Shinobu Kitayama

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Shinobu Kitayama  |  Social Psychology, Cultural Psychology

Dr. Kitayama’s research focuses on cultural variations in self, cognition, emotion, and motivation. More recently, he has used neuroscientific measures, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalogram (EEG), to investigate the nature of the dynamic, recursive interaction between culture and the brain. His most recent work has focused on how certain dopamine-related genes may modulate cultural acquisition.


Ph.D., Psychology, University of Michigan, 1987
M.A., Kyoto University, 1982
B.A., Kyoto University, 1979
Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences, 1995-1996, 2007-2008
Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, 2010-2011
Editor-in-chief of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2008
Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan, -current
Specially Appointed Professor, Kyoto University, -current