Quirin, M., Loktyushin, A., Küstermann, E., & Kuhl, J. (2022). The achievement motive in the brain: BOLD responses to pictures of challenging activities predicted by implicit versus explicit achievement motives. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 845910.
Quirin, M. & Kuhl, J. (2022). The concert of personality: Explaining personality functioning and coherence by personality systems interactions. European Journal of Personality, 36, 274-292.
Quirin, M., Kerber, A., Küstermann, E., Radtke, E. L., Kazén, M., Konrad, K., Baumann, N., Ryan, R. M., Ennis, M., & Kuhl, J. (2022). Not the master of your volitional mind? The roles of the right medial prefrontal cortex and personality traits in unconscious introjections versus self-chosen goals. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 740925.
Malekzad, F., Jais, M., Zyberaj, J., Hernandez, G., Kehr, H. M., & Quirin, M. (2022). Not self-aware? Psychological antecedents and consequences of alienating from one’s actual motives, emotions, and goals. Theory & Psychology.
Kaufmann, M., Quirin, M., & Baumann, N. (2022). Blaming others: Individual differences in self-projection. Personality and Individual Differences, 196, 111721.
Bakaç, C., Chen, Y., Zyberaj, J., Kehr, H. M., & Quirin, M. (2022). Perceived intrinsic motivation mediates the effect of motive incongruence on job burnout and job satisfaction. The Journal of Psychology, 156, 12-32.


Jais, M., Bakaç, C., Kehr, H. M., Baumann, N. & Quirin, M. (2021). Misattribution of duties as free choices: The role of emotional awareness in self-infiltration. Acta Psychologica, 220, 103401.
Düsing, R., Radtke, E. L., Kuhl, J., Konrad, C., Vandekerckhove, M., & Quirin, M. (2021). Emotion regulation ability compensates for the depression-related negativity bias. Acta Psychologica, 220, 103414.
Quirin, M., Malekzad, F., Kazén, M., Luckey, U., & Kehr, H. (2021). Existential Threat: Uncovering implicit affect in response to terror reminders in soldiers. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 585854.
Quirin, M., Jais, M., Di Domenico, S. I., Kuhl, J., & Ryan, R. M. (2021). Corrigendum: Effortless willpower? The integrative self and self-determined goal pursuit. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 684433.
Schönbrodt, F. D., Hagemeyer, B., Brandstätter, V., Czikmantori, T., Gröpel, P., Hennecke, M., Israel, L. S. F., Janson, K., Kemper, N., Köllner, M., Kopp, P. M., Mojzisch, A., Müller-Hotop, R., Prüfer, J., Quirin, M., Scheidemann, B., Schiestel, L., Schulz-Hardt, S., Sust, L., Zygar-Hoffmann, C., & Schultheiss, O. C. (2021). Measuring implicit motives with the Picture Story Exercise (PSE): Databases of expert-coded German stories, pictures, and updated picture norms. Journal of Personality Assessment, 103, 392–405.
Haehl, W., Mirifar, A., Quirin, M., & Beckmann, J. (2021). Differentiating reactivity and regulation: Evidence for a role of prefrontal asymmetry in affect regulation. Biological Psychology, 162, 108107.
Quirin, M., Jais, M., Di Domenico, S. I., Kuhl, J., & Ryan, R. M. (2021). Effortless Willpower? The Integrative Self and Self-Determined Goal Pursuit. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 658.
Malekzad, F., Jais, M., Hernandez, G., Kehr, H. M., & Quirin, M . (2021). Authentic self-awareness of needs, emotions, and goals: Assessment and relevance for human flourishing. Theory and Psychology.
Weil, A. S., Günther, V. Schmidt, F. M., Kersting, A., Quirin, M ., & Suslow, T. (2021). Criterion validity of the Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test: Prediction of facial affect perception. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 635368.
Kuhl, J., Quirin, M . & Koole, S. L. (2021). The functional architecture of human motivation: Personality systems interactions theory. Advances in Motivation Science, 8, 1-62.
Tops, M., IJzerman, H., & Quirin, M . & (2021). Personality dynamics in the brain: Individual differences in updating of representations and their phylogenetic roots. The Handbook of Personality Dynamics and Processes, 6, 125-154.


Jonas, E., Moser, A., & Quirin, M. (2020). Erster Eindruck oder sechster Sinn? Supervision und Coaching im Spannungsfeld zwischen Intuition und Reflexion. Organisationsberatung, Supervision, Coaching, 27, 439–454.
Quirin, M., Robinson, M. D., Rauthmann, J. F., Kuhl, J., Read, S. J., Tops, M., DeYoung, C. G. (2020). The dynamics of personality approach (DPA): 20 tenets for uncovering the causal mechanisms of personality. European Journal of Personality, 34, 947-968.
Radtke, E. L., Düsing, R., Kuhl, J., Tops, M., & Quirin, M., (2020). Personality, stress, and intuition: Emotion regulation abilities moderate the effect of stress-dependent cortisol increase on coherence judgments. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 339.
Vandekerckhove, M., Vogels, C., Berens, A., Wang, Y., Braet, C., Quirin, M., & De Mey, J. (2020). Alterations in the fronto-limbic network and corpus callosum in borderline-personality disorder. Brain and Cognition, 138, 103596.
Hernández, G. P., Edo, S., Quirin, M., & Rovira, T. (2020). A brief version of the Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test (IPANAT-18). Psychologica Belgica, 60, 315.
Hernández, G. P., Rovira, T., Quirin, M., & Edo, S. (2020). A Spanish adaptation of the Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test (IPANAT). Psicothema, 32, 268–274.


Gröpel, P., Urner, M., Pruessner, J. C., & Quirin, M. (2019). Do endurance-trained, resistance-trained, and untrained individuals differ in adrenal and cardiovascular reactivity to psychosocial stress? Frontiers in Psychology.
Quirin, M., Tops, M., & Kuhl, J. (2019). Autonomous motivation, internalization, and the self: A functional approach of iteracting neuropsychological systems (pp. 393-413). In R. M. Ryan (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of human motivation. New York, USA: Oxford University Press.
Suslow, T., Bodenschatz, C. M., Kersting, A., Quirin, M., & Guenther, V. (2019). Implicit affectivity in clinically depressed patients during acute illness and recovery. BCM Psychiatry, 19, 376.
Van der Ploeg, M., Brosschot, J. F., Quirin, M., Lane, R. D., & Verkuil, B. (2019). Inducing unconscious stress subliminal anger and relax primes show similar cardiovascular activity patterns. Journal of Psychophysiology. Advance online publication.
Weil, A., Hernandez, G.P., Suslow, T. & Quirin, M. (2019). Implicit Affect and autonomous nervous system reactivity: A review of research with the Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test. Frontiers in Psychology.
Quirin, M., Klackl, J., & Jonas, E. (2019). Existential neuroscience: A brain model of death awareness and its defense. In C. Routledge, & M. Vess (Eds.), The handbook of terror management theory (pp. 347-367). Elsevier.


Bodenschatz, C. M., Skopinceva, M., Kersting, A., Quirin, M., & Suslow, T. (2018). Implicit negative affect predicts attention to sad faces beyond self-reported depressive symptoms in healthy individuals: An eye-tracking study. Psychiatry Research, 265, 48–54.
Quirin, M. & Kuhl, J. (2018). Sensing the Self: The Self-Access Form (SAF) and its relationship with adaptive personality functioning and health. Journal of Individual Differences, 39, 1-17.
Vandekerckhove, M., Van Hecke, W., Quirin, M., & De Mey, J. (2018). Neural pathways in ‘emotional approach’ as experiential emotion regulation strategy. Behavioural Brain Research. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2018.01.001
Quirin, M. Wróbel, M., Pala, A. N., Stieger, S., Shanchuan, D., Hicks, J. A., Mitina, O., Brosschot, J., Kazén, M., Lasauskaite-Schüpbach, R., Silvestrini, N., Steca, P., Padun, M. A. & Kuhl, J. (2018). A cross-cultural validation of the Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test (IPANAT): Results from ten nations across three continents. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 34, 52–63.


Dukalski, B., Quirin, M.., Kersting, A., Suslow, T., & Donges, U. S. (2017). Implicit affectivity in patients with borderline personality disorder. Rivista di Psichiatria, 52, 83–89.
Quirin, M., Fröhlich, S., & Kuhl, J. (2017). Implicit Self and Right Hemisphere: Increasing Implicit Self-Esteem and Implicit Positive Affect by Left Hand Contractions. European Journal of Social Psychology.
Tops, M., Quirin, M., Boksem. M. A. S. & Koole, S. L. (2017). Large-scale brain networks of reactive versus predictive control: Hemisphere laterality and endocrinology of emotion, motivation, and coping. International Journal of Psychophysiology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2017.02.004


Van Randenborgh, A., Quirin, M., Pawelzik, M., & Kuhl, J. (2016). Bad Roots to Grow: Deficient Implicit Self-Esteem in Chronic Depression with an Early Onset. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72, 580–590.
Düsing, R., Tops, M., Kuhl, J., Koole, S., & Quirin, M. (2016). Relative Frontal Brain Asymmetry and Cortisol Release After Social Stress: The Role of Action Orientation. Biological Psychology, 115, 86–93.
Schomberg, J., Schöne, B., Gruber, T., & Quirin, M. (2016). Emotion and hypervigilance: Negative affect predicts increased P1 responses to non-negative pictorial stimuli. Experimental Brain Research, 234, 1395–1402.
Quirin, M., Wróbel, M., Pala, A. N., Stieger, S., Shanchuan, D., Hicks, J. A., Mitina, O., Brosschot J., Kazén, M., Lasauskaite-Schüpbach, R., Silvestrini, N., Steca, P., & Padun, M. A. (2016). A cross-cultural validation of the Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test (IPANAT): Results from ten nations across three continents. European Journal of Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000315
Schöne, B., Schomberg, J., Gruber, T., & Quirin, M. (2016). Event-related frontal alpha asymmetries: Electrophysiological correlates of approach motivation. Experimental Brain Research, 234, 559–567.


Suslow, T., Ihme, K., Quirin, M., Lichev, V., Rosenberg, N., Bauer, J., Bomberg, L., Kersting, A., Hoffmann, K-T., Lobsien, D. (2015). Implicit affectivity and rapid processing of affective body language: An fMRI study. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 56, 545-552.
Tops, M., Düsing, R., & Quirin, M. (2015). Intranasal oxytocin administration engenders blocked vasopressin homeostatic responses but no salivary vasopressin increases. Peptides, 74, 70–71.
Quirin, M., Boksem, M. A. S., Kent, M., & Tops, M. (2015). Integration of negative experiences: A neuropsychological framework for resilience. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, 116–118.
Kuhl, J., Quirin, M., & Koole, S. L. (2015). Being someone: The Integrated Self as a neuropsychological system. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9, 115–132.


Quirin, M., Carter, C. S., Bode, R. C., Düsing, R., Radtke, E. L., & Tops, M. (2014). The role of oxytocin and alexithymia in the therapeutic process: a comment on Lane, Ryan, Nadel, and Greenberg (2014). Memory reconsolidation, emotional arousal and the process of change in psychotherapy: New insights from brain science. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01074
Lichev, V., Sacher, J., Ihme, K., Rosenberg, N., Quirin, M., Lepsien, J., Pampel, A., Rufer, M., Grabe, H.-J., Kugel, H., Kersting, A., Villringer, A., Lane, R. D., & Suslow, T. (2014). Automatic emotion processing as a function of trait emotional awareness and alexithymia: An fMRI study. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 680-689.
Brosschot, J. F., Geurts, S. A. E., Kruizinga, I., Radstaak, M., Verkuil, B., Quirin, M. & Kompier, M. A. J. (2014). Does unconscious stress play a role in cardiovascular recovery? Stress and Health, 30, 179-187.
Quirin, M., Kuhl, J., Luckey, U., Pyszczynski, T. A., & Bode, R. (2014). Profound versus superficial coping with mortality threats: Action orientation moderates implicit but not explicit outgroup prejudice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40.
Kazén, M., Kuhl, J., & Quirin, M. (2014). Personality interacts with implicit affect to predict performance in analytic vs. holistic processing. Journal of Personality, 83, 251–261.
Tops, M., Boksem, M. A. S., Quirin, M., IJzerman, H. & Koole, S. (2014). Internally-directed cognition and mindfulness: An integrative perspective derived from reactive versus predictive control systems theory. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 429.
Jonas, E., McGregor, I., Klackl, J., Agroskin, D., Fritsche, I., Holbrook, C., Nash, K., Proulx, T., & Quirin, M. (2014). Threat and defense: From anxiety to approach. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology. In J. M. Olson & M. P. Zanna (Eds.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (Vol. 49, pp. 219–286). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
Kuhl, J., Kazén, M., & Quirin, M.La teoría de la Interacción de Sistemas de la Personalidad (PSI) [The personality systems interaction theory (PSI)]. Revista Mexicana de Psicología.


Samur, D., Tops, M., Schlinkert, C., Quirin, M., Cuijpers, P., Koole, S. (2013). Four decades of research on alexithymia: Moving towards clinical applications. Frontiers in Cognition. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00861.
Quirin, M., Gruber, T., Kuhl, J., & Düsing, R. (2013). Is love right? Prefrontal resting brain asymmetry is related to the affiliation motive. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00902.
Quirin, M., & Bode, R. C. (2013). An alternative to self-reports of trait and state affect: The Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test (IPANAT). European Journal of Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000190.
Kuhr, B., Schomberg, J., Gruber, T., & Quirin, M. (2013). Beyond pleasure and arousal: appetitive erotic stimuli modulate electrophysiological brain correlates of early attentional processing. NeuroReport, 24, 246–250.
Quirin, M., Düsing, R., & Kuhl, J. (2013). Implicit affiliation motive predicts intuitive processing. Journal of Individual Differences, 34, 24-31.
Quirin, M., Meyer, F., Heise, N., Kuhl, J., Küstermann, E., Strüber, D., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2013). Neural correlates of social motives: An fMRI study on power versus affiliation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88, 289-295.


Kazén, M., Künne, T., Frankenberg, H., & Quirin, M. (2012). Inverse relation between cortisol and anger and their relation to performance and explicit memory. Biological Psychology, 91, 28–35.
Quirin, M., & Lane, R. D. (2012). The construction of emotional experience requires the integration of implicit and explicit emotional processes. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 159-160.


Kuhl, J., & Quirin, M. (2011).Seven steps toward freedom and two ways to lose it: Overcoming limitations of intentionality through self-confrontational coping with stress. Social Psychology, 42, 74–84.
Quirin, M., Bode, R. C., & Kuhl, J. (2011). Recovering from negative events by boosting implicit positive affect. Cognition & Emotion.
Quirin, M., Kuhl, J. & Düsing, R. (2011). Oxytocin buffers cortisol responses to stress in individuals with impaired emotion regulation abilities. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36, 898-904.
Quirin, M., Hertzberg, J., Kuhl, J., & Stephan, A. (2011). Could positive affect help engineer robot control systems? Cognitive Processing, 12, 375-378.
Quirin, M., Loktyushin, A., Arndt, J., Küstermann, E., Lo, Y.-Y., Kuhl, J., & Eggert, L. D. (2011). Existential neuroscience: A functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation of neural responses to reminders of one’s mortality. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 25, 559-570.
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until 2010

Quirin, M., Gillath, O., Pruessner, J. C., & Eggert, L. D. (2010). Adult attachment insecurity and hippocampal cell density. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 5, 39-47.
Quirin, M., Baumann, N., Kazén, M., Kuhl, J. & Koole, S. L. (2009). You can't always remember what you want: The role of cortisol in self-ascription of assigned goals. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 1026–1032.
Quirin, M., Beckenkamp, M., & Kuhl, J. (2009). Giving or taking: The role of dispositional power motivation and positive affect in profit maximization. Mind and Society, 8, 109-126.
Quirin, M., Kazén, M., & Kuhl, J. (2009). When nonsense sounds happy or helpless: The Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test (IPANAT). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 500-516.
Quirin, M., Kazén, M., Rohrmann, S., & Kuhl, J. (2009). Implicit but not explicit affectivity predicts circadian and reactive cortisol: Using the Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test. Journal of Personality, 77, 401-425.
Quirin, M., Kazén, M., & Kuhl, J. (2009). Circumventing self-reflection when measuring emotions: The Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test (IPANAT). In L. B. Palcroft & M. V. Lopez (Eds.), Personality assessment: New research. New York, NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers: Inc.
Quirin, M., & Kuhl, J. (2009). Theorie der Persönlichkeits-System-Interaktionen [Theory of Personality Systems Interactions (PSI)].In V. Brandstätter-Morawietz & J. H. Otto (Eds.), Handbuch der Allgemeinen Psychologie: Motivation und Emotion (pp. 157-162). Goettingen, Germany: Hogrefe.
Quirin, M., & Kuhl, J. (2009). Handlungskontrolltheorie [Theory of Action Control].In V. Brandstätter-Morawietz & J. H. Otto (Eds.), Handbuch der Allgemeinen Psychologie: Motivation und Emotion (pp. 163-173). Goettingen, Germany: Hogrefe.
Rohrmann, S., Hopp, H., & Quirin, M. (2008). Gender differences in psychophysiological responses to disgust. Journal of Psychophysiology, 22, 65-75.
Quirin, M., & Kuhl, J. (2008). Positive Affect, Self-Access, and Health: Research Based on PSI Theory. Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie, 16, 139-142.
Quirin, M., Pruessner, J. C., & Kuhl, J. (2008). HPA system regulation and adult attachment anxiety: Individual differences in reactive and awakening cortisol. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 33, 581-590.