Understanding the “Fundamental Sociality of the Human Mind”

The human species is equipped with a hyper-sensitive sociality, meaning that people are never indifferent to the welfare and states of other people around them, in both positive (e.g., empathy, altruism) and negative (e.g., jealousy, prejudice, discrimination) ways. The ultimate goal of our laboratory is to understand the evolutionary and socio-ecological bases of such hyper-sociality and to clarify how various uniquely human faculties are implemented in our minds as adaptive behavioral-cognitive systems. Through collaborations with researchers in adjacent disciplines including neuroscience, economics, evolutionary biology, informatics, jurisprudence and ethics, we hope to synthesize the normative wisdom accumulated in the humanities and social sciences addressing “how we should behave and construct our society” to the empirical knowledge obtained from behavioral, cognitive and neurosciences.

What’s New?

A seminar by Prof. Toshiya Matsushima (Hokkaido University) was held on July 3rd. Photos of the seminar have been posted here (the Japanese event page).
A new paper on group decision-making has been published as OnlineFirst in Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.
Luc-Alain Giraldeau et al. (Eds.), Investors and Exploiters in Ecology and Economics: Principles and Applications (MIT Press) has been published. Link
A new paper on decision-making under uncertainty has been accepted by the Japanese Psychological Research.
Yukiko Ogura's new paper has been accepted by Behavioural Processes.
New graduate and undergraduate students joined our laboratory.
Dr. Yukiko Ogura joined our laboratory as a postdoctoral research fellow.
A seminar by Dr. Yukiko Ogura (Hokkaido University) was held on January 23rd. Photos of the seminar have been posted here (the Japanese event page).
A new paper on social learning by Wataru Toyokawa and others has been accepted by Evolution and Human Behavior (Toyokawa, Saito & Kameda “Individual differences in learning behaviours in humans: Asocial exploration tendency does not predict reliance on social learning").
A new paper on distributive justice has been published as an early edition in PNAS (Kameda, Inukai, Higuchi, Ogawa, Kim, Matsuda & Sakagami “Rawlsian Maxmin Rule Operates As a Common Cognitive Anchor in Distributive Justice and Risky Decisions”).Link
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) “Understanding cognitive, neural and ecological bases of human collective behavior” has been awarded to Tatsuya Kameda as a Principal Investigator.
A new paper on affiliation and co-laughter has been published in PNAS (Bryant et al. 2016. “Detecting affiliation in co-laughter across 24 societies”).Link
A new paper on facial mimicry by Aiko Murata and others has been accepted by PLOS ONE (Murata, Saito, Schug, Ogawa & Kameda “Spontaneous Facial Mimicry Is Enhanced by the Goal of Inferring Emotional States: Evidence for Moderation of “Automatic” Mimicry by Higher Cognitive Processes”)._Link
New graduate and undergraduate students joined our laboratory.
Aiko Murata has received Ph.D. from Hokkaido University. She has joined Katsumi Watanabe Laboratory at School of Fundamental Science and Engineering, Waseda University, as a postdoctoral fellow.
Dr. Akitoshi Ogawa has become an assistant professor at Department of Neurophysiology, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine.
Prof. Alessandro Angrilli at the University of Padova gave us a seminar entitled "Psychobiology of empathy and emotions: new approaches and tools" at 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Friday, July 24th. Some photos from the seminar have been posted in_the Japanese Event Page.
Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (edited by Robert A. Scott and Stephen M. Kosslyn, Wiley, 2015) is just out. Tatsuya Kameda contributed an essay to this volume.
A new paper on empathy by Aiko Murata, Yoshimatsu Saito and others has been accepted by the Japanese Psychological Review.
Wataru Toyokawa has received Ph.D. from Hokkaido University. He has joined Kevin Laland Laboratory at School of Biology, University of St. Andrews, as a JSPS postdoctoral researcher.
New graduate and undergraduate students joined our laboratory.
Akitoshi Ogawa’s new paper has been accepted by Cognitive Studies.
The 1st Neuroeconomics Workshop was held February 20th through 22nd in Kanagawa, Japan. Twenty Japanese top young researchers in the field of neuroeconomics presented and discussed their ongoing research in this 3-day invitation-only workshop.
Akitoshi Ogawa's new paper has been accepted by Human Brain Mapping.
A new book entitled "How 'rules of society' are ruled: Experimental research on social norms" (Frontiers in experimental social sciences, Vol.6. edited by Tatsuya Kameda) came out from Keiso-shobo in Tokyo. Wataru Toyokawa and Hye-rin Kim (doctoral students) contributed their chapters in this volume.
Tatsuya Kameda was appointed as a Consulting Editor for Psychological Review.
Our laboratory homepage was opened.
Izumi Hirayama (undergraduate; fourth year) was awarded the Young Poster Award at the 18th Annual Conference of Experimental Social Sciences.
Aiko Murata (doctoral student) was awarded the Young Investigator Award at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society of Japan.
A new research project titled “Exploring Cognitive and Neural Foundations of Normative and Ethical Judgments about Social Values” (The Topic-Setting Program to Advance Cutting-Edge Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, PI: Tatsuya Kameda, 2014 through 2017) was started.
Tatsuya Kameda was appointed as a council member of the Science Council of Japan.
Tatsuya Kameda moved to the University of Tokyo from Hokkaido University and opened the laboratory.