Dr. rer. nat. Tobias Kordsmeyer-Storp


Research Interests

  • Evolutionary psychology/anthropology
  • Sexual selection (mate choice, intrasexual competition)
  • Personality psychology/interindividual differences (e.g. dominance, status)
  • Neuroendocrinology (in particular, testosterone and cortisol)
  • Effects of personality in applied settings (mainly work context)

Current Projects

  • Effects of personality as well as hormonal and social behavioural processes on status acquisition in group interactions
  • Cross-cultural studies in person perception (e.g. halo effect)
  • Longitudinal effects of big five personality traits on education, income, leadership, and work satisfaction
  • Employee personality and performance, development potential, and attained promotions in a corporate setting


  • Kordsmeyer*, T. L., Botzet*, L. J.*, Ostermann*, Ruß*, J., & Penke, L. (under review). Behavioural Endocrinology in the Social Sciences. [*shared first authorship]
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L., Freund, D., Ueshima, T., Kuroda, K., Kameda, T., & Penke, L. (in press). The attractiveness halo effect of faces and bodies: Cross-cultural similarities and differences between German and Japanese observers. Personality Science.
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L., Speer, A., Kurz, R., & Wilms, R. (2024). Longitudinal effects of employees’ Big five personality traits on internal promotions differentiated by job level in a multinational company. Journal of Business and Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10869-023-09930- 7
  • Rode, T., Kordsmeyer, T. L., & Stern, J. (2022). The relationship between body morphology and narcissism at zero acquaintance. Collabra: Psychology, 8, 37150. https://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.37150
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L. (2022). Capital as an integrative conceptualisation of human characteristics, behaviour, and outcomes predicting reproductive success and evolutionary fitness. Evolutionary Psychological Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40806-021-00293-x
  • Stern, J., ..., Kordsmeyer, T. L., ... (2021). Do voices carry valid information about a speaker’s personality?. Journal of Research in Personality, 92. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2021.104092
  • Stern, J., Kordsmeyer, T. L., & Penke, L. (2021). A longitudinal evaluation of ovulatory cycle shifts in women’s mate attraction and preferences. Hormones and Behavior, 128, 104916. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2020.104916
  • Sundin, Z. W., …, Kordsmeyer, T. L., … (2021). Estimating the association between big five personality traits, testosterone, and cortisol. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40750-020-00159-9
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L., Thies, Y. T. K., Ekrami, O., Stern, J., Schild, C., Spoiala, C., Claes, P., Van Dongen, P., Penke, L. (2020). No evidence for an association between facial fluctuating asymmetry and vocal attractiveness in men or women. Evolutionary Human Sciences, 2, E35. https://doi.org/10.1017/ehs.2020.36.
  • Schild, C., Aung, T., Kordsmeyer, T. L., … (2020). Linking human male vocal parameters to perceptions, body morphology, strength and hormonal profiles in contexts of sexual selection. Scientific Reports, 10, 21296. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-77940-z
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L., Freund, D., van Vugt, M., & Penke, L. (2019). Honest signals of status: Facial and bodily dominance are related to success in physical but not non-physical competition. Evolutionary Psychology, 17. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474704919863164
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L., Jünger, J., & Penke, L. (2019). 3D anthropometric assessment and perception of male body morphology in relation to physical strength. American Journal of Human Biology, e23276. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23276
  • Storp, N., & Kordsmeyer, T. L. (2019). Zeitreihenanalyse zu den Target-Forderungen der Deutschen Bundesbank und mögliche Zusammenhänge mit der expansiven Geldpolitik der EZB. ifo Schnelldienst, 72, 26–28.
  • von Borell, C., Kordsmeyer, T. L., Gerlach, T. M., & Penke, L. (2019). An integrative study of facultative personality calibration. Human Behavior and Evolution, 40, 235-248. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2019.01.002
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L. & Penke, L. (2019). Effects of male testosterone and its interaction with cortisol on self- and observer-rated personality states in a competitive mating context. Journal of Research in Personality, 78, 76-92. doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2018.11.001
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L., Freund, D., Pita, S. R., Jünger, J., & Penke, L. (2018). Further Evidence that Facial Width-to-Height Ratio and Global Facial Masculinity Are Not Positively Associated with Testosterone Levels. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 1-14. doi.org/10.1007/s40750-018-0105-4
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L., Lohöfener, M., & Penke, L. (2018). Male Facial Attractiveness, Dominance, and Health and the Interaction between Cortisol and Testosterone. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40750-018-0098-z
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L., Hunt, J., Puts, D. A., Ostner, J. & Penke, L. (2018). The relative importance of intra- and intersexual selection on human male sexually dimorphic traits. Evolution and Human Behavior, 39, 424-436. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.03.008
  • Jünger, J., Kordsmeyer, T. L., Gerlach, T. M., Penke, L. (2018). Fertile women evaluate male bodies as more attractive, regardless of masculinity. Evolution and Human Behavior, 39, 412-423. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.03.007
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L., & Penke, L. (2017). The association of three indicators of developmental instability with mating success in humans. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38, 704-713. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2017.08.002
  • Kordsmeyer, T. L., MacCarron, P., & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2017). Sizes of permanent campsite communities reflect constraints on natural human communities. Current Anthropology, 58, 289-294. https://doi.org/10.1086/690731
  • Stulp, G., Kordsmeyer, T., Buunk, A.P., & Verhulst, S. (2012). Increased aggression during human group contests when competitive ability is more similar. Biology Letters, 8, 921-923. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2012.0591

Short CV

  • from 04/2022 PostDoc at the University of Goettingen, Department of Biological Personality Psychology (Prof. Dr. Penke)
  • 08/2018-12/2022 employment in different companies in HR (HR consulting, talent & performance management, people analytics; from 04/2022 in part-time)
  • 01/2018-07/2019 PostDoc at the University of Goettingen, Department of Biological Personality Psychology (Prof. Dr. Penke; 08/2018-07/2019 in part-time)
  • 04/2014-01/2018 PhD student at the University of Goettingen, Department of Biological Personality Psychology (Prof. Dr. Penke), PhD programme "Behavior and Cognition", Dr. rer. nat. (magna cum laude, PhD defense 17/01/2018)
  • 10/2012-09/2013 MSc Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK; scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service)
    MSc thesis: "A Face to be Reckoned with: the Relationship Between
    Facial, Psychological and Behavioural Dominance" 
  • 09/2009-08/2012 BSc Psychology (cum laude), University of Groningen, Netherlands
    2nd year: Excellence Programme
    BSc thesis: "Tall claims? The Relationship Between Height and Dominance"