Name YAMAZAKI Mizuki
Official Title Associate Professor
Affiliation Sociology and Media Studies, Faculty of Informatics
Profile My research interests centered around the psychological impact of migration to a new culture on individuals and understanding people’s behavior and feelings from a cultural perspective. My research has focused on cross-cultural adaptation of international students in Japan and attitude formation toward Japanese people, cultural differences in interpersonal rules and views of friendship, the factor structure of modesty, and the closeness of parent-child relationships among Japanese people, where interdependence is considered to be dominant. I also conducted research on risk perception and risk communication at my former research institute. Recently, I have been interested in acculturation of behavior and cognitive styles due to cross-cultural residence, and my research examines the acculturation, using findings and methods from cultural psychology and social cognitive studies. In the undergraduate seminar, we are expanding our field a little more and working on topics such as cognitive bias, attitude change, and effective messages using social psychological theories and methods.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. 1. Acculturation

    We study what aspects of behavior, beliefs, and cognitive styles (e.g., causal attribution and attention allocation) do or do not change as a result of the transition to a different culture, and what the processes are involved. Using findings and empirical methods from cultural and social psychology, we aim to understand the interactive process between mind and culture.

  2. 2. Intercultural Relations

    We examine how people who have moved to different cultures form attitudes toward people from the country of residence, and what factors influence these attitudes. We also examine how members of the host society perceive people from different cultural backgrounds and their attitudes toward cultural diversity.

Representative Papers
  1. 1. Yamazaki, M., Okano, S., Kawamura, Y., & Numata, A. (2022) Current Psychology, Psychometric properties of a Japanese version of the Modest Behavior Scale and its relationship to explicit and implicit self-esteem.
  2. 2. Yamazaki, M., Arikawa, M., Katano, S., Kato, Y., Kobayashi, K., & Suzuki, S. (2021). A study of college students’ motivations for using LINE stickers: Their factor structure and relation to usage behavior. Socio-Informatics.
  3. 3. Yamazaki, M. &, Lv, K. (2021). Acculturation of interpersonal behavior and feelings in the context of close friendship. Abstracts of the 32nd International Congress of Psychology.
  4. 4. 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, CDROM 28825
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. Sugimura, K., Yamazaki, M., Phinney, J., & Takeo, K. (2009). Compliance, negotiation, and self- assertion in Japanese adolescents' disagreements with parents. International Journal of Behavioral Development. 33(1), 77-87.
  7. 7. 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.
  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)
Research Grants/Projects including subsidies, donations, grants, etc.
Recruitment of research assistant(s) No
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) Society for Personality and Social Psychology (Regular member)
American Psychological Association (International)
The Japanese Society of Social Psychology (Regular member)
The Japanese Group Dynamics Association (Regular member)
The Japanese Psychological Association (Regular member)
The Japanese Association of Educational Psychology (Regular member)
The Society for Risk Analysis, Japan (Regular member)
The Society of Socio-Informatics (Regular member)
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Cognitive Bias, Effective Messages, Intercultural Relations, Social Psychology, Cultural Psychology
Education Field (Graduate level) Acculturation, Intercultural Relations, Social Psychology, Cultural Psychology