Welcome to the Zentner Lab

The Personality, Emotion and Music Laboratory (Zentnerlab) is headed by Prof. Marcel Zentner, who is at the University of Innsbruck. The Laboratory studies basic personality processes, in particular personality development, personality and mating, and the nature of human musicality. We create innovative measures and tests that relate to these domains. Read more ...

Current Projects

Can musicality be measured objectively?

In response to music's rising importance in neuroscience and psychology, we are strongly invested in this question.  A novel test-battery, the PROMS, provides our first tool towards an objective, computerized assessment of musicality.

Are our mate choices biologically determined?

It's unlikely as our research on this topic shows.

Detail from The Reluctant Bride (1866) by Auguste Toulmouche. Courtesy Wikimedia


Neurogenetic, prenatal and postnatal factors forge a person's temperament, a neuroaffective disposition that affects outcomes from emotion regulation to alcohol abuse. The focus of our work is on the early diagnosis of temperament risk factors. 

Musically Evoked Emotions

The GEMS is the first model and rating instrument specifically designed to capture the richness of musically evoked emotions.

The Infant's Musical Mind

Long before infants can speak, they exhibit striking musical skills. We demonstrated that they dislike dissonant tunes and that they are able to move in time with music.