Academic Publications

Published Journal Articles

Freiberg, B.+ & Matz, S. C. (in press). Founder personality and entrepreneurial success: A large-scale field study of technology startups. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Cerf, M., Matz, S. C. & MacIver M. A. (in press). Participating in a climate prediction market can increase concern about global warming. Nature Climate Change

Matz, S. C., Bukow, C. S., Peter, H., Dinu, A., Deacons, C. & Stachl, C. (2023). Throwing the cap or throwing in the towel? Using machine learning to predict student retention from socio-demographic characteristics and app-based engagement metrics. Scientific Reports

Matz, S. C., Gladstone, J. J. & Farrokhnia, R. A. 2023). Leveraging Psychological Fit to Encourage Saving Behavior. American Psychologist.

Mueller*, S.R., Delahunty, F. & Matz*, S.C. (2023). The Impact of the Early Stages of COVID-19 on Mental Health in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Matz, S.C., Hyon, R., Baek, E.C., Parkinson, C., & Cerf. M. (2022). Personality similarity predicts synchronous neural responses in fMRI and EEG data. Scientific Reports, 12, 14325.

Peters, H. Friedrich M. Götz, F. M,  Ebert, T, Müller, S. R.,  Rentfrow, P. J, Gosling, S. D., Obschonka, M., Ames, D. , Potter, J. & Matz, S. C. (2022). Regional personality differences predict variation in early COVID-19 infections and regional mobility patterns. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Lawson, M. A. Martin, A. E., Huda, I. & Matz, S. C. (2022). Hiring women into senior leadership positions is associated with a reduction in gender stereotypes in organizational language. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Jachimowicz, J., M., Frey, E. L., Matz, S. C., Jeronimus, B. F., & Galinsky, A. (2022). The Sharp Spikes of Poverty: Financial Scarcity Is Related to Higher Levels of Distress Intensity in Daily Life. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Giorgi, S., Lynn, V., Gupta, K., Ahmed, F., Matz, S. C., Ungar, L., Schwartz, H. A. (2022). Correcting sociodemographic selection bias for population prediction from social media. ICWSM ’22

Ramon*, Y., Farrokhnia, R. A., Matz, S. C., & Martens, D. (2022). Explainable AI for Psychological Profiling from Digital Footprints: A Case Study of Big Five Personality Predictions from Spending Data. Information.

Müller*, S. R, Chen*, X, Peters, H, Chaintreau, A. & Matz, S. C. (2021). Depression predictions
from GPS‑based mobility do not generalize well to large, demographically heterogeneous samples. Scientific Reports.

Gladstone, J., Matz, S. C. & Garbinsky, E. (2021). Price Moderates the Effect of Self-Brand Congruity on Brand Preferences. Social Psychology and Personality Science.

Stachl, C., Boyd, R. L., Horstmann, K. T., Khambatta, P., Matz, S. C., & Harari, G. M. (2021). Computational Personality Assessment. Personality Science.

Tovanich, N., Centellegher, S., Seghouani, N. B., Gladstone, J., Matz, S. C, & Lepri, B. (2021). Inferring psychological traits from spending categories and dynamic consumption patterns. EPJ Data Science10(1), 1-23.

Matz, S. C. (2021). Personal Echo Chambers: Openness-to-experience is linked to higher levels of psychological interest diversity in large-scale behavioral data. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Bailey*, E., Matz, S. C.*, Youyou, W. & Iyengar, S. (2020). Authentic Self-Expression on Social Media is Associated with Greater Subjective Well-Being. Nature Communications.

Ruggeri, K., Garcia-Garzon, E., Maguire, A., Matz, S. C., Huppert, F. (2020). Well-being in Europe: A comprehensive measure to explore populations and profiles. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes.

Wertenbrock, K., […], Matz, S. C., […] & Zweber, Y. (2020). Autonomy in consumer choice. Marketing Letters.

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

Matz, S. C., & Harari, G. (2020). Person-environment transactions: Mapping the relationships between Big Five personality traits, states, and daily places. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Greenberg, D. M.*+, Matz, S. C.*, Schwartz, A. & Frick, K. R. (2020). The self-congruity effect of music. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Mueller*, S., Peters*, H., Matz, S. C., Wang, W. & Harari, G. (2020). Investigating the Relationships Between Mobility Behaviors and Indicators of Subjective Well-Being Using Smartphone-based Experience Sampling and GPS Tracking. European Journal of Personality.

Hall, A. & Matz, S. C. (2020). Targeting Item-Level Nuances Leads to Small but Robust Improvements in Personality Prediction from Digital Footprints. European Journal of Personality.

Cerf, M, Matz, S. C. & Berg, A. (2020). Using Blockchain to Improve Decision Making that Benefits the Public Good. Frontiers in Blockchain. Available here.

Cowgill, B., Dell’Acqua, F. & Matz, S. C. (2020). The Managerial Effects of Algorithmic Fairness Activism. American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings.

Matz, S. C., Appel, R., & Kosinski, M. (2019). Privacy in the Age of Psychological Targeting. Current Opinion in Psychology. Available here.

Matz, S. C., Schwartz, H. A., Menges, J. I & Stillwell, D. J. (2019). Predicting Individual-level Income from Facebook Profiles. PLOS ONE. Available here.

Matz, S. C., Segalin, C., Stillwell, D., Müller, S. R. & Bos, M. (2019). Using computational methods to predict personal image appeal. Journal of Consumer Psychology. Available here.

Gladstone, J. J.*, & Matz, S. C.* (2019). Can Psychological Traits be Inferred from Spending? Evidence from Transaction Data. Psychological Science. Available here.

Matz, S. C., & Glastone, J.J. (2018). Nice Guys Finish Last: Why and when agreeableness is related to economic hardship. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Available here.

Kulkarni, V., Kern M. L., Stillwell, D., Kosinski, M., Matz, S. C., Ungar, L., Skiena, S. & Schwartz, A.  (2018). Latent Human Traits in the Language of Social Media: An Open-Vocabulary Approach. PLoSONE. Available here.

Matz, S. C., Kosinski, M., Nave, G., & Stillwell, D. (2018). Reply to Eckles et al.: Facebook’s optimization algorithms are highly unlikely to explain the effects of psychological targeting. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Available here

Matz, S. C., Kosinski, M., Nave, G., & Stillwell, D. (2017). Psychological Targeting as an Effective Approach to Digital Mass Communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Available here

Matz, S. C., & Netzer, O. (2017). Using Big Data as a Window Into Consumer Psychology. Current Opinion in Behavioral Science, 18, 7-12. Available here

Matz, S. C., Gladstone, J. J., & Stilwell, D. (2017). In the World of Big Data, Small Effects Can Still Matter: Reply to Boyce et al. Psychological Science, 28(4), 547-550.
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Matz, S. C., Gladstone, J. & Stillwell, D. (2016). Money Buys Happiness if Spending Fits our Personality. Psychological Science, 27(5), 715-725.
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Behrendt, P., Matz, S. C. & Goeritz, A. (2016). An integrative model of leadership behavior. Leadership Quarterly, 28(1), 229-244.
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Kosinski, M., Matz, S. C., Gosling, S., Popov, V. & Stillwell, D (2015). Facebook as a Social Science Research Tool: Opportunities, Challenges, Ethical Considerations and Practical Guidelines, American Psychologist, 70(6), 543-556.
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Matz. S. C. (2022). The Psychology of Technology: Social science Research in the Age of Big Data. APA.

Book Chapters

Lawson, M. A. & Matz., S.C. (2022). Saying more than we know: How Big Data provides a window into the human psyche. In S. C. Matz, The Psychology of Technology. APA.

Matz., S.C., Appel, R. E., & Croll, B. (2022). Privacy and Ethics in the Age of Big Data. In S. C. Matz, The Psychology of Technology. APA.

Appel, R. & Matz, S. C. (2021). Psychological Targeting in the Age of Big Data.

Matz, S. C., Rolnik, G., & Cerf, M. (2018). Solutions to the threats of digital monopolies. In Stigler Center ebook Digital Platforms and Concentration.

Plohl, N., Stuhlreyer, J., Ruggeri, K., & Matz, S. C.  (2018). Chapter 10: Communications. In Ruggeri, K. (Ed.). Behavioral Insights for Evidence-Based Policy. Routledge.

Matz, S. C., & Hirsh, J. (in press). Marketing and Personality. In Carducci, B. J. (eds), The Wiley Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Matz, S. C. (2016). Personality-customised advertising in the digital environment. In C. Jansson-Boyd & M. Zawisza (eds), International Handbook of Consumer Psychology. Taylor & Francis.

Matz, S. C., Chan, Y. E. F. & Kosinski, M. (2016). Models of Personality. In Tkalcic, Decarolis, de Gemmis, Kosir & Odić (eds), Emotions and Personality in Personalized Systems. Springer.

Behrendt, P. & Matz, S. C. (2014). Wie Sie Probleme lösen anstatt sie zu fokussieren. In A. Ryba, D. Pauw, D. Ginati & S. Rietmann (Hrsg.), Professionnell coachen. Das Methodenbuch: Erfahrungswissen und Interventionstechniken von 50 Coachingexperten. Beltz.