Research Presentation (Webinar) will be held on Feb.22 as follows.

1.Date:February 22, 2021 13:00-14:30
2.Place:Zoom  Please fill in and send the following format. You will receive the Zoom meeting details accordingly.     
3.Speaker:Dr. Yang Li
4.Title: Trust among Japan, China and US
5.Language:Japanese(Presentation slides in English)
Trust plays an integral role in effective interpersonal and social
functioning. Substantial variances of trust exist, when people act
towards different target, between different individuals, and among
different cultures. In this talk, I will introduce a set of studies
focusing on different aspects of trust, including the following: (1)
The interplay of culture and relational distance on trust. Although it
is a universal pattern that trust declines as the relational distance
with the target increases, the steepness of the decline varies across
culture, in a way that East Asians make clearer distinction between
closer others and strangers, comparing to North Americans, which is
consisting with Yamagishi’s theory of general trust. On the other
hand, China repeatedly demonstrates higher level of general trust than
Japan, which calls for a closer look at the within-East-Asian
comparison. Therefore, I conducted studies about (2) Japan and China
(and US) difference of general trust. Through a few experimental
studies, I investigate the Japan-China-US difference of trust towards
strangers. By manipulating the possibility of expressing one’s trust
towards the counterpart in the experimental game, I explore the effect
of “expectation of reciprocity”, and try to link it with cultural
difference of social networks between Japan and China. I am hoping to
deliver the latest data which is still being collected by the time of
submission of this abstract. From a different angle, I also studied
the consequences of (3) mistrust under inter-group situation. I focus
on the inter-group(national) conflict among Japanese, Chinese and
Americans, and argue that preemptive aggression among countries can
mostly be explained as a mistrust towards each other, rather than
Yang Li received her Ph.D. degree at Hokkaido University, and worked
in Tamagawa University and The University of Melbourne. She is
currently a Designated Assistant Professor at the Center for Future
Value Research, Graduate School of Informatics, Nagoya University.
Yang identifies herself as a social psychologist, whose research
interests are in the social-ecological, psychological, and
evolutionary mechanisms of human altruism, including cooperation,
trust and intergroup conflict. The major research projects involve:
(1) the individual difference and cultural difference of trust towards
people in general; (2) the role of “altruistic punishment” in the
evolution process and maintenance of cooperation; (3) mistrust and
negative emotion behind the inter-group conflict between US, Japan and
China; (4) the role of common knowledge in promoting cooperation under
various of situation, including climate change and resource dilemma.
Her major approach to these issues is using experimental method with
behavioral economics game.
Yang actively collaborates with researchers across the world including
Chinses Academy of Social Science, the University of Melbourne,
Mälardalen University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She also
maintains an academic collaboration network with Japanese researchers
at Hokkaido University, Nagoya University, Aoyama Gakuin Univeristy,
Tamagawa University, Kochi University of Technology, Hiroshima Shudo
University, and Seinan Gakuin University. She serves as the media
manager of Asian Association of Social Psychology, as well as a review
editor of Evolutionary Psychology section of Frontiers in Psychology.
問い合わせ先: 情報学研究科心理・認知科学専攻 石井敬子(