Ruben Arslan

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Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
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Akademischer Steckbrief: 

2017 - jetzt Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Forschungsbereich für Adaptive Rationalität

2017 - jetzt Open Science Ambassador

2013 – 2017 Doktorand in der Biologischen Persönlichkeitspsychologie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

2016 - 2017 Ko-Vorsitzender der Göttingen Open Source and Science Initiative of Psychology

2016 - 2017 Fellow im Programm "Freies Wissen" gefördert von Wikimedia und dem Stifterverband

2015 - 2017 Junior Fellow in der Arbeitsgruppe "Genetic and Social Causes of Life Chances" am ZiF, Bielefeld

2008 - 2013 Diplom in Psychologie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

2008 - 2013 Stipendiat der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

Ausgewählte Literatur: 

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Holzleitner, I. J., Driebe, J. M. C., Arslan, R. C., Hahn, A. C., Lee, A. J., O’Shea, K. J., Gerlach, T. M., Penke, L., Jones, B. C., & DeBruine, L. M. (2019). No evidence that inbreeding avoidance is up-regulated during the ovulatory phase of the menstrual cycle. bioRxiv. doi:10.1101/192054v4

Botzet L., Rohrer, J. M. & Arslan, R. C. (2019). Effects of Birth Order on Intelligence, Educational Attainment, Personality, and Risk Aversion in an Indonesian Sample. PsyArXiv. doi:10.31234/osf.io/5387k

Jünger, J., Schild, C., Arslan, R. C., Puts, D. A., Jones, B. C., DeBruine, L. M., Hahn, A., Zettler, I., Feinberg, D., Kordsmeyer, T. L., & Penke, L. (2019). Do voices carry valid information about a speaker’s personality? PsyArXiv. doi:10.31234/osf.io/9a68c

Habedank, I., Lennartz, S. J., Arslan, R. C., & Ertle, A. (2017). Online attention bias modification for obsessive-compulsive disorder: A randomized controlled trial. PsyArXiv. doi:10.17605/osf.io/u7cve.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Schild, C., Feinberg, D., Puts, D. A., Juenger, J., Fasolt, V., Holzleitner, I., O'Shea, K. J., Lai, R., Arslan, R. C., Hahn, A., Cárdenas, R. A., DeBruine, L. M., & Jones, B. C. (in-principle accepted Stage 1 Registered Report). Are attractive female voices really best characterized by feminine fundamental and formant frequencies? Evolution and Human Behaviour (IF = 3.6). doi:10.31234/osf.io/3qx4j

Arslan, R. C. (in press). How to automatically document data with the codebook package to facilitate data re-use. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. Preprint

Arslan, R. C., Walther, M. P., & Tata, C. S. (2019). formr: A study framework allowing for automated feedback generation and complex longitudinal experience sampling studies using R. Behavior Research Methods. doi:10.3758/s13428-019-01236-y. Website: formr.org

Arslan, R. C., Schilling, K. M., Gerlach, T. M., & Penke, L. (2018). Using 26 thousand diary entries to show ovulatory changes in sexual desire and behaviour. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/pspp0000208Supplementary interactive website.

Hill, W. D.†, Arslan, R. C.†, Xia, C.†, Luciano, M., Amador, C., Navarro, P., … Penke, L. (2018). Genomic analysis of family data reveals additional genetic effects on intelligence and personality. Molecular Psychiatry. doi:10.1038/s41380-017-0005-1Supplementary website.
† contributed equally

Dufner, M., Arslan, R. C., & Denissen, J. J. A. (2017). The unconscious side of Facebook: Do online social network profiles leak cues to users’ implicit motive dispositions? Motivation and Emotion. doi:10.1007/s11031-017-9663-1Supplementary website

Arslan, R. C., Willführ, K. P., Frans, E., Verweij, K. J. H., Bürkner, P.-C., Myrskylä, M., Almqvist, C., Zietsch, B. P., Penke, L. (2017). Older fathers’ children have lower evolutionary fitness across four centuries and in four populations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 20171562. doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.1562Supplementary website

Gerlach, T. M., Arslan, R. C., Schultze, T., Reinhard, S.K., & Penke, L. (2017). Predictive validity and adjustment of ideal partner preferences across the transition into romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi:10.1037/pspp0000170PDF.

Arslan, R. C., von Borell, C. J., Ostner, J., & Penke, L. (2017). Negative results are needed to show the specific value of a cultural explanation for g: A commentary on Burkart et al. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. doi:10.1017/S0140525X16001588 PDF.

Hess, U., Arslan, R. C., Mauersberger, H., Blaison, C., Dufner, M., Denissen, J. J. A., & Ziegler, M. (2016). Reliability of surface facial electromyography. Psychophysiology. doi:10.1111/psyp.12676 PDF.

Bleidorn, W., Arslan, R. C., Denissen, J. J. A., Rentfrow, P. J., Gebauer, J. E., Potter, J., & Gosling, S. D. (2015). Age and Gender Differences in Self-Esteem—A Cross-Cultural Window. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi:10.1037/pspp0000078PDF.

Arslan, R. C., & Penke, L. (2015). Zeroing in on the Genetics of Intelligence. Journal of Intelligence, 3, 41-45. doi:10.3390/jintelligence3020041PDF.

Dufner, M., Arslan, R. C., Hagemeyer, B., Schönbrodt, F. D., & Denissen, J. J. A. (2015). Affective contingencies in the affiliative domain: Physiological assessment, associations with the affiliation motive, and prediction of behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 109, 662–676. doi:10.1037/pspp0000025PDF.

Arslan, R. C., Penke, L., Johnson, W., Iacono, W. G., & McGue, M. (2014). The effect of paternal age on offspring intelligence and personality when controlling for parental trait levels. PLoS ONE, 9, e90097.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090097PDF.


Arslan, R. C. (2017). Secular changes in sexual and natural selection against deleterious genetic mutations in humans. PDF

Book chapter

Arslan, R. C. & Penke, L. (2015). Evolutionary Genetics. In D. M. Buss (Ed.), Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, 2nd edition. New York: Wiley. PDF.


Arslan, R. C., & Tata, C. S. (2016). formr.org survey software. doi:10.5281/zenodo.32986
An open source online research software, that allows for designing and automating diary studies, mobile experience sampling, longitudinal studies and complex graphical feedback using R.

Arslan, R. C. (2016). formr R package. doi:10.5281/zenodo.46568
An open source R package with miscellaneous functions. It simplifies data wrangling and automates codebook generation for complex studies. Contains useful shorthands for analysing missings, examining multi-trait multi-method results graphically and text messaging in R.

Arslan, R. C. (2014). attention bias modification training. doi:10.5281/zenodo.33336
Java Script Dot Probe Task. An open source and online version of the classical reaction time task, used in an online therapy randomised controlled trial against obsessive compulsive disorder.

Arslan, R. C., & Simon, L. (2013). archivalproject.org collaborative meta-analysis website. doi:10.5281/zenodo.46633
An open source platform for the collaborative collection of archival data on scientific research, to determine the current replication rate and methodological aspects of studies via crowd-sourcing

Arslan, R. C. (2007). brainfunnel.com vocabulary trainer.
A free online vocabulary trainer and spaced repetition assistant, supports gap texts and bird voices. Not yet open source for lack of time.