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Advances in Biology
Volume 2014, Article ID 719723, 15 pages
Review Article

The Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor and Personality

1Department of Psychology, University of Bonn, Kaiser-Karl-Ring 9, D-53111 Bonn, Germany
2Center for Economics & Neuroscience, University of Bonn, Germany

Received 5 December 2013; Revised 14 February 2014; Accepted 14 February 2014; Published 27 March 2014

Academic Editor: Allan V. Kalueff

Copyright © 2014 Christian Montag. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The study of the biological basis of personality is a timely research endeavor, with the aim of deepening our understanding of human nature. In recent years, a growing body of research has investigated the role of the brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the context of individual differences across human beings, with a focus on personality traits. A large number of different approaches have been chosen to illuminate the role of BDNF for personality, ranging from the measurement of BDNF in the serum/plasma to molecular genetics to (genetic) brain imaging. The present review provides the reader with an overview of the current state of affairs in the context of BDNF and personality.