Dr. Matthias Hofer

Matthias Hofer, Dr.

Ambizione Research Fellow

Phone: +41 44 635 20 63

Address: Andreasstrasse 15, CH-8050 Zürich

Room number: AND 3.21


Research group

MUAWO – Media Use and Well-Being of Older Adults

Research interests


Media use and well-being

  • Effects of entertainment media on younger and older adults’ mental health and well-being

  • Effects of online media on users’ social capital

  • Media effects on moral intuitions and moral behavior

Experiences and effects of mediated environments

  • Presence and embodiment in mediated environments

  • Effects of computer games and virtual realities on emotional and cognitive processes

Entertainment research

  • Entertainment media as a source of meaning

  • Benefits of entertainment media in coping with mortality

  • Entertainment motivations in different cultures

Methods and statistics

  • Ambulatory assessment

  • Experimental methods

  • Operationalization of theoretical concepts in communication research (e.g., eudaimonic entertainment experiences, emotion regulation, emotional involvement)

  • Psychophysiological, implicit, and behavioral measurement

  • Measurement invariance tests between different cultures and different age groups