During past years the 5-HT1A C(-1019)G polymorphism has been associated with vulnerability to depression, anxiety-disorder and personality traits related to negative emotionality (e.g. neuroticism). Many of these studies focused on case-control comparisons or associations between genetic markers and personality traits assessed by the use of questionnaires. In contrast, overt behaviour and physiological measures in experimental paradigms, although very promising, have seldom been the focus of studies investigating the role of the 5-HT1A polymorphism for behaviour and psychopathology. To fill this gap, we examined the relationship between the 5-HT1A C(-1019)G polymorphism and reaction times (in a reward/punishment paradigm) as well as electrodermal activity, as a marker of autonomic arousal, in 123 healthy subjects. This paradigm seems very promising, as sensitivity to punishment in particular, is strongly associated to traits related to negative emotionality. Carriers of the GG genotype, which is related to increased expression of 5-HT1A autoreceptors, exhibited increased reaction times when they were able to win money (reward condition). In direct contrast to the reward condition, these subjects show faster reaction times in the punishment condition (losing money). Moreover, GG carriers are characterized by an enhanced electrodermal activity in all experimental conditions (win, lose and verbal feedback). Finally, the reaction-time pattern mentioned was related to higher scores on negative emotionality as revealed by self-reports. These findings demonstrate for the first time that the 5-HT1A polymorphism is related to personality on the level of a triadic approach including behaviour, physiology and self-reports.