Marcel Zentner studied Psychology, Psychopathology and Philosophy at the University of Zurich. After receiving his PhD, he held professional positions at Harvard University, UC-Berkeley, the University of Geneva, and the University of York (GB). In 2013 he was appointed professor of personality psychology and assessment at University of Innsbruck. Zentner’s research interests are in the areas of personality development, psychological assessment, the psychology of mating, emotion and music.
His research has been published in the premier natural science journals Nature and the PNAS as well as in the leading psychology journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Psychological Science. He is also the author of the Handbook of Temperament (Guilford Press), coedited with R. Shiner. Zentner’s research has been featured by BBC ONE, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, among others, and has received funding though the ESRC, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Jacobs Foundation, and Google.
|2004||Habilitation in Psychology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland|
|1996||Ph.D., University of Zurich|
|1992||Diploma (Licentiate) in Psychology, University Zurich|
|1986-1992||Studies in Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology, and Philosophy, University of Zurich and Harvard University|
|2014||Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Innsbruck|
|2008-2013||Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Department of Psychology, University of York|
|2001-2007||SNF Professorship, University of Geneva|
|2003||Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley (Spring Term)|
|1996-2001||Maitre-Assistant, Geneva Emotion Research Group, University of Geneva|
|1994-1996||Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Psychology, Harvard University|
Vigl, J., Talamini, F., Strauss, H., & Zentner, M. (2022). A prospective study of relationship and sexual satisfaction during the first year of the COVID‐19 pandemic: The role of dispositional vulnerabilities and external stressors. Journal of Personality. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12790.
Zentner, M., & von Aufsess, C. (2022). Is being gender nonconforming distressing? It depends where you live: gender equality across 15 nations predicts how much gender nonconformity is related to self-esteem. Psychological Medicine, 52(10), 1857-1865. doi: 10.1017/S0033291720003645 .
Zentner, M., Biedermann, V., Taferner, C., da Cudan, H., Möhler, E., Strauß, H., & Sevecke, K. (2021). Early detection of temperament risk factors: A comparison of clinically referred and general population children. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 942. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.667503.
Zentner, M. (2020). Identifying child temperament risk factors from 2 to 8 years of age: validation of a brief temperament screening tool in the US, Europe, and China. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 29(5), 665-678. doi: 10.1007/s00787-019-01379-5.
Zentner, M. & Gingras, B. (2019). The assessment of musical ability and its determinants. In J. Rentfrow & D. Levitin (Eds.), Foundations in Music Psychology: Theory and Research (pp. 641-683). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Zentner, M., & Strauss, H. (2017). Assessing musical ability quickly and objectively: Development and validation of the Short-Proms and the Mini-PROMS. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1400, 33-45. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13410
Zentner, M., & Eagly, A. H. (2015). A sociocultural framework for understanding partner preferences of women and men: Integration of concepts and evidence. European Review of Social Psychology, 26, 328-273. doi: 10.1080/10463283.2015.1111599
Zentner, M. & Shiner, R. (2012). The Handbook of Temperament. New York: Guilford Press [Paperback edition, 2015].
Zentner, M. & Mitura, K. (2012). Stepping out of the caveman’s shadow: Nations’ gender gap predicts degree of sex differentiation in mate preferences. Psychological Science, 23, 1176-1185. doi: 10.1177/0956797612441004
Law, L. & Zentner, M. (2012). Assessing musical abilities objectively: Construction and validation of the profile of music perception skills. PLoS ONE 7 (12): e52508. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0052508
Zentner, M. & Eerola, T. (2010). Rhythmic engagement with music in infancy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 107, 5568-5573. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1000121107
Zentner, M., Grandjean, D., & Scherer, K.R. (2008). Emotions evoked by the sound of music: Characterization, classification, and measurement. Emotion, 8, 494-521. doi: 10.1037/1528-3518.104.22.1684
Zentner, M., & Renaud, O. (2007). Origins of adolescents’ ideal self: An intergenerational perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 357-375. doi: 10.1037/0022-3522.214.171.1247
Co-I: “Humans and Recommender Systems: Towards a Mutual Understanding” FWF Austrian Science Fund
PI: Tagging online music contents for emotion. A systematic approach based on contemporary emotion research. ESRC: Research Grant ES/K00753X/1
Holbeck Foundation (Doctoral Studentship)
PI: “Assessing child-temperament across ages and cultures,” Swiss National Science Foundation Grant
PI: “Goodness-of-fit between parental aspirations and their children’s individual characteristics”: Jacobs Foundation Grant
PI: “Induction of emotion through music,” Swiss National Science Foundation Grant (with Klaus Scherer)
Swiss National Science Foundation Scholarship
|Editor-in-Chief 2014-2019||Frontiers in Personality and Social Psychology|
|Associate Editor 2011-2013||Frontiers in Personality Science and Individual Differences|
|Editorial Board 2008-present||International Journal of Developmental Science|
|Ad hoc Reviewer|
Behavior Research Methods
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
Reviewer for Scientific Foundations