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Dr Jason Rentfrow

Dr Jason Rentfrow

University Senior Lecturer

Director of Studies in PPS, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Jason Rentfrow is interested in taking PhD students.


Office Phone: Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 7 67805

Research Interests

My research examines the links between basic psychological characteristics and common social psychological processes. To understand such links, I adopt an interactionist perspective that focuses on person-environment interactions and social perception. In this work, I have examined how personality is expressed in a variety of domains (e.g., music preferences, movie preferences, political ideology, geographic regions), and how impressions of others are formed on the basis of such information.

Key Publications

Selected Publications from 2006 onward

Bleidorn, W., Klimstra, T. A., Denissen, J. J. A., Rentfrow, P. J., Gosling, S. D., & Potter, J. (in press). Personality maturation around the world: A cross-cultural examination of the social investment theory. Psychological Science.

Rachuri, K. K., Efstratiou, C., Leontiadis, I., Mascolo, C., & Rentfrow, P. J. (in press). Smartphone sensing offloading for efficiently supporting social sensing applications. Pervasive and Mobile Computing.

Rentfrow, P. J., Gosling, S. D., Stillwell, D. J., Kosinski, M., & Potter, J. (in press). Divided we stand: Three psychological regions of the United States and their political, economic, social, and health correlates. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  

Rentfrow, P. J. & Greenberg, D. (in press). The social psychological underpinnings of musical identities. In R. MacDonald, D. Miell, and D. Hargreaves (Eds.) The Oxford handbook of musical identities. Oxford University press.

Whitelock, C. F, Lamb, M. E., & Rentfrow, P. J. (in press). Overcoming trauma: Psychological and demographic characteristics of child sexual abuse survivors in adulthood. Clinical Psychological Science.

Bonneville-Roussy, A., Rentfrow, P. J., Xu, M. K., & Potter, J. (2013). Music through the ages: Trends in musical attitudes and preferences from adolescence through middle adulthood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 703-717.

Chung, C. K., Rentfrow, P. J., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2013). Finding values in words: Regional variations in personal concerns. In P. J. Rentfrow (Ed.) Geographical psychology: Exploring the interaction of environment and behavior (pp. 195-215). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Florida, R., Mellander, C., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2013). The happiness of cities. Regional Studies, 47, 613-627.

Lathia, N. Pejovic, V., Rachuri, K. K., Mascolo, C., Musolesi, M., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2013). Smartphones for large-scale behavior change interventions. IEEE Pervasive Computing: Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems, 12, 66-73.

Lathia, N., Rachuri, K. K., Mascolo, C., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2013). Contextual dissonance: Design bias in sensor-based experience sampling methods. In Proceedings of 15th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp'13). Zurich, Switzerland. September 2013.

Rachuri, K. K., Efstratiou, C., Leontiadis, I., Mascolo, C., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2013). METIS: Exploring mobile phone sensing offloading for efficiently supporting social sensing applications. In Proceedings of 11th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (Percom 2013). San Diego. CA, USA.

Rentfrow, P. J. (2013). Geographical differences in personality. In P. J. Rentfrow (Ed.) Geographical psychology: Exploring the interaction of environment and behavior (pp. 115-137). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Rentfrow, P. J., Goldberg, L. R., Stillwell, D. J., Kosinski, M., Gosling, S. D., and Levitin, D. L. (2012). The song remains the same: A replication and extension of the MUSIC model. Music Perception, 30, 161-185.

Rentfrow, P. J. (2012). The role of music in everyday life: Current directions in the social psychology of music. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6/5, 402-416. 

Mellander, C. Florida, R., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2012). Socioeconomic structures and happiness. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 5, 31-43.

Florida, R. & Rentfrow, P. J. (2011). Place and well-being. In K. Sheldon, T. Kashdan, and M. Steger (Eds.) Designing the Future of Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward (pp. 385-395). New York: Oxford University Press.

Rachuri, K. K., Mascolo, C., Musolesi, M., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2011) SociableSense: Exploring the Trade-offs of Adaptive Sampling and Computation Offloading for Social Sensing. In Proceedings of The 17th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom 2011), Las Vegas, USA. September 2011.

Rentfrow, P. J. (2011). The open city. In A. E. Andersson, D. Andersson, and C. Mellander (Eds.). Handbook of Cities and Creativity (pp. 117-127). London: Elgar.

Rentfrow, P. J., Goldberg, L. R., & Levitin, D.J. (2011). The Structure of Musical Preferences: A Five-Factor Model. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 1139-1157.

Rentfrow, P. J., Goldberg, L. R., & Zilca, R. (2011). Listening, watching, and reading: The structure and correlates of entertainment preferences. Journal of Personality, 79, 223-257.

Rentfrow, P. J. & McDonald, J. A. (2011). The big five personality dimensions. In L. Martin and T. Cascio (Eds.) House and Psychology (pp. 253-268). New York: Wiley.

Rachuri, K. K., Musolesi, M., Mascolo, C., Rentfrow, P. J., Longworth, C., & Aucinas, A. (2010). EmotionSense: A Mobile Phones based Adaptive Platform for Experimental Social Psychology Research. In Proceedings of 12th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp'10). Copenhagen, Denmark. September 2010.

Rentfrow, P. J. (2010). Statewide differences in personality: Toward a psychological geography of the United States. American Psychologist, 65, 548-558.

Nauman, L. P., Vazire, S. Rentfrow, P. J., & Gosling, S. D. (2009). Personality judgments based on physical appearance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1661-1671.

Rentfrow, P. J. & McDonald, J. A. (2009). Music preferences and personality. In P. N. Juslin and J. Sloboda (Eds.) Handbook of Music and Emotion (pp. 669-695). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Rentfrow, P. J., McDonald, J. A., & Oldmeadow, J. A. (2009). You are what you listen to: Young people’s stereotypes about music fans. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12, 329-344.

Rentfrow, P. J., Mellander, C., & Florida, R. (2009). Happy States of America: A state-level analysis of psychological, economic, and social well-being. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 1073-1082.

Rentfrow, P.J., Jost, J.T., Gosling, S.D., & Potter, J. (2009). Statewide differences in personality predict voting patterns in 1996–2004 U.S. Presidential Elections. In J.T. Jost, A.C. Kay, & H. Thorisdottir (Eds.), Social and psychological bases of ideology and system justification (pp. 314-347). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Vazire, S., Nauman, L. P., Rentfrow, P. J., & Gosling, S. D. (2009). Smiling reflects different emotions in men and women. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32, 403-405.

Rentfrow, P. J., Gosling, S. D. & Potter, J. (2008). A Theory of the emergence, persistence, and expression of regional variation in basic traits. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 3, 339-369.

Vazire, S., Naumann, L. P., Rentfrow, P. J., & Gosling, S. D. (2008). Portrait of a narcissist: Manifestations of narcissism in physical appearance. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 1439-1447.

Rentfrow, P. J., & Gosling, S. D. (2007). The content and validity of stereotypes about fans of 14 music genres. Psychology of Music, 35, 306-326.

Swann, W. B., Larsen-McClarty, K. & Rentfrow, P. J. (2007). Shelter from the storm? Men in precarious couples magnify their partners’ stress. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 24, 793-808.

Rentfrow, P. J., & Gosling, S. D. (2006). Message in a ballad: The role of music preferences in interpersonal perception. Psychological Science, 17, 236-242.