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Department of Psychology

Biography

Friedrich Götz is a final-year PhD student at Downing College, Cambridge. He is funded by the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Cambridge Trust (Vice-Chancellor Award) and an Alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung). 

The primary focus of his PhD is on the causes and consequences of regional personality differences. Herein, Friedrich pursues an interdisciplinary Big Data approach that seeks to combine classic interactionist theories from social and personality psychology with an applied behavioural science perspective and consequential real-world outcomes. Other research interests include mobility and migration, wanderlust, entrepreneurship and experience sampling methods. Friedrich has also established a special research partnership with Chris Wilson, the director of data journalism at TIME Magazine. Together, they are running ethically-approved large-scale survey studies that have attracted more than 2 million participants to date. Friedrich’s work has been published in leading general science and psychological specialty journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology or Environment & Behavior, and is regularly featured in national and international media outlets such as Scientific American, The Atlantic, Daily MailDIE ZEIT, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (orf), Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Radiotelevisione Italiania (RAI), and ZEIT Wissen

Friedrich is a strong proponent of the Open Science movement and deeply committed to increasing science communication and outreach. So when he isn’t chasing after those pre-registration badges, he writes co-eds and is a regular guest on a German audible-commissioned science podcast that explains psychological research to lay audiences.

Originally from Germany, Friedrich would score very high on any wanderlust measure (including the one he developed himself). Before moving to Cambridge, he did exchange semesters at the State University of New York in Stony Brook and the University of Vienna and interned with research labs at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and Hong Kong University. During his PhD Friedrich continued these explorations to broaden his horizon and collaborate with researchers all over the world, having been a visiting research fellow at Prof. Obschonka’s lab at the Queensland University of Technology Business School in Brisbane, Australia,  Prof. Oshio’s lab at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan and Prof. Gladstone's lab at UCL School of Management in London. Furthermore, since Fall 2018, Friedrich has been serving as a visiting lecturer in psychometrics and test theory at the Karl Landsteiner University of the Health Sciences in Krems, Austria. In Cambridge, he supervises Social Psychology and Organizational Behaviour at the Department of Psychology and the Judge Business School

Friedrich received his MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Jason Rentfrow in 2017, earning a high distinction, and holds a BSc in Psychology with distinction from the University of Konstanz, Germany.

Outside of the research group, Friedrich enjoys running and rowing and has a soft spot for travelling, foreign languages, old cinemas and dark chocolate.

Publications

Key publications: 

Götz, F. M., Stieger, S., Gosling, S. D., Potter, J., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2020). Physical topography is associated with human personality. Nature Human Behaviour. doi: 10.1038/s41562-020-0930-x

Götz, F. M., Gvritz, A., Galinsky, A. D., & Jachimowicz, J. M. (in press). How personality and policy predict pandemic behavior: Understanding sheltering-in-place in 55 countries at the onset of Covid-19. American Psychologist.

Ebert, T.*, Götz, F. M.*, Gladstone, J. J., Mueller, S. R., & Matz, S. C. (2020). Spending reflects not only who we are but also who we are around: The joint effects of individual and geographic personality on consumption. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi:10.1037/pspp0000344

Götz F. M., Bleidorn, W., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2020). Age differences in Machiavellianism across the life span: Evidence from a large-scale cross-sectional study. Journal of Personality. doi: doi:10.1111/jopy.12545

Götz, F. M.*, Yoshino, S.*, & Oshio, A. (2020). The association between walkability and personality: Evidence form a large socioecological study in Japan. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 69, 101438. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2020.101438

Andrews Fearon, P., Götz, F. M., & Good, D. (2020). Pivotal moment for trust in science – don’t waste it. Nature, 580, 456. doi:10.1038/d41586-020-01145-7

Götz, F. M.*, Stieger*, Ebert, T., Rentfrow, P. J., & Lewetz, D. (2020). What drives our emotions when we watch sporting events? An ESM study on the affective experience of German spectators during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Collabra, 6. doi:10.1525/collabra.262

Buecker, S., Ebert, T., Götz, F. M., Entringer, T., & Luhmann, M. (2020). In a lonely place: Investigating regional differences in loneliness. Social Psychological and Personality Science. doi:10.1177/1948550620912881

Schulte, N., Götz, F. M., Partsch, F., Goldmann, T., Schmidt, L., & Meyer, B. (2020). Linking diversity and mental health: Task conflict mediates the association between perceived subgroups and emotional exhaustion. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01245

Götz, F. M. (2019). Publish, but don’t perish to publish. Nature Human Behaviour, 3, 1009. doi:10.1038/s41562-019-0669-4 

Götz, F. M., Stieger, S., & Reips, U.-D. (2019). The emergence and volatility of homesickness in exchange students abroad: A smartphone-based longitudinal study. Environment and Behavior, 51, 689–716. doi:10.1177/0013916518754610 

Ebert, T., Götz, F. M., Obschonka, M., Zmigrod, L., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2019). Regional variation in courage and entrepreneurship: The contrasting role of courage for the emergence and survival of start-ups in the United States. Journal of Personality. doi:10.1111/jopy.12454 

Götz, F. M., Ebert, T., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2018). Regional cultures and the psychological geography of Switzerland: Person–environment–fit in personality predicts subjective wellbeing. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00517 

Götz, F.M., Stieger, S. & Reips, U.-D.(2017). Users of the main smartphone operating systems (iOS, Android) differ only little in personality. PLoS ONE, 12, e0176921. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0176921 

            Ranked among the Top 10% most cited PLoS ONE papers published in 2017

Stieger, S., Götz, F.M. & Gehrig, F. (2015) Soccer results affect subjective well-being, but only briefly: a smartphone study during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00497 

 

Other publications: 

Chaired symposia    

Götz, F. M. & Matz, S. C. (2021, February). New developments in psychological assessment and how to use them. Symposium accepted at the 2021 Virtual Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).

Gosling, S. D., & Götz, F. M. (2020, February). Credit cards, gravestones, Harry Potter, AI: Innovative data for psychology. Symposium held at the 2020 Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), New Orleans, LA, USA.

Ebert, T., Götz, F. M., & Schmitt, M. (2019, September). The power of place: Studying the geographical variation of personality traits offers new insights for important psychological phenomena. Symposium held at the 15th conference on personality and psychological assessment (DPPD), Dresden, Germany.

Gosling, S. D., & Götz, F. M. (2019, February). Mapping the causes and consequences of geographical variation in personality. Symposium held at the 2019 Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Portland, OR, USA.

Chaired workshops             

Götz, F. M., & Ebert, T. (2019, August). Where it’s at – a hands-on workshop on geographic analysis for psychologists. Workshop held at the 2019 Inaugural Summer Forum of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), St. Louis, MI, USA.

Conference Contributions

Götz, F.M. (2019, September). In the home of the brave, the courageous die young: On the relationship of regional courage and suicide rates. Talk presented at the 15th conference on personality and psychological assessment (DPPD), Dresden, Germany.

Götz, F.M. (2019, August). Does where we live define what we buy? - Using big data to study the effects of regional social norms on spending behavior. Talk presented at the 2019 Inaugural Summer Forum of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), St. Louis, MI, USA.

Götz, F.M. (2019, March). Environmental influence, social influence, selective migration or all of the above? An empirical multi-angle perspective on the origins of regional personality differences. Talk presented at the 2019 PhD student workshop in personality psychology of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs), Landau, Germany.

Götz, F.M., Ebert, T., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2019, February). In the home of the brave, the courageous die young: On the relationship of regional courage and suicide rates. Talk presented at the 2019 Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Portland, OR, USA.

Obschonka, M., Götz, F. M., Ebert, T., Chen, Z. (2018, December). The American geography of Machiavellianism. Talk presented at the 2018 Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia.

Götz, F.M., Ebert, T., Obschonka, M., & Rentfrow, P.J. (2018, September). The home of the brave: regional differences in courage predict the emergence and survival of start-ups across 283 US Metropolitan Areas. Talk presented at the 51st Congress of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs), Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Schulte, N., Götz, F.M., Partsch, F., Goldmann, T., Schmidt, L., &Meyer, B. (2018, September). Linking diversity and mental health: Task conflict mediates the association between perceived subgroups and emotional exhaustion. Talk presented at the 51st Congress of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs), Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Götz, F.M. (2018, July). Far over the misty mountains: A large-scale exploration of the relationship between mountainousness and personality. Poster presented at the 19. European Conference on Personality (ECP), Zadar, Croatia.

Götz, F.M. (2018, March). The psychological topography of Switzerland: Person–environment–fit in personality predicts subjective wellbeing. Talk presented at the 2018 Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Atlanta, GA, USA.

Götz, F.M. (2017, June). Fit in or move away? An exploration of regional personality differences and geographical psychology in Switzerland. Talk presented at the 9th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Götz, F.M., & Stieger, S. (2016, September). The emergence and volatility of homesickness in exchange students abroad – a longitudinal science app study. Poster presented at the 50th Congress of the German Society for Psychology (DGPs), Leipzig, Germany.

Invited Talks

Götz, F.M. (2020, February). Why places differ from one another and what that means: A psychological perspective. Talk presented at Christ Church College, University of Oxford, UK.                                         

Götz, F.M. (2018, May). A mixed blessing: Regional differences in courage predict the emergence and failure of start-ups across 269 US Metropolitan Areas. Talk presented at the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Götz, F.M. (2015, July). Soccer results affect subjective well-being, but only briefly: a smartphone study during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Talk presented at the Department of Psychology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Götz, F.M. (2014, November). We are the champions: How soccer results affect our well-being. Talk presented at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

PhD student
Classifications: 
Person keywords: 
Wanderlust
Geographical psychology
Person-Environment-Fit
Homesickness
Mobility and migration
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