Selected Publications

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Zentner, M. (2019). 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 and Adolescent Psychiatry. [Online advance publication]
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. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Download
Zentner, M. (2018). A sadness-independent account of the enjoyment of music-evoked sadness. Physics of Life Reviews, 25, 144-146. Advance online publication
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. Publication.
Bardi, A. & Zentner, M. (2017). Grand Challenges for Personality and Social Psychology: Moving beyond the Replication Crisis. Front. Psychol. 8:2068. Publication
Zentner, M. (2016). Women's personal resources. In T. Shackelford & V. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Advance online publication.
Zentner, M., & Eagly, A. (2015). A sociocultural framework for understanding partner preferences of women and men: Review of concepts and evidence. European Review of Social Psychology, 26, 328-373. Download.
Zentner, M., Smolkina, M., & Venables, P. (2014).  Effects of measurement aggregation on predicting externalizing problems from preschool behaviour. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 32, 468-479.  Download.
Zentner, M. & Wang, F. (2013). ICTI. Integrative Child Temperament Inventory. Oxford: Hogrefe, Ltd.  Table of Contents
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. Download
Law, L. & Zentner, M. (2012). Assessing musical abilities objectively: Construction and validation of the Profile of Music Perception Skills. PLoS ONE 7 (12): e52508.
Trost, W., Ethofer, T., Zentner, M., & Vuilleumier, P. (2012). Mapping aesthetic musical emotions in the brain. Cerebral Cortex, 22, 2769-2783. Download
Shiner, R., Buss, K., McClowry, S., Putnam, S., Saudino, K., & Zentner, M. (2012). What is Temperament Now? Assessing progress in temperament research on the 25th anniversary of Goldsmith et al., 1987. Child Development Perspectives, 6, 436-444. View
Zentner, M. (2012). A language for musical qualia. Empirical Musicology Review, 7, 80-83. Download.
Zentner, M. & Shiner, R. (2012). Fifty years of progress in temperament research: A synthesis of major themes, findings, challenges, and a look forward. In M. Zentner & R. Shiner (Eds.). Handbook of Temperament (pp. 673-700). New York: Guilford. Download
Zentner, M. & Eerola, T. (2011). Self-report measures and models of musical emotions. In P. Juslin & J. Sloboda (Eds.), Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications (pp. 187-223). Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. Download
Zentner, M. (2011). Homer's Prophecy: An essay on music's primary emotions. Music Analysis, 29, 102-125. Download
Silvestrini, N., Piguet, V., Cedraschi, C., & Zentner, M. (2011). Music and auditory distraction reduce pain: Emotional or attentional effects? Music and Medicine, 3, 264-270. Download
Zentner, M., & Eerola, T. (2010). Rhythmic engagement with music in infancy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 5568-5573. Download
Zentner, M. (2009). Augmenting cognition with music. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 3(1), 99. Download
Zentner, M., Grandjean, D., & Scherer, K. (2008). Emotions evoked by the sound of music: Characterization, classification, and measurement. Emotion, 8, 494-521. Download
Scherer, K.R. & Zentner, M. (2008). Music-evoked emotions are different – more often aesthetic than utilitarian. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 595-596. Download
Zentner, M., & Bates, J.E. (2008). Child temperament: An integrative review of concepts, research programs, and measures. European Journal of Developmental Science, 2, 7-37. Download
Zentner, M. (2008). Der Einfluss des Temperaments auf das Bindungsverhalten. [The influence of temperament on attachment]. In L. Ahnert (Ed.). Frühe Bindung. Entstehung und Entwicklung. München: Reinhardt.
Zentner, M., & Renaud, O. (2007). Origins of adolescents' ideal self: An intergenerational perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 357-375. Download
Guhn, M., Hamm, A., & Zentner, M. (2007). Physiological and musico-acoustic correlates of the chill response. Music Perception, 24, 473-483.
Zentner, M. (2005). Ideal mate personality concepts and compatibility in close relationships: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 242-256. Download
Scherer, K.R., Zentner, M., & Stern, D. (2004). Beyond surprise: The puzzle of infants’ expressive reactions to expectancy violation. Emotion, 4, 389-402. Download
Zentner, M. (2001). Preferences for colours and colour-emotion combinations in early childhood. Developmental Science, 4, 389-398. Download
Scherer, K. & Zentner M. (2001). Emotional effects of music: production rules. P. Juslin, & J. Sloboda, (Eds.). Music and Emotion: Theory and Research. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.  Download
Zentner, M. & Scherer, K. (2000). Emotionstheorien: Partikuläre und integrative Ansätze [Theories of Emotion: specific and integrative approaches]. In H. Otto et al. (Eds.), Handbuch der Emotionspsychologie (pp. 151-164). Weinheim: Beltz.

Kagan, J., Snidman, N., Zentner, M., & Peterson, E. (1999). Infant temperament and anxious symptoms in school age children. Development and Psychopathology, 11, 209-224. 

Zentner, M. & Kagan, J. (1998). Infants’ perception of consonance and dissonance in music. Infant Behavior and Development, 21, 483-492. Download
Kagan, J. & Zentner, M. (1996). Early childhood predictors of adult psychopathology. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 3, 341-350. Download
Zentner, M. & Kagan, J. (1996). Perception of music by infants. Nature, 383, 29. Download

Books and Edited Collections

Zentner, M. & Shiner, R. (Eds., 2012). Handbook of Temperament. New York: Guilford. 750 pp.

Zentner, M. (Ed., 2008). Current Trends in the Study of Child Temperament. Special Issue of the European Journal of Developmental Science, 2, vols. 1-2.
Zentner, M. (1998).Die Wiederentdeckung des Temperaments. Eine Einführung in die Kinder-Temperamentforschung. [The Rediscovery of Temperament: An Introduction to Research in Child Temperament.] Frankfurt am Main.: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag.

Zentner, M. (1996). Die Flucht ins Vergessen. Die Anfänge der Psychoanalyse Freuds bei Schopenhauer [Escape into Oblivion. The beginnings of Freud's psychoanalysis with Schopenhauer.] Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.