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The Psychometrics Centre

Cambridge Judge Business School


Michal Kosinski is a computational social scientist and Assistant Professor in Organisational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. After completing his PhD in Cambridge in 2014 he moved to the Bay Area of San Francisco. While in Cambridge he was also a research consultant at Microsoft Research. He combines a social psychological background with extensive skills in the areas of Machine Learning, data mining, and programming. His research focuses on the digital environment and encompasses the relationship between digital footprint and psychological traits, crowd-sourcing platforms and auctioning platforms. Michal has published over 20 papers in the last 2 years in journals ranging from Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), World Wide Web Conference, (WWW), Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (JPSP), to Machine Learning Journal (MLJ). In the same period, he has delivered nearly 40 keynote speeches and lectures to audiences ranging from policy makers (EU Parliament), marketing executives (eCommerce: Futures), HR specialists and test publishers (ETPG). Prior to entering academia, Michal had a distinguished business career. He founded a successful ITC start-up and managed a team of 15 consultants and served as a brand manager for a major computer accessories brand introducing the first VoIP product line in Poland.


Key publications: 

Youyou, W., Schwartz, A., Stillwell, D., & Kosinski, M. (in press) Birds of a feather do flock together: behavior-based personality assessment method reveals personality similarity among couples and friends. Psychological Science.

Kosinksi, M., Wang, Y., Lakkaraju, H., & Leskovec, J. (2016) Mining Big Data to Extract Patterns and Predict Real-Life Outcomes by M. Kosinski, Y. Wang, H. Lakkaraju, and J. Leskovec, Psychological Methods.

Youyou, W., Kosinski, M., & Stillwell, D. (2015) Computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 2015. (IF: 9.1)

Kosinski, M., Matz, S., Gosling, S., Popov, V & Stillwell, D. (2015) Facebook as a Social Science Research Tool: Opportunities, Challenges, Ethical Considerations and Practical Guidelines American Psychologist

Tracking the Digital Footprints of Personality by R. Lambiotte and M. Kosinski, Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015. (IF: 6.8) 

Mahalingam, V., Stillwell, D., Kosinski, M., Rust, J. & Kogan, A. (2013) Who Can Wait for the Future? A Personality Perspective. Social Psychological and Personality Science published online 11 December 2013. DOI: 10.1177/ 1948550613515007

Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D.J. & Graepel, T. (2013 Private traits and attributes are predictable from digital records of human behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 2013.

Schwartz, H., Eichstaedt, J., Kern, M., Dziurzynski, L., Ramones, S., Agrawal, M. Shah, A., Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D., Seligman, M. & Ungar, L. (2013) Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media: The Open-Vocabulary Approach. PLoS ONE, 2013.

Kosinski, M.Bachrach, Y., Stillwell, D., Kohli, P. & Graepel, T. (2013) Manifestations Of User Personality In Website Choice And Behaviour On Online Social Networks Machine Learning Journal (MLJ).

Han, K. T. & Kosinski, M. (2013) Software Tools for Multistage Testing Simulations  in Multistage Testing by Yan D., Lewis C., von Davier, A. (Eds.), 263-273, Educational Testing Services (ETS).

Rentfrow, J., Goldberg L., Stillwell, D., Kosinski M., Gosling, S., & Levitin D. (2013) The Song Remains the Same: A Replication and Extension of the MUSIC Model Music Perception,2013.

He, Q., Glas, C., Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D. & Veldkamp, B. (in press) Predicting self-monitoring skills using textual posts on Facebook. Computers in Human Behaviour.

Rentfrow, P.J., Gosling, S., Jokela, M., Stillwell, D., Kosinski, M., & Potter, J. (in press) Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States and their Political, Economic, Social, and Health Correlates. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (JPSP).

Kern, M., Eichstaedt, J., Schwartz, H., Dziurzynski, L., Ungar, L., Stillwell, D., Kosinski, M., Ramones, S., Seligman, M.(in press) The Online Social Self: An Open Vocabulary Approach to Personality. Assessment

Kern, M., Eichstaedt, J., Schwartz, A., Park, G., Ungar, L. Stillwell, D., Kosinski, M., Dziurzynski, L., & Seligman, M. (in press) From "sooo excited!!!" to "so proud": Using Language to Study Development.  Developmental Psychology, (in press).

Wang, N., Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D.J. & Rust, J.(2012) Can well-being be measured using Facebook status updates? Validation of Facebook’s Gross National Happiness Index by  Social Indicators Research.

Personality and Website Choice by Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D.J., Kohli, P., Bachrach, Y., Graepel, T. ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci), 2012.

Crowd IQ: Measuring the Intelligence of Crowdsourcing Platforms by Kosinski, M., Bachrach, Y., Kasneci, G., Van Gael, J., Graepel, T. ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci), 2012.

Crowd IQ: Benchmarking Crowdsourcing Platform Potential Using Intelligence Test by Kosinski, M.Bachrach, Y., Kasneci, G., Van Gael, J., Graepel, T. Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ), (invited re-submission).

A Young Liberal Christian Woman Is Searching The Web by Bi, B., Shokouhi, M., Kosinski, M., Graepel, T. ACM International Conference on World Wide Web (WWW), 2013.

The Personality-aware Music Recommender by Yarden E., Lathia, N., Mascolo, C., Rentfrow P.J., Stillwell D.S., Kosinski, M., McNamara, L. ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), (submitted).

Personality and Social Networks: The Big Five as Antecedents of Cognitive and Virtual Social Structures by Crosier, B.S., Webster, G.D., Kosinski, M.Stillwell, D. J. & Zolfaghari, Z. Social Networks, (submitted). 

Relating Personality Types with User Preferences by Cantador I., Fernandez-Tobias, I., Bellogin, A., Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D. Multiple Entertainment Domains In Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Emotions and Personality in Personalized Services (EMPIRE), 2013.

Mining Facebook Data for Predictive Personality Modeling by Markovikj, D., Gievska, S., Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D.J. AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM), 2013.

Personality and Patterns of Facebook Usage by Bachrach, Y., Kosinski, M., Graepel, T., Kohli, P., Stillwell, D.J. ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci), 2012.

Psychological Aspects of Social Communities by Friggeri, A., Lambiotte, R., Kosinski, M., Fleury E. ASE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), 2012.

myPersonality project: Example of successful utilization of online social networks for large-scale social research by Stillwell, D.J.Kosinski, M. International Conference on Mobile Systems (MobiSys), 2012.

Facebook and Privacy: The Balancing Act of Personality, Gender, and Relationship Currency by Quercia, D., Las Casas, D., Pesce, J.P., Stillwell, D., Kosinski, M., Almeida, V., Crowcroft, J.AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM), 2012.

Crowd IQ - Aggregating Opinions to Boost Performance by Kosinski, M., Bachrach, Y., Graepel, T., Kasneci, G., Van Gael, J. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2012. [view poster]

The Personality of Popular Facebook Users by Quercia, D., Lambiotte, R., Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D. & Crowcroft, J.ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), 2012.

Our Twitter Profiles, Our Selves: Predicting Personality with Twitter by Quercia, D., Kosinski, M., Stillwell, D., Crowcroft, J. IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom), 2011.

Assistant Professor in Organisational Psychology, Stanford Graduate School of Business
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