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Tobias Söldner

Tobias Söldner
Personality and Cross-Cultural Psychology
Since February 2014

Dr. Tobias Söldner holds a doctor’s degree in natural sciences from Humboldt University of Berlin. His dissertation thesis centers on acculturation-induced changes in personality structure and personal values among young sojourners and expatriates in Japan, Germany, and the US. During a research visit to The University of Tokyo funded by the German National Academic Foundation, he became aware of the unique opportunities Japan offered for the re-examination of several theories about human nature, most of which were originally developed and tested only in the so-called “western” context.

Since February 2014, Dr. Söldner continues his inquiries into the intricate relation between human universals and cultural specifics at the DIJ, and contributes to the institute’s manifold research projects with an expertise in cross-cultural research methods and psychology.

DIJ Projects

Sexism and career aspirations of Japanese university students

Work-related Diversity in Japan: New Risks and Opportunities for Whom?

Effective Multinational Teamwork in the Japanese Context (EMTJ Study)

Completed DIJ Projects

Happily Different? On Happiness and Norm Deviation in Japan

Happiness in Japan: Continuities and Discontinuities


Selected Publications


September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
Autonomy and deviation from value norms as predictors of well-being in Japan, Germany and the US. 100 Years of “Risikopolitik” and Risk Paradoxa.

September 25, 2012
Die anderen, wir, und ich: Selbstwahrnehmung, Fremdwahrnehmung und Akkulturation junger Austauschstudenten in und aus Deutschland, Japan und den USA [The others, we, and I: Self-perceptions, other-perceptions and acculturation of young exchange students in and from Germany, Japan, and the US]. 48. Congress of the German Association for Personality (DGPs), Bielefeld, Germany.

July 12, 2012
Evidence for host/origin culture specific patterns of sojourner personality and values development. 16. European Conference on Personality (ECP), Trieste, Italy.

March 29, 2011
The Sojourner and Expatriate Acculturation (SEA) Project. PhD Workshop 2011 of the Department for Differential and Personal Psychology of the German Psychological Association (DPPD), Landau, Germany.

September 29, 2009
New language, new peers – new personality?. 10th Conference of the Department for Differential and Personal Psychology of the German Psychological Association (DPPD), Landau, Germany.

Curriculum Vitae

2014 -
Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo

PhD thesis on cross-cultural personality research (magna cum laude)

Lecturer for Cross-cultural Psychology at Humboldt Universität

Special research student at University of Tokyo

Dissertation Fellowship of the German National Academic Foundation

Research assistant at imedo GmbH, Berlin

Advanced studies of Psychology, minor subjects Japanese Studies and Sociology, at Humboldt Universität (Diploma)

Studies of Comparative Culture at Sophia University, Tokyo

Basic studies of Psychology at Trier University