Alicia Gilbert M.Sc.

Since 10/2020 Research associate at the working group Media Effects and Media Psychology, Department of Communication, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

09/2018–06/2020 Master of Science Communication Science (Research Master), graduation with cum laude distinction, University of Amsterdam

10/2014–04/2018 Bachelor of Arts Communication Science (Major) and Cultural Anthropology (Minor), Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

 

Research interests

Research questions of media use and effects:

  • digital media and well-being/mental health
  • mobile media use and permanent connectedness
  • media use and self-regulation
  • media use and need satisfaction

Publications

2023

Kreling, R., Dietrich, F., Gilbert, A., & Reinecke, L. (2023, September). What do people watch under adversity? Testing interactions of semantic affinity and coping style using Netflix data donations. Paper presented at the 13th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society (DGPs), Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. -- Best Paper Award --

Klingelhoefer, J., Gilbert, A., Meier, A., Adrian, C., & Reinecke, L. (2023, September). Logging media non-use. A computational assessment of digital disconnection with smartphone logging data. Paper presented at the 13th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society (DGPs), Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.

Gilbert, A., Reinecke, L., Meier, A., Baumgartner, S., Kühne, R., & Dietrich, F. (2023, May). Time well-spent or guilty pleasure? The effects of self-control on content selection and entertainment experience on Netflix. Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Toronto, Canada.

Klingelhoefer, J., Gilbert, A., & Meier, A. (2023, May). Log on, log off, repeat? Motivations and well-being effects of digital disconnection in everyday life. Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Toronto, Canada.

Ross, M. Q., Gilbert, A., Bayer, J. B., & Reinecke, L. (2023, May). Disconnecting without detoxing: An integrative model of connection and disconnection in daily life. Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Toronto, Canada.

Ross, M. Q., Gilbert, A., Klingelhoefer, J., Matassi, M., Nassen, L.-M., Van Bruyssel, S., & Verlinden, A. (2023, May). Mapping transdisciplinary views on disconnection studies: Perspectives from an interdisciplinary research collective. Paper presented at the Preconference Key Themes in Digital Disconnection Research: Authenticity, Wellness, Datafication and Power at the 73rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Toronto, Canada.

Possler, D., Meier, A., Gilbert, A., & Scherer, H. (2023, May). Sharing awe: Vicarious self-transcendent experiences via social media. Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Toronto, Canada.

Gilbert, A., Reinecke, L., Meier, A., Baumgartner,  S. E., Kühne, R., & Dietrich, F. (2023, January). Too amused to stop? Selbstkontrolle und Unterhaltungserleben bei der Netflix-Nutzung [Too amused to stop? Self-control and entertainment experience during Netflix use]. Paper presented at the 2023 Annual Conference of the Media Uses and Effects Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), Augsburg, Germany.

Ernst, A., Gilbert, A., & Meier, A. (2023, January). Seeking Serendipity Online: Eine explorative Studie zum Suchen und Finden von Inspiration in sozialen Medien [Seeking serendipity online: An exploratory study of seeking and finding inspiration on social media]. Paper presented at the 2023 Annual Conference of the Media Uses and Effects Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), Augsburg, Germany.

Klingelhöfer, J. & Gilbert, A. (2023, January). Measuring and mapping digital disconnection in daily life. Paper presented at the 2023 Annual Conference of the Media Uses and Effects Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), Augsburg, Germany.

2022

Gilbert, A., Reinecke, L., Meier, A., Baumgartner,  S. E., & Kühne, R. (2022, May). Stopping media entertainment viewing: Self-control and disengagement processes on Netflix. Paper presented at the 72th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Paris, France.

Ross, M. Q., Gilbert, A., Reinecke, L., & Bayer, J. B. (2022, May). The psychology of disconnecting from mobile media: Toward an integrative model of disconnection in daily life. Paper presented at the Preconference Digital Disconnection Studies Beyond Borders: Cross-Disciplinary, Cross-Media, and Cross-National Perspectives at the 72th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Paris, France.

2021

Gilbert, A., Baumgartner, S. E., & Reinecke, L. (2021, October). Situational boundary conditions of digital stress: Goal conflicts and autonomy frustration make smartphone use more stressful. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Methods Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), Vienna, Austria (Virtual).

Possler, D., Meier, A., Börner, S., Gilbert, A., & Scherer, H. (2021, September). Sharing awe: Vicarious transcendent experiences via social media. Paper presented at the 12th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society (DGPs), Aachen, Germany.

Gilbert, A., Baumgartner, S. E., & Reinecke, L. (2021, May). Situational boundary conditions of digital stress: Goal conflicts and autonomy frustration make smartphone use stressful. Paper presented at the 71th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Denver, USA (Virtual).

Gilbert, A., Baumgartner, S. E., & Reinecke, L. (2021, January). Stress due to online vigilance and goal conflict during smartphone use: An experience sampling study of digital stress. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Media Uses and Effects Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), München, Germany (Virtual). -- Best Paper Award --

2020

Meier A., Gilbert, A., Börner, S., & Possler, D. (2020, May). Instagram inspiration: Upward comparisons can contribute to well-being. Paper presented at the 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Gold Coast, Australia (Virtual). -- Best Paper Award --

Sumter, S., Gilbert, A., Habtemariam, S., & Ovalıoğlu, D. (2020, February). Ready to touch: Exploring barriers and facilitators to incorporate mediated touch in romantic long-distance relationships. Paper presented at the 9th Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap conference of the Netherlands Flanders Communication Association (NeFCA), Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2019

Sumter, S., Gilbert, A., & Habtemariam, S. (2019, Oktober). Ready to touch? Perspectives, barriers and opportunities of social touch technology in the context of long-distance relationships. Paper presented at the 2019 regional conference of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction (ICSI) Division of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Tilburg, Netherlands.

Meier, A., Gilbert, A., Börner, S., & Possler, D. (2019, September). Instagram Inspiration: Investigating Content and Channel Effects on Upward Social Comparison, Envy, and Inspiration from Instagram Use. Paper presented at the 11th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society (DGPs), Chemnitz, Germany.

Meier, A., Gilbert, A., Börner, S., & Possler, D. (2019, January). Positive Effects from Upward Social Comparison on Social Network Sites? How Instagram Usage can Elicit Inspiration and Increase Well-Being. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the Media Uses and Effects Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK), Mainz, Germany.

 

Awards

09/2023 Best Paper Award (1st place) at the 13th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Society (DGPs) (together with Rebekka Kreling, Felix Dietrich and Leonard Reinecke)

09/2021 Paul Lazarsfeld Scholarship of the Paul Lazarsfeld Association and the methods division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) for methodologically sophisticated and innovative student theses

01/2021 Best Paper Award at the Annual Conference of the Media Uses and Effects Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) (together with Susanne Baumgartner and Leonard Reinecke)

05/2020 Top Student Paper (1st place) of the Communication & Technology Division at the 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) (together with Adrian Meier, Sophie Börner and Daniel Possler)

 

Teaching in the BA Communication Science

  • Terms and Theories in Communication Studies (Winter semester 2021/2022, 2022/2023, 2023/2024)
  • Academic Reading, Comprehension and Writing (Winter semester 2020/2021)
  • New Media / Online Communication (Summer semester 2021, 2022)
  • Media Use Research (Summer semester 2022, 2023)
  • Media Effects Research (Summer semester 2021, 2023)
  • Selected Topics in Media History, Media Law and Media Policy (Winter semester 2020/2021, 2021/2022, 2022/2023, 2023/2024)