Susumu Yamaguchi

Date of Birth:  January 12, 1952


  University of Tokyo, B.A. (Psychology), 1974; University of Tokyo, M.A. (Psychology), 1976; Ohio State University (1984), University of Tokyo, Ph.D. (Social Psychology), 1991

Employment History

  Distinguished Professor, Nara University (2015-2017), Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo (2015), Associate Professor to Professor, University of Tokyo (1987-2015); Associate Professor, The University of the Air (1985- 1987);Instructor, Department of Psychology, Gakushuin University (1983- 1984); Instructor, Department of Social Psychology, University of Tokyo (1980 –1982)

Major Publications

  • Published Books

Sorrentino, R. M., & Yamaguchi, S. (Eds.) (2008). Handbook of motivation and cognition across cultures. San Diego, CA. Elsevier.

Yamaguchi, S. (Ed.) (2003). Social Psychology: An approach from Asia. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press. (in Japanese).

  • Published Manuscripts

Hashimoto, H., Ohashi, T., & Yamaguchi, S. (in press). Solicitation matters: Cultural differences in solicited and unsolicited support provision. Frontiers in Psychology, 13:953260. (doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.953260).

Morio, H., Yeung, S., Peng, K., & Yamaguchi, S. (2022). Of mice and culture: How beliefs about knowing affect habits of thinking. Frontiers in Psychology. (

Yamaguchi, S. & Sawaumi, T. (2019). Control orientations in the East and West. In D. Matsumoto & H. Hwang (Eds.), The Handbook of Culture and Psychology (2nd, ed.) (pp.509-537). New York: Oxford University Press.

Ohashi, M. M. , & Yamaguchi, S. (2019). Super-ordinary bias among Japanese: Is it unique to Japanese culture? In Yeh, K. H. (Ed.), Asian Indigenous Psychologies in the global context (pp. 169-193). Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Park, J., Sawaumi, T., Yamaguchi, S., & Morio, H. (2018). Dialectical thinking in influencing the world: A new perspective on East Asians’ control orientations. In J. Spencer-Rodgers & K. Peng (Eds.), The psychological and cultural foundations of East Asian Cognition. New York, NY: Springer.

Shikishima, C., Hiraishi, K., Takahashi, Y. Yamagata, S., Yamaguchi, S., & Ando, J. (2018).Genetic and environmental etiology of stability and changes in self-esteem linked to personality: A Japanese twin study. Personality and Individual Differences, xxxxx.

Sawaumi, T., Yamaguchi, S., Park, J., & Robinson, A. R. (2015). Japanese control strategies regulated by urgency and interpersonal harmony: Evidence based on extended conceptual framework. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46, 252-268.

Severance, L., Bui‐Wrzosinska, L., Gelfand, M. J., Lyons, S., Nowak, A., Borkowski, W., Soomro, N., Soomro, N., Rafaeli, A., Treister, D. E., Lin, C., Yamaguchi, S. (2013). The psychological structure of aggression across cultures. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, 835-865.

Caprara, G. V., Alessandri, G., Eisenberg, N., Kupfer, A., Steca, P., Caprara, M. G., Yamaguchi, S. Fukuzawa, A., Abela, J. (2012). The Positivity Scale. Psychological Assessment, 24, 701-712.

Caprara, G. V., Alessandri, G., Trommsdorff, G., Heikamp, T., Yamaguchi, S., & Suzuki, F. (2012). Positive orientation across three cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 77-83.

Leung, K., Lam, B. C. P., Bond, M. H., Conway III, L. G., Gornick, L. J., Amponsah, B., Boehnke, K., Dragolov, G., Burgess, S. M., Golestaneh, M., Busch, H., Hofer, J., del Carmen Dominguez Espinosa, A., Fardis, M., Ismail, R., Kurman, J., Lebedeva, N., Tatarko, A. N., Sam, D. L., Teixeira, M. L. M., Yamaguchi, S., Fukuzawa, A., Zhang, J., & Zhou, F. (2012). Developing and evaluating the social axioms survey in eleven countries: Its relationship with the five-factor model of personality. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 833-857.

Singh, R., Simons, J. J. P., Self, W. T., Tetlock, P. E., Zemba, Y., Yamaguchi, S. , Osborn, C. Y., Fisher, J. D., May, J., Kaur, S. (2012). Association, culture, and collective imprisonment: Tests of a two-route causal-moral model. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34, 269-277.

Lin, C., & Yamaguchi, S. (2011). Under what conditions do people feel face-loss? Effects of the presence of others and social roles on the perception of losing face in Japanese culture. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42, 120-124.

Lin, C. C., & Yamaguchi, S. (2011). Effects of face experience on emotions and self-esteem in Japanese culture. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 446-455.

Gelfand, M. J., et al. (2011). Differences Between Tight and Loose Cultures: A 33-Nation Study. Science, 27 May 2011, 1100-1104.

Yamaguchi, S., Lin, C., Morio, H., & Okumura, T. (2008). Motivated expression of self-esteem across cultures. In R. M. Sorrentino & S. Yamaguchi (Eds.), Handbook of motivation and cognition across cultures. (pp. 369-392). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

Yamaguchi, S., Okumura, T., Chua, H. F., Morio, H., & Yates, F. J. (2008). Levels of control across cultures: Conceptual and empirical analysis. In F. J. R. Vvan de Vijver, D. A. van Hemert & Y. H. Poortinga (Eds.), Multilevel analysis of individuals and cultures (pp. 123-144). New York: LEA.

Yamaguchi, S., Greenwald, A. G., Banaji, M. R., Murakami, F., Chen, D., Shiomura, K. et al. (2007). Apparent Universality of Positive Implicit Self-Esteem. Psychological Science, 18, 498-500.

Yamaguchi, S., Lin, C., & Aoki, S. (2006). Self-esteem in cultural context: The case of the Japanese. In Q. Jing, M. R. Rosenzweig, G. d’Ydewalle, H. Zhang, Chen Hsuan-Chih & K. Z. Zhang (Eds.), Progress in psychological science around the world, Vol 2.: Social and applied issues. (pp. 319-330). New York: Psychology Press.

Yamaguchi, S., & Ariizumi, Y. (2006). Close interpersonal relationship among Japanese: Amae as distinguished from attachment and dependence. In U. Kim, K. S. Yang, & K. K. Hwang (Eds.), Indigenous and cultural psychology: Understanding people in context. (pp. 163-174). New York: Plenum.

Yamaguchi, S., Gelfand, M., Ohashi, M. M., & Zemba, Y. (2005). The cultural psychology of control: Illusions of personal versus collective control in the United States and Japan. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 36, 750-761.

Yamaguchi, S. (2004). Further clarification of the concept of amae in relation to attachment and dependence. Human Development, 47, 28-33.

Yamaguchi, S. (2001). Culture and control orientations. In D. Matsumoto (Ed.), Handbook of culture and psychology (pp.223-243). New York: Oxford University Press.           

Yamaguchi, S. (1998). Biased risk perceptions among Japanese: Illusion of interdependence among risk companions. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 1, 117-131.

Yamaguchi, S., Inoue, H., Muramoto, Y., & Ozawa, S. (1997). Reward allocation among groups and individuals: A vignette study. In K. Leung, U. Kim, S. Yamaguchi, and Y. Kashima (Eds.) Progress in Asian Social Psychology, Volume 1 (pp. 77-92). Singapore: Wiley.

Yamaguchi, S., Kuhlman, D. M., & Sugimori, S. (1995). Personality correlates of allocentric tendencies in individualistic and collectivistic cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 26, 658-672.

Kashima, Y., Yamaguchi, S., Kim, U., Choi, S. C., Gelfand, M. J., & Yuki, M. (1995). Culture, gender, and self: A perspective from individualism-collectivism research. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 69,925-937.

Yamaguchi, S. (1994). Collectivism among the Japanese: A perspective from the self. In U. Kim, H.C. Triandis, C. Kagitcibasi, S. C. Choi, G. Yoon, (Eds.), Individualism and Collectivism: Theory, Method, and Applications (pp. 175-188). Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage.

Associations with Fellow Status

International Academy for Intercultural Research, Fellow (1997-)

Association for Psychological Science, Fellow (2007-)

Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Fellow (2010-)

International Association of Applied Psychology, Fellow (2014-)