Dr. Julia Stern (Jünger)


Research Interests

  • menstrual cycle effects on mate preferences, motivations and behavior
  • neuroendocrinology (estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol)
  • personality perception (and accuracy) at zero aquaintance
  • personality and social relationships
  • person-situation interactions
  • perception of attractiveness
  • social psychology (in particular judgment and decision-making in Groups, Advice Taking)
  • open science

Current Projects

  • hormonal influences on female mate preferences, competitiveness, personality, clothing style, behavior, physique and romantic relationships across the menstrual cycle
  • relationship between personality, voices and perception
  • hormonal influences on attractiveness
  • comparison of perceived attractiveness and physical strength
  • online diary study about sexual behavior and everyday life
  • self- and other reports of sociosexuality, relationship between sociosexuality and attractiveness

Short CV

  • since 09/2018: Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Goettingen, Department of Biological Personality Psychology (Prof. Dr. Penke)
  • 03/2018: lab visit at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA. Department of Psychology
  • 09/2017 - 10/2017: lab visit at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences
  • 10/2015 - 08/2018 PhD student at the University of Goettingen, Department of Biological Personality Psychology (Prof. Dr. Penke), Member of the Research Training Group 2070 "Understanding social relationships", PhD program "Behavior and Cognition"
  • 10/2013-09/2015 MSc Psychology, University of Goettingen
    MSc thesis: "Multiple Advisors in Judge-Advisor-Systems: How do we use aggregated advices?"
  • 10/2010-09/2013 BSc Psychology, University of Goettingen
    BSc thesis: "Subjective theories on motivation gains by scoring own goals in Soccer"


Peer-Reviewed Publications 

  • Kordsmeyer, T.L., Stern, J., & Penke, L. (in press). 3D anthropometric assessment and perception of male body morphology in relation to physical strength. American Journal of Human Biology. Preprint at osf.io/5fehr
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L., Freund, D., Rodrigues Pita, S., Jünger, J., & Penke, L. (2019). Further evidence that facial width-to-height ratio and global facial masculinity are not positively associated with testosterone levels. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 5, 117-130. Doi: 10.1007/s40750-018-0105-4
  • Jünger, J., Motta-Mena, N. V., Cardenas, R., Bailey, D., Rosenfield, K. A., Schild, C., Penke, L.*, & Puts, D. A.*  (2018). Do women's preferences for masculine voices shift across the ovulatory cycle? Hormones and Behavior, 106, 122-134. Doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2018.10.008
  • Jünger, J., Kordsmeyer, T., Gerlach, T. M., & Penke, L. (2018). Fertile women evaluate male bodies as more attractive, regardless of masculinity. Evolution and Human Behavior39, 412-423. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.03.007

*Lars Penke and David A. Puts share the last authorship.

Peer-Reviewed Registered Reports Stage 1 (Accepted in Principle)

  • Schild, C., Feinberg, D., Puts, D. A., Jünger, J., Fasolt, V., [...], & Jones, B. C. (2019). Are attractive female voices really best characterized by feminine fundamental and formant frequencies? Evolution and Human BehaviorPreprint at: https://psyarxiv.com/3qx4j/
  • Jones, B. C., DeBruine, L. M., Flake, J. K., […], Jünger, J. […], Chartier, C.R. (2018). To which world regions does the valence-dominance model of social perception apply? Nature Human Behavior. Preprint at: psyarxiv.com/n26dy doi: 10.31234/osf.io/n26dy

Book chapters

  • Gerlach, T. M. & Jünger, J. (in press). Ideal partner preferences. In J. J. Ponzetti Jr. (Ed.), Macmillan encyclopedia of families, marriages, and intimate relationships. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference.


  • Stern, J., Schild, C., Arslan, R.C., Jones, B.C., DeBruine, L.M., Hahn, A., Puts, D.A., Zettler, I., Kordsmeyer, T.L., Feinberg, D., Zamfir, D., & Penke, L. (2019). Do voices carry valid information about a speaker's personality? Preprint on Psyarxiv. Retrieved from https://psyarxiv.com/9a68c
  • Jünger, J., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (2019).Probing ovulatory cycle shifts in women’s preferences for men’s behaviors. Retrieved from https://psyarxiv.com/7g3xc. doi: 10.17605/OSF.IO/7G3XC


Professional presentations

  • Jünger, J., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (2019). Hormonal influences on personality perception and mate preferences across women's ovulatory cycle. Talk at the 3rd World Conference on Personality (WCP), Hanoi, VNM, 02.04. - 06.04.2019
  • Jünger, J., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (2018). Verändern sich Partnerwahlpräferenzen über den Menstruationszyklus? Talk at the 51.  congress of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPS), Frankfurt, DE, 17.09. – 20.09.2018
  • Jünger, J., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (2018). Do women’s mate preferences change across the menstrual cycle? Talk at the 19th European Conference on Personality (ECP), Zadar, HR, 17.07. –21.07.2018.
  • Jünger, J., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (2018). Do women’s mate preferences change across the menstrual cycle? Talk at the 30th Conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), Amsterdam, NL, 04.07. –07.07.2018.

  • Jünger, J., & Schultze, T. (2017). The Why and How of Open Science. Talk at the workshop "scientific integrity and the responsible conduct of research" for doctoral students at the German Primate Center (DPZ). (Göttingen, DE, 14.11.2017).
  • Jünger, J., Meier, V.V., Kordsmeyer, T., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (2017). Wer kommt als Sexualpartner in Frage? Die Fähigkeit Soziosexualität einzuschätzen und ihr Zusammenhang mit romantischer Anziehung. Talk at the 14th congress of the Fachgruppe Differential Psychology, Personality Psychology and Psychological Diagnostic (DPPD), (Munich, DE, 04.09.-06.09.2017).
  • Jünger, J., Kordsmeyer, T., & Penke, L. (2017). Menstrual cycle shifts in female mate preferences for male body masculinity: An estrus effect instead of good genes sexual selection?. Talk at the 29th annual conference of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Boise, ID, USA, May 31 - June 3, 2017.
  • Jünger, J., Arslan, R.C., Schilling, K., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (2016). Zykluseffekte auf sexuelle Motivation und Sexualverhalten bei Frauen: Eine große, präregistrierte StudieTalk at the 50th congress of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie (Leipzig, DE, 18.-22.09.2016).

Ad-hoc Reviewer