Dr. Julia F. Christensen





2014Promotion Psychologie, University of the Balearic Island, Spanien
2009Diplom, klinische Psychologie, University of the Balearic Island, Spanien
2009Master, Human Evolution and Cognition, (Zweig "Neurowissenschaft"), University of the Balearic Island, Spanien
2008Master Psychologie, University of the Balearic Island, Spanien
2004DEUG 1 (Diplôme d'études universitaires générales), Psychologie, Université Sophia Antipolice, Nizza, Frankreich
2004Professionelle Tanzausbildung, Nizza, Frankreich

Akademische Tätigkeiten

Seit 02/2019Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Max-Planck Institut für empirische Ästhetik, Frankfurt am Main
01/2018–02/2019Consultant „Applied Consumer Neuroscience Labs“ (Prof. Joseph Devlin)
Seit 04/2018Autorin Populärwissenschaft
05/2017–01/2018Postdoc, Warburg Institute London
07/2015–03/2017Newton International Postdoc, City University London
01/2016–07/2016Lehrtätigkeit, Modul Neuroscience, Open University of Catalunya, Spanien
10/2014–07/2015Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience UCL, London
01/2015–07/2015Lehrtätigkeit, Modul Neuroscience, Open University of Catalunya, Spanien
10/2010–10/2014PhD scholarship


Zeitschriftenartikel (peer-reviewed)

Golbabaei, S., Christensen, J. F., Vessel, E. A., Kazemian, N., & Borhani, K. (2022). The Aesthetic Responsiveness Assessment (AReA) in Farsi language: A scale validation and cultural adaptation study. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/aca0000532 

Sojoudi, S., Jahanitabesh, A., Hatami, J., & Christensen, J. F. (2022). Forty-Eight Classical Moral Dilemmas in Persian Language: A Validation and Cultural Adaptation Study. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 22(3-4), 352-382. doi:org/10.1163/15685373-12340139

Christensen, J. F., Farahi, F., Vartanian, M., & Yazdi, S. H. N. (2022). Choice Hygiene for “Consumer Neuroscientists”? Ethical Considerations and Proposals for Future Endeavours. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 15, Article 612639. doi:10.3389/fnins.2021.612639

Christensen, J. F., Vartanian, M., Sancho-Escanero, L., Khorsandi, S., Yazdi, S. H. N., Farahi, F., Borhani, K., & Gomila, A. (2021). A Practice-Inspired Mindset for Researching the Psychophysiological and Medical Health Effects of Recreational Dance (Dance Sport). Frontiers in Psychology, 11, Article 588948.  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.588948

Christensen, J. F., Azevedo, R. T., & Tsakiris, M. (2021). Emotion matters: Different psychophysiological responses to expressive and non-expressive full-body movements. Acta Psychologica, 212, Article 103215.  doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103215

Christensen, J. F. (2019). Is war on the arts, war on human psychological systems? A view from experimental psychology and affective neuroscience. Leonardo, 1–11.  doi:10.1162/leon_a_01769

Christensen, J. F., Di Costa, S., & Beck, B. (2019). I just lost it! Fear and anger reduce sense of agency: a study using intentional binding. Experimental Brain Research, 237(5), 1205-1212.  doi:10.1007/s00221-018-5461-6

Christensen, J. F., Lambrechts, A., & Tsakiris, M. (2019). The Warburg Dance Movement Library—The WADAMO Library: A Validation Study. Perception, 48(1), 26–57.  doi:10.1177/0301006618816631

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

Racine, E., Dubljević, V., Jox, R. J., Baertschi, B., Christensen, J. F., Farisco, M., Jotterand, F., Kahane, G., &. Müller, S. (2017). Can Neuroscience Contribute to Practical Ethics? A Critical Review and Discussion of the Methodological and Translational Challenges of the Neuroscience of Ethics. Bioethics, 31(5), 328–337.  doi:10.1111/bioe.12357

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


Christensen, J. F., & Borhani, K. (2020). Dance and the Imagination: Be a Butterfly! In A. Abraham (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination (pp. 620–634). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  doi:10.1017/9781108580298.038

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.

Weitere Schriften

Christensen, J. F. (2021). To The Core: A devastating loss can shatter the façade we put up for others, exposing our deepest, rawest self. A work of art can do the same. AEON Magazine. Retrieved on 2021-03-01 https://aeon.co/essays/art-like-loss-can-shock-us-into-our-authentic-self

Christensen, J. F. (2020). Lebenselixier Tanz. Spektrum der Wissenschaft - Gehirn und Geist Psychologie, Hirnforschung, Medizin(4), 12-21. Retrieved from www.spektrum.de/artikel/1704918

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
06/2015Newton International Postdoctoral Fellowship 
09/2013Santander Award for 1 of the best PhD students across all PhD programs University of the Balearic Islands
20104-year PhD Scholarship, Spanish Ministry of Education
2008Scholarship for Master Studies, Spanish Ministry of Education


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