Departmental Colloquia Series 

The Department of Psychology invites to a lecture by 

Dr. Julia Stern, University of Georg-August, Deutschland on Thursday 24th  October 2019, 15:15 – 16:45.

The title of the lecture is: "Psychological changes across women’s menstrual cycle: Evaluating the current evidence"

The lecture takes place at the Library, Faculty of Social Sciences, Audit 1, Gothersgade 140, 1353 Copenhagen K. 

After the lecture the Department invites to a reception at Øster Farimagsgade 2A, 2nd floor, room 03-2-M202, 1353 Copenhagen K.

Faculty, students and others with interest are welcome.


Psychological effects of women’s fertility and hormonal status have been extensively studied during the last decades. It has been reported that women’s mating psychology, emotions, consumer behavior, personality, cognitive abilities and even political attitudes and religious beliefs vary across their menstrual cycle. However, experts are divided on whether women’s cognition and behavior really differ between fertile and non-fertile phases, as this research area has faced challenges of measurement and replication failures.

In my talk, I will evaluate the current evidence on ovulatory cycle shifts, with the main focus on women’s mating psychology and physical attractiveness. While it is well established that sexual desire varies across the menstrual cycle, there is ongoing discussion whether hormonal changes influence women’s mate preferences or their physical appearance as well. Further, recently raised criticism on previous studies‘ methods cast doubt on the majority of published findings of menstrual cycle research. The current scientific debate on cycle shifts in mate preferences will be taken as an example to demonstrate the importance of open and transparent science techniques.