Social Ecology and Psychology LabEnvironmental Social Psychology LabNobuyuki Takahashi LabTaiki Takahashi LabMasanori Takezawa LabComparative Cognitive (Developmental) Science Lab)Akira Nakajima LabNeuro-cognition Lab
We live embedded within societies and groups – how do they affect our behavior and psychology? Led by Masaki Yuki, our group tries to answer this question by 1) synthesizing theories in diverse fields such as social psychology, cultural psychology, behavioral ecology, and cognitive anthropology, and 2) employing cross-cultural comparisons, laboratory experiments, and field studies.
Led by Dr. Susumu Onuma, we are engaged in empirical research which aims to address public policy, particularly related to environmental policy, ascertaining the relationship between individual behaviors and the wider society. Using a multifaceted approach which employs not only case studies but also gaming simulation and experiments, we tackle various issues such as NIMBY, energy issues, and environmental policy.
Based on the concept of micro-macro social psychology, our lab conducts research focusing on human society from an adaptive perspective. Our major research topics include cooperation, social dilemma, and fairness. We employ a wide range of research methods, including computer modeling, laboratory experiments, and questionnaires.
Our group (including supervised students), focusing on behavioral neuroeconomics and quantum decision theory, is in collaboration with leading research groups around the world (e.g., Univ. Tokyo, Juntendo University, National Institute for Communication Technology, National Institute for Material Science, Neurospin in France, Almeria University in Spain, Hewlett Packard Research Institute).
The human mind is an evolutionarily adaptive cognitive system that has been shaped by processes of Darwinian evolution. Culture and society are products of interactions of the individual with an evolved cognitive system. Based on this evolutionary perspective, and led by Dr. Masanori Takezawa, we have been investigating topics ranging from evolutionary foundations of rationality and learning, the wisdom of crowds, cumulative cultural evolution of scientific knowledge, to the evolution of social norms.
Led by Dr. Ayaka Takimoto, we tackle how nonhuman animals’ social minds have evolved and developed. We use multiple perspectives, using methods such as behavioral observations and experiments, physiological measurements and gene analysis. In particular, we focus on the psychological basis of companion animals’ intra- or inter-species social bonds, mainly in horses.
Our focus is on developing tools and analytical strategies for extracting meaning and insight from complex experimental and survey data.
“Overt” responses are results of “covert” functions in our brain. To clarify mechanisms of social behavior, Assistant prof. Asuka Murata and her students study brain functions related to face recognition, social exclusion, and emotion regulation by using human brain waveforms, called ERPs (event-related brain potentials).