Sakiko Yoshikawa

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Sakiko Yoshikawa  |  Program-Specific Professor  |  Cognitive and Affective Psychology

My research field is cognitive and affective psychology; I am particularly interested in the ways that people recognize social signals from visages, such as from gaze and facial expressions. These interests stem from the desire to elucidate that human social competence which enables us to perceive others’ emotions and intentions, to understand our relations with others, and to modulate our behaviors flexibly in face-to-face communication. My current research focuses on perceptual processes and recognition of emotion from dynamic facial expressions, on the effect of gaze on attentional shift, and on spontaneous facial mimicry in face-to-face interactions. My research employs both behavioral experimentation and neuro-scientific methods such as brain-imaging.

Email: yoshikawa.sakiko.4n[at]

Finished Ph.D. Program, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, 1982
Assistant Professor, Outemon-Gakuin University, 1982-1989
Associate Professor, Outemon-Gakuin University, 1989-1997
Visiting Researcher, Nottingham University, England, 1989-1990
Associate Professor, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Education, 1997-2002
Professor, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Education, 2002-2007
Director and Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 2007-2018
Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 2018-2019
Program Specific Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 2019
Kyoto University Ph.D.(Education)

Journal Articles (Selected publications)

Sato, W., Hyniewska, S., Minemoto, K., & Yoshikawa, S. (2019) Facial expressions of basic emotions in Japanese laypeople. Frontiers in Psychology DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00259 

Nakazawa, A., Honda, M., Krazume, R., Sato, W., Ishikawa, S., Yoshikawa, S., Ito. M. (2018)
Computational tender-care science: Computational and cognitive neuroscientific approaches, for understanding the tender care. Sym Collab

Uchida, Y., Takemura, K., Fukushima, S., Saizen, I., Kawamura, Y., Hitokoto, H., Koizumi, N., Yoshikawa, S. (2018) Farming cultivates a community-level shared culture through collective activities: Examining contextual effects with multilevel analyses. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology DOI: 10.1037/pspa0000138 

Suzuki, M., Kawagoe, T., Nishiguchi, S., Abe, N., Otsuka, Y., Nakai,R., Asano, K., Yamada,M., Yoshikawa, S., Sekiyama, K. (2018) Neural correlates of working memory maintenance in advanced aging: Evidence from fMRI Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Manuscript ID: 300528 

Ueda, Y. & Yoshikawa, S. (2018) Beyond Personality Traits: Which facial expression imply dominance in two-person interaction scenes?. Emotion 18,872-885. 

長岡千賀・小山内秀和・矢野裕理・松島佳苗・加藤寿宏・吉川左紀子(2018)「子どもの適応行動の発達を支える療育者の関わり:発達障害の作業療法場面の分析」認知科学, 25, 139-155.

吉川左紀子(2018)「認知心理学からみた人のこころー実験心理学とカウンセリングをつなぐ」島根大学こころとそだちの相談センター紀要, 1,3-11.

Sanders, J.G., Ueda, Y., Minemoto, K., Noyes, E., Yoshikawa, S., Jenkins, R. (2017) Hyper-realistic face masks: A new challenge in person identification. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications.

Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Yoshikawa, S., Toichi, M. (2017) Direction of amygdala-neocortex interaction during dynamic facial expression processing. Cerebral Cortex 27, 1878-1890.

Ueda, Y., Nagoya, K., Yoshikawa, S., & Nomura, M. (2017) Forming facial expressions influences assessment of others’ dominance but not trustworthiness. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:2097.

布井雅人・吉川左紀子(2016)「表情の快・不快情報が選好判断に及ぼす影響:絶対数と割合の効果」心理学研究,87(4), 364-373.

Nunoi, M. & Yoshikawa, S. (2016) Deep processing makes stimuli more preferable over long durations. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28(6) 756-763.

Nagaoka, C., Kuwabara, T., Yoshikawa, S. (2014) Implication of silence in a Japanese psychotherapy context: a preliminary study using quantitative analysis of silence and utterance of a therapist and a client, Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 4(2),147-152. 

Nagaoka, C., Yoshikawa, S., Kuwabara, T., Oyama, Y., Watabe, M., Hatanaka, C., & Komori, M. (2014) A comparison of experienced counsellors, novice counsellors and non-counsellors in memory of client-presented information during therapeutic interviews. Psychologia: An International Journal of Psychological Sciences.

布井雅人・中嶋智史・吉川左紀子 (2014) 「限定ラベルが商品魅力・選択に及ぼす影響」認知心理学研究.

大薗博記・渡部幹・吉川左紀子 (2013) 「言語・表情シグナルに対する罰行使行動の検討」社会心理学研究, 28, 77-86.

Sato, W. and Yoshikawa, S. (2013) Recognition Memory for Faces and Scenes. Journal of General Psychology, 140(1), 1-15.

Ozono, H., Watabe, M., & Yoshikawa, S. (2012) Effects of Facial Expression and Gaze Direction on Approach-Avoidance Behavior. Cognition and Emotion, 26(5), 943-949.

Nakashima, S., Langton, S., & Yoshikawa, S. (2012) The effect of facial expression and gaze direction on memory for unfamiliar faces. Cognition and Emotion, 26(7), 1316-1325.

Miyamoto, Y., Yoshikawa, S., Kitayama, S. (2011) Feature and configuration in face processing: Japanese are more configural than Americans. Cognitive Science, 35(3), 563-574.

長岡千賀・小森政嗣・ 桑原知子・吉川左紀子・大山泰宏・渡部幹・畑中千紘 (2011) 「心理臨床初回面接の進行―非言語行動と発話の臨床的意味の分析を通した予備的研究―」社会言語科学, 14(9), 188-197.

野村光江・布井雅人・吉川左紀子 (2011) 「表情・音声による複雑な感情メッセージの理解--2者対話刺激を用いた検討」 認知科学, 18(3), 441-452.

内田由紀子・竹村幸祐・吉川左紀子 (2011) 「農村社会における普及指導員のコーディネート機能」社会技術研究論文集, 8, 194-203.

伊藤美加・吉川左紀子 (2011) 「表情認知における顔部位の相対的重要性」人間環境学研究, 9(2), 89-95.

Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., & Yoshikawa, S. (2011) The inversion effect for neutral and emotional facial expressions on amygdala activity. Brain Research, 1378, 84-90.

Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Yoshikawa, S. (2010) Amygdala integrates emotional expression and gaze direction in response to dynamic facial expressions. Neuroimage, 50, 1658-1665.

Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Yoshikawa, S., (2010) Automatic attentional shifts by gaze, gestures, and symbols. Psychologia: An International Journal of Psychological Sciences, 53, 27-35.

Sato, W. & Yoshikawa, S., (2010) Detection of emotional facial expressions and anti-expressions, Visual Cognition, 18, 369-388.

Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., & Yoshikawa, S. (2010) Amygdala activity in response to forward versus backward dynamic facial expressions. Brain Research, 1315, 92-99.

野口素子・吉川左紀子 (2010) 「表情表出による情動調整が受け手の情動と対人印象判断に及ぼす影響―不一致表出に着目して―」対人社会心理学研究, 10, 147-154.

伊藤美加・木原香代子・吉川左紀子 (2010) 「未知顔の再認記憶に及ぼす表情の影響:喜び表情の怒り表情に対する優位性」人間環境学研究, 8, 115-121.

大薗博記・森本裕子・中嶋智史・小宮あすか・渡部幹・吉川左紀子 (2010) 「表情と言語的情報が他者の信頼性判断に及ぼす影響」社会心理学研究, 26(1), 65-72.

Adams, R. B. Jr., Rule, N. O., Franklin, R. G. Jr., Wang, E., Stevenson, M. T., Yoshikawa, S., Nomura, M., Soto, W., Kveraga, K., & Ambady, N. (2010) Cross-cultural reading the mind in the eyes: An fMRI investigation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 97-108.

野口素子・吉川左紀子 (2009) 「表情表出の抑制・誇張が主観的情動経験に及ぼす影響」感情心理学研究, 17(1), 12-18.

Sato, W. & Yoshikawa, S. (2009) Anti-expressions: Artificial control stimuli for emotional facial expressions regarding visual properties. Social Behavior and Personality, 37, 491-502.

Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Yoshikawa, S. (2009) Commonalities in the neural mechanisms underlying automatic attentional shifts by gaze, gestures, and symbols. Neuroimage, 45, 984-992.

Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Yoshikawa, S. (2008) Time course of superior temporal sulcus activity in response to eye gaze: A combined fMRI and MEG study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 3, 224-232.

Yoshikawa, S., & Sato, W. (2008) Dynamic facial expressions of emotion induce representational momentum. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, 25-31.

Rhodes, G., Yoshikawa, S., Palermo, R., Simmons, L., Peters, M., Lee, K., Halberstadt, J., & Crawford, J. (2007) Perceived health contributes to the attractiveness of facial symmetry, averageness and sexual dimorphism. Perception, 36, 1244-1252.

Nagaoka, C, Komori, M., & Yoshikawa, S. (2007). Embodied synchrony in conversation. In T. Nishida (ed.), Conversational Informatics, 331-351, Chichester, UK: Wiley.

Sato W., & Yoshikawa S. (2007) Spontaneous facial mimicry in response to dynamic facial expressions. Cognition, 104, 1-18.

Yoshikawa, S., & Sato, W. (2006) Enhanced perceptual, emotional, and motor processing in response to dynamic facial expressions of emotion. Japanese Psychological Research, 48, 213-222.

吉川左紀子 (2005) 「顔・表情の認知研究:最近の進展」科学, 75, 1268-1272.

Sato, W., Yoshikawa, S., Kochiyama, T., & Matsumura, M. (2004) The amygdala processes the emotional significance of facial expressions: An fMRI investigation using the interaction between expression and face direction. Neuroimage, 22, 1006-1013.

吉川左紀子 (2003) 「表情認識における運動情報の処理」基礎心理学研究, 22,76-83.


吉川左紀子「こころ学の効用」(2016) 吉川左紀子・河合俊雄(編著)『こころ学への挑戦』(pp.219-240) 創元社

吉川左紀子(2016)「感情心理学:人と人が出会うとき」 内田伸子、板倉昭二(編)『高校生のための心理学講座:こころの不思議を解き明かそう』(pp77-92)誠信書房.

吉川左紀子 (2013). 大学で学ぶ. 安達千季他(編), ゆとり京大生の大学論. ナカニシヤ出版

長岡千賀・吉川左紀子 (2012). カウンセリング対話における「聴き方」, 子安増生(編), 幸福感を紡ぐ人間関係と教育. ナカニシヤ出版

吉川左紀子 (2011). 感情. 京都大学心理学連合(編), 心理学概論 (pp.156-162). ナカニシヤ出版

乾敏郎・吉川左紀子・川口潤(編)(2010), よく分かる認知科学 ミネルヴァ書房

吉川左紀子(2009). こころを『見る』ということ―心理学のこころみ. 京都文化会議記念出版委員会:川添信介,高橋康夫,吉澤健吉(編), こころの謎 kokoroの未来 (pp. 96-120). 京都大学学術出版会

吉川左紀子 (2007). 表情認知と感情. 藤田和生 (編), 感情科学 (pp. 35-54). 京都:京都大学出版会