Dr. Stephanie Antons, M.Sc.

Steffi Antons

Scientific employee

Department of General Psychology: Cognition
Department of Human-Centered Computing and Cognitive Science
Faculty for Computer Science

University of Duisburg-Essen
Forsthausweg 2
47057 Duisburg

Phone: +49 203 379 - 2251
E-Mail: stephanie.antons[at]uni-due.de

Office hours: by appointment
Room: LE 221

Google Scholar Profile

Publication list

Research focus

Reduced control, behavioral addictions, biopsychological, affective, cognitive mechanisms.

Scientific Degrees


Dr. rer. nat.
University of Duisburg-Essen, General Psychology: Cognition (Prof. Dr. M. Brand), Duisburg, Germany
Doctoral thesis: Internet-Pornography-Use Disorder: The role of Trait- und State-variables as well as neural mechanisms of the development and maintenance of a problematic Internet-pornography use


University of Duisburg-Essen, Applied Cognitive and Media Science (Focus: Psychology), Duisburg, Germany


University of Applied Management in Erding, Business Psychology, Erding, Germany

Professional Career

Since 09/2022

Visiting Academic
Department of Psychiatry (Prof. Dr. S.R. Chamberlain), University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom


Visiting Scholar
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (Prof. N.A. Fineberg), University of Hertfordshire Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
Department of Psychiatry (Prof. Dr. S.R. Chamberlain), University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

Since 05/2021

Research Fellow
DFG-Research Group „Affective and cognitive mechanisms of specific Internet-use disorders" (FOR2974), Departementl “General Psychology: Cognition“ (Prof. M. Brand), University of Duisburg-Essen

Since 04/2020

Research Fellow
Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Essen, Germany


Research Stay
Yale medical School, Yale University (Prof. Dr. M.N. Potenza), New Haven, USA

Since 09/2016

Research Fellow
General Psychology: Cognition and Center for Behavioral Addiction Research (Prof. Dr. M. Brand), University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany


Student Assistant
Institut for Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology (Prof. Dr. S. Gauggel), University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany


Student Assistant
General Psychology: Cognition (Prof. Dr. M. Brand), University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany


Student Assistant
Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics, RWTH Aachen University (Prof. Dr. C. Schlick), Aachen, Germany


Student Assistant/ Internship
Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (Prof. Dr. K. Amunts), Research Center Jülich, Jülich, Germany

Scholarships and Grants

Since 2022 DFG-Grants-in-kind: "Explaining and predicting moments of impaired control in individuals with the goal of regulating their gambling behavior or pornography use: A multimethod study approach"
2022                      Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR), Förderlinie MERCUR.KOOPERATION, Title "RuhrNetwork for Functional Digital Media-Use in Children and Adolescents: An Inter-University Network of Young Scientists", (Ko-2021-0023)
2019                      Gustav A. Lienert Stiftung, Scholarship for the promotion of young researchers in biopsychological methodology, Research stay at Yale Medical School, Yale University (Prof. Dr. M.N. Potenza)
2019 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Congress Travel Program, International Conference on Behavioral Addictions (ICBA) in Yokohama, Japan
Since 2018 Member of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Addictions (ISSBA)
Since 2017          Member of the DG Sucht, Germany

Selected Teaching Experiences

Since 2018 Seminar on “Applied Cognitive Psychology” (Master’s degree program “Applied
Cognitive and Media Science, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
2019 Supervision of “Research Projects in Cognitive Psychology” (Master’s degree program “Applied Cognitive and Media Science, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
2017-2019 Supervision of “Practical Projects in Cognitive Psychology” (Bachelor’s degree program “Applied Cognitive and Media Science, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

Reviewer Activities

  • Addiction Biology
  • Addictive Behaviors
  • Addictive Behaviors Reports
  • BMC Psychology
  • Computers and Education
  • Human Brain Mapping
  • Journal of Behavioral Addictions
  • Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • Journal of Individual Differences 

Selected Publications

1. Antons, S., Müller, S. M., Neumann, P., Müller, A., & Steins-Loeber, S. (2023). Stimuli-Specific Inhibitory Control in Disorders Due to Addictive Behaviours: a Review of Current Evidence and Discussion of Methodological Challenges. Current Addiction Reportshttps://doi.org/10.1007/s40429-023-00517-z

2. Antons, S., Engel, J., Briken, P., Krüger, T. H. C., Brand, M., & Stark, R. (2022). Treatments and interventions for compulsive sexual behavior disorder with a focus on problematic pornography use: A preregistered systematic review. Journal of Behavioral Addictionsdoi:10.1556/2006.2022.00061

3. Wegmann, E., Antons, S., & Brand, M. (2022). The experience of gratification and compensation in addictive behaviors: How can these experiences be measured systematically within and across disorders due to addictive behaviors? Comprehensive Psychiatry, 117, 152336. doi:10.1016/j.comppsych.2022.152336

4. Antons, S., & Brand, M. (2021). Diagnostic and classification considerations related to compulsive sexual behavior disorder and problematic pornography use. Current Addiction Reports, 8(3), 452-457. doi:10.1007/s40429-021-00383-7

5. Antons, S., & Brand, M. (2020). Inhibitory control and problematic Internet-pornography use – The important balancing role of the insula. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 9(1), 58-70. doi:10.1556/2006.2020.00010

6. Antons, S., Brand, M., & Potenza, M. N. (2020). Neurobiology of cue-reactivity, craving, and inhibitory control in non-substance addictive behaviors. Journal of the Neurological Sciences415116952doi:10.1016/j.jns.2020.116952

7. Antons, S., Müller, S. M., Liebherr, M., & Brand, M. (2020). Gaming disorder: How to translate behavioral neuroscience into public health advances. Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports, 7, 267-277. doi:10.1007/s40473-020-00216-3

8. Antons, S., Trotzke, P., Wegmann, E., & Brand, M. (2019). Interaction of craving and functional coping styles in heterosexual males with varying degrees of unregulated Internet-pornography use. Personality and Individual Differences, 149, 237-243. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2019.05.051

9. Antons, S., Boecker, M., Gauggel, S., Gordi, V., Patel, H. J., Binkofski, F., & Drueke, B. (2019). Strategies of selective changing: Preparatory processes seem to be responsible for differences in complex inhibition. PlosOne, 4(4): e0214652. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0214652

10. Antons, S. & Brand, M. (2018). Trait and state impulsivity in males with tendency towards Internet-pornography-use disorder. Addictive Behaviors, 79, 171-177. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.12.029

11. Starcke, K., Antons, S., Trotzke, P., & Brand, M. (2018). Cue-reactivity in behavioral addictions: A meta-analysis and methodological considerations. Journal of Behavioral Addictions7(2):227-238. doi:10.1556/2006.7.2018.39