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Department of Social Psychology, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo

Thinking Hard about How Human Minds Construct Society and How Society Affects Human MindsThinking Hard about How Human Minds Construct Society and How Society Affects Human Minds

Humanities and social sciences are currently undergoing a phase of major transition. The field of social psychology, which is still quite a young social science with a history of around 100 years, is no exception. In such a transformative era, the Social Psychology Program of the University of Tokyo aims to pursue the establishment of a new integrated discipline, overcoming the traditional barriers between humanities/social-sciences and natural sciences. We aim to contribute to the production of new synthetic knowledge about the dynamic relations that extend between human minds and societies. To achieve this, we aim to promote insightful collaborations with various humanities disciplines, such as philosophy and ethics, which have long been contemplating the human condition, fields of social sciences, such as economics, political science, law, and management science, which have been concerned with how humans can create good institutions and organizations, and natural-science disciplines, such as neuroscience, biology and informatics that share a deep interest in human minds and behaviors. Our ultimate goal is to create an intellectual platform that can be shared by all those who have the desire and ambition to achieve the integration of the human sciences in the 21st century.

What's New?

  • The department will be closed from August 11 to 18.

Past News

  • 2017
  • The 12th new social psychology colloquium titled "Prosocial behavior in young infants and adults: Fairness, helping and sympathy" was held on Friday, July 21st. The colloquium featured Prof. Shoji Itakura (Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University). We have posted photos from the colloquium on the events page. (2017.6.26)
  • Takaaki Hashimoto is now an assistant professor of our program. (2017.4.1)
  • Motoko Harihara moved to Musashi University as an associate professor. (2017.4.1)
  • Eiichiro Watamura moved to Osaka University as an associate professor. (2017.4.1)
  • The 11th new social psychology colloquium titled "Caretakers' Legal Liability for Accidents Caused by Elderly Dementia Patients: Social Impacts of Court Judgments and ADR Decisions" was held on Thursday, June 1st. The colloquium featured Prof. Shozo Ota (Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo). We have posted photos from the colloquium on the event page. (2017.5.1)
  • 2016
  • The 10th new social psychology colloquium, a joint seminar of the University of Tokyo's two psychology departments, was held on Friday, November 25th. The seminar featured oral and poster presentations by emerging scholars from the Department of Cognitive and Behavioral Science (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) and the Department of Social Psychology (Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology). Some photos from the colloquium are in the event page. (2016.11.25)
  • Takaaki Hashimoto joined our program as a project assistant professor. (2016.10.1)
  • The 9th new social psychology colloquium titled "Field Experiments Revolution in Development Economics" was held on Friday, June 24th. This colloquium featured Prof. Yasuyuki Sawada (Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo). Some photos from the colloquium are in the event page. (2016.6.24)
  • The 8th new social psychology colloquium titled "Social endocrinology" was held on Friday, April 22nd. This colloquium featured Prof. Takefumi Kikusui (Azabu University). Some photos from the colloquium are in the event page. (2016.4.22)
  • Yuko Shiraiwa joined our program as a lecturer. (2016.4.1)
  • Motoko Harihara joined our program as an assistant professor. (2016.4.1)
  • Prof. Nathan Berg of the University of Otago gave us a seminar entitled "Anti-fragility with respect to free riding, or free-ride robustness" on Friday, March 4, 2016. (2016.3.4)
  • The 7th new social psychology colloquium titled "Opposing effects of emotional arousal on cognitive processing: When does emotional arousal facilitate and when does it impair cognitive processing?" was held on Tuesday, February 9th. This colloquium featured Dr. Michiko Sakaki(University of Reading, Senior Research Fellow). Some photos from the colloquium are in the event page. (2016.2.9)
  • 2015
  • The 6th new social psychology colloquium titled "Implicit behavioral contagion: minimalist approach versus inclusive approach" was held on Friday, December 4th. This colloquium featured Prof. Katsumi Watanabe (Waseda University). Some photos from the colloquium are in the event page. (2015.12.4)
  • The 5th new social psychology colloquium titled "Two Neural Circuits Concerning Generation of Values and Social Judgments" was held on Friday, Oct 16th. This colloquium featured, Prof. Masamichi Sakagami (The Brain Science Institute of Tamagawa University). Some photos from the colloquium are in the event page. (2015.10.16)
  • A seminar by Prof. Nicole Tausch of the University of St. Andrews, entitled "Intergroup Contact and Social Change", was held September 28th. (2015.9.28)
  • Prof. Alessandro Angrilli of the University of Padova gave us a seminar entitled "Psychobiology of empathy and emotions: new approaches and tools" on Friday, July 24, 2015. (2015.7.24)
  • The 4th social psychology colloquium titled "The Psychosocial Basis of Ritual Behavior" was held on Friday, July 17th. This colloquium featured, Mr. Christopher Kavanagh (Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oxford). Some photos from the colloquium are in the event page. (2015.7.17)
  • The 3rd social psychology colloquium titled "Cognitive and Physiological Bases of Group Life: Sociality of Crows and Sociality of Primates"was held on Friday, May 8th. This colloquium featured two speakers, Prof.Eiichi Izawa at Keio University and Dr. Kenji Onishi at the University of Tokyo. Some photos from the colloquium are in the event page. (2015.5.8)
  • Susumu Yamaguchi moved to Nara University as a professor. (2015.4.1)
  • The 2nd social psychology colloquium titled “Thinking about the Relations between Culture, Society and Gene (2)” was held on Friday, March 6th. This colloquium featured three speakers, Prof. Masahiro Tsujimoto at Tohoku University, Prof. Keiko Ishi at Kobe University and Prof. Hiroshi Shimizu at Hiroshima University. Some photos from the colloquium are in the event page. (2015.3.9)
  • The new series of Social Psychology Colloquium was launched on Friday, February 13th. The 1st colloquium, “Thinking about the Relations between Culture, Society and Gene (1)”, featured two speakers (Prof. Shinji Yamagata at Kyushu University; Prof. Motoko Harihara at Tokyo Women’s Christian University). Pictures taken at the colloquium were uploaded in the event page. (2015.2.13)
  • Our new homepage was launched. (2015.2.12)
  • 2014
  • Tatsuya Kameda joined our program from Hokkaido University as a professor. (2014.10.1)

Contact/Access

Department of Social Psychology
Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 113-0033
Open Hours (Monday to Friday):10:00 -17:00
E-mail: sphisho [at] l.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Tel: 03-5841-3870
Location:
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Faculty of Law and Letters Bldg 2 (#31 on the map)
From the Faculty of Law & Letters Building 2’s arcade walkway, enter the building through the entrance where the reception office is located. Walk pass the reception, take the stairs to the fourth floor, and proceed left to reach the department's office (Room 2417).