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Hamamura Takeshi

Ph.D., UBC

Appointment: Assistant Professor :::::::::::::::::::::
 hamamura takeshi
Office: Rm 344, Sino Building
Email: hamamura at psy.cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: 852 3943 4246
Fax: 852 2603 5019
Homepage:  Personal Home Page ::::::::::::::::::::::

Brief Introduction


Teaching Areas

  • 2013-14
    • PSYC1620 How Pschologists See Culture
    • PSYC6000 Major Psychological Approaches
    • PSYC7020 Seminar in Social Psychology and Personality

Research Interests

Cultural psychology: social relationships, psychological foundation of culture, cultural change


I work with my students and collaborators around the world on multiple lines of research. In one research, we are examining how culture shapes our responses to pain. In another research, we are examining issues that stem from contacts between ethnic and cultural groups (e.g., prejudice and discrimination) from a cross-cultural perspective. I am convinced that our beliefs, emotions, and behaviors could not be separated from our cultural environment for comprehensive understanding. A cross-cultural approach to psychological research can illuminate the role of culture in shaping mind. I believe such approach is the key in globalizing psychology. 

Representative Publications

  • Chan, M. Y. P., Hamamura, T., & Janschewitz, K. (2013). Ethnic differences in physical pain sensitivity: Role of acculturation. PAIN, 154, 119-123.
  • Hamamura, T., (2012). Are cultures becoming individualistic? A cross-temporal comparison of individualism-collectivism in the U.S. and Japan. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16,3-24.
  • Hamamura, T. & Li, M. W. (2012). Discerning cultural identification from a thinly sliced behavioural sample. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1698-1707.
  • Hamamura, T., Meijer, Z., Heine, S. J., Kamaya, K., & Hori, I. (2009). Approach-avoidance motivation and information processing: cross-cultural analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 454-462.
  • Heine, S. J., & Hamamura, T. (2007). In search of East Asian self-enhancement. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 11, 4-27.

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