Name YAMAZAKI Mizuki
Official Title Associate Professor
Affiliation Sociology and Media Studies, Faculty of Informatics
Profile My research interests centered around the psychological impact on the individual, of relocation to a new country. My current work is focused on the long-term residents’ acculturation in their cognitive style. I have also been engaged in the research on risk perception and public trust in risk management organizations, using questionnaire or web surveys.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. 1. Acculturation at individual levels

    To assess the acculturation of interpersonal values and behaviors, an interview survey was conducted with the participants who were long-term residents (N=20) from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Latin America. We examined their acculturation process and what tended in change and what was retained from their original culture in behaviors, values, and sense of self during their stay in Japan. At present, we are conducting the survey with the people from the Western English-speaking countries to reveal the process of acculturation in the cognitive styles.

  2. 2. Attitude formation toward Japanese people among Asian international students

    This research was undertaken to develop a causal model regarding the attitudes of visiting Asian students toward Japanese people and the factors which affected them. The causal model was developed using path analysis and structural equation modeling. Four surveys (N=163, 134, 468, 399) were conducted and the resulting four publications were submitted to the Japanese Journal of Psychology (1) and the Japanese Journal of Educational Psychology (3).

  3. 3. Risk perception and public trust

    This research aimed to examine the structure of anxiety associated with outbreaks of avian influenza and pandemic influenza, and assessed the determinants of public trust in risk management organizations using questionnaire and web surveys. In another survey, we examined the effects of presentation styles of uncertainty (e.g. 25% vs. 15-35%,) on risk perception and trust in risk-assessing agencies using a single, hypothetical scenario of an emerging infectious disease. The research results yielded five publications to be submitted to the Japanese Journal of Psychology (1), the Japanese Journal of Social Psychology (1), the Japanese Journal of Risk Analysis (2) and Sociotechnica (1).

Representative Papers
  1. 1. Yamazaki, M., Arikawa, M., Katano, S., Kato, Y., Kobayashi, K., & Suzuki, S. A study of College Students’ Motivations for Using LINE Stickers: Their Factor Structure and Relation to Usage Behavior. Socio-Informatics. (In Press)
  2. 2. Yamazaki,M (2016). Acculturation of interpersonal values, behavior, and feelings: A study of long-term foreign residents in Japan. The 23rd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, July 31-August 1, WINC Aichi, Nagoya (Japan) CDROM 28825
  3. 3. Takagi, A., Yamazaki, M., Ikeda, K., & Horii, H. (2012). Effect of website information on the public’s trust of railroad companies. Japanese Journal of Risk Analysis, 22(1), 9-16.
  4. 4. Yamazaki, M., & Kikkawa, T. (2010). The structure of anxiety associated with avian influenza and pandemic influenza. The Japanese Journal of Psychology, 80(6), 476-484.
  5. 5. Sugimura,K., Phinney, J., Yamazaki,M., & Takeo,K (2009). Compliance, negotiation, and self- assertion in Japanese adolescents' disagreements with parents. International Journal of Behavioral Development. 33(1), 77-87.
  6. 6. Yamazaki, M., Takagi, A., Ikeda, K., & Horii, H. (2008). A causal model of the development of public trust in railroad companies. Japanese Journal of Social Psychology, 24(2), 77-86.
  7. 7. Takagi, A., Yamazaki, M., Ikeda, K., & Horii, H. (2007). The structure of trust in institutions regarding traffic safety. Japanese Journal of Risk Analysis, 17(1), 115-122.
  8. 8. Yamazaki, M., Kikkawa, T., & Horii, H. (2004). A psychological model for evocation of individual’s anxiety related to social affairs: The case of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Sociotechnica, 2, 379-388.
  9. 9. Yamazaki, M., Kuramoto, N., Nakamura, S., & Yokoyama, T. (2000). Formation of attitudes of Asian students toward the Japanese and other cultures: Understanding in terms of ethnicity. Japanese Journal of Educational Psychology, 48(3), 305-314.
  10. 10. Yamazaki, M., Kuramoto, N., Nakamura, S., & Yokoyama, T. (1997). The role of ethnicity in the development of the Asian students’ attitudes toward Japanese and other cultures. Japanese Journal of Educational Psychology, 45(2), 119-128.
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) No
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) Society for Personality and Social Psychology, The Japanese Society of Social Psychology, The Japanese Group Dynamics Association, The Japanese Psychological Association, The Japanese Association of Educational Psychology, The Society for Risk Analysis, Japan.
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Psychology
Education Field (Graduate level) Social Psychology