Yukiko Uchida

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Yukiko Uchida  |  Professor  |  Cultural Psychology, Social Psychology

My research has focused on cultural variations in emotion and social relationships. In the course of my research in cultural psychology, I have suggested that daily practices and meanings construct our psychological functions and self-systems. In particular, my research examines the meanings of happiness and unhappiness; people’s experience of emotions and understanding of others’; and the roles of emotional support and social relationships. My cross-cultural studies examine how participation in meaningful cultural practices fosters these psychological processes.

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Email: uchida.yukiko.6m[at] kyoto-u.ac.jp
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Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, 2003
Postdoctoral Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2003-2005
Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan, 2003-2004
Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, 2004-2005
Assistant Professor, Koshien University, 2005-2008
Assistant Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 2008-2011
Associate Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 2011- 2019
Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 2019
Kyoto University Ph.D.(Social Psychology)
2019.9~2020.5 Stanford University, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Berggruen Fellow



Maeura, N., Nakayama, M., Uchida, Y.
The discriminability and commonality between awe and “kando” (being emotionally moved) in Japan
Cognitive Studies , in press

Boiger, M, Kirchner, A, Schouten, A, Uchida, Y, Mesquita, B.
Different Bumps in the Road: The Emotional Dynamics of Couple Disagreements in Belgium and Japan Emotion
Emotion, in press

Uchida, Y. (2020). "Thinking About Our Happiness: A Cultural-Psychological Perspective"
Shinyosha, Tokyo, Japan.

Schouten, A., Boiger, M., Kirchner-Häusler, A., Uchida, Y., & Mesquita, B. (2020).
Cultural differences in emotion suppression in Belgian and Japanese couples: A social functional model.
Frontiers in Psychology, 11: 1048.
doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01048

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

De Almeida, I., & Uchida, Y . (2020). Examining affective valence in Japanese and Brazilian cultural products: An analysis on emotional words in song lyrics and newspapers.
Psychologia, 61, 174-184

Fukushima, S., Takemura, K., Uchida, Y., Asano, S., Okuda, N. (2018/2019). Trust Within a Community is a double-edged sword: Trust has a Positive Individual-level Effect and a Negative Contextual Effect on Subjective Well-Being.
Psychologia, 61, 113-123.

Uchida, Y., Takemura, K., Fukushima, S. (2019). How do socio-ecological factors shape culture? Understanding the process of micro-macro interactions.
Current opinion in psychology, 32, 115-119

Kaneko, S., Kato, T., Makinodan, M., Komori, T., Ishida, R., Kishimoto, N., Takahashi, M., Yasuda, Y., Hashimoto, R., Iwasaka, H., Tanaka, A., Uchida, Y., Kanba, S., & Kishimoto, T. (2019). The Self-Construal Scale: A Potential Tool for Predicting Subjective Well-Being of Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism research, Online First.

Krys, K., Zelenski, J. M., Capaldi, C. A., Park, J., van Tilburg, W.,van Osch, Y., Haas, B. W., Bond, M. H., Dominguez-Espinoza, A., Xing,
C., Igbokwe, D. O., Kwiatkowska, A., Luzniak-Piecha, M., Nader, M.,Rizwan, M., Zhu, Z., & Uchida, Y. (2019)
Putting the 'we' into well-being: Using collectivism-themed measures of well-being attenuates well-being’s association with individualism.
Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 22, 256-267


Krys, K., Capaldi, C. A., Zelenski, J. M., Park, J., Nader, M.,Kocimska-Zych, A., Kwiatkowska, A., Michalski, P., & Uchida, Y. (in press)
Family well-being is valued more than personal well-being: A four-country study.
Current Psychology

Rappleye, J., Komatsu, H., Uchida, Y., Krys, K., & Markus, H. (in press).
‘Better policies for better lives’?: constructive critique of the OECD’s (mis)measure of student well-being.
Journal of Education Policy.

Taylor, P.M. & Uchida, Y. (2019). Awe or horror: Differentiating two emotional responses to schema-incongruence. Cognition and Emotion, 33,
1548-1561.

Liu, H.I., Uchida, Y., & Norasakkunkit, V. (2019)
Socio-Economic Marginalization and Compliance Motivation among Students and Freeters in Japan
Frontiers in psychology, 10, 312. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00312

Uchida, Y., Takemura, K., Fukushima, S., Saizen, I., Kawamura, Y.,Hitokoto, H., Koizumi, N., & Yoshikawa, S. (2019).
Farming cultivates a community-level shared culture through collective activities: Examining contextual effects with multilevel analyses.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116(1), 1-14.

Mano, F., Ikeda, K., Uchida, Y., Liu, I-H.,Joo, E., Okura, M., & Inagaki, N. (2019) A novel psychosocial factor involved in diabetes self-care in the Japanese cultural context.
Journal of diabetes investigation,10, 4, 1102-1107

Krys, K., Uchida, Y., Oishi, S., & Diener, E. (2019). Open Society fosters satisfaction: Explanation to why individualism associates with country level measures of satisfaction.
The Journal of Positive Psychology, 14, 768-778

Uchida, Y,, Kitayama, S., Akutsu, S., Park, J., & Cole, S. W. (2018).
Optimism and the conserved transcriptional response to adversity.
Health Psychology, 37, 1077-1080.

Hitokoto, H., & Uchida, Y. (2018). Interdependent happiness: Progress and implications.
In. M. Demir, & N. Sumer (Eds.). Close Relationships and Happiness across Cultures, pp.19-39. Dordrecht: Springer.

Ito, A., Gobel, M.S., & Uchida, Y. (2018).
Leaders in interdependent contexts suppress nonverbal assertiveness: A multilevel analysis of Japanese university club leaders' and members' rank signaling. Frontiers in Psychology, 9:723.doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00723
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Boiger, M., Ceulemans, E., De Leersnyder, J., , Uchida. Y., Norasakkunkit, V., & Mesquita, B. (2018).
Beyond essentialism: Cultural differences in emotions revisited. Emotion, 18, 1142-1162.

Ikeda, K., Fujimoto, S., Morling, B., Ayano-Takahara, S., Harashima, S., Uchida, Y., & Inagaki, N. (2018).
Cross-cultural comparison of predictors for self-care behaviors in patients with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Investigation, 9, 1212-1215. doi: 10.1111/jdi.12822
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Kirchner, A., Boiger, M., Uchida, Y., Norasakkunkit, V., Verduyn, P., & Mesquita, B. (2017).
Humiliated fury is not universal: The co-occurrence of anger and shame in the United States and Japan. Cognition and Emotion, 32, 1317-1328.

Norasakkunkit, V, Uchida. Y, & Takemura, K. (2017).
Evaluating distal and proximal explanations for withdrawal: A rejoinder to Varnum and Kwon's "The ecology of withdrawal".
Frontiers in Psychology, 8:2085. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02085
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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 and the Social Context. Tokyo: Springer Japan.

Thin, N., Verma, R., & Uchida, Y. (2017). Culture, development and happiness. In Center for Bhutan Studies and GNH (Eds.), Happiness: Transforming the development landscape (pp. 260-296). Center for Bhutan Studies and GNH.
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Kimel, S. Y., Mischkowski, D., Kitayama, S., & Uchida, Y. (2017). Culture, emotions, and the cold shoulder: Cultural Difference in the anger and sadness response to ostracism.
Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Published Online: August 15, 2017.

Tominaga, H., Uchida, Y., Miyamoto, Y., & Yamasaki, T. (2017). Negative affect during a collective (but not an Individual) task is associated with holistic attention in East Asian cultural context.
Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1283. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01283
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Kitayama, S., Yanagisawa, K., Ito, A., Uedad, R., Uchida, Y., & Abe, N. (2017). Reduced orbitofrontal cortical volume is associated with interdependent self-construal.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)
Published online before print July 12, 2017, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1704831114

Uchida, Y., Savani, K., Hitokoto, H., & Kaino, K. (2017).
Do you always choose what you like? Subtle social cues increase preference-choice consistency among Japanese but not among Americans.
Frontiers in Psychology. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00169 論文LINK 


Ogihara, Y., Uchida, Y., & Kusumi, T. (2016). Losing confidence over time: Temporal changes in self-esteem among older children and early adolescents in Japan, 1999-2006. SAGE Open, 6, 1-8.
doi: 10.1177/2158244016666606

Kitayama, S., Akutsu, S., Uchida, Y., & Cole S. W. (2016).
Work, meaning, and gene regulation: Findings from a Japanese information technology firm. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 72, 175-181.

Choi, E., Kim, Y-y., & Uchida, Y. (2016).
The folk psychology of happiness in Korea. Korean Journal of Culture and Social Issues, 22, 165-182.


Ishii, K., & Uchida, Y. (2016). Japanese youth marginalization decreases interdependent orientation. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47, 376-384.

Tsai, J. L., et al (2016). Leaders' smiles reflect culturla differences in ideal affect. (9/14 authors). Emotion, 16, 183-195.

Boiger, M., Uchida, Y., Norasakkunkit, V., & Mesquita, B. (2016). Protecting autonomy, protecting relatedness: Appraisal patterns of daily anger and shame in the United States and Japan.
Japanese Psychological Research, 58, 28-41.

Uchida, Y., & Oishi, S. (2016). The happiness of individuals and the collective. Japanese Psychological Research, 58, 125-141.

Park, J., Uchida, Y., & Kitayama, S. (2016).
Cultural variation in implicit independence: An extension of Kitayama et al. 2009.
International Journal of Psychology, 51, 269–278.

Ford, B. Q., Dmitrieva, J. O., Heller, D., Chentsova-Dutton, Y., Grossmann, I., Tamir, M., Uchida, Y., Koopmann-Holm, B., Uhrig, M., Floerke, V., Bokhan, T., & Mauss, I. B. (2015). Culture shapes whether the pursuit of happiness predicts higher or lower well-being.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, 1053-1062.
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Ogihara, Y., Fujita, H., Tominaga, H., Ishigaki, S., Kashimoto, T., Takahashi, A., Toyohara, K., & Uchida, Y. (2015). Are common names becoming less common? The rise in uniqueness and individualism in Japan. Frontiers in Psychology. 6:1490.
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Uchida, Y., & Norasakkunkit, Y. (2015). The Neet and Hikikomori spectrum: Assessing the risks and consequences of becoming culturally marginalized. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01117/
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Uchida, Y., Kanagawa, C., Takenishi, A., Harada, A., Okawa, K., & Yabuno, H. (2015). How did the media report on the Great East Japan Earthquake? Objectivity and emotionality seeking in Japanese media coverage. PLoS ONE, e0125966.
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Savani, K., Wadhwa, M., Uchida, Y., Ding, Y., & Naidu, N. V. R. (2015). When Norms Loom Larger Than the Self: Susceptibility of Preference-Choice Consistency to Normative Influence Across Cultures.
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 129, 70-79.

Morling, B., Uchida, Y., Frentrup, S. (2015). Social support in two cultures: Everyday transactions in the U.S. and empathic assurance in Japan.
PLoS ONE, 10(6): e0127737. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127737
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Uchida, Y., Ogihara, Y., & Fukushima, S. (2015). Interdependently achieved happiness in East Asian cultural context: A Cultural Psychological point of view.
In Trommsdorff, G & Assmann, W. R (Eds.), Engaging in interdisciplinary research. Quality of life in cultural context.
Universitatsverlag Konstanz, UTB., Germany.

Uchida, Y., Ogihara, Y., & Fukushima, S. (2015). Cultural construal of wellbeing - Theories and empirical evidence.
In Glatzer, W., Camfield, L., Moller, V., & Rojas, M. (Eds.), Global Handbook of Quality of Life: Exploration of Well-Being of Nations and Continents. (pp. 823-837). Springer Netherlands.
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-9178-6_38 [peer-reviewed book chapter]

Hitokoto, H. & Uchida, Y. (2015). Interdependent Happiness: Theoretical Importance and Measurement Validity.
Journal of Happiness Studies,16,211-239.

Nagaoka, C., & Uchida, Y. (2014).
Preliminary study on the relation between the coping patterns and the mental health of radiation control personnel and non-destructive inspectors engaged in the periodic inspections of nuclear plants.
Journal of Occupational Health, 56, 169-177.

Uchida, Y., & Takemura, K. (2014). Editorial: Regional Communities. Psychologia, 57, 225–228.

Takemura, K., Uchida, Y., & Fujino, M. (2014).
Extension officers as social coordinators: Comparison between agricultural and fishing communities in Japan. Psychologia, 57, 245–258

Ogihara, Y, Uchida, Y., and Kusumi, T. (2014).
How do Japanese perceive individualism? Examination of the meaning of individualism in Japan.
Psychologia, 57, 213-223.
http://hdl.handle.net/2433/198302

Norasakkunkit, V., & Uchida, Y. (2014).
To conform or to maintain self-consistency? Hikikomori risk in Japan and the deviation from seeking harmony.
Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 33, 918-935.

Ishii, K., Kitayama, S. and Uchida, Y. (2014).
Voluntary settlement and its consequences on predictors of happiness: the influence of initial cultural context. Frontiers in Psychology. 5:1311. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01311


Ikeda, K., Fujimoto, S., Morling, B., Ayano-Takahara, S., Carroll, A. E., Harashima, S., Uchida, Y., & Inagaki, N. (2014).
Social orientation and diabetes-related distress in Japanese and American patients with type 2 diabetes.
PLoS ONE 9(10): e109323. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109323

Takemura, K., Uchida, Y., & Yoshikawa S (2014). Roles of extension officers to promote social capital in Japanese agricultural communities.
PLoS ONE 9: e91975. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091975
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0091975

Uchida, Y., & Norasakkunkit, V. (2014). Asian versus Western views.
In: Michalos AC (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer,
Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp 248-253.

Ogihara, Y., & Uchida, Y. (2014).
Does individualism bring happiness? Negative effects of individualism on interpersonal relationships and happiness. Frontiers in Psychology. 5:135.
doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00135

Uchida, Y., & Ueno, T., & Miyamoto, Y. (2014). You were always on my mind: The importance of 'significant others' in the attenuation of retrieval-induced forgetting in Japan.
Japanese Psychological Research.56, 263–274

Uchida, Y., Takahashi, Y., & Kawahara, K. (2014). Changes in hedonic and eudaimonic well-being after a severe nationwide disaster: The case of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Journal of Happiness Studies, 15, 207-221.


Boiger, M., Mesquita,B., Uchida, Y., & Barrett, L. F. (2013). Condoned or condemned - the situational affordance of anger and shame in the US and Japan. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 540-553.


Uchida, Y., Norasakkunkit, V., & Kitayama, S. (2013).
Cultural constructions of happiness: Theory and empirical evidence.
In A. Delle Fave (Ed.), The exploration of happiness: Present and future perspectives. Springer.pp.269-280.


Park, J., Haslam, N., Shimizu, H., Kashima, Y. & Uchida, Y. (2013). More Human Than Others, but Not Always Better: The Robustness of Self-Humanizing Across Cultures and Interpersonal Comparisons. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44, 671- 683.

Oishi, S., Kesebir, S., Miao, F. F., Talhelm, T., Endo,Y., Uchida, Y., Shibanai, Y., & Norasakkunkit, V. (2013). Residential mobility increases motivation to expand social network:But why? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 217-223.


Uchida, Y., & Ogihara, Y. (2012). Personal or interpersonal construal of happiness: A cultural
psychological perspective. International Journal of Wellbeing, 2(4), 354-369. doi:10.5502/ijw.v2.i4.5
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Norasakkunkit, V., Kitayama, S., & Uchida Y. (2012). Social anxiety and holistic cognition: Self-focused social anxiety in the United States and Other-focused social anxiety in Japan. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 742-757.

Norasakkunkit, V., Uchida, Y., & Toivonen, T. (2012). Caught between culture, society, and globalization: Youth marginalization in postindustrial Japan. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6/5, 361-378.


Norasakkunkit, V., & Uchida, Y., (2012). Marginalized Japanese youth in post-industrial Japan: Motivational patterns, self-perceptions, and the structural foundations of shifting values. In Trommsdorff, G., & Chen, X. (Eds). Values, Religion, and Culture in Adolescent Development. pp. 211-234. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bastian, B., Kuppens,P., Hornsey, M. J., Park, J., Koval, P., & Uchida, Y. (2012). Feeling bad about being sad: The role of social expectancies in amplifying negative mood. Emotion, 12, 69-80.


Norasakkunkit, V., & Uchida, Y., (2011). Psychological consequences ofpostindustrial anomie on self and motivation among Japanese youth. Journal of Social Issues, 67, 774-786.

Toivonen T, Norasakkunkit V and Uchida Y (2011) Unable to conform, unwilling to rebel? youth, culture, and motivation in globalizing japan. Front. Psychology 2:207. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00207


Wilken, B., Miyamoto, Y., & Uchida, Y. (2011). Cultural influences on preference consistency: Consistency at the individual and collective levels. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 21, 346-353.

Uchida, Y. (2011). A holistic view of happiness: Belief in the negative side of happiness is more prevalent in Japan than in the United States., Psychologia, 53, 236-245.

Miyamoto, Y., Uchida, Y., & Ellsworth, P. C. (2010).Culture and mixed emotions: Co-occurrence of positive and negative emotions in Japan and the U.S. Emotion, 10, 404-415.

Uchida, Y., Townsend, S.S.M., Markus, H. R., & Bergsieker, H. B. (2009). Emotions as Within or Between People? Cultural Variation in Lay Theories of Emotion Expression and Inference. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1427-1439.

Uchida, Y., & Kitayama, S. (2009). Happiness and unhappiness in east and west: Themes and variations. Emotion, 9, 4, 441-456.


Uchida, Y., Kitayama, S., Mesquita, B., Reyes, J. A. S., Morling, B (2008). Is Perceived emotional support beneficial? Well-being and health in independent and interdependent cultures. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 741-754.


Tsai, J. L., Louie, J Y., Chen, E. E., Uchida, Y. (2007). Learning what feelings to desire: Socialization of ideal affect through children's storybooks. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 17-30.

Kitayama, S., Duffy, S., Uchida, Y. (2007) Self as cultural mode of being. In S. Kitayama, D. Cohen(Eds.)., Handbook of Cultural Psychology, pp 136-174. Guilford Press.


Markus, H. R., Uchida, Y., Omoregie, H., Townsend, S., Kitayama, S. (2006). Going for the gold: Sociocultural models of agency in Japanese and American contexts. Psychological Science, 17, 103-112.


Mondillon, L., Niedenthal, P. M., Brauer, M., Rohman, A., Dalle, N., Uchida, Y. (2005). "Cultures" of power and beliefs about power and emotional experience. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 1112-1122.

Kitayama, S., Uchida, Y. (2005) Interdependent Agency: An Alternative System for Action. In R. Sorrentino, D. Cohen, J.M. Olson, M. P. Zanna (Eds.)., Culture and social behavior: The Ontario Symposium, (Vol. 10). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Uchida, Y., Norasakkunkit, V., Kitayama, S. (2004) Cultural constructions of happiness: Theory and empirical evidence. Journal of Happiness Studies, 5,3, 223-239.

Messervey, D., Ji, L.-J., Uchida, Y. (2004) Culture and cognition. In Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology. Elsevier Ltd.

Kitayama, S., Uchida, Y. (2003) When implicit and explicit self-evaluations fail to converge: evaluating self and friend in two cultures. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 476-482.


Uchida, Y. Kitayama, S. (2000) Implicit self-attachment in Japan: An examination with an Implicit Association Test.In Proceedings of the 13th Toyota Conference on Affective Minds. Oxford:Elsevier Science.

Award:
2012 Outstanding Paper Award: Japan Association for Planning Administration
Uchida, Y. (2011). Happiness in Japanese culture: Psychological and social requirements for reconstruction in Japan. Planning Administration, 34, 21-26.

2013 Outstanding Paper Award: Japan Group Dynamics Association
Uchida, Y., Endo, Y., & Shibanai, Y. (2012). Well-being and social relationship styles: Effects of quantity and quality of social relationships. Japanese Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 52, 63-75.

2015 Agricultural Extension Research Society of Japan Award (encouraging prize)

2015 Most Outstanding Female Researchers Award, Kyoto University (Tachibana award)

2015 Outstanding Paper Award: The Japanese Psychological Association
Uchida, Y., & Ueno, T., & Miyamoto, Y. (2014). You were always on my mind: The importance of 'significant others' in the attenuation of retrieval-induced forgetting in Japan.
Japanese Psychological Research.56, 263–274

2016 International Contributions to Psychology; Awards for Distinguished Early and Middle Career Contributions (The Japanese Psychological Association)

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