Matthias Burghart

Independent Research Group Personality, Identity, and Crime
+49 761 7081-250

Main Focus

Matthias Burghart’s research focuses on the relationship between personality factors and antisocial behavior. In the European Research Council funded project KNOW-THYSELF, he investigates how self-knowledge interventions can be used to promote genuine prosocial behavior. His work also aims to improve consensus regarding the definition of self-knowledge using meta-analytical techniques.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Appointments

  • 2024–present:  Postdoctoral researcher, Independent Research Group “Personality, Identity, and Crime”, Department of Criminology, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Freiburg, Germany

Professional Experience

  • 2019–2024: Doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Social Brain Lab, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • 2023: Visiting PhD at the Affective and Criminal Neuroscience Lab, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2019: Student research assistant at the Department of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 2017–2018: Student research assistant at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • 2014–2015: Student research assistant at the Zurich Office of Corrections, Research and Development Unit, Zurich, Switzerland


  • 2019–2024: PhD Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Konstanz, Germany (supervisor: Daniela Mier)
  • 2017–2019: M.Sc. Forensic Psychology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • 2012–2017: B.Sc. Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany


KNOW-THYSELF: Increasing Self-Knowledge to Promote Moral Behavior

The functioning of societies and the quality of social relationships heavily de­pend on moral behaviors such as fair­ness, cooperation, and honesty, whereas immoral behaviors such as exploitation, dishonesty, and fraud come at tremen­dous societal cost. A long-standing issue in the social and… more

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