I did my Master in Psychology and my PhD at the University of Koblenz-Landau at the Institute for Communication Psychology and Media Education. Within my PhD project I investigated the effects of soft news characteristics on trust in politicians, using mostly experimental designs. Besides the relationship between news consumption and trust, I am also interested in investigating emotions in political communication, e.g. emotions as mediators of communication effects on trust evaluations. More recently, I was interested in assessing and modeling “dynamics” in political communication research, e.g. the mutual relationship between media selection and effects using intensive longitudinal surveys (experience sampling).