Association, January 22–24 2015, Bamberg, Germany.

19. Hofer, M., Hüsser, A., & Brandao, P. (2015, January). „‘Schweigen ist Gold‘. Zum Einfluss von Avatar-Emotionen auf die Identifikation und das Emotionserleben bei Computerspielen. [„Silence is golden“– The influence of avatar emotions on perceived emotions during computer game play – the mediating role of identification]. Paper presented at the an der 23rd annual meeting of the Media Reception and Effects Division of the German Communication Association, January 22–24 2015, Bamberg, Germany.

18. Rieger, D., & Hofer, M. (2015, January). Fiktionale Filme als symbolische Lebensretter – Effekte von Mortalitäts- und Lebenssalienz auf Appreciation, Selbstwert und die Bewertung des Protagonisten. [The role of mortality and life salience in appreciation, liking, and self-esteem]. Paper presented at the an der 23rd annual meeting of the Media Reception and Effects Division of the German Communication Association, January 22–24 2015, Bamberg, Germany.

17. Hofer, M. (2014, May). Influence of different movie genres on the perceptual and behavioral component of the third-person effect: The moderating role of hedonic motivation. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), June 22–26 2014, Seattle, WA. (Full Paper).

16. Hofer, M. (2014, January). „Sowas unterhält mich doch nicht!“ Ein Experiment zum Einfluss verschiedener Filmgenres und genereller Rezeptionsmotive auf den Third-Person-Effekt. [“I’m not entertained by something like this!“ An experimental study on the influence of different film genres and entertainment motivations on the third-person effect]. Paper presented at the 21th annual meeting of the Media Reception and Effects Division of the German Communication Association, January, 23–25 2014, Hannover, Germany.

15. Hofer, M., Sele, M. & Wirth, W. (2013, September). Effects of stereoscopic view on spatial presence: The mediating role of mental models. Paper presented at the 8th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society, September 4-6 2013, Wurzburg, Germany.

14. Hofer, M., & Aubert, V. (2013, June). Bonding and bridging social capital on twitter: Differentiating between followers and followees. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), June 17–21 2013, London, UK. (Full Paper)

13. Hofer, M., & Wirth, W. (2013, June). The role of age in eudaimonic entertainment experiences. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), June 17–21 2013, London, UK. (Full Paper)

12. Hofer, M. (2013, April). Are you entertained? Eine mehrdimensionale Messung des Unterhaltungserlebens in Rezeptionssituationen [Are you entertained? A multi-dimensional measure of enjoyment]. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Swiss Communication Association, April 12 2013, Winterthur, Switzerland.

11. Hofer, M. & Ryffel, F. (2012, June). MethodenkombinationProbleme und Möglichkeiten der gleichzeitigen Erfassung von Blickverlaufs- und Hautleitfähigkeitsdaten. [Combination of methods: Problems and possibilities of simultaneous measures of eye-tracking and skin conductance data.] Presentation at the second Workshop of the "AG Beobachtung", June 29 2012, Munich.

10. Hofer, M., & Wirth, W. (2012, May). It's right to be sad: The role of meta-appraisals in the sad film paradoxon A multiple mediator model. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), May 24–28 2012, Phoenix. (Full Paper)

9. Hofer, M. (2012, April). Der Einfluss Situationaler Referenzen und genereller Rezeptionsmotivationen auf das Rezeptionserleben bei einem emotionalen Spielfilm[The influence of situational references and entertainment motivations on reception experiences during watching a movie]. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Swiss Communication Association, April 20–21 2012, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

8. Ryffel, F. & Hofer, M. (2012, April). Der Einfluss boulevardesker Berichterstattung auf das emotionale Erleben und die Qualitätseinschätzung. [The influence of boulevardesque reporting on emotions and quality assessment of a quality news-paper]. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Swiss Communication Association, April 20–21 2012, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

7. Hofer, M. & Sommer, K. (2011, January). «Seeing the Others» Der Effekt von Kommentaren zu redaktionellen Online-Angeboten auf den Third Person Effekt [The Effect of user comments on third-person effect]. Paper presented at the 19th annual meeting of the Media Reception and Effects Division of the German Communication Association, January 27-29 2011, Munich, Germany.

6. Kühne, R., Hofer, M., Wirth, W. & Schramm, H. (2011, May). Structural equation modeling spatial presence. The influence of cognitive processes and traits on spatial presence. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), May 26-30 2011, Boston. (Full Paper)

5. Schramm, H., Wirth, W., Hofer, M. (2010, June). Entertainment as eudaimonic well-being. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), June 22-26 2010, Singapore.

4. Wirth, W., Hofer, M. & Schramm, H. (2010, June). The role of emotional involvement and absorption in the formation of spatial presence. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), June-22-26 2010, Singapore. (Full Paper)

3. Hofer, M. (2010, March). When and how matters. Eine Studie zum Rezeptionsverlauf eines emotionalen Spielfilms. [When and how matters. A study on the reception of an emotional movie]. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Swiss Communication Association, March 26–27 2010, Lucern, Switzerland.

2. Hofer, M. & Wirth, W. (2009, November). Supplanting or Supplementing? Chat communication and social capital. Paper presented at the 19th annual meeting of the Media Reception and Effects Division of the German Communication Association /ECREA Conference "Digital Media Technologies Revisited", November 20–21 2009, Berlin, Germany.

1. Hofer, M. (2009, March). Nur ein Trickfilm? Der Einfluss von Empathiefähigkeit auf das emotionale und empathische Erleben bei der Rezeption eines Zeichentrickfilms[The influence of dispositional empathy on emotions and empathy during the reception of a sad anime movie]. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Swiss Communication Association, March 26–27 2009, Zurich, Switzerland.

Aktivitäten

Sprecher der Fachgruppe "Rezeptions- und Wirkungsforschung" der DGPuK

Sprecher der Fachgruppe "Publikums-, Rezeptions- & Wirkungsforschung" der SGKM

Mitherausgeber der Reihe Rezeptionsforschung (Nomos)

Mitbegründer der AG "Beobachtung" (mit Prof. Dr. Andreas Fahr [Universität Fribourg])