Dr. Julia Jünger


Research Interests

  • perception of physical attractiveness
  • menstrual cycle effects and mate preferences
  • neuroendocrinology (estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol)
  • personality psychology/interindividual differences
  • social psychology (in particular judgment and decision-making in Groups, Advice Taking)
  • open science

Current Projects

  • hormonal influences on female mate preferences, behavior and physique across the menstrual cycle
  • 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
  • relationship between personality and voice parameters

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., Freund, D., Rodrigues Pita, S., Jünger, J., & Penke, L. (in press). Further evidence that facial width-to-height ratio and global facial masculinity are not positively associated with testosterone levels. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology.
  • 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.


  • Jones, B. C., DeBruine, L. M., Flake, J. K., […], Jünger, J. […], Chartier, C.R. (2018). Social perception of faces around the world: How well does the valence-dominance model generalize across world regions? (Registered Report Stage 1). Retrieved from psyarxiv.com/n26dy doi: 10.31234/osf.io/n26dy
  • Jünger, J., Gerlach, T.M., & Penke, L. (2018).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. (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).

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