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Associate Professor MIFUNE Nobuhiro

Year of birth Gender
Affiliation School of Economics & Management
School of Management
Research Center for Future Design, Research Institute
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Laboratory/research office Evolutionary Social Psychology Laboratory
The “adaptationist” point of view and the concept of “adaptation” have achieved wide acceptance in social psychology. Studies in social psychology using that concept have influenced various disciplines of psychology, such as evolutionary psychology and cultural psychology, and also various fields of social science, including economics and anthropology. Using economic game experiments, I work to elucidate human psychology, in particular behavioral tendencies, mainly in intergroup situations. Through those studies I hope to develop a new theory of the human mind.
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Educational background 2007: Master
2004: Bachelor
Professional background 2011-2013: 
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Courses  * Courses provided in English are shown with (E) mark

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Introductory Psychology
Social Psychology Basics
Advanced Social Psychology
Seminar II
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  1. Authors: Yiming Jing, Peter H. Gries, Yang Li, Adam W. Stivers, MIFUNE Nobuhiro, D. M. Kuhlman, Liying Bad
    Title: War or peace? How the subjective perception of great power interdependence shapes preemptive defensive aggression
    Journal: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 8, p. 864
    Year: 2017
  2. Authors: KAMIJO Yoshio, KOMIYA Asuka, MIFUNE Nobuhiro, SAIJO,Tatsuyoshi
    Title: Negotiating with the future: incorporating imaginary future generations into negotiations
    Journal: Sustainability Science, Vol. 12, pp. 409-420, Springer
    Year: 2017
  3. Authors: MIFUNE Nobuhiro, SIMUNOVIC Dora, YAMAGISHI Toshio
    Title: Intergroup Biases in Fear-Induced Aggression
    Journal: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 8, No. 49
    Year: 2017
  4. Authors: SUGIURA Hitomi, MIFUNE Nobuhiro, Tsuboi Sho, YOKOTA Kunihiro
    Title: Gender differences in intergroup conflict: The effect of outgroup threat priming on social dominance orientation
    Journal: Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 104, pp. 262-265, Elsevier
    Year: 2017
  5. Authors: MIFUNE Nobuhiro, HIZEN Yoichi, KAMIJO Yoshio, OKANO Yoshitaka
    Title: Preemptive Striking in Individual and Group Conflict
    Journal: PLOS ONE, Vol. 11, No. 5, p. e0154859
    Year: 2016
  6. Authors: YAMAGISHI Toshio, MIFUNE Nobuhiro
    Title: Parochial altruism: Does it explain modern human group psychology?
    Journal: Current Opinion in Psychology, Vol. 7, pp. 39-43, Elsevier
    Year: 2016
  7. Authors: KOMIYA Asuka, MIFUNE Nobuhiro
    Title: An individual difference in betrayal aversion: Prosociality predicts more risky choice in social but not natural domains
    Journal: Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 5-8
    Year: 2015
  8. Authors: TANAKA,Hiroki, YAGI,Ayano, KOMIYA Asuka, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, OHTSUBO,Yosuke
    Title: Shame-prone people are more likely to punish themselves: A test of the reputation-maintenance explanation for self-punishment
    Journal: Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 1-7
    Year: 2015
  9. Authors: NIINO,Masaaki, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, KOHRIYAMA,Tatsuo, MORI,Masahiro, OHASHI,Takashi, KAWACHI,Izumi, SHIMIZU,Yuko, FUKAURA,Hikoaki, NAKASHIMA,Ichiro, KUSUNOKI,Susumu, MIYAMOTO,Katsuichi, YOSHIDA,Kazuto, KANDA,Takashi, NOMURA,Kyoichi, YAMAMURA,Takashi, YOSHII,Fumihito, KIRA,Jun-ichi, NAKANE,Shunya, YOKOYAMA,Kazumasa, MATSUI,Makoto, MIYAZAKI,Yusei, KIKUCHI,Seiji
    Title: Apathy/depression, but not subjective fatigue, is related with cognitive dysfunction in patients with multiple sclerosis
    Journal: BMC Neurology, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 1-8
    Year: 2014
  10. Authors: OHTSUBO,Yohsuke, MATSUNAGA,Masahiro, KOMIYA Asuka, TANAKA,Hiroki, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, YAGI,Ayano
    Title: Oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) polymorphism and self-punishment after an unintentional transgression
    Journal: Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 69, pp. 182-186
    Year: 2014
  11. Authors: NIINO Masaaki, MIFUNE Nobuhiro, KOHRIYAMA Tatsuo, MORI Masahiro, OHASHI Takashi, KAWACHI Izumi, SHIMIZU Yuko, FUKAURA Hikoaki, NAKASHIMA Ichiro, KUSUNOKI Susumu, MIYAMOTO Katsuichi, YOSHIDA Kazuto, KANDA Takashi, NOMURA Kyoichi, YAMAMURA Takashi, YOSHII Fumihito, KIRA Jun-ichi, NAKANE Shunya, YOKOYAMA,Kazumasa, MATSUI Makoto, MIYAZAKI Yusei, KIKUCHI Seiji
    Title: Association of cognitive impairment with magnetic resonance imaging findings and social activities in patients with multiple sclerosis
    Journal: Clinical and Experimental Neuroimmunology, Vol. 5, pp. 328-355
    Year: 2014
  12. Authors: HASHIMOTO,Hirofumi, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, YAMAGISHI,Toshio
    Title: To be perceived as altruistic: Strategic considerations that support fair behavior in the dictator game
    Journal: Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 17-20
    Year: 2014
  13. Authors: SIMUNOVIC,Dora, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, YAMAGISHI,Toshio
    Title: Preemptive strike: An experimental study of fear-based aggression
    Journal: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 49, No. 6, pp. 1120-1123, Elsevier
    Year: 2013
  14. Authors: KIKUCHI, Hiromi, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, NIINO, Masaaki, KIRA, Jun-ichi, KOHRIYAMA, Tatsuo, OTA, Kohei, TANAKA, Masami, OCHI, Hirofumi, NAKANE, Shunya, KIKUCHI, Seiji
    Title: Structural equation modeling of factors contributing to quality of life in Japanese patients with multiple sclerosis
    Journal: BMC Neurology, Vol. 13, No. 10, pp. 1-9
    Year: 2013
  15. Authors: YAMAGISHI, Toshio, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, Yang Li, SHINADA, Mizuho, HASHIMOTO, Hirofumi, HORITA, Yutaka, MIURA, Arisa, INUKAI, Keigo, TANIDA, Shigehito, KIYONARI, Toko, TAKAGISHI, Haruto, Dora Simunovic
    Title: Is behavioral pro-sociality game-specific? Pro-social preference and expectations of pro-sociality
    Journal: Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Vol. 120, No. 2, pp. 260-271
    Year: 2013
  16. Authors: YAMAGISHI, Toshio, HORITA, Yutaka, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, HASHIMOTO, Hirofumi, Yang Li, SHINADA, Mizuho, MIURA, Arisa, INUKAI, Keigo, TAKAGISHI, Haruto, Dora Simunovic
    Title: Rejection of unfair offers in the ultimatum game is no evidence of strong reciprocity
    Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 109, No. 50, pp. 20364-20368
    Year: 2012
  17. Authors: YAMAGISHI, Toshio, HASHIMOTO, Hirofumi, Karen S. Cook, KIYONARI, Toko, SHINADA, Mizuho, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, INUKAI, Keigo, TAKAGISHI, Haruto, HORITA, Yutaka, Yang Li
    Title: Modesty in self-presentation: A comparison between the USA and Japan
    Journal: Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 60-68
    Year: 2012
  18. Authors: KIKUCHI, Hiromi, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, NIINO, Masaaki, OHBU, Sadayoshi, KIRA, Jun-ishi, KOHRIYAMA, Tatsuo, OTA, Kohei, TANAKA, Masami, OCHI, Hirofumi, NAKANE, Shunya, MAEZAWA, Masaji, KIKUCHI, Seiji
    Title: Impact and characteristics of quality of life in Japanese patients with multiple sclerosis
    Journal: Quality of Life Research, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 119-131
    Year: 2011
  19. Authors: TAKAGISHI, Haruto, TAKAHASHI, Taiki, YAMAGISHI, Toshio, SHINADA, Mizuho, INUKAI, Keigo, TANIDA, Shigehito, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, HORITA, Yutaka, HASHIMOTO, Hirofumi, Li Yang, KAMEDA, Tatsuya
    Title: Salivary testosterone levels and autism-spectrum quotient in adults
    Journal: Neuroendocrinology Letters, Vol. 31, pp. 837-841
    Year: 2010
  20. Authors: INUKAI, Keigo, SHINADA, Mizuho, TANIDA, Shigehito, TAKAHASHI, Chisato, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, TAKAGISHI, Haruto, HORITA, Yutaka, HASHIMOTO, Hirofumi, YOKOTA, Kunihiro, KAMEDA, Tatsuya, YAMAGISHI, Toshio, TAKAHASHI, Taiki
    Title: Salivary alpha-amylase levels and big five personality factors in adults
    Journal: Neuroendocrinology Letters, Vol. 31, pp. 771-774
    Year: 2010
  21. Authors: TAKAHASHI, Taiki, SHINADA, Mizuho, INUKAI, Keigo, TANIDA, Shigehito, TAKAHASHI, Chisato, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, TAKAGISHI, Haruto, HORITA, Yutaka, HASHIMOTO, Hirofumi, YOKOTA, Kunihiro, KAMEDA, Tatsuya, YAMAGISHI, Toshio
    Title: Stress hormones predict hyperbolic time-discount rates six months later in adults
    Journal: Neuroendocrinology Letters, Vol. 31, pp. 616-621
    Year: 2010
  22. Authors: MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, HASHIMOTO, Hirofumi, YAMAGISHI, Toshio
    Title: Altruism toward in-group members as a reputation mechanism
    Journal: Evolution and Human Behavior, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 109-117
    Year: 2010
  23. Authors: YAMAGISHI, Toshio, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro
    Title: Social exchange and solidarity: In-group love or out-group hate?
    Journal: Evolution and Human Behavior, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 229-237
    Year: 2009
  24. Authors: YAMAGISHI, Toshio, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro
    Title: Does shared group membership promote altruism? Fear, greed and reputation
    Journal: Rationality & Society, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 5-30
    Year: 2008
  25. Authors: YAMAGISHI, Toshio, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, James H. Liu, Joel Pauling
    Title: Exchanges of group-based favors: Ingroup bias in the prisoner’s dilemma game with minimal groups in Japan and New Zealand
    Journal: Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 196-207
    Year: 2008
  26. Authors: YAMAGISHI, Toshio, TERAI, Shigeru, KIYONARI, Toko, MIFUNE,Nobuhiro, KANAZAWA, Satoshi
    Title: The social exchange heuristic: Managing errors in social exchange
    Journal: Rationality & Society, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 259-291
    Year: 2007

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  1. Highly Cited Research, Elsevier, 2016

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