Dr. Helen Vossen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School of Research and Communication. She is currently involved in a 5-year project, funded by the European Research Council, entitled "The Entertainization of Childhood". She mainly focuses on the role of empathy and sympathy in media preferences and media effects. Furthermore she is involved in two PhD-projects concerning the relationship between media entertainment and ADHD and the influence of social media on social competence and well-being.
Dr. Vossen studied neuropsychology at the University of Maastricht after which she started her PhD-project at the department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology of the same university. Her dissertation, entitled "Event-Related Potentials: a bridge between experimental finding and clinical implications”, discussed the multidimensional character of pain. From August 2009 until October 2010, she worked at the University of Barcelona (Spain), giving statistical guidance in genetic research on psychosis and schizophrenia.