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.
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
September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
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.
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