Kirill Fayn, PhD


  • Korrelate und Konsequenzen der Offenheit für Erfahrungen
  • Affektive Dynamiken in ästhetischen Situationen und Lernkontexten
  • Behaviorale und affektive Dynamiken von Museumsbesuchen



2016Promotion Psychologie, University of Sydney, Australien
2011Bsc Psychologie, University of Sydney, Australien
2010Diplom Psychology, University of Sydney, Australien
2006Bsc Information Systems, University of New South Wales, Australien

Akademische Tätigkeiten

Seit 10/2018Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Max-Planck Institut für empirische Ästhetik, Frankfurt am Main
2016–09/2018Postdoc, KU Leuven, Belgien
2015–2016Wissenschaftler -  Corrective Services NSW (Justizministerium Australien)
2011–2014Tutor Psychologie, University of Sydney, Australien



Zeitschriftenartikel (peer reviewed)

Smillie, L. D., Bennett, D., Tan, N. P., Sutcliffe, K., Fayn, K., Bode, S., & Wacker, J. (2021). Does openness/intellect predict sensitivity to the reward value of information? Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 21, 993–1009. doi:10.3758/s13415-021-00900-1

Fayn, K., Willemsen, S., Muralikrishnan, R., Castaño Manias, B., Menninghaus, W., & Schlotz, W. (2021). Full throttle: Demonstrating the speed, accuracy, and validity of a new method for continuous two-dimensional self-report and annotation. Behavior Research Methods, 53(3).  doi:10.3758/s13428-021-01616-3 

MacCann, C., Erbas, Y., Dejonckheere, E., Minbashian, A., Kuppens, P., & Fayn, K. (2020). Emotional intelligence relates to emotions, emotion dynamics, and emotion complexity: A meta-analysis and experience sampling study. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 36(3), 460–470.  doi:10.1027/1015-5759/a000588

Fayn, K., Silvia, P. J., Dejonckheere, E., Verdonck, S., & Kuppens, P. (2019). Confused or curious? Openness/intellect predicts more positive interest-confusion relations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 117(5), 1016–1033.  doi:10.1037/pspp0000257

Heathers, J. A. J., Fayn, K., Silvia, P. J., Tiliopoulos, N., & Goodwin, M. S. (2018). The voluntary control of piloerection. PeerJ, 6,  Article e5292. doi:10.7717/peerj.5292

Cotter, K. N., Silvia, P. J., & Fayn, K. (2018). What does feeling like crying when listening to music feel like? Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts, 12(2), 216–227.  doi:10.1037/aca0000108

Barford, K. A., Fayn, K., Silvia, P. J., & Smillie, L. D. (2018). Individual differences in conflicting stimulus evaluations: Openness/Intellect predicts mixed-valenced appraisals of visual art. Journal of Research in Personality, 73, 46–55.  doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2017.11.006

Van Liefferinge, D., Sonuga-Barke, E., Danckaerts, M., Fayn, K., Van Broeck, N., & Oord, S. (2018). Measuring child and adolescent emotional lability: How do questionnaire-based ratings relate to experienced and observed emotion in everyday life and experimental settings? International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 27(3), Article e1720.  doi:10.1002/mpr.1720

Fayn, K., Silvia, P. J., Erbas, Y., Tiliopoulos, N., & Kuppens, P. (2018). Nuanced aesthetic emotions: emotion differentiation is related to knowledge of the arts and curiosity. Cognition & Emotion, 32(3), 593–599.  doi:10.1080/02699931.2017.1322554

Fayn, K., & Kuppens, P. (2017). Individual differences in embracing negatively valenced art: The roles of openness and sensation seeking. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, 2, Article e360.  doi:10.1017/s0140525x17001686

Fayn, K., Silvia, P. J., MacCann, C., & Tiliopoulos, N. (2017). Interested in different things or in different ways? Journal of Individual Differences, 38(4), 265–273.  doi:10.1027/1614-0001/a000243

Lumbroso, P., Fayn, K., Tiliopoulos, N., & Francis, L. J. (2016). The internal consistency reliability of the Katz-Francis Scale of attitude toward Judaism among Australian Jews. Religions, 7(10), 6, 123.  doi:10.3390/rel7100123

Fayn, K., Tiliopoulos, N., & MacCann, C. (2015). Interest in truth versus beauty: Intellect and openness reflect different pathways towards interest. Personality and Individual Differences, 81, 47–52.  doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.12.031

Fayn, K., MacCann, C., Tiliopoulos, N., & Silvia, P. J. (2015). Aesthetic emotions and aesthetic people: Openness predicts sensitivity to novelty in the experiences of interest and pleasure. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, Article1877.  doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01877

Silvia, P. J., Fayn, K., Nusbaum, E. C., & Beaty, R. E. (2015). Openness to experience and awe in response to nature and music: Personality and profound aesthetic experiences. Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts, 9(4), 376–384.  doi:10.1037/aca0000028

Mullan, B., Allom, V., Fayn, K., & Johnston, I. (2014). Building habit strength: A pilot intervention designed to improve food-safety behavior. Food Research International, 66, 274–278.  doi:10.1016/j.foodres.2014.09.027


Willemsen, S., Bálint, K., Hakemulder, F., Kiss, M., Konijn, E., & Fayn, K. (2022). Who likes complex films? Personality and preferences for narrative complexity. In S. Willemsen, & M. Kiss (Eds.), Puzzling Stories: The Aesthetic Appeal of Cognitive Challenge in Film, Television and Literature (pp. 355-383). Berghahn.

Fayn, K., & Silvia, P. (2015). States, People, and Contexts: Three Psychological Challenges for the Neuroscience of Aesthetics. In Joseph P. Huston, Nadal Marcos, Francisco  Mora, Luigi F. Agnati & Camilo J. Cela-Conde (Eds.), Art, Aesthetics, and the Brain (pp. 40–56). New York: Oxford University Press.

Auszeichnungen & Stipendien


2017Postdoctoral Mandate, KU Leuven
2016University of Sydney, School of Psychology Publication Prize
2015Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme
2012The Campbell Perry International Research Grant
2012Sydney University Graduates Union of North America (SUGUNA) Alumni Scholarship
2012R. and M. Bentwich Scholarship
2011Australian Post Graduate Award