Julie Driebe

Research Interests

  • Psychology of mate choice and romantic relationships
  • menstrual cycle effects and mate preferences
  • Attractiveness of intelligence
  • Personality psychology/interindividual differences
  • Online research (psytests.de, formr.org) and open science

Current Projects

  • Predictive validity and change of romantic partner ideals
  • Attractiveness of intelligence
  • Ovulatory cycle shifts and psychological effects of hormonal contraception

Short CV

  • 02/2020 research stay at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
  • since 10/2017 PhD student at the University of Goettingen, Department of Biological Personality Psychology (Prof. Dr. Penke)
  • 10/2015-09/2017 MSc Psychology, University of Goettingen
    MSc thesis: "What interaction partner do single women choose in their fertile phase?"
  • 10/2012-09/2015 BSc Psychology, University of Goettingen
    BSc thesis: "Male intelligence – thin slices and their impact on romantic and sexual attraction: an improved replication"


  • Arslan, R.C., Driebe, J.C., Stern, J., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (in press). The evidence for good genes ovulatory shifts in Arslan et al. (2018) is mixed and uncertain. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Driebe, J.C.*, Sidari, M.J.*, Dufner, M., von der Heiden, J.M., Bürkner, P.C., Penke, L.**, Zietsch, B.P.**, & Arslan, R.C.**, (2021). Intelligence can be detected but is not found attractive. Evolution and Human Behavior. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2021.05.002.

    *Julie Driebe and Morgan Sidari share the first authorship

    **Lars Penke, Brendan Zietsch and Ruben Arslan share the last authorship

  • Arslan, R.C., Reitz, A.K., Driebe, J.C., Gerlach, T.M. & Penke, L. (2021). Routinely randomize potential sources of measurement reactivity to estimate and adjust for biases in subjective reports. Psychological Methods, 26(2), 175–185. https://doi.org/10.1037/met0000294
  • Gerlach, T.M., Driebe, J.C., & Reinhard, S.K. (2018). Personality and romantic relationship satisfaction. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Springer.

Professional presentations

  • Driebe, J.C., Penke, L. & Gerlach, T.M. (2020). Insight Into Long-term Change of Ideal Partner Preferences. Poster presentation at the 21st Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), (New Orleans, USA, 27.02.-29.02.2020).
  • Driebe, J.C., Arslan, R.C., von der Heiden, J.M., & Penke, L. (2019). Attractiveness of Intelligence. Talk at the 15th congress of the Fachgruppe Differential Psychology, Personality Psychology and Psychological Diagnostic (DPPD), (Dresden, DE, 16.09.-18.09.2019).
  • Driebe, J.C., Arslan, R.C., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (2018). Welche Interaktionspartner präferieren Frauen in ihrer fruchtbaren Phase? . Talk at the 51st Congress of the German Psychological Society (DGPs), (Frankfurt, 15.09.-20.09.2018).
  • Driebe, J.C., Arslan, R.C., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (2018). What interaction partner do single women choose in their fertile phase?. Talk at the 19th European Conference on Personality (ECP), (Zadar, HR 17.07.-21.07.2018).
  • Driebe, J.C., Arslan, R.C., Jünger, J., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (2018). Life-history trade-offs across the ovulatory cycle: Cycle shifts predict women's food intake and sexual desire. Talk at the 30th Conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), (Amsterdam, NL, 04.07.-07.07.2018).
  • Driebe, J.C., Arslan, R.C., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (2017). Welche Interaktionspartner präferieren weibliche Singles in der fertilen Phase des Zyklus?. Talk at the 14th Congress of the section Personality Psychology and Psychological Diagnostics (DPPD), (München, 04.09.-06.09.2017).