Prof. Dr. Christian Montag


Head of the department Molecular Psychology, University of Ulm


1.        Since 04/2016     Agreement professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Chengdu, China

2.        Since 09/2014     Heisenberg-Professor for Molecular Psychology, Ulm University

3.        04/2012 - 09/2012      Associate Professor, General Psychology II, University of Bonn

4.        07/2009 - 09/2009      SCAN Center, Turhan Canli, Stony Brook University, USA (SCAN = Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience)

5.        10/2006 09/2014 Research fellow, University of Bonn: Personality and Biological Psychology (Prof. Dr. Martin Reuter)

6.        13.12.2011   Habilitation dissertation, "venia legendi" for psychology

7.        27.06.2009   Dissertation, Topic: Experimentell-biologische Überprüfung der revidierten Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory

8.        10/2001 - 09/2006      Study of Psychology at the Justus - Liebig - Universität, Giessen, Germany


Research interests

1.        Molecular genetics of emotionality and personality

2.        Psychobiological basis of stuttering

3.        Neuroeconomics

4.        Psychoinformatics including the impact of the Internet, smartphones and computer games on our brains



1.        Reisestipendium der European Association of Personality Psychology (2010) für die Fachtagung ECP in Brno, Tschechische Republik

2.        Reisestipendium Dresden Spring School (2010) zum Thema "From vulnerability to resilience: Molecular genetics perspectives"

3.        Stipendium der G.A. Lienert Stiftung (2009) für einen Forschungsaufenthalt im SCAN Center von Turhan Canli, Stony Brook University, USA (SCAN = Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience)

4.        Promotionspreisträger der Universitätsgesellschaft Bonn (2009)

5.        Reisestipendium der European Association of Personality Psychology (2008) für die Fachtagung ECP in Tartu, Estland

6.        Goldener Geist für das beste Seminar (2007), verliehen durch die Fachschaft Psychologie der Universität Bonn



1.         Wernicke, J., Li, M., Zhou, M., Sha, P., Sindermann, C., Becker, B., Kendrick, K. & Montag, C. (accepted). Individual differences in tendencies to attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder and emotionality: Empirical evidence in young healthy adults from Germany and China. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders.

2.         Peterka-Bonetta, J., Sindermann, C., Zhou, M., Li, M., Sha, P., & Montag, C. (accepted). The Relationship Between Problematic Internet use, Depression and Burnout Among Chinese and German Students. Addictive Behaviors.

3.         King, D. L. & Gaming Industry Response Consortium mit Montag, C. (accepted). Comment on the global gaming industry’s statement on ICD-11 gaming disorder: A corporate strategy to disregard harm and deflect social responsibility? Addiction.

4.         Sauer, C., Montag, C., Reuter, M. & Kirsch, P. (in press). Oxytocinergic modulation of brain activation to cues related to reproduction and attachment: differences and commonalities during the perception of erotic and fearful social scenes. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

5.         Sindermann, C., Luo, R., Kendrick, K. M., Becker, B. & Montag, C. (2018). The COMT Val158Met polymorphism and reaction to a transgression: replication of genetic associations in a Chinese and German sample. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 12, 148.

6.   Scholz, R. W., Bartelsman, E.J., Diefenbach, S., Franke, L., Grunwald, A., Helbing, D., Hill, R., Hilty, L., Höjer, M., Kirchner, C., Klauser, S., Montag, C., Parycek, P., Prote, J. P., Renn, O., Reichel, A., Schuh, G., Steiner, G., Pereira, G. V. (2018) Unintended side effects of the digital transition: European scientists’ messages from a proposition-based expert round table. Sustainability, 10, 2001.

7.         Zimmermann, J., Nadja, D., Montag, C., Reuter, M., Felten, A., Becker, B., Weber, B. & Markett, S. (2018) A common polymorphism on the oxytocin receptor gene (rs2268498) and resting-state functional connectivity of amygdala subregions - a genetic imaging study. NeuroImage, 179, 1-10.

8.         Melchers, M., Plieger, T., Montag, C., Reuter, M. Spinath, F. M. & Hahn, E. (2018). The heritability of response styles and its impact on heritability estimates of personality: a twin study. Personality and Individual Differences, 134, 16-24.

9.         Prillwitz, C.C., Rüber, T., Reuter, M., Montag, C., Weber, B. Elger, C. & Markett, S. (2018). The salience network and human personality: Integrity of white matter tracts within anterior and posterior salience network relates to the self-directedness character trait. Brain Research, 1692, 66-73.

10.     Markett, S., Montag, C. & Reuter, M. (2018). Network Neuroscience and Personality. Personality Neuroscience, 1, e14.