Prof. Dr. Matthias Brand

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

University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg Campus
Forsthausweg 2
47057 Duisburg

Phone: +49 203 379 - 2541

E-Mail: matthias.brand[at] 

Office hours: by appointment - register for an appointment with Cordula Yallaho
Room: LE 235

List of Publications

Google Scholar Profile

Scientific Degrees


Habilitation in Psychology,
University of Bielefeld, Germany.
Habilitation thesis: Frontal lobe functions and dysfunctions: The role of the prefrontal cortex in memory, emotion and decision-making in neurological and psychiatric patients.


Dr. rer. nat.,
University of Bielefeld, Germany.
Doctoral thesis: Cognitive estimation in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and Wernicke-Korsakoff’s patients.

1999 Diploma in Psychology,
University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.

Professional Career

since 2020 Spokesperson of the DFG Research Unit FOR2974 Affective and Cognitive Mechanisms of Specific Internet Use Disorders (ACSID) 
since 2015 Head of the Center for Behavioral Addiction Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
since 2009 Full Professor of General Psychology: Cognition, University of Duisburg-Essen,Germany
since 2009 Director of the Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Essen, Germany.
2007 - 2009 Associate Professor (Akademischer Oberrat) University of Bielefeld, Germany.
2006 - 2007 Deputy for the position of a Full Professor of Physiological Psychology, University of Bielefeld (deputy of Prof. Dr. Hans J. Markowitsch), Germany.
2004 Visiting scholar at the Department of Neurology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA (Prof. Antonio Damasio, Prof. Antoine Bechara, scholarship from the Gustav-Lienert Foundation).
2001 - 2007 Assistant Professor, University of Bielefeld, Germany.
2000 - 2001 Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Department of Neuropsychology, Cologne.
1999 - 2000 Research and Teaching Assistant with Prof. Dr. Hans J. Markowitsch, Physiological Psychology, University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Selected Awards / Editorships / Scientific Functions / etc.

Since 2018                  Member des Editorial Boards von “Addictive Behaviors”.
Since 2017 Member for Germany in the Management Committee of the COST (Collaboration in Science and Technology) Action “European Network for Problematic Usage of the Internet”.
Since 2017 Board Member der “International Society for the Study of Behavioral Addictions (ISSBA)”.
Since 2017 Associate Editor “Journal of Behavioral Addictions”.
2017 Award “Article of the year in Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity”.
2016 Member of expert group on preventive measures with respect to Internet-related Disorders on behalf of the Drug Commissioner of the Federal Government of Germany.
2014 Call for W3-Professorship for “Biological/Physiological Psychology” at the University of Bielefeld, Germany (rejected).
2010 Award “Most cited Article 2006 – 2010 in Neural Networks”.

Selected publications

1. Brand, M. (2022). Can internet use become addictive? Science, 376, 798-799. 
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2. Brand, M., Wegmann, E., Stark, R., Müller, A., Wölfling, K., Robbins, T.W. & Potenza, M.N. (2019). The Interaction of Person-Affect-Cognition-Execution (I-PACE) model for addictive behaviors: Update, generalization to addictive behaviors beyond Internet-use disorders, and specification of the process character of addictive behaviors. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 104, 1-10. 

3. Potenza, M. N., Higuchi, S., & Brand, M. (2018). Call for research into a wider range of behavioural addictions. Nature, 555, 30. 

4. Starcke, K., Antons, S., Trotzke, P. & Brand, M. (2018). Cue-reactivity in behavioral addictions: A meta-analysis and methodological considerations. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7, 227- 238. 

5. Brand, M., Snagowski, J., Laier, C., & Maderwald, S. (2016). Ventral striatum activity when watching preferred pornographic pictures is correlated with symptoms of Internet pornography addiction. NeuroImage, 129, 224-232. 

6. Brand, M., Young, K.S., Laier, C., Wölfling, K., & Potenza, M.N. (2016). Integrating psychological and neurobiological considerations regarding the development and maintenance of specific Internet-use disorders: An Interaction of Person-Affect-Cognition-Execution (I-PACE) model. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 71, 252-266. 

7. Starcke, K. & Brand, M. (2016). Effects of stress on decisions under uncertainty: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 142, 909-933.

8. Snagowski, J., Wegmann, E., Pekal, J., Laier, C., & Brand, M. (2015). Implicit associations in cybersex addiction: Adaption of an Implicit Association Test with pornographic pictures. Addictive Behaviors, 49, 7-12.

9. Grabenhorst, F., Schulte, F.P., Maderwald, S., & Brand, M. (2013). Food labels promote healthy choices by a decision bias in the amygdala. NeuroImage, 74, 152-163. 

10. Starcke, K. & Brand, M. (2012). Stress and decision making: A selective review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 36, 1228-1248.