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Cornelia Sindermann


Independent Research Group Leader - Computational Digital Psychology


Universitätsstraße 32
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 00.120

Office Hours

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  • The impact of intelligent systems on how information is created (e.g., via "GenAI"), distributed (e.g., by "Bots", "Algorithms"), and presented online
  • How information presented and consumed online is cognitively processed by different individuals and how this impacts their opinion formation, with a focus on politically relevant information and opinions
  • The prevalence of "fake news", "disinformation", "filter bubble", "echo chambers", etc. online and their impacts on political opinion formation
  • Possibilities for online political participation
  • Political microtargeting
  • The creation of intelligent systems that enhance the democratic capabilities of individuals
  • Data economy and digital business models
  • To investigate these topics, a multi-methodoligical research approach is applied, including survey and experimental research designs, as well as the analysis of digital trace data using advanced statistical methods

First-Authorships (ordered by year of publication and alphabetically):


Sindermann, C., Löchner, N., Heinzelmann, R., Montag, C., & Scholz, R. W. (2024). The revenue model of mainstream online social networks and potential alternatives: A scenario-based evaluation by german adolescents and adults. Technology in Society, 102569.

Sindermann, C., Montag, C., & Elhai, J. D. (2024). The degree of homogeneity versus heterogeneity in individuals’ political news consumption – a replication and extension in two independent samples. Journal of Media Psychology.


Sindermann, C., Kannen, C., & Montag, C. (2023). Linking primary emotional traits to ideological attitudes and personal value types. PLOS ONE, 18(1), e0279885.

Sindermann, C. Scholz, R. W., Löchner, N., Heinzelmann, R., & Montag, C. (2023). The revenue model of mainstream social media: advancing discussions on social media based on a European perspective derived from interviews with scientific and practical experts. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.


Sindermann, C., Rozgonjuk, D., Solvak, M., Realo, A., & Vassil, K. (2022). Internet voting: The role of personality traits and trust across three parliamentary elections in Estonia. Current Psychology.

Sindermann, C., Montag, C., & Elhai, J. D. (2022). The design of social media platforms – Initial evidence on relations between personality, fear of missing out, design element-driven increased social media use, and problematic social media use.  Technology, Mind, and Behavior 3(4).

Sindermann, C., Kannen, C., & Montag, C. (2022). Longitudinal data on (political) news consumption and political attitudes in a German sample collected during the election year 2021. Data in Brief, 108326.

Sindermann, C., Yang, H., Elhai, J. D., Yang, S., Quan, L., Li, M., & Montag, C. (2022). Acceptance and fear of artificial intelligence: Associations with personality in a German and a Chinese sample. Discover Psychology, 2(8).

Sindermann, C., Yang, H., Yang, S., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2022). Willingness to accept (WTA), willingness to pay (WTP), and the WTA/WTP disparity in Chinese social media platforms: Descriptive statistics and associations with personality and social media use. Acta Psychologica, 223, 103462.


Sindermann, C., Kannen, C., & Montag, C. (2021). The degree of heterogeneity of news consumption in Germany – Descriptive statistics and relations with individual differences in personality, ideological attitudes, and voting intentions. New Media & Society.

Sindermann, C., Lachmann, B., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2021). Personality associations with WhatsApp usage and usage of alternative messaging applications to protect one’s own data. Journal of Individual Differences, 42(4), 167–174.

Sindermann, C., & Montag, C. (2021). Individual differences in need satisfaction and intentions to vote for specific political parties – results from Germany. Current Psychology.

Sindermann, C., Mõttus, R., Rozgonjuk, D., & Montag, C. (2021). Predicting current voting intentions by Big Five personality domains, facets, and nuances – A random forest analysis approach in a German sample. Personality Science, 2(1).

Sindermann, C., Riedl, R., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2021). Linking the technology acceptance model to smartphone use and smartphone use disorder tendencies: Results from a survey study. Digital Psychology, 2(1), 6–18.

Sindermann, C., Schmitt, H., Kargl, F., Herbert, C., & Montag, C. (2021). Online privacy literacy and online privacy behavior – The role of crystallized intelligence and personality. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 37(15), 1455–1466.

Sindermann, C., Schmitt, H., Rozgonjuk, D., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2021). The evaluation of fake and true news: On the role of intelligence, personality, interpersonal trust, ideological attitudes, and news consumption. Heliyon, 7(3), e06503.

Sindermann, C., Sha, P., Zhou, M., Wernicke, J., Schmitt, H. S., Li, M., Sariyska, R., Stavrou, M., Becker, B., & Montag, C. (2021). Assessing the attitude towards artificial intelligence: Introduction of a short measure in German, Chinese, and English language. KI - Künstliche Intelligenz, 35(1), 109–118.

Sindermann, C., Yang, H., Liu, T., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2021). WeChat—Its problematic use and relations with the Big Five personality traits and Fear of Missing Out. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, 6(2), 397–405.


Sindermann, C., Cooper, A., & Montag, C. (2020). A short review on susceptibility to falling for fake political news. Current Opinion in Psychology, 36, 44–48.

Sindermann, C., Duke, É., & Montag, C. (2020). Personality associations with Facebook use and tendencies towards Facebook use disorder. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 11, 100264.

Sindermann, C., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2020). Predicting tendencies towards the disordered use of Facebook’s social media platforms: On the role of personality, impulsivity, and social anxiety. Psychiatry Research, 285, 112793.

Sindermann, C., Elhai, J. D., Moshagen, M., & Montag, C. (2020). Age, gender, personality, ideological attitudes and individual differences in a person’s news spectrum: How many and who might be prone to “filter bubbles” and “echo chambers” online? Heliyon, 6(1), e03214.

Sindermann, C., Kuss, D. J., Throuvala, M. A., Griffiths, M. D., & Montag, C. (2020). Should we pay for our social media/messenger applications? Preliminary data on the acceptance of an alternative to the current prevailing data business model. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1415.

Sindermann, C., Luo, R., Becker, B., Kendrick, K. M., & Montag, C. (2020). The role of oxytocin on self-serving lying. Brain and Behavior, 10(2), e01518.

Sindermann, C., Riedl, R., & Montag, C. (2020). Investigating the relationship between personality and technology acceptance with a focus on the smartphone from a gender perspective: Results of an exploratory survey study. Future Internet, 12(7), 110.


Sindermann, C., Cooper, A. J., & Montag, C. (2019). Empathy, autistic tendencies and systemizing tendencies – relationships between standard self-report measures. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 307.


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

Sindermann, C., Luo, R., Zhao, Z., Li, Q., Li, M., Kendrick, K. M., Panksepp, J., & Montag, C. (2018). High ANGER and low agreeableness predict vengefulness in German and Chinese participants. Personality and Individual Differences, 121, 184–192.

Sindermann, C.*, Markett, S.*, Jung, S., & Montag, C. (2018). Genetic variation of COMT impacts mindfulness and self-reported everyday cognitive failures but not self-rated attentional control. Mindfulness, 9(5), 1479–1485.

Sindermann, C., Sariyska, R., Lachmann, B., Brand, M., & Montag, C. (2018). Associations between the dark triad of personality and unspecified/specific forms of Internet-use disorder. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7(4), 985–992.


Sindermann, C., Kendrick, K. M., Becker, B., Li, M., Li, S., & Montag, C. (2017). Does growing up in urban compared to rural areas shape primary emotional traits? Behavioral Sciences, 7(3), 60.

Sindermann, C., Saliger, J., Nielsen, J., Karbe, H., Markett, S., Stavrou, M., & Montag, C. (2017). Personality and primary emotional traits: Disentangling multiple sclerosis related fatigue and depression. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 33(5), 552–561.


Montag, C.*, Sindermann, C.*, Becker, B., & Panksepp, J. (2016). An affective neuroscience framework for the molecular study of Internet addiction. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1906.

Sindermann, C., Li, M., Sariyska, R., Lachmann, B., Duke, É., Cooper, A., Warneck, L., & Montag, C. (2016). The 2D:4D-ratio and neuroticism revisited: Empirical evidence from Germany and China. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 811.


Senior-Authorships (ordered by year of publication and alphabetically):


Scholz, R. W., Köckler, H., Zscheischler, J., Czichos, R., Hofmann, K.-M., & Sindermann, C. (2024). Transdisciplinary knowledge integration PART II: Experiences of five transdisciplinary processes on digital data use in Germany. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 199, 122981.

Scholz, R. W., Zscheischler, J., Köckler, H., Czichos, R., Hofmann, K.-M., & Sindermann, C. (2024). Transdisciplinary knowledge integration PART I: Theoretical foundations and an organizational structure. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, , 123281.


Montag, C., Ko, H.-C., & Sindermann, C. (2022). Individual differences in importance ratings of Chinese values and their associations with the Big Five of personality in Western and Eastern populations. Discover Psychology, 2(1), 39.

Montag, C., Rozgonjuk, D., Riedl, R., & Sindermann, C. (2022). On the associations between videoconference fatigue, burnout and depression including personality associations. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, 10, 100409.


Co-Authorships (ordered by year of publication and alphabetically):


Alshakhsi, S., Babiker, A., Sindermann, C., Al-Thani, D., Montag, C., & Ali, R. (2024). Willingness to pay for digital wellbeing features on social network sites: A study with arab and european samples. Frontiers in Computer Science, 6.

Kannen, C., Sindermann, C., & Montag, C. (2024). On the Willingness to Pay for social media/messenger services taking into account personality and sent/received messages among WhatsApp users. Heliyon, 10(9), e28840.


Williams, J. R., Sindermann, C., Yang H., Montag, C., Elhai, J. D. (2023). Latent profiles of problematic smartphone use severity are associated with social and generalized anxiety, and fear of missing out, among Chinese high school students. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 17(5).

Liu, C., Li, K., Zheng, X., Fu, M., Zhang, Y., Sindermann, C., Montag, C., Zhang, H., Yao, Z., Wang, Z., Zhou, B., Kendrick, K., & Becker, B. (2023). A central serotonin regulating gene polymorphism (TPH2) determines vulnerability to acute tryptophan depletion-induced anxiety and ventromedial prefrontal threat reactivity in healthy young men. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 77, 24-34.

Zhang, Y., Yao, S., Sindermann, C., Rozgonjuk, D., Zhou, M., Riedl, R., & Montag, C. (2023). Investigating autistic traits, social phobia, fear of COVID-19, and internet use disorder variables in the context of videoconference fatigue. Telematics and Informatics Reports, 11, 100067.


Dhawan, S., Hegelich, S., Sindermann, C., & Montag, C. (2022). Re-start social media, but how? Telematics and Informatics Reports, 8, 100017.

Hermes, A., Sindermann, C., Montag, C., & Riedl, R. (2022). Exploring online and in-store purchase willingness: Associations with the Big Five personality traits, trust, and need for touch. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 808500.

Jung, S., Sindermann, C., Yang, H., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2022). Anxiety-related coping styles and individual differences in Primary Emotional Systems against the background of Affective Neuroscience Theory: A study using samples from Germany and China. Trends in Psychology.

Rozgonjuk, D., Davis, K. L., Sindermann, C., & Montag, C. (2021). The Affective Neuroscience Personality Scales: Linking the adjective and statement-based inventories with the Big Five Inventory in English and German-speaking samples. Personality Neuroscience, 4, e7.


Marengo, D., Montag, C., Sindermann, C., Elhai, J. D., & Settanni, M. (2021). Examining the links between active Facebook use, received likes, self-esteem and happiness: A study using objective social media data. Telematics and Informatics, 58, 101523.

Montag, C., Hegelich, S., Sindermann, C., Rozgonjuk, D., Marengo, D., & Elhai, J. D. (2021). On corporate responsibility when studying social media use and well-being. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 25(4), 268–270.

Montag, C., Sindermann, C., Rozgonjuk, D., Yang, S., Elhai, J., & Yang, H. (2021). Investigating links between Fear of COVID-19, neuroticism, social networks and smartphone use disorder tendencies. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 682837.

Müller, M., Sindermann, C., Rozgonjuk, D., & Montag, C. (2021). Mind-Wandering Mediates the Associations Between Neuroticism and Conscientiousness, and Tendencies Towards Smartphone Use Disorder. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 2457.

Peterka‐Bonetta, J., Sindermann, C., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2021). How objectively measured Twitter and Instagram use relate to self-reported personality and tendencies toward Internet/Smartphone Use Disorder. Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies.

Pontes, H. M., Schivinski, B., Sindermann, C., Li, M., Becker, B., Zhou, M., & Montag, C. (2021). Measurement and conceptualization of Gaming Disorder according to the World Health Organization framework: The development of the Gaming Disorder Test. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 19(2), 508–528.

Rozgonjuk, D., Sindermann, C., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2021). Comparing smartphone, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat: Which platform elicits the greatest use disorder symptoms? Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 24(2), 129–134.

Zhang, Y., Sindermann, C., Kendrick, K. M., Becker, B., & Montag, C. (2021). Individual differences in tendencies toward Internet use disorder, Internet literacy and their link to autistic traits in both China and Germany. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 1367.


de Hesselle, L. C., Rozgonjuk, D., Sindermann, C., Pontes, H. M., & Montag, C. (2020). The associations between Big Five personality traits, gaming motives, and self-reported time spent gaming. Personality and Individual Differences, 171, 110483.

Kou, J., Zhang, Y., Zhou, F., Sindermann, C., Montag, C., Becker, B., & Kendrick, K. M. (2021). A randomized trial shows dose-frequency and genotype may determine the therapeutic efficacy of intranasal oxytocin. Psychological Medicine, 1–10.

Lachmann, B., Doebler, A., Sindermann, C., Sariyska, R., Cooper, A., Haas, H., & Montag, C. (2020). The molecular genetics of life satisfaction: Extending findings from a recent genome-wide association study and examining the role of the serotonin transporter. Journal of Happiness Studies, 22, 305–322.

Liu, C., Xu, L., Li, J., Zhou, F., Yang, X., Zheng, X., Fu, M., Li, K., Sindermann, C., Montag, C., Ma, Y., Scheele, D., Ebstein, R. P., Yao, S., Kendrick, K. M., & Becker, B. (2020). Serotonin and early life stress interact to shape brain architecture and anxious avoidant behavior – a TPH2 imaging genetics approach. Psychological Medicine, 1–9.

Marengo, D., Sindermann, C., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2020). One social media company to rule them all: Associations between use of Facebook-owned social media platforms, sociodemographic characteristics, and the Big Five personality traits. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 936.

Marengo, D., Sindermann, C., Häckel, D., Settanni, M., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2020). The association between the Big Five personality traits and smartphone use disorder: A meta-analysis. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 9(3), 534–550.

Markett, S., Reuter, M., Sindermann, C., & Montag, C. (2020). Cognitive failure susceptibility and personality: Self-directedness predicts everyday cognitive failure. Personality and Individual Differences, 159, 109916.

Montag, C., Sindermann, C., & Baumeister, H. (2020). Digital phenotyping in psychological and medical sciences: A reflection about necessary prerequisites to reduce harm and increase benefits. Current Opinion in Psychology, 36, 19–24.

Montag, C., Sindermann, C., Lester, D., & Davis, K. L. (2020). Linking individual differences in satisfaction with each of Maslow’s needs to the Big Five personality traits and Panksepp’s primary emotional systems. Heliyon, 6(7), e04325.

Rozgonjuk, D., Sindermann, C., Elhai, J. D., Christensen, A. P., & Montag, C. (2020). Associations between symptoms of problematic smartphone, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram use: An item-level exploratory graph analysis perspective. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 9(3), 686–697.

Rozgonjuk, D., Sindermann, C., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2020a). Fear of missing out (FoMO) and social media’s impact on daily-life and productivity at work: Do WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat use disorders mediate that association? Addictive Behaviors, 110, 106487.

Rozgonjuk, D., Sindermann, C., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2020b). Individual differences in Fear of Missing Out (FoMO): Age, gender, and the Big Five personality trait domains, facets, and items. Personality and Individual Differences, 171, 110546.

Schmitt, H. S., Sindermann, C., Li, M., Ma, Y., Kendrick, K. M., Becker, B., & Montag, C. (2020). The dark side of emotion recognition – Evidence from cross-cultural research in Germany and China. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1132.

Zhao, W., Luo, R., Sindermann, C., Li, J., Wei, Z., Zhang, Y., Liu, C., Le, J., Quintana, D. S., Montag, C., Becker, B., & Kendrick, K. M. (2020). Oxytocin modulation of self-referential processing is partly replicable and sensitive to oxytocin receptor genotype. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 96, 109734.


Jung, S., Sindermann, C., Lachmann, B., & Montag, C. (2019). Rs2572431 polymorphism on chromosome 8 is associated with individual differences in anxiety related coping modes. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1451.

Jung, S., Sindermann, C., Li, M., Wernicke, J., Quan, L., Ko, H.-C., & Montag, C. (2019). Anxiety related coping styles, social support and Internet use disorder. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 640.

Peterka-Bonetta, J., Sindermann, C., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2019). Personality associations with smartphone and Internet use disorder: A comparison study including links to impulsivity and social anxiety. Frontiers in Public Health, 7, 127.

Peterka-Bonetta, J., Sindermann, C., Sha, P., Zhou, M., & Montag, C. (2019). The relationship between Internet use disorder, depression and burnout among Chinese and German college students. Addictive Behaviors, 89, 188–199.

Sanwald, S., Widenhorn-Müller, K., Wernicke, J., Sindermann, C., Kiefer, M., & Montag, C. (2019). Depression is associated with the absence of sex differences in the 2D:4D ratio of the right hand. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 483.

Wernicke, J., Li, M., Sha, P., Zhou, M., Sindermann, C., Becker, B., Kendrick, K. M., & Montag, C. (2019). Individual differences in tendencies to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and emotionality: Empirical evidence in young healthy adults from Germany and China. ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders, 11(2), 167–182.

Zhao, Z., Yao, S., Li, K., Sindermann, C., Zhou, F., Zhao, W., Li, J., Lührs, M., Goebel, R., Kendrick, K. M., & Becker, B. (2019). Real-time functional connectivity-informed neurofeedback of amygdala-frontal pathways reduces anxiety. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 88(1), 5–15.


Lachmann, B., Sindermann, C., Sariyska, R. Y., Luo, R., Melchers, M. C., Becker, B., Cooper, A. J., & Montag, C. (2018). The role of empathy and life satisfaction in Internet and Smartphone use disorder. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 398.

Montag, C., Zhao, Z., Sindermann, C. Xu, L., Fu, M., Li, J., Zheng, X., Li, K., Kendrick, K. M., Dai, J., & Becker, B. (2018). Internet communication disorder and the structure of the human brain: Initial insights on WeChat addiction. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 2155.

Stodt, B., Brand, M., Sindermann, C., Wegmann, E., Li, M., Zhou, M., Sha, P., & Montag, C. (2018). Investigating the effect of personality, Internet literacy, and use expectancies in Internet-use disorder: A comparative study between China and Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(4), 579.


Montag, C., Sindermann, C., Melchers, M., Jung, S., Luo, R., Becker, B., Xie, J., Xu, W., Guastella, A. J., & Kendrick, K. M. (2017). A functional polymorphism of the OXTR gene is associated with autistic traits in Caucasian and Asian populations. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 174(8), 808–816.


Montag, C., Duke, É., Sha, P., Zhou, M., Sindermann, C., & Li, M. (2016). Does acceptance of power distance influence propensities for problematic Internet use? Evidence from a cross-cultural study. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 8(4), 296–301.


Book chapters (ordered by year of publication and alphabetically):


Schmitt, H. S., Sindermann, C., Cooper, A., & Montag, C. (2023). 20 Empathy: A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach. In G. J. Boyle, G. Northoff, A. K. Barbey, F. Fregni, M. Jahanshani, A. Pascual-Leone, & B. J. Sahakian (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience (pp. 306–322). SAGE Publications, Ltd.


Wernicke, J., Sindermann, C., & Montag, C. (2022). Psychologische und neurowissenschaftliche Aspekte Internetbezogener Störungen. In C. Schubert (Ed.), Gesundheitsforschung. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven? Nomos.


Montag, C., & Sindermann, C. (2021). Herausforderung Digitalisierung – Eine psycho-neurobiologische Perspektive. In M. Gronover, A. Obermann, & H. Schnabel-Henke (Eds.), Religiöse Bildung in einer digitalisierten Welt – Beiträge zur Theorie und Praxis des Religionsunterrichts an berufsbildenden Schulen (pp. 66–90). Waxman

Sindermann, C., Ebner, F., Montag, C., Scholz, R. W., Ostendorf, S., Freytag, P., & Thull, B. (2021). Vulnerabilitätsraum: Soziale Medien. In R. W. Scholz, M. Beckedahl, S. Noller, O. Renn (Eds.), DiDaT Weißbuch: Verantwortungsvoller Umgang mit digitalen Daten – Orientierungen eines transdisziplinären Prozesses (pp. 169–195). Nomos.

Sindermann, C., Sariyska, R., Elhai, J. D., & Montag, C. (2021). Molecular genetics of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides involved in Internet use disorder including first insights on a potential role of Hypothalamus’ oxytocin hormone. D. F. Swaab, R. M. Buijs, F. Kreier, P. J. Lucassen, & A. Salehi (Eds.), The Human Hypothalamus: Neuropsychiatric Disorders (pp. 381–400). Elsevier.

Scientific Degrees 


Doctor rerum naturalium, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany


Master of Science in psychology, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany


Bachelor of Science in psychology, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany

Employment History

01/2023 - present

Independent research group leader of the Computational Digital Psychology Team in the Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems for Diversity, Demography, and Democracy (IRIS 3D), University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
[Associated member of the Cluster of Excellence SimTech, Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science, PN7: Adaptive Simulation and Interaction]

02/2023 - 02/2024

Visiting Professor at the University for Continuing Education Krems, Krems, Austria

04/2019 – 12/2022:

Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the Department of Molecular Psychology, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany

10/2021 – 20/2022:

Visiting postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychology, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, USA

03/2016 – 04/2019:

Doctoral candidate in the Department of Molecular Psychology Ulm University, Ulm, Germany

03/2016 – 05/2018:

Four research stays (in total: 15 months) in the neuSCAN Laboratory, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China

10/2014 – 03/2016:

Student assistant in the Department of Molecular Psychology, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany

07/2022 – 12/2022:

Research funding from the Graduate and Professional Training Centre Ulm (ProTrainU; Granted amount of money: roughly 10,000€)

10/2021 – 03/2022:

Scholarship for postdoctoral researchers to conduct research abroad from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst; DAAD; about 19,000€)

12/2020 – 02/2022:

Research funding from the Vodafone Foundation Germany (Granted amount of money: roughly 52,000€)


Bonus for excellent teaching performance from the Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany

11/2016 – 09/2018:

Doctoral scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes; about 34,000€)


  • Organizing committee member of the German Political Psychology Network (
  • Co-Chair of the Research Committee 29 - Political Psychology of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) (
  • German Psychological Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie; DGPs); sections: "Differential Psychology, Personality Psychology and Psychological Diagnostics", "Media Psychology", "Social Psychology"
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
  • International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP)
  • Personality Computing Network (DFG-funded project;
  • Completion of reviews for 50 international peer-reviewed journals, including Social Media and Society, Copmuters in Human Behavior and many more
  • Co-Editor of a research topic at Frontiers in Psychology
  • Co-Editor of the book series “Politische Psychologie”
  • Editor at

We are always looking for motivated individuals interested in research at the intersection of psychology, political science, and computer science and welcome applications all year round.

Our team investigates how intelligent systems and online environments formed by them may impact information consumption, information processing (e.g., automatic versus controlled processes), and political opinion formation (e.g., extremization, polarization, etc.) in different individuals. The spread of “fake news”, the creation of “filter bubbles” or “echo chambers”, as well as the consequences of those phenomena are examples of research topics that are of interest to our team. Our research approach combines self-report, experimental, and digital trace data to examine the aforementioned research questions.


If you are looking to:

  • improve your research skills
  • gain a deeper understanding of the topics mentioned above
  • contribute to relevant research projects - from the planning of the design to the statistical analysis and interpretation of results
  • gain hands-on experience in this research field
  • work in a small, open, and friendly research group

and you:

  • have a background in psychology, cognitive, social, or political sciences, or you have acquired knowledge in one of these fields
  • are interested in the impact of intelligent systems and online environments
  • have no problem handling different types of data (survey, experimental, digital traces, etc.)
  • are familiar with different methods of inferential statistics (linear models / regression analysis, ANOVA, multilevel modeling, SEM, etc.)

Please reach out to us and send your application stating your motivation to be part of the team including your knowledge and interest in this field of research as well as your previous experience in research projects to


If you have any questions regarding positions in our team, please reach out to Dr. Cornelia Sindermann.


We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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