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Culture & Cognition Lab


Yuri Miyamoto


Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2006, University of Michigan

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My research focuses on the interplay between cultural contexts and psychological processes. To understand dynamic ways in which culture and psychological processes mutually shape and sustain each other, the specific aims of my research programs are twofold: (i) to illuminate cultural differences in both cognition and communication (i.e., context-independence vs. context-dependence) and emotion (i.e., maximization of positives vs. middle-way), and (ii) to elucidate proximal mechanisms through which distal cultural systems shape psychological processes.


Representative Publications

Miyamoto, Y., & Wilken, B. (in press). Cultural differences and their machanisms.  In D. Reisberg (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Psychology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Miyamoto, Y., & Eggen, A. T. (in press). Cultural perspectives. H. Kaplan (Ed.), Handbook of Social Psychology, New York: Springer.

Miyamoto, Y. & Ma, X. (2011). Dampening or savoring positive emotions: A dialectical cultural script guides emotion regulation. Emotion, 11, 1346-1357.

Ishii, K., Miyamoto, Y., Niedenthal, P. M., & Mayama, K. (2011). When your smile fades away: Cultural differences in sensitivity to the disappearance of smiles. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 516-522.

Miyamoto, Y. & Ji, L. J. (2011). Power fosters context-independent, analytic cognition. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1449-1458.

Miyamoto, Y., Yoshikawa, S., & Kitayama, S. (2011). Feature and configuration in face processing: Japanese are more configural than Americans. Cognitive Science, 35, 563-574.

Shechter, O., Durik, A. M., Miyamoto, Y., & Harackiewicz, J. M. (2011). The role of utility value in achievement behavior: The importance of culture. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 303-317.

Miyamoto, Y., & Ryff, C. (2011).  Cultural differences in the dialectical and non-dialectical emotional styles and their implications for health.  Cognition and Emotion, 25, 22-30.

Miyamoto, Y. & Wilken, B. (2010).  Culturally contingent situated cognition: Influencing others fosters analytic perception in the U.S. but not in Japan. Psychological Science, 21, 1616-1622.

Miyamoto, Y., Uchida, Y., & Ellsworth, P. C. (2010). Culture and mixed emotions: Co-occurrence of positive and negative emotions in Japan and the U.S. Emotion, 10, 404-415.

Miyamoto, Y. & Schwarz, N. (2006). When conveying a message may hurt the relationship: Cultural differences in the difficulty of using an answering machine. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 540-547.

Miyamoto, Y., Nisbett, R. E., & Masuda, T. (2006). Culture and the physical environment: Holistic versus analytic perceptual affordances. Psychological Science, 17, 113-119.

Nisbett, R. E. & Miyamoto, Y. (2005). The influence of culture: Holistic versus analytic perception. Trends in Cognitive Science, 9, 467-473.


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