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Friedrich is a PhD student at the department of psychology. After receiving his BSc in Psychology from the University of Konstanz, Germany, he completed his MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology under the supervision of Dr Jason Rentfrow in 2017. Friedrich’s PhD centers around the development and validation of a psychometrically sound wanderlust measure. Other research foci include geographical psychology, student mobility and homesickness. His studies are jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Cambridge Trust.


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


Key publications: 

Ebert, T., Götz, F. M., Obschonka, M., Zmigrod, L., & Rentfrow, P. J. (in press). Regional variation in courage and entrepreneurship: The contrasting role of courage for the emergence and survival of start-ups in the US. Journal of Personality

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 over time. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00517

Götz, F.M., Stieger, S. & Reips, U.-D. (2018). The emergence and volatility of homesickness in exchange students abroad: A smartphone-based longitudinal study. Environment and Behavior, 001391651875461. doi:10.1177/0013916518754610

Götz, F. M., Stieger, S., & Reips, U.-D. (2017). Users of the mainoperating systems (iOS, Android) differ only little in personality. PLOS ONE12(5): e0176921. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0176921

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 6:497. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00497

Conference contributions:

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 der Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Portland, OR, USA.

Obschonka, M., Götz, F.M., Ebert, T., Chen, Z. (2018, December). TheAmerican 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. In J. Wegge & B. Meyer (Chairs), The influence of team diversity and team faultlines on team processes and well-being. Symposium at the 51st Congress of the German Society for Psychology(DGPs), Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Götz, F.M. (2018, Juli). 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 der 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 forPsychology (DGPs), Leipzig, Germany."


PhD student
Person keywords: 
Geographical psychology
Mobility and migration
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