Felix Schönbrodt

PD Dr. Dipl.-Psych.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Stas, L., Schönbrodt, F. D., & Loeys, T. (in press). Getting the most out of family data with the R-package fSRM. Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Dufner, M., Arslan, R. C., Hagemeyer, B., Schönbrodt, F. D., & Denissen, J. J. A. (in press). Affective contingencies in the affiliative domain: Physiological assessment, associations with the affiliation motive, and prediction of behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. [PDF, 210 KB]
  • Süßenbach, F. & Schönbrodt, F. D. (2014). Not afraid to trust you: Trustworthiness moderates gaze cueing. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26, 670-678. doi: 10.1080/20445911.2014.945457 [publisher link][PDF + raw data + R script available on Open Science Framework]
  • Larue, D., Schmidt, A. F., Imhoff, R., Eggers, K., Schönbrodt, F. D., & Banse, R. (2014). Validation of direct and indirect measures of preference for sexual violence. Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1037/pas0000016 [PDF, 212 KB]

  • Luhmann, M., Schönbrodt, F. D., Hawkley, L. C., & Cacioppo, J. T. (2014). Loneliness and social behaviours in a virtual social environment. Cognition and Emotion. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2014.922053 [PDF, 444 KB]

  • Schönbrodt, F. D., & Perugini, M. (2013). At what sample size do correlations stabilize? Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 609-612. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2013.05.009 [publisher link] [PDF, 0.39 MB] [Website with supplementary material]
  • Schönbrodt, F. D., & Gerstenberg, F. X. R. (2012). An IRT analysis of motive questionnaires: The Unified Motive Scales. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 725–742. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2012.08.010 [publisher link][PDF, 1.2 MB] [Website with supplementary material]
  • Schönbrodt, F. D., & Asendorpf, J. B. (2012). Attachment dynamics in a virtual world. Journal of Personality, 80, 429-463. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.2011.00736.x [publisher link] [PDF, 697 KB]
  • Schönbrodt, F. D., Back, M. D., & Schmukle, S. C. (2012). TripleR: An R package for social relations analyses based on round-robin designs. Behavior Research Methods, 44, 455–470. doi:10.3758/s13428-011-0150-4. [publisher link [PDF, 1.8 MB]
  • Schönbrodt, F. D., & Asendorpf, J. B. (2011). The challenge of constructing psychologically believable agents. Journal of Media Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Applications, 23, 100-107. doi:10.1027/1864-1105/a000040 [publisher link] [PDF, 266 KB]
  • Schönbrodt, F. D., & Asendorpf, J. B. (2011). Virtual social environments as a tool for psychological assessment: Dynamics of interaction with a virtual spouse. Psychological Assessment, 23, 7 - 17. [publisher link] [PDF, 280KB]
  • Back, M. D., Baumert, A., Denissen, J. J. A., Hartung, F.-M., Penke, L., Schmukle, S. C., Schönbrodt, F. D., et al. (2011). PERSOC: A unified framework for understanding the dynamic interplay of personality and social relationships. European Journal of Personality, 25, 90-107. doi:10.1002/per.811 (PDF, 391 KB)
  • Denissen, J. J. A., Schönbrodt, F. D., van Zalk, M., Meeus, W. H. J., & van Aken, M. A. G. (2011). Antecedents and consequences of peer-rated intelligence. European Journal of Personality, 25, 108-119. doi:10.1002/per.799
  • Petters, D., Waters, E., & Schönbrodt, F. D. (2010). Strange carers: Robots as attachment figures and aids to parenting. Interaction Studies: Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systems, 11, 246–252.  (PDF, 51KB)
  • Schönbrodt, F.D., Unkelbach, S.R., Spinath, F.M. (2009). Broad Motives in Short Scales - A Questionnaire for the Zurich Model of Social Motivation. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 25, 141-149. (PDF, 233KB)
  • Schönbrodt, F.D. (2007). Interview mit Prof. Dr. Karl Grammer. Zeitschrift für Medienpsychologie, 19, 160-161.

Book Chapters

  • Zehetleitner, M., & Schönbrodt, F. D. (in press). When misrepresentation is successful. In T. Breyer (Ed.), Epistemological foundations of evolutionary psychology. New York: Springer. [PDF, 0.54 MB]
  • Petters, D., Waters, E., & Schönbrodt, F. D. (in press). Measurement and modeling: Complementary approaches to the organization and underpinnings of attachment behavior. In E. Waters, B. Vaughn, & H. Waters (Eds.), Measuring attachment. New York: Guilford.

  • Schönbrodt, F. D., & Schwab, F. (2008). Transportation. In N. C. Krämer, S. Schwan, D. Unz, & M. Suckfüll (Eds.), Medienpsychologie. Schlüsselbegriffe und Konzepte (pp. 213-217). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.

Other publications

  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2012). Why using age as a proxy for testosterone is a bad deal. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2028882
  • Schönbrodt, F.D. (2010). Transference of relationship qualities to a virtual world: Regulation of behavior to a virtual spouse. Dissertation, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. (PDF, 1.3MB)
  • Schönbrodt, F.D. (2006). Das Evolutionäre Motivprofil. Entwicklung eines Motivfragebogens zum 'Zürcher Modell sozialer Motivation' und seine Validierung an der PRF-D, dem MMG sowie biographischen Angaben [A profile of evolutionary motives - Development of a questionnaire for the 'Zurich model of social motivation' and its validation to the PRF-D, MMG and biographical events]. Online in Internet: http://psydok.sulb.uni-saarland.de/volltexte/2008/1578/ (Stand: 15.05.2008)

Published Software

  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2014). RSA: An R package for response surface analysis. Retrieved from https://github.com/nicebread/fSRM

  • Schönbrodt, F. D., Stas, L., & Loeys, T. (2014). fSRM: Social Relations Analyses with roles. Retrieved from http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/RSA/index.html

  • Wilcox, R. R. & Schönbrodt, F. D. (2013). The WRS package for robust statistics in R (version 0.24). Retrieved from http://r-forge.r-project.org/projects/wrs/

  • Schmukle, S.C., Schönbrodt, F.D., & Back, M.D. (2011). TripleR: A package for round robin analyses using R (version 1.1). Retrieved from www.persoc.net.

Workshops/ Summer schools

  • "Multilevel Models in R": Universität Greifswald; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
  • "Introduction to Response Surface Analyses": TU Munich.
  • "Introduction to Social Relations Analyses in round-robin designs" (together with Mitja Back and Stefan Schmukle).
  • "Introduction to R", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Summer school "Robust Statistics for Personality And Individual Differences" (Bertinoro, Italy, July 16-21, 2011).
    Faculty: Jens B. Asendorpf, Marco Perugini, Ryne Sherman, Felix D. Schönbrodt, Rand R. Wilcox; Supported by EAPP and ISSID.
  • Summer school "Using R for personality research" (Bertinoro, Italy, 2014). Faculty: Marco Perugini, William Revelle, Yves Rosseel, Felix Schönbrodt, Ryne Sherman, Giulio Costantini; Supported by EAPP and ISSID.


  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2014, September). Sequential Bayes Factors: Der flexible und effiziente Weg um Hypothesen zu testen [Sequential Bayes factors: The flexible and efficient way of hypothesis testing]. DGPs-Kongress, University of Bochum.
  • Hagemeyer, B. & Schönbrodt, F. D. (2014, September). Psychometrics of implicit motives. Symposium at the DGPs-Kongress, University of Bochum.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2014, May). Denk nicht nach und du kommst zur Lösung! Wann man (nicht) auf seine Intuition vertrauen sollte. [Stop to think and you will come to the solution! When we should (not) trust our intuitions]. Invited talk at the University of Landau.

  • Jiang, Y., Tiliopoulos, N., Schönbrodt, F. D., de Rosnay, M., & Gatt, J. M. (2013, November). Individual differences in adult attachment and reinforcement sensitivity as predictors of behaviour in a virtual social environment. Paper presented at the 12th Australasian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences, Brisbane, Australia
  • Jiang, Y., Schönbrodt, F. D., Tiliopoulos, N., de Rosnay, M., & Gatt, J. M. (2013, November). Attachment and motivational influences on behaviour in a virtual social environment. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society’s Psychology of Relationships Interest Group, Sydney, Australia.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2013, September). Lasst uns unsere absoluten Differenzen beilegen: Response Surface Analysen als valide Alternative zu Differenzwerten. Positionsreferat auf der DPPD in Greifswald.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2013, May). How do explicit and implicit motives interact? Modern statistical models for congruence hypotheses. Invited talk at TU Munich.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2013, February). Power stress, facial expressions, and the power motive: A double dissociation pattern? Invited talk at the University of Erlangen.
  • Schönbrodt, F.D. (2012, October). The boundary between 'I' and 'You': The gaze-cueing-effect as an indirect measure of 'differentiation of self'? Invited talk at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2012, September). Dyadic similarity and intergenerational transmission of explicit and implicit motives. Talk held at the DGPs conference, Bielefeld, Germany.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2012, September). Personality research in virtual environments: Welcome to Simoland. Talk held at the Quo-Vadis symposium of the DGPs, Bielefeld, Germany.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2012, September). Power stress und Mimik. Eine doppelte Dissoziation impliziter und expliziter Motive? [Power stress and mimic: A double dissociation of implicit and explicit motives?] Talk held at the 32. MPK, Halle, Germany.
  • Hagemeyer, B., & Schönbrodt, F. D. (2012, September). Psychometrie impliziter Motive. Talk held at the 32. MPK, Halle, Germany.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2012, July).  Can we judge other's (implicit) motives? A Social Relations Analysis of motive perceptions. Talk held at the 16th European Conference on Personality (ECP16), Triest, Italy.
  • Gerstenberg, F. X. R., Schönbrodt, F. D. (2012, July). Validation of an item response theory analysis of self-report measures of motives. Talk held at the 16th European Conference on Personality (ECP16), Triest, Italy.
  • Zehetleitner, M., & Schönbrodt, F. D. (2012, March). Meta-, para-, and ortho-cosmos: when misrepresentation is optimal. Invited talk at the symposium "Epistemological Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology", Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2012, January). Verhaltensbeobachtung in virtuellen Welten: Ein „Fremde-Situations-Test“ für Erwachsene? [Behavioral observations in virtual worlds: A strange-situation-test for adults?]. University of Dortmund, Germany.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2011, September). Bindungsdynamik zu einem virtuellen Partner: Verhaltensuntersuchung in virtuellen Welten [Attachment dynamics to a virtual partner: Investigating behavior in virtual environments]. Talk held at the 11th conference of the DPPD, Saarbrücken, Germany. [PDF, 1.8MB]
  • Dislich, F. X. R., & Schönbrodt, F. D. (2011, September). An Item Response Theory analysis of self-report measures of motives. Talk held at the 11 th European Conference on Psychological Assessment, Riga, Latvia.
  • Schönbrodt, F.D., Dislich, F.X.R. (2011, July). Die "Unified Motive Scales": Eine Item-Response-Analyse und Synthese von expliziten Motivfragebögen [The Unififed Motive Scales: An Item-response analysis and synthesis of motive questionnaires]. Vortrag auf dem 31. MPK (Motivationspsychologisches Kolloquium), München
  • Stollenwerk, D., Schmidt, A. F., Imhoff, R., Eggers, K., Schönbrodt, F. D., & Banse, R. (2010, November). The indirect measurement of a preference for sexual coercion in a sadomasochistic context. Paper presented as the XVth Workshop Aggression in Bonn, Germany.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. & Hagemeyer, B. (2010, July). Ein Kuli hat kein Backspace - werden spontane Motivausdrücke in Computer-PSEs wieder gelöscht? Vortrag auf dem 30. MPK (Motivationspsychologisches Kolloquium), Mannheim.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. & Zehetleitner, M. (2010, March). Ein Lächeln schenkt nicht immer Freude. Eine empirische Untersuchung von 7 Lächelvarianten. Vortrag auf der 52. TeaP (Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen), Saarbrücken.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2009, October). Assessing interaction dynamics in virtual environments. Eingeladener Vortrag an der Ryerson University, Toronto.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2009, October). Intimacy, autonomy, and ego-boundaries: The dance of distance. Vortrag an der Stony Brook University, New York.
  • Denissen, J., Schönbrodt, F. D., Selfhout, M. (2009, September). Je bekannter, desto fremder: Eine aufschlussreiche Anomalie bei der Intelligenzeinschätzung. Vortrag auf der 10. Fachgruppenkonferenz der DPPD, Landau.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2009, July). Die Psychologie der Ich-Grenze. Vortrag im Kolloquium der Sozialpsychologie, Department Psychologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.  (PDF, 2.4MB)
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2009, February). Robuste Statistiken und logistische Multilevel-Analysen von virtuellem Interaktionsverhalten. Vortrag im Kolloquium Advances in Personality and Relationship Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2009, January). Partnerschaft und Persönlichkeitsentwicklung. Vortrag auf der 2. Konferenz von PERSOC, Berlin.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2008, September). Lieben Sie Ihren virtuellen Partner? Die Messung des impliziten Intimitätsmotivs durch ein Computerspiel. Vortrag auf dem 28. MPK (Motivationspsychologisches Kolloquium), Trier.  (PDF, 4.2MB)
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2008, July). How do you treat your virtual partner? Assessment of implicit motives with a computer game. Vortrag auf dem XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin.  (PDF, 3.0MB)
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2007, September). TIMVE - Ein impliziter Motivtest in virtuellen Welten. Vortrag auf dem 28. MPK (Motivationspsychologisches Kolloquium), Siegen.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2007, July). The 'virtual field' - a new paradigm for behavioral observations? Vortrag auf der Sommerschule der ISHE (International Society for Human Ethology), MPI Seewiesen.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2006, August). Das Fundament der Motivation - Die evolutionären Grundlagen menschlicher Motive. Vortrag auf der Sommerschule "Evolutionäre Anthropologie" am Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst.


  • Schönbrodt, F. D., Hagemeyer, B., & "Netzwerk Psychometrie impliziter Motive" (2013, July). Die Psychometrie impliziter Motive (Teil 1 von 7): Kodiere jeden Satz, und die Messung wird reliabler! MPK, Osnabrück. [pdf, 1.4 MB]
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2007, September). Intimität und Autonomie - Ein impliziter Motivtest in virtuellen Welten. Poster auf der Fachgruppentagung Differentielle Psychologie, Persönlichkeitspsychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik (DPPD), Wien.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D. (2007, July). Do you trust your 'virtual partner'? Cooperation towards a self-modelled avatar of your partner. Poster auf der 13. Konferenz der ISSID (International Society for the Study of Individual Differences), Gießen.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D., Unkelbach, S. R. (2007, March). Das Evolutionäre Motivprofil (EMP-Z). Poster auf der 8. MVE-Tagung (Menschliches Verhalten in evolutionärer Perspektive), Landau.
  • Schönbrodt, F. D., Unkelbach, S. R. (2006, March). Ein evolutionäres Persönlichkeitsmodell - die "Tiefenstruktur" der Persönlichkeit? Poster auf der 7. MVE-Tagung (Menschliches Verhalten in evolutionärer Perspektive), Köln.