Dr. Julia F. Christensen




Academic Education

2014PhD psychology, University of the Balearic Island (UIB) Spain
2009Diploma, clinical psychology, UIB, Spain
2009Master, Human Cognition and Evolution, UIB, Spain
2004DEUG 1 (Diplôme d'études universitaires générales), psychology, Université Sophia Antipolice, Nice, France
2004Professional dance education, Centre Professionnelle d’Études en Dance, Nice, France

Professional Experience

Since 02/2019Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
01/2018-02/2019Consultant for Applied Consumer Neuroscience Labs
Since 04/2018Popular science writer („Tanzen ist die beste Medizin“; Rowohlt)
05/2017-01/2018Postdoctoral research associate, Warburg Institute London, University of London, UK
07/2015-03/2017Newton International Postdoctoral Research Fellow (British Academy) City, University London, UK
10/2014-07/2015Postdoctoral research associate, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK
01/2015-07/2015Teaching Fellow, Modul Neuroscience, Open University of Catalunya, Spain
10/2010-10/2014PhD scholarship by the Spanish Ministry of Education; University of the Balearic Islands, Spain


Articles (in peer-reviewed journals)

Christensen, J. F., Di Costa, S., & Beck, B. (accepted). I just lost it! Fear and anger reduce sense of agency: a study using intentional binding. Experimental Brain Research.

Nicholson, T. M., Williams, D. M., Grainger, C., Christensen, J. F., Calvo-Merino, B., & Gaigg, S. B. (2018). Interoceptive impairments do not lie at the heart of autism or alexithymia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127 (6), 612–622.  doi:10.1037/abn0000370

Christensen, J. F., Gaigg, S. B., & Calvo-Merino, B. (2017). I can feel my heartbeat: Dancers have increased interoceptive accuracy. Psychophysiology, 55 (4), e13008.  doi:10.1111/psyp.13008

Christensen, J. F., Cela-Conde, C. J., & Gomila, A. (2017). Not all about sex: neural and biobehavioral functions of human dance. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1400 (1), 8–32.  doi:10.1111/nyas.13420

Christensen, J. F. (2017). Pleasure junkies all around! Why it matters and why ‘the arts’ might be the answer: a biopsychological perspective. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284 (1854).  doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.2837

Christensen, J. F., Yoshie, M., Di Costa, S., & Haggard, P. (2016). Emotional valence, sense of agency and responsibility: A study using intentional binding. Consciousness and Cognition, 43, 1–10.  doi:10.1016/j.concog.2016.02.016

Christensen, J. F., Gomila, A., Gaigg, S. B., Sivarajah, N., & Calvo-Merino, B. (2016). Dance expertise modulates behavioral and psychophysiological responses to affective body movement. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42 (8), 1139–1147. doi:10.1037/xhp0000176

Christensen, J. F., Pollick, F. E., Lambrechts, A., & Gomila, A. (2016). Affective responses to dance. Acta Psychologica, 168, 91–105.  doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2016.03.008

Christensen, J. F., Yoshie, M., Di Costa, S., & Haggard, P. (2016). Emotional valence, sense of agency and responsibility: A study using intentional binding. Consciousness and Cognition, 43, 1–10.  doi:10.1016/j.concog.2016.02.016

Caspar, E. A., Christensen, J. F., Cleeremans, A., & Haggard, P. (2016). Coercion Changes the Sense of Agency in the Human Brain. Current Biology, 26 (5), 585–592.  doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.12.067

Christensen, J. F., & Gomila, A. (2015). Exploring a new paradigm for empathy research / Explorando un nuevo paradigma para el estudio de la empatía. Estudios de Psicología, 36 (2), 481–495.  doi:10.1080/02109395.2015.1028727

Christensen, J. F., Flexas, A., Calabrese, M., Gut, N. K., & Gomila, A. (2014). Moral judgment reloaded: a moral dilemma validation study. Frontiers in Psychology, 5 (607).  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00607

Christensen, J. F., Flexas, A., de Miguel, P., Cela-Conde, C. J., & Munar, E. (2014). Roman Catholic beliefs produce characteristic neural responses to moral dilemmas. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9 (2), 240–249.  doi:10.1093/scan/nss121

Christensen, J. F., Gaigg, S. B., Gomila, A., Oke, P., & Calvo-Merino, B. (2014). Enhancing emotional experiences to dance through music: the role of valence and arousal in the cross-modal bias. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8 (757).  doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00757

Christensen, J. F., Nadal, M., Cela-Conde, C. J., & Gomila, A. (2014). A Norming Study and Library of 203 Dance Movements. Perception, 43 (2–3), 178–206.  doi:10.1068/p7581

Flexas, A., Rossello, J., Christensen, J. F., Nadal, M., La Rosa, A. O., & Munar, E. (2013). Affective Priming Using Facial Expressions Modulates Liking for Abstract Art. Plos One, 8 (11), e80154.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080154

Christensen, J. F., & Calvo-Merino, B. (2013). Dance as a Subject for Empirical Aesthetics. Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts, 7 (1), 76–88. doi:10.1037/a0031827

Christensen, J. F., & Gomila, A. (2012). Moral dilemmas in cognitive neuroscience of moral decision-making: A principled review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 36 (4), 1249–1264.  doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2012.02.008

Pearce, M. T., & Christensen, J. F. (2012). Conference report: The Neurosciences and Music-IV—Learning and Memory. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 22 (1), 70–73. doi:10.1037/a0027235

Book Chapter

Karin, J., Haggard, P., & Christensen, J. F. (2017). Mental Training. In M. V. Wilmerding & D. H. Krasnow (Eds.), Dancer Wellness (pp. 57–70). Champaign, Canada: Human Kinetics.

Christensen, J. F., & Jola, C. (2015). Moving towards ecological validity in empirical aesthetics of dance. In J. P. Houston, M. Nadal, F. Mora, L. F. Agnati & C. J. Cela-Conde (Eds.), Art, Aesthetics and the Brain (pp. 223–262). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Calvo-Merino, B., & Christensen, J. F. (2014). Neuroaesthetics and Dance. In J. O. Lauring (Ed.), Introduction to Neuroaesthetics - The neuroscientific approach to aesthetic experience, artistic creativity and arts appreciation (pp. 293–326). University of Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press.


Christensen, J. F., & Chang, D.-S. (2018). Tanzen ist die beste Medizin: Warum es uns gesünder, klüger und glücklicher macht. Reinbek: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH.


Christensen, J. F., & Gomila, A. (Eds.). (2018). The Arts and The Brain: Psychology and Physiology Beyond Pleasure (Vol. 237). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.

Auszeichnungen & Stipendien

Stipendien und Preise

10/2016Evens Science Prize 2016 awarded to Caspar, Christensen, Cleeremans and Haggard for the study ‚Coercion Changes the Sense of Agency in the Human Brain’
10/2016British Academy Mobility Award (PI: Professor Vincent Walsh)
06/2015Newton International Postdoctoral Fellowship 
09/2013Santander Award for top PhD Students, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
20104-year PhD Scholarship, Spanish Ministry of Education
2008Scholarship for Master Studies, Spanish Ministry of Education