Vinai Norasakkunkit (Associate Professor, Gonzaga University) acted as an in-residence Visiting Scholar for the International Research Unit of Advanced Future Studies, Kyoto University, and collaborated in work at KRC from June 10 to August 7, 2019.
Vinai Norasakkunkit, an Associate Professor at Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA, USA), was a visiting in-residence scholar at Kyoto University’s International Research Unit of Advanced Future Studies, and collaborated on work at KRC from June 10 to August 7, 2019.
Prof. Norasakkunkit specializes in cultural psychology and specifically studies people who show low levels of psychological characteristics typically found in their society or culture (for example, harmonization in Japan and self-consistency in the United States), or who are less motivated to exhibit such characteristics.
During the visit, he collaborated with Professor Yukiko Uchida at KRC on research examining the hypothesis that people who have a low harmony orientation (a central psychological tendency in Japan), may become even less harmony-oriented when they are socially marginalized. In addition, he gave lectures and seminars for graduate students.