Michal Kosinski

Michal Kosinski
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior
Contact Info
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Research Statement

Michal Kosinski’s research focuses on individual differences in behavior, preferences, and performance. Specifically, he is interested in the mechanisms linking psychological traits (such as personality) with a broad range of organizational and social outcomes, including job performance, person-job fit, consumer preferences, and ideology, as well as the expression and recognition of psychological traits from behavioral residues, language, and facial features. Kosinski conducts his research using a range of computational methods, including machine learning, data mining, and observational studies involving millions of participants.

Research Interests

  • Individual differences
  • Personality
  • Consumer Preferences
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Psychological Assesment
  • Ideology


Professor Kosinski received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2014. He also spent a year as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Kosinski’s research has had a significant impact on both academia and the industry. His findings featured in The Economist’s special report on the future of insurance (2015), inspired two TED talks, and prompted a discussion in the EU Parliament. In 2013, Kosinski was listed among the 50 most influential people in Big Data by DataIQ and IBM, while three of his papers were listed among Altmetrics’ “Top 100 Papers That Most Caught the Public Imagination” (in 2013 and 2015). Prior to entering academia, he founded a successful ITC startup and served as a brand manager for a major digital brand.

Academic Degrees

  • Phd in Psychology, University of Cambridge, 2014
  • MPhil in Psychometrics, University of Cambridge, 2009
  • MSC in Psychology, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, 2008

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business 2015
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Computer Science Dept., Stanford University, 2014-2015
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of Namur, 2012-2013

Professional Experience

  • Deputy Director, University of Cambridge Psychometrics Center, 2010-2014
  • Researcher, Microsoft Research, 2010-2014

Awards and Honors

  • Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science,2015
  • Top 100 Papers that Most Caught the Public Imagination (22nd), Altmetrics, 2015
  • Open Innovation Award, Accenture, 2015
  • One of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Big Data, DataIQ and IBM, 2013
  • Top 100 Papers that Most Caught the Public Imagination (9th), Altmetrics, 2013
  • Top 100 Papers that Most Caught the Public Imagination (21st), Altmetrics, 2013


Journal Articles

Vaishali Mahalingam, Michael Palkovics, Michal Kosinski, Iva Cek, David Stillwell. Assesment. November 24, 2016, Pages 1-20.
Becky Inkster, David Stillwell, Michal Kosinski, Peter Jones. Lancet Psychiatry. November 2016, Vol. 3, Issue 11, Pages 1087-1090.
Gilad Feldman, Huiwen Lian, Michal Kosinski, David Stillwell. Social Psychological and Personality Science (accepted). October 23, 2016.
David M. Greenberg, Michal Kosinski, David J. Stillwell, Brian L. Monteiro, Daniel J. Levitin, Peter J. Rentfrow. Social Psychological and Personality Science. August 2016, Vol. 7, Issue 6, Pages 597–605.
Michal Kosinski, Gregory Park, David Bryce Yaden, H. Andrew Schwartz, Margaret L. Kern, Johannes C. Eichaedt, David Stillwell, Lyle H. Ungar, Martin E.P. Seligman. PLOS | One. May 25, 2016.
Michal Kosinski, Claire M. Gillan, Robert Whelan, Elizabeth A. Phelps, Nathaniel D. Daw. eLIFE Sciences. March 1, 2016, Vol. 5, Pages 1-24.
Michal Kosinski, Sandra C. Matz, Samuel D. Gosling, Vesselin Popov, David Stillwell. Monitor on Psychology. March 2016, Vol. 47, Issue 3, Pages 70.
Michal Kosinski, Sandra M. Matz, Samuel D. Gosling, Vesselin Popov, David Stillwell. American Psychologist. September 2015, Vol. 7-, Issue 6, Pages 543-556.
Wu Youyou, Michal Kosinski, David Stillwell. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. January 27, 2015, Vol. 112, Issue 4, Pages 1036–1040.
Michal Kosinski, Renaud Lambiotte. Proceedings of the IEEE. December 2014, Vol. 102, Issue 12.
Michal Kosinski, Yoram Bachrach, PushMeet Kohli, David Stillwell, Thore Graepel. Machine Learning. June 2014, Vol. 95, Issue 3, Pages 357-380.
Michal Kosinski, H. Andrew Schwartz, Johannes C. Eichstaedt, Margaret L. Kern, Lukasz Dziurzynski, Staphanie M. Ramones, Megha Agrawal, Achal Shah, David Stillwell, Martin E. Seligiman, Lyle H. Ungar. PLOS | One. September 25, 2013, Vol. 8, Issue 9.
Michal Kosinski, David Stillwell, Thore Graepel. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. April 9, 2013, Vol. 110, Issue 15, Pages 5802–5805.
Michal Kosinski, David Stillwell, Pushmeet Kohli, Yoram Bachrach, Thore Graepel. Web Science '12. June 2012.
Michal Kosinski, Yoram Bachrach, Gjergji Kasneci, Jurgen Van-Gael, Thore Graepel. Web Science. Web Science '12, 2012.


Degree Courses


Building on the discipline of social psychology, this course helps you cultivate mindsets and build skills to understand the ways in which organizations and their members affect one another. You will learn frameworks for diagnosing and resolving...


This course will provide students with the theoretical background and practical skills necessary to design and deliver a psychological test. We will cover the basic principles of psychological testing (validity, reliability, standardization, and...

This course will focus on psychological processes that occur within individuals that cannot be seen but whose existence can be inferred on the basis of people's behavior. Such processes, referred to as individual processes, include personality,...

In the Media

Stanford Worldview, September 2015
Stanford News, August 26, 2015
Westdeutcher Rundfunk (WDR), June 15, 2015
The Economist, March 14, 2015
The Wall Street Journal , March 11, 2015
Huffington Post - Science, January 13, 2015
Financial TImes, January 12, 2015
Elektrischer Reporter, 2015
NBC News, 2015
CBS News, 2015
Assorted Media, 2015
Do-Not-Track, 2015
Shift- Deutsche Welle, March 2, 2014
BBC4, September 20, 2013
Nowe Media, September 2013
Financial Times, March 14, 2013
Financial Times, March 11, 2013
Psychologia-Speteczna, 2013
The Psychologist, November 2011

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