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Yuki Yamada Last modified date:2020.06.16

Associate Professor / Division for Arts and Science
Division for Experimental Natural Science
Faculty of Arts and Science

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Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Field of Specialization
Cognitive Psychology
ORCID(Open Researcher and Contributor ID)
Total Priod of education and research career in the foreign country
Outline Activities
I am interested in visual cognition and perception pertaining to the following:
- Laterality
- Disgust and Happiness
- Psychological space, time and number
- Attention and awareness for constructing dynamic mental representations
- Effects of emotion, affection, mood, personality, and culture on mental information processing
- Embodied emotion and social emotion
- Animal perception and cognition
- Extreme eating including insects (but I will never eat them)
-Reproducibility, Science communication, and Online experiments
Research Interests
  • - Senses of disgust and happiness
    - Psychological space and time
    - Attention and awareness for constructing dynamic mental representations
    keyword : Disgust, Happiness, Psychological Time, Psychological Space, Attention, Awareness
Academic Activities
1. Yamada, Y., Kawabe, T., Miyazaki, M., Awareness Shaping or Shaped by Prediction and Postdiction, Lausanne: Frontiers Media, 2015.06, [URL].
1. Yamada, Y., Publish but perish regardless in Japan, Nature Human Behaviour,, 3, 1035, 2019.10, [URL], Here I contend that perfectionism, nepotism, and a lack of educational opportunities to learn many things required in employment are creating a “publish but perish” situation for current PhD students. The Matthew effect (“the rich get richer”), chaperone effect (“papers of junior researchers with established PIs tend to be published in top journals”), and predatory journals also distort the validity of publication lists. I will argue that proper researcher evaluations and recruitments are based on the diversification of positions and performance indicators..
2. Qian, K., & Yamada, Y., Exploring the role of the behavioral immune system in acceptability of entomophagy using semantic associations and food-related attitudes, Frontiers in Nutrition,, 7:66, 2020.05.
3. Zhu, S., Sasaki, K., Jiang, Y., Qian, K., & Yamada, Y., Trypophobia as an urbanized emotion: Comparative research in ethnic minority regions of China, PeerJ, 10.7717/peerj.8837, 8:e8837, 2020.03, Trypophobia is a strong emotion of disgust evoked by clusters of holes or round objects (e.g., lotus seed pod). It has become increasingly popular and been studied since 2010s, mainly in the West and Japan. Considering this, trypophobia might be a modern emotion, and hence urbanization possibly plays key roles in trypophobia. To address this issue, we compared the degree of trypophobia between urban and less urban people in China. In an experiment, we asked participants about their degree of discomfort from trypophobic images. The results showed that trypophobia occurred in both groups, although the effect size was larger in urban than less urban people. Moreover, post-experimental interviews and post-hoc analyses revealed that older people in less urban area did not experience as much trypophobia. Our findings suggest that trypophobia links to urbanization and age-related properties..
4. Guo, W., Liu, H., Yang, J., Mo, Y., Zhong, C., & Yamada, Y., Stage 1 Registered Report: How subtle linguistic cues prevent unethical behaviors, F1000Research,, 8:1482, 2020.03.
5. Marmolejo-Ramos, F., Murata, A., Sasaki, K., Yamada, Y., Ikeda, A., Hinojosa, J. A., Watanabe, K., Parzuchowski, M., Tirado, C., & Ospina, R., Your face and moves seem happier when I smile. Facial action influences the perception of emotional faces and biological motion stimuli, Experimental Psychology,, 67(1), 14-22, 2020.05.
6. Sasaki, K., & Yamada, Y., Crowdsourcing visual perception experiments: A case of contrast threshold, PeerJ, 10.7717/peerj.8339, 7:e8339, 2019.12.
7. Ikeda, A., Xu, H., Fuji, N., Zhu, S., & Yamada, Y., Questionable research practices following pre-registration, Japanese Psychological Review, 62(3), 281-295, 2020.02, The credibility of psychological findings can be undermined by a history of questionable research practices (QRPs) by researchers. One remedy for this problem is the pre-registration of a study in which a research protocol is registered before beginning an experiment. However, the current style of pre-registration can be negatively affected by other QRPs. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate that researchers can engage in QRPs, even after a study has been preregistered. In this demonstration study, we used eight QRPs to obtain statistically meaningful results that supported an ad hoc hypothesis. Major system updates such as pre-registration, peer review, and evaluation are required to address these harmful practices. We hope that the present demonstration study provides momentum for further discussions on next-generation
research practices..
8. Yamada, Y., How to crack pre-registration: Toward transparent and open science, Frontiers in Psychology,, 9:1831, 2018.09, Pre-registration is a new research implementation and academic publishing method and has many merits. However, based on the arbitrary administration of experiments, I point out the risk that malicious researchers will use the benefits conversely for faking the validity of the research. In order to counter this, it is necessary to promote a great consciousness reform in the scientific community, to stop favoring only positive findings. Moreover, this article proposes separating theoretical and experimental parts as independent papers as one of future ways of academic publishing..
9. Kawabe, T., Sasaki, K., Ihaya, K., Yamada, Y., When categorization-based stranger avoidance explains the uncanny valley: A comment on MacDorman and Chattopadhyay (2016), Cognition, 161, 129-131, 2016.09.
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11. Yamada, Y., Harada, S., Choi, W., Fujino, R., Tokunaga, A., Gao, Y., Miura, K., Weight lifting can facilitate appreciative comprehension for museum exhibits, Frontiers in Psychology, 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00307, 5:307, 2014.04.
12. Yamada, Y., Kawabe, T., Miyazaki, M., Pattern randomness aftereffect, Scientific Reports, 10.1038/srep02906, 3, 2013.10.
13. Yamada, Y., Kawabe, T., Localizing non-retinotopically moving objects, PLoS ONE, 10.1371/journal.pone.0053815, 8, 1, 2013.01.
14. Yamada, Y., Kawabe, T., Emotion colors time perception unconsciously, Consciousness and Cognition, 10.1016/j.concog.2011.06.016, 20, 4, 1835-1841, 2011.12.
15. Yamada, Y., Miura, K., Kawabe, T., Temporal course of position shift for a peripheral target, Journal of Vision, 10.1167/11.6.6, 11, 6, 2011.05.
16. Yamada, Y., Kawabe, T., Miura, K., Mislocalization of a target toward subjective contours: attentional modulation of location signals, Psychological Research, 10.1007/s00426-007-0109-3, 72, 3, 273-280, 2008.05.
17. Yamada, Y., Kawahara, J., Dividing attention between two different categories and locations in rapid serial visual presentations, Perception & Psychophysics, 69, 7, 1218-1229, 2007.10.
Membership in Academic Society
  • The Folklore Society of Japan
  • IEICE Human Information Processing
  • Japanese Cognitive Science Society
  • Japan Society for Research on Emotions
  • The Japanese Society for Time Studies
  • The Kyushu Psychological Association
  • The Vision Society of Japan
  • The Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology
  • The Japanese Psychonomic Society
  • The Japanese Psychological Association
Educational Activities
He is teaching classes of Faculty of Arts and Science and Graduate School of Human-Environment Studies.