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Dr Jason Rentfrow

Dr Jason Rentfrow

University Senior Lecturer

Director of Studies in PPS, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Jason Rentfrow is accepting applications for PhD students.


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

Subject groups/Research projects

Social Psychology:

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 2010 onwards:

Gebauer, J., Sedikides, C., Wagner, J., Bleidorn, W., Gosling, S. D., Rentfrow, P. J., & Potter, J. (in press). Cultural Norm-Fulfillment, Interpersonal-Belonging, or Getting-Ahead? A Large-Scale Cross-Cultural Test of Three Perspectives on the Function of Self-Esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Greenberg, D. M., Müllensiefen, D., Lamb, M. E., & Rentfrow, P., J., (in press). Personality predicts musical sophistication. Journal of Research in Personality.

Greenberg, D. & Rentfrow, P. J. (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.

Obschonka, M. Stuetzer, M., Audretsch, D. B., Rentfrow, P. J., Potter, J. & Gosling, S. D., (in press). Macro-psychological factors predict regional economic resilience during a major economic crisis. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Sandstrom, G., Lathia, N., Mascolo, C., & Rentfrow, P. J., (in press). Opportunities for Smartphones in Clinical Care: The Future of Mobile Mood Monitoring. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Stuetzer, M., Obschonka, M., Gosling, S. D., Rentfrow, P. J., Potter, J., Lamb. M. E., & Audretsch, D. B. (in press). Knowledge X culture interactions: The key to entrepreneurial regions. PLoS One.

Stuetzer, M., Obschonka, M., Audretsch, D. B., Wyrwich, M., Rentfrow, P. J., Coombes, M., Shaw-Taylor, L., Satchell, M. (in press). Industry structure, entrepreneurship, and culture: An instrumental variable analysis using historical coal mining in Great Britain. European Economic Review.

Greenberg, D. M., Rentfrow, P. J., & Baron-Cohen, S. (2015). Can music increase empathy? Interpreting musical experience through the empathizing-systemizing (E-S) theory: Implications for autism. Empirical Musicology Review, 10, 79-94.

Jokela, M., Bleidorn, W., Lamb, M. E., Gosling, S. D., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2015). Geographically varying associations between personality and life satisfaction in the London metropolitan area. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112, 725-730.

Martin, S., Vande Kerckhove, C. Gend, P., Rentfrow, P. J., Hendrickx, J. M., & Blondel, V. D. (2015). Modeling influence and opinion evolution in online collective behavior. In Proceedings of International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2). Helsinki, Finland.

Rentfrow P.J., Jokela M., & Lamb, M.E. (2015). Regional Personality Differences in Great Britain. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0122245. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122245

Atherton, O. E., Robins, R. W., Rentfrow, P. J., & Lamb, M. E. (2014). Personality correlates of risky health outcomes: Findings from a large internet study. Journal of Research in Personality, 50, 56-60. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2014.03.002

Bleidorn, W., Klimstra, T. A., Denissen, J. J. A., Rentfrow, P. J., Gosling, S. D., & Potter, J. (2014). Let the Data Speak – A Response to Terracciano. Psychological Science, 25, 1051-1053.

Gebauer, J. E., Bleidorn, W., Gosling, S. D., Rentfrow, P. J., Lamb, M. E., & Potter, J. (2014). Cross-cultural variations in Big Five relationships with religiosity: A socio-cultural motives perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 1064-1091. doi: 10.1037/a0037683

Rachuri, K. K., Efstratiou, C., Leontiadis, I., Mascolo, C., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2014). Smartphone sensing offloading for efficiently supporting social sensing applications. Pervasive and Mobile Computing, 10, 3-21.

Bleidorn, W., Klimstra, T. A., Denissen, J. J. A., Rentfrow, P. J., Gosling, S. D., & Potter, J. (2013). Personality maturation around the world: A cross-cultural examination of social investment theory. Psychological Science, 24, 2530-2540.

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., Gosling, S. D., Jokela, M., Stillwell, D. J., Kosinski, M., & Potter, J. (2013). Divided we stand: Three psychological regions of the United States and their political, economic, social, and health correlates. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 996-1012.

Whitelock, C. F, Lamb, M. E., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2013). Overcoming trauma: Psychological and demographic characteristics of child sexual abuse survivors in adulthood. Clinical Psychological Science, 1, 351-362.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 phone 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.