Katalin Bálint

Health Narratives

Katalin Bálint

Postdoc researcher at Augsburg University


Katalin has a background in psychology (BA, MA, PhD) and film studies (BA, MA). She obtained her PhD in psychology at University of Pecs in 2012. Her thesis investigated how the interaction of narrative structures and personality traits of viewers may influence the experience of character engagement. Between 2012 and 2014 she was a postdoc researcher at Utrecht University (Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Media and Performance Studies), where she conducted research into the experience of narrative absorption and foregrounding with literary and cinematic narratives. From 2014 she is a postdoc researcher in communication studies at Augsburg University (Germany), where she currently conducts experiments on how formal attributes of audio-visual media affect psychological responses in audience members. She is particularly interested in responses with high social value, such as empathy and theory of mind. She teaches courses in qualitative research methods and media effects.


Katalin’s research expertise lies in the domains of psychology, film studies and communication. Her research investigates the subjective experience of narratives, and the effect of certain structural and formal features on character engagement. Her current project concerns for example how the visualisation of a fictional character (i.e., shot scale) influences viewers’ theory of mind responding, that is the awareness of characters’ mental states. With this line of research Katalin hopes to further the knowledge on the visual design of persuasive messages with prosocial content.


Narrative, Theory of Mind, Prosocial Response, Formal Features.

Key publications

Bálint, KE. and Kovács, AB. (2016, in print). Focalization, Attachment, and Film Viewers’ Responses to Film Characters: Experimental Design with Qualitative Data Collection. Pp. 187-210. In: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard and Christopher J. Olson (Eds.): Making Sense of Cinema. Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-5013-0294-7

Bálint, KE. and Tan, E. (2015). “It feels like there are hooks inside my chest.” The construction of narrative absorption experiences using image schemata. Projections: The Journal for movies and minds. 9(2): 63-88. doi: 10:3167/proj.2015.090205

Bálint, KE. (2015). “The film swells up in my head” – Narrative Engagement as a Form of Altered State of Mind. In: Andrea Dull and Katalin Varga (Eds.): Rábeszélőtér. A szuggesztív kommunikáció környezetpszichológiája. (Persuasive environmental communication.), pp. 465-488. Budapest: L’Harmattan. ISBN: 978-963-414-021-4

Bálint, KE., Nagy, T., & Csabai, M. (2014). The effect of patient-centeredness and gender of professional role models on trainees’ mentalization responses. Implications for film-aided education. Patient Education and Counseling, 97(1), 52–58. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2014.06.005