Masataka Nakayama

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Masataka Nakayama | Senior Lecturer | Cognitive science,Cultural psychology

My research interest is collectively emerging dynamics of mind/”kokoro”. I investigate different levels of dynamics, 1) emergence of cognition via collective computation by interconnected neurons, 2) emergence of cognition via interaction with environment, and 3) emergence of culture via interacting agents who recursively work as social environment to each other. I am tackling these problems with methodology of psychological experiment and survey as well as artificial neural network modeling and statistical modeling.

E-Mail: nakayama.masataka.4v[at]


B.A., Education, Kyoto University, 2009
M.A., Education, Kyoto University, 2011
JSPS Research Fellow (DC1), 2011-2014
Ph.D., Education, Kyoto University, 2014
Researcher, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 2015
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University Department of Psychology, 2016
Program-Specific Assistant Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 2018-2022
Program-Specific Senior Lecturer, Kyoto University Institute for the Future of Human Society, 2022-present

Research Paper

【International Publications】

Nakayama, M., & Uchida, Y. (in press). Meaning of awe in Japanese (con)text: Beyond fear and respect. Psychologia

Saito, S., Nakayama, M., & Tanida, Y. (in press) Verbal working memory, long-term knowledge, and statistical learning. Current Directions in Psychological Science

Tanida, Y., Nakayama, M., & Saito, S. (in press). The interaction between temporal grouping and phonotactic chunking in short-term serial order memory for novel verbal sequences.
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Yanaoka, K., Nakayama, M., Jarrold, C., & Saito, S. (2018). Determining the developmental requirements for hebb repetition learning in young children: Grouping, short-term memory, and their interaction. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

Nakayama, M., & Saito, S. (2017). Position-element frequency learning is dissociable from Hebb repetition learning. Journal of Memory and Language, 94, 235–253.

Nakayama., M., Tanida., Y., & Saito., S. (2015). Long-term phonological knowledge supports serial ordering in working memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 41(5), 1570-1578.

Nakayama., M. & Saito., S. (2014). Within-word serial order control: Adjacent mora exchange and serial position effects in repeated single-word production. Cognition, 131(3), 415–430.

【Domestic Publications】

笹川果央理・中山真孝・内田由紀子・竹村幸祐 (2017). メンタルヘルス不調による休職者の自己価値の随伴性. 心理学研究.

中山 真孝・齊藤 智(2015).どうか名前で判断しないでください―名前の印象判断に音韻類似性と音素配列頻度が与える影響―.認知科学 22(3), 456-462.

中山 真孝・齊藤 智(2015).言い間違い誘導法を用いた音韻計画過程の検討.心理学研究 86(3), 249-257.

【Book Publications】

Nakayama, M., Ueda, Y., Taylor, P. M., Tominaga, H., Uchida, Y. (2017) Cultural psychology as a form of memory research. In T. Tsukiura & S. Umeda (Eds)., Memory in a Social Context: Brain, Mind, and Society, 281-295, Springer Japan