Ruben Arslan

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Postdoctoral Fellow
+49 30 82406-247
arslan [at] mpib-berlin [dot] mpg [dot] de

Short CV: 

2017 - now Post-Doc at the Center for Adaptive Rationality

2017 - now Open Science Ambassador

2013 – 2017 PhD student in Biological Personality Psychology, University of Goettingen

2016 - 2017 Co-chair of the Göttingen Open Source and Science Initiative of Psychology

2016 - 2017 Fellow in the program "Free Knowledge" by Wikimedia and the Stifterverband

2015 - 2017 Junior Fellow in the research group "Genetic and Social Causes of Life Chances" at the ZiF, Bielefeld

2008 - 2013 diploma in psychology, Humboldt University Berlin

2008 - 2013 scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation.

Selected Literature: 

See Impactstory for media, blog reception, Google Scholar for citations.


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

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 (IF = 4.7). Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/pspp0000208. Supplementary 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/s41380-017-0005-1. Supplementary interactive 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/s11031-017-9663-1. Supplementary interactive plot.

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 interactive 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. Interactive map, interactive moderator plot.

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.