Ruben Arslan

Now at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Curriculum vitae

2013 – now PhD student in Biological Personality Psychology

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

2017 - now Open Science Ambassador

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.

Research interests and current projects

Effects of paternal age (as an indicator for newly occurring germline mutations) as a predictor of offspring fitness, intelligence, personality.

Online research, longitudinal studies, diary studies, experience sampling using open source software I developed: formr.org

Ovulatory cycle shifts and how hormonal contraception acts on them

Attractiveness of intelligence

Evolutionary quantitative genetics and the mechanisms maintaining human individual differences.

Open Science Collaboration Archival Project. Research on replication rates and methods in psychology (with Roger Giner-Sorolla, Johanna Cohoon, Jon Grahe, & Brian Nosek).

Awards

2016 DGVT development award for Habedank, Lennartz, Arslan, & Ertle (2015), 1500 €.

2015 John B. Carroll Award for Research Methodology for Arslan et al. (2015, ISIR), $500.

2015 Best poster award for Habedank, Lennartz, Arslan, & Ertle (2015), 150 €.

Publications

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

Preprints

Arslan, R., Schilling, K., Gerlach, T., & Penke, L. (2017). Ovulatory changes in sexuality. PsyArXiv. doi:10.17605/OSF.IO/JP2YM

Hill, W. D., Arslan, R. C., Xia, C., Luciano, M., Amador, C., Navarro, P., … Penke, L. (2017). Genomic analysis of family data reveals additional genetic effects on intelligence and personality. bioRxiv. doi:10.1101/106203

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Arslan, R. C., Willführ, K. P., Frans, E., Verweij, K. J. H., Bürkner, P.-C., Myrskylä, M., Almqvist, C., Zietsch, B. P., Penke, L. (in press). 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.2017.1562. Supplementary website

Gerlach, T. M., Arslan, R. C., Schultze, T., Reinhard, S.K., & Penke, L. (in press). Predictive validity and adjustment of ideal partner preferences across the transition into romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. PDF.

Arslan, R. C., von Borell, C. J., Ostner, J., & Penke, L. (in press). 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. PDF.

Hess, U., Arslan, R. C., Mauersberger, H., Blaison, C., Dufner, M., Denissen, J. J. A., & Ziegler, M. (in press). 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/pspp0000078. PDF.

Arslan, R. C., & Penke, L. (2015). Zeroing in on the Genetics of Intelligence. Journal of Intelligence, 3, 41-45. doi:10.3390/jintelligence3020041. PDF.

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/pspp0000025. PDF.

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.0090097. PDF.

Book chapter

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

Software

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.

Professional presentations and posters

Gerlach, T. M., Marske, A., Arslan, R. C., Hannapel, T., Hecker, E. M. & Penke, L. (2015). Wer kommt für mich in Frage? Ein frischer Blick auf gegengeschlechtliche romantische Netzwerke von Frauen. Talk at the 13th Fachgruppentagung Differentielle Psychologie, Persönlichkeitspsychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik (DPPD), Mainz, DE, September 21-23, 2015.

Stopfer, J. M., Arslan, R. C., & Penke, L. (2015). Wirken intelligente Männer anziehend auf Frauen? Talk at the 13th Fachgruppentagung Differentielle Psychologie, Persönlichkeitspsychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik (DPPD), Mainz, DE, September 21-23, 2015.

Penke, L., Arslan, R. C., & Stopfer, J. M. (2015). Male general intelligence (g) does not increase female sexual attraction. Talk at the annual conference of the International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR), Albuquerque, NM, USA, September 18–20, 2015.

Arslan, R.C., Willführ, K.P., Frans, E., Myrskylä, M., Almqvist, C., & Penke, L. Paternal age as an indicator of new mutations: Children of older fathers have lower evolutionary fitness, but not lower intelligence. Talk at the annual conference of the International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR), Albuquerque, NM, USA, September 18–20, 2015.

Habedank, I., Lennartz, S. J., Arslan, R. C., & Ertle, A. Online Training zur Modifikation des Aufmerksamkeitsbias bei Zwangsstörung: eine randomisiert-kontrollierte Studie. Poster presented at the Workshopkongress für klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie. May 13-15, 2015.

Bleidorn, W., Arslan, R. C., Denissen, J. J. A., Rentfrow, P. J., Potter, J., Gosling, S. D. Age and Gender Differences in Self-Esteem: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Talk at the International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS). March 12-14, 2015.

Arslan, R. C., Willführ, K., Frans, E., Almqvist, C. Children of older fathers had lower evolutionary fitness in several historical populations and modern Sweden. Poster presented at The Human Mutation Rate Meeting, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, February 25-27, 2015.

Arslan, R. C., & Penke, L. (2014). Using paternal age to tap the effect of de novo genetic mutations on intelligence. Talk at the 49th congress of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Bochum, DE, September 21-25, 2014.

Arslan, R. C., & Penke, L. (2014). Using paternal age to tap the effect of de novo mutations on fitness, intelligence and personality. Talk at the 17th European Conference of Personality (ECP), Lausanne, CH, July 15-19, 2014.

Penke, L., & Arslan, R. C. (2014). Using paternal age effects to tap the effect of de novo genetic mutations on offspring survival, fertility, and intelligence. Talk at the final symposium of the Courant Research Center Evolution of Social Behavior, Göttingen, June 19-20, 2014.

Arslan, R. C., Willführ, K.P., & Penke, L. Paternal age effects on offspring survival and fertility as indicators of the strength of purifying selection in early Québec and Krummhörn populations. Poster presented at the 10^th^ meeting of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA, Bristol, April 4-9, 2014).

Arslan, R. C. (2013). Using the formr survey framework to conduct longitudinal, diary and experience sampling studies online. Invited talk at the 4^th^ meeting of the Perdev network (Münster, November 15-17, 2013).

Arslan, R. C., Penke, L., Johnson, W., Iacono, W., & McGue, M. (2013). Das Alter des Vaters als Indikator für schädliche Neumutationen im Zusammenhang mit Intelligenz und Persönlichkeit der Kinder [The father’s age as an indicator of deleterious de novo mutations in assocation with intelligence and personality]. Talk at the 12^th^ Fachgruppentagung Diagnostik, Differentielle und Persönlichkeitspsychologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (Greifswald, September 23-25, 2013).

Dufner M., Arslan, R. C., & Denissen J. J. A. (2013). Zeig mir dein Lächeln und ich sag Dir wer Du bist - Elektromyografie als Verfahren zur Erfassung des Affiliationsmotivs [Show me your smile and I’ll tell you who you are – using electromyography to assess the affiliation motive]. Talk at the 12th Fachgruppentagung Diagnostik, Differentielle und Persönlichkeitspsychologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (Greifswald, September 23-25, 2013).

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