I have a strong interest in the extent to which culturally sanctioned styles of communication influence cognition. I have conducted a series of studies which show that East Asians, who are familiar with high-context communication practices, are more likely to pay attention to contextual information (e.g., vocal tone) in the comprehension of emotional utterances, whereas Americans, who are familiar with low-context communication practices, are more likely to pay attention to verbal meaning. I have recently conducted studies to examine the extent to which culture is inscribed into the brain by using event-related potentials (ERP), genotyping, and behavioral paradigms.
- Communication, Language
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
- Social Cognition
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- Ishii, K., Miyamoto, Y., Rule, N. O., & Toriyama, R. (2014). Physical objects as vehicles of cultural transmission: Maintaining harmony and uniqueness through colored geometric patterns. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 175-188.
- Quintelier, K. J. P., Ishii, K., Weeden, J., Kurzban, R., & Braeckman, J. (2013). Individual differences in reproductive strategy are related to views about recreational drug use in Belgium, the Netherlands and Japan. Human Nature, 24, 196-217.
- Ishii, K. (2013). Culture and the mode of thought: A review. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 16, 123-132.
- Miyamoto, Y., Knoepfler, C. A., Ishii, K., & Ji, L. (2013). Cultural variation in the focus on goals versus processes of actions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 707-719.
- Masuda, T., Wang, H., Ishii, K., & Ito, K. (2012). Do surrounding figures’ emotions affect judgment of the target figure’s emotion? Comparing the eye-movement patterns of European Canadians, Asian Canadians, Asian international students, and Japanese. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 6, 72.
- Ishii, K., Miyamoto, Y., Mayama, K., & Niedenthal, P. M. (2011). When your smile fades away: Cultural differences in sensitivity to the disappearance of smiles. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 516-522.
- Ishii, K., & Kitayama, S. (2011). Outgroup homogeneity effect in perception: An exploration with Ebbinghaus illusion. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 14, 159-163.
- Gray, H. M., Ishii, K., & Ambady, N. (2011). Misery loves company: When sadness increases the desire for social connectedness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1438-1448.
- Rule, N. O., Ishii, K., Ambady, N., Rosen, K. S., & Hallett, K. C. (2011). Found in translation: Cross-cultural consensus in the accurate categorization of male sexual orientation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1499-1507.
- Rule, N. O., Ishii, K., & Ambady, N. (2011). Cross-cultural impressions of leaders' faces: Accuracy and consensus. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 35, 833-841.
- Ishii, K., Kobayashi, Y., & Kitayama, S. (2010). Interdependence modulates the brain response to word-voice incongruity. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 5, 307-317.
- Oishi, S., Ishii, K., & Lun, J. (2009). Residential mobility and conditionality of group identification. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 913-919.
- Rigdon, M. L., Ishii, K., Watabe, M., & Kitayama, S. (2009). Minimal social cues in the dictator game. Journal of Economic Psychology, 30, 358-367.
- Ishii, K., & Kurzban, R. (2008). Public goods games in Japan: Cultural and individual differences in reciprocity. Human Nature, 19, 138-156.
- Kitayama, S., Ishii, K., Imada, T., Takemura, K., & Ramaswamy, J. (2006). Voluntary settlement and the spirit of independence: Evidence from Japan's "Northern frontier." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 369-384.
- Ishii, K., Reyes, J. A., & Kitayama, S. (2003). Spontaneous attention to word content versus emotional tone: Differences among three cultures. Psychological Science,14, 39-46.
- Kitayama, S., & Ishii, K. (2002). Word and voice: Spontaneous attention to emotional utterances in two languages. Cognition & Emotion, 16, 29-59.
- Experimental Methodology
- Experimental Research in Social Sciences
- Introduction to Psychology
- Social Psychology
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Letters, Kobe University
1-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku
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