Our team’s new review article “Relational mobility and close relationships: A socioecological approach to explain cross-cultural differences” (Authors: Mie Kito, Masaki Yuki, and Robert Thomson) has been accepted for publication in Personal Relationships journal.

Read the paper in the Journal website.

Abstract: This article reviews how behaviors and psychological tendencies in close relationships differ between cultures, and proposes a socioecological framework to understand those differences. Our review of the literature finds that paradoxically, people in individualistic cultures are more actively engaged in close relationships (e.g., higher levels of social support, self-disclosure, intimacy, and love) than those in collectivistic cultures. From an adaptationist perspective, we argue that one reason for these differences is due to higher levels of relational mobility in individualistic cultures. In societies with high relational mobility, where relationships are relatively more fragile, more active engagement in close relationships helps individuals to impress potential, and retain current, partners. We emphasize the importance of examining social-ecologies to better understand close relationships.

Citation information: Kito, M., Yuki, M., & Thomson, R. (in press). Relational mobility and close relationships: A socioecological approach to explain cross-cultural differences. Personal Relationships.



October 1st, 2018

Ms. Wen-Qiao Li has joined the lab!

Ms. Wen-Qiao Li, a new MEXT research student who completed her master’s degree at Sun Yat-sen University has joined our […]

July 1st, 2018

New special website for the relational mobility project launched

We have launched our new special website for the relational mobility project. The content is RICH: Scales in multiple languages, data sharing, […]

June 29th, 2018

New paper on 39-country comparison of relational mobility published in PNAS journal

Our large-scale 39-country study that tested and explored the ecological antecedents and psychological consequences of relational mobility, along with validation […]

June 1st, 2018

Lauren Howard (College of William and Mary) is staying with us!

Ms. Lauren Howard, a master’s student at the College of William and Mary is staying with us from June 1 […]

March 10th, 2018

Dr. Christina Sagioglou is staying with us

Dr. Christina Sagioglou, a post-doctoral researcher at Institut für Psychologie, Universität Innsbruck, is staying in our lab from March to […]

December 3rd, 2017

New paper on relational mobility and passion in romantic relationships accepted publication in Evolutionary Psychology journal

Our new paper on relational mobility and passion in romantic relationships (lead author: Junko Yamada) has been accepted publication in […]

July 25th, 2017

Masaki Yuki has become a collaborator of Seshat project at University of Oxford

Masaki Yuki has become a Collaborator of the Seshat, a global history databank project, and of the Cultural Evolution Lab at […]

June 9th, 2017

New online article on the cultural differences in group behavior and psychology!

Our new review article on the East-West differences in group behavior and psychology is now online! Reference: Kavanagh, C., & Yuki, […]

April 1st, 2017

Robert Thomson has become a Lecturer at Hokusei Gakuen University!

Robert Thomson (Ph.D. program graduate) has become a Lecturer of Media Communication at Department of English at Hokusei Gakuen University. Congratulations, […]

October 9th, 2016

Our paper received JGDA Outstanding Publication Award

Our paper has received a 2015 Outstanding Publication Award from the Japanese Group Dynamics Association! Yamada, J., Kito, M., & […]