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Takeshi Hamamura

Takeshi Hamamura

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I grew up in Japan, received my education in Japan, the United States, and then Canada. I am now working as a cultural psychologist in Hong Kong.

In my research, I examine the ways in which culture shapes mental processes. Specific topics that I have examined over the years include self-concept, self-evaluation, motivation, reasoning, interpersonal relations, group dynamics, and pain reactions.

I teach social and cultural psychology.

Primary Interests:

  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Self and Identity
  • Sociology, Social Networks

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Journal Articles:

  • Chan, M. Y. P., Hamamura, T., & Janschewitz, K. (2013). Ethnic differences in physical pain sensitivity: Role of acculturation. PAIN, 154, 119-123..
  • Hamamura, T. (2012). Are cultures becoming individualistic? A cross-temporal comparison of individualism-collectivism in the United States and Japan. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16, 3-24.
  • Hamamura, T. (2012). Power distance predicts gender differences in math performance across societies. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 545-548.
  • Hamamura, T. (2012). Social class predicts generalized trust but only in wealthy societies. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 498-509.
  • Hamamura, T. Heine, S. J., & Paulhus, D. L. (2008). Cultural differences in response styles: The role of dialectical thinking. Personality and Individual Differences, 44, 932-942.
  • Hamamura, T., Heine, S. J., & Takemoto, T. (2007). Why the better than average effect is a worse than average measure of self-enhancement: An investigation of conflicting findings from studies of East Asian self-evaluations. Motivation and Emotion, 31, 247-259.
  • Hamamura, T., & Li, M. W. (2012) Discerning cultural identification from a thinly sliced behavioural sample. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1698-1707.
  • Hamamura, T., Meijer, Z., Heine, S. J., Kamaya, K., & Hori, I. (2009). Approach-avoidance motivation and information processing: A cross-cultural analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 454-462.
  • Hamamura, T., & Park, J. H. (2010). Regional differences in pathogen prevalence and defensive reactions to the “swine flu” outbreak among East Asians and Westerners. Evolutionary Psychology, 8, 506-515.
  • Hamamura, T., Xu, Q., & Du, Y. (in press). Culture, social class, and independence-interdependence: The case of Chinese adolescents. International Journal of Psychology.
  • Heine, S. J., & Hamamura, T. (2007). In search of East Asian self-enhancement. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 11, 4-27.
  • Heine, S. J., Kitayama, S., & Hamamura, T. (2007). Inclusion of additional studies yields different conclusions: Comment on Sedikides, Gaertner, & Vevea (2005). Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 10, 49-58.

Other Publications:

  • Hamamura, T. & Heine, S. J. (2008). Approach and avoidance motivation across cultures. In A. J. Elliot. (Eds.), Handbook of approach and avoidance motivation (pp. 557-570). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Hamamura, T., & Heine, S. J. (2007). The role of self-criticism in self-improvement and face maintenance among Japanese.  In E. C. Chang (Ed.), Self-criticism and self-enhancement: Theory, research, and clinical implications (pp. 105-122). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Courses Taught:

  • Culture and Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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