Prof. Dr. Lars Penke

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Research interests

  • Evolutionary significance of individual differences, esp. in general intelligence and personality traits
  • Social endocrinology
  • Links of somatometric measures of the body and face with psychological traits
  • Evolutionary psychology of mate choice, romantic relationships and sexuality, esp. using speed dating as a research design
  • Neurostructural indicators of intelligence and cognitive ageing, esp. associations with white matter integrity
  • Behaviour genetics
  • Life history theory
  • Online research

 

Current research projects

  • Online diary studies of female sexuality
  • Testosterone and intraindividual personality variability
  • Predictive validity of romantic partner ideals
  • Is general intelligence (g) an evolved fitness indicator?
  • Hormonal effects on social perception
  • Paternal age and fitness
  • Associations of 3D face and body measures with psychological differences
  • Berlin Speed Dating Study (BSDS)
  • Online research (PSYTESTS)

 

Representative puplications

  • Pietschnig, J., Penke, L., Wicherts, J. M., Zeiler, M., & Voracek, M. (in press). Meta-analysis of associations between human brain volume and intelligence differences: How strong are they and what do they mean? Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.
  • Penke, L., & Jokela, M. (2016). The evolutionary genetics of personality revisited. Current Opinion in Psychology, 7, 104-109.
  • Arslan, R. C., & Penke, L. (2015). Zeroing in on the genetics of intelligence. Journal of Intelligence, 3, 41-45.
  • Arslan, R. C. & Penke, L. (2015). Evolutionary genetics. In D. M. Buss (Ed.): Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology Vol. 2: Integrations (2nd ed.) (pp. 1047-1066). New York: Wiley.
  • Marioni, R. E., Penke, L., Davies, G., Huffman, J. E., Hayward, C., & Deary, I. J. (2014). The total burden of rare, non-synonymous exome genetic variants is not associated with childhood or late-life cognitive ability. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 281, 20140117.
  • Lefevre, C. E., Lewis, G. J., Perrett, D. I., & Penke, L. (2013). Telling facial metrics: Facial width is associated with testosterone levels in men. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34, 273-279.
  • Penke, L., Muñoz Maniega, S., Bastin, M.E., Valdés, Hernández, M.C., Murray, C., Royle, N. A., Starr, J.M., Wardlaw, J.M. & Deary, I.J. (2012) Brain white matter tracts integrity as a neural foundation for general intelligence. Molecular Psychiatry, 17, 1026-1030.
  • Asendorpf, J. B., Penke, L. & Back, M. D. (2011). From dating to mating and relating: Predictors of initial and long-term outcomes of speed-dating in a community sample. European Journal of Personality, 25, 16-30.
  • Johnson, W., Penke, L. & Spinath, F. M. (2011). Heritability in the era of molecular genetics: Some thoughts for understanding genetic influences on behavioral traits (target article). European Journal of Personality, 25, 254-266.
  • Deary, I.J., Penke, L. & Johnson, W. (2010). The neuroscience of human intelligence differences. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 11, 201-211.
  • Penke, L. (2010). Bridging the gap between modern evolutionary psychology and the study of individual differences. In D. M. Buss & P. H. Hawley (Eds.): The evolution of personality and individual differences (pp. 243-279). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Penke, L. & Asendorpf, J. B. (2008). Beyond global sociosexual orientations: A more differentiated look at sociosexuality and its effects on courtship and romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1113-1135.
  • Penke, L., Denissen, J.J.A. & Miller, G.F. (2007). The evolutionary genetics of personality (target article). European Journal of Personality, 21, 549-587.