About me


I am professor of differential psychology at the University of Graz. I am researching individual differences in human behavior, with a focus on human abilities like intelligence, creativity, practical,


emotional and social intelligences but also more specific competencies like leadership styles, specific competence profiles of apprentices etc.

In my research I want to learn, what causes these individual differences in human talents (by using also neuroscience methods). In addition, from a practical viewpoint, I want to study how human talents on one side interact with each other (e.g. intelligence and creativity) and on the other interact with personality traits like the big five (e.g. conscientiousness) and professional interests in producing outcomes like professional satisfaction and success.

In addition to my scientific work I always considered science-to-public very important. I have published two books on Intelligence (with Elsbeth Stern); my new book on the ‘blind spot’ in the self-perception of abilities  appeared in spring 2018. In addition to > 100 articles, interviews, commentaries etc. in the media, I have presented my work in many public talks, keynote lectures, workshops etc. Over more than a decade I have served as a scientific counselor to a talent development program in the province of Lower Austria.

Personally I have at heart the development of psychology as a field, which is why I served as president of two international societies (ISSID, ISIR) and as president of the Austrian Society of Psychology (ÖGP).

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about my work

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Ausbildung | Education
1994 Venia Docendi für Psychologie, Titel der Habilitationsschrift: „Intelligenz und Geschwindigkeit der Informationsverarbeitung“ (Intelligence and speed of information processing)
1986 Graduation Dr. phil., Universität Graz, Österreich
1980-1986 Studium der Psychologie und Soziologie, Universität Graz, Österreich
Professioneller Werdegang | Professional Career
Präsident der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (ÖGP)
2014-2015 Präsident der International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR)
seit 2009 Vorsitzender des Fakultätsgremiums der Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät
2008-2010 Präsident der International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID)
2007-2009 Vorstand des Instituts für Psychologie, Universität Graz
2001-2004 Vorsitzender der Curricula-Kommission Psychologie, Universität Graz
1999-2001 Vizestudiendekan der Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät, Universität Graz
seit 1998 Universitätsprofessor für Differentielle Psychologie am Institut für Psychologie, Universität Graz, Österreich
1997 Titel: ao. Univ.-Prof.
1995-1996 Lehrstuhlvertreter für Differentielle Psychologie, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt/Main, Deutschland
1995-1998 Assistenz-Professor am Institut für Psychologie, Universität Graz, Österreich
1987-1995 Assistent am Institut für Psychologie, Universität Graz, Österreich
1986-1987 Zivildienst im Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit, Wien, Österreich
1984-1986 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Psychologie, Universität Graz, Österreich

Auszeichnungen | Honors
  • Lifetime Achievement Award der International Society of Intelligence Research (ISIR)
  • Präsident der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (Austrian Association of Psychology, ÖGP, 2016-2020)
  • President der International Society of Intelligence Research (ISIR, 2014)
  • President der International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID, 2008-2010)
  • Neubauer, A.C. (2016, Februar). „Creativity – how to find it and how to foster it“. Eingeladene Keynote-Lecture at the 15th International Conference of ECHA, ‚Talents in Motion‘, Vienna.
  • Neubauer, A.C. (2011, Juli). „Where in the brain is creativity? Looking down on divergent thinking“. Presidential address auf der ISSID Conference, London.
  • Neubauer, A.C. (2010, Juli). „Where in the Brain is Intelligence?“ Keynote lecture auf der 15th European Conference on Personality, Brno, Tschechische Republik.
  • Neubauer, A.C. (2007, Mai). „Human intelligence, creativity and other ability constructs – from a neuroscience perspective.“ Invited Keynote lecture auf der 9th European Conference on Psychological Assessment, Thessaloniki, Griechenland.
  • Neubauer, A.C. (2005, December). Neuroscientific explorations of human intelligence and related constructs. Invited keynote address at the 6th Annual conference of the International Society of Intelligence Research (ISIR). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
  • Neubauer, A.C. (2002, October). „The Psychobiology of Human Intelligence.“ Invited Keynote Lecture auf der 6th Alpe Adria Conference of Psychology. Rovereto (Trento),
  • William Stern Award 1997 for herausragende Leistungen im Feld der Differentiellen Psychologie, vergeben von der „Fachgruppe Differentielle Psychologie, Persönlichkeitspsychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik“der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychology.

Funktionen bei wissenschaftlichen Fachzeitschriften | Functions at Scientific Journals

Professionelle Zugehörigkeiten | Society Member of

Ad-hoc Reviews

Science – Molecular Psychiatry – Journal of Neuroscience – Neuroimage – Brain, Structure and Function – Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience – Psychology Science – Psychophysiology – Developmental Psychology – Brain and Cognition – Brain Research – PLOS One – Learning and Individual Differences – Intelligence – European Journal of Psychological Assessment – European Journal of Personality – Neuroscience Letters – International Journal of Psychophysiology – Personality and Individual Differences – Mind, Brain and Education, Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie – Journal of Individual Differences – Diagnostica – International Journal of Testing – Swiss Journal of Psychology – High Ability Studies – International Journal on Mathematics Education – Horizons of Psychology – Zeitschrift für Differentielle und Diagnostische Psychologie – Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie – ÖGP – BMUKK – Schweizer Nationalfond – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – Cambridge University Press – Human Brain Mapping – Neural Plasticity – Mensa Foundation

Projekte in angewandten Bereichen der Psychologie | Projects of Applied Psychology
  • Scientific counselor for Talent & Giftedness Development in the province of Lower Austria
  • Scientific supervision of the „Talente-Check“, an action of the federal government of Niederösterreich to provide a scientifically based test instrument for 13 to 15 year old attendants of secondary schools.
  • Project „Assessment of leadership potential“: cooperation with Magna-Steyr (Dr. Armin Kreuzthaler), cross-sectional assessment and longitudinal study of leadership potential.
  • Project „Personell selection in insurance companies“. Psychologically based selection of employees in inscurance companies
  • Project „Neurovation“: Development of neuroscientifically based techniques for promoting motivation and creativity in applied economic contexts. Cooperation with Innovation Service Network.