Faculty Members

LANGUAGE ≫ Japanese

Associate Professor
Himichi toshiyuki

Ph.D. Education, Kyoto University, Japan, 2016

  • Year of birth: 1987
  • Gender: Male
  • Affiliation:
    - Research Institute for future design
    - School of Economics & Management
Areas of specialization Social Psychology
Laboratory/research office Emotion and Social Psychology Laboratory
We are interested in exploring, by means of psychological experiments and surveys, the psychological mechanisms underlying human communications. In particular, we are investigating (1) how people share emotional states of others; (2) how people read the minds of others; and (3) what factors motivate us to help others. We aim to contribute to the development of effective interventions towards the enhancement of human social skills.
Current research topics
Educational background 2016: Doctor, Kyoto University
2013: Master, Kyoto University
2010: Bachelor, Hiroshima University
Professional background
Academic societies The Japanese Psychological Association
The Japanese Society of Neuropsychopharmacology
The Japanese Society of Social Psychology

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Undergraduate school
  • Questionnaire Survey Methods
  • Computer Literacy
  • Emotion and Decisino Making
  • Seminar II
  • Specialized Seminar I
  • Specialized Seminar II
  • Seminar III
  • Information Science 3
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Seminar II (Management and Mathematics)
  • Seminar III (Management and Mathematics)
  • Project Research
Graduate school

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Research activities

Research papers
  1. Authors: Ohtsubo Yohsuke, Himichi toshiyuki, Kazunori Inamasu, Shoko Kohama, Nobuhiro Mifune, Atsushi Tago
    Title: Do reconciliation events serve as a conciliatory signal?
    Journal: European Journal of Social Psychology, Wiley
    Year: 2023
  2. Authors: Yuka Takahashi, Himichi toshiyuki, Ayumi Masuchi, Daisuke Nakanishi, Ohtsubo Yohsuke
    Title: Is reading fiction associated with a higher mind-reading ability? Two conceptual replication studies in Japan
    Journal: PLoS ONE, PLOS
    Year: 2023
  3. Authors: Hiroyoshi Ogishima, Ayahito Ito, Shogo Kajimura, Himichi toshiyuki
    Title: Validity and reliability of the Japanese version of the sustainability consciousness questionnaire.
    Journal: frontiers in psychology, Frontiers Media
    Year: 2023
  4. Authors: Yohsuke Ohtsubo, Toshiyuki Himichi, Kazunori Inamasu, Shoko Kohama, Nobuhiro Mifune, Atsushi Tago
    Title: Can ingroup opposition to political apologies be mitigated? Negative evidence for dissociation from the past and praise for the present system.
    Journal: 社会心理学研究, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 25-32
    Year: 2022
  5. Authors: Shoko Kohama , Himichi toshiyuki, Kazunori Inamasu, Nobuhiro Mifune, Yohsuke Ohtsubo, Atsushi Tago
    Title: Crafting international apologies that work: A conjoint analysis approach
    Journal: Conflict Management and Peace Science, SAGE Publications
    Year: 2022
  6. Authors: Himichi toshiyuki, Hidekazu Osanai, Takayuki Gotro, Hiroyo Fujita, Yuta Kawamura, Adam Smith, Michio Nomura
    Title: Exploring the Multidimensional Links Between Trait Mindfulness and Trait Empathy
    Journal: frontiers in Psychiatry, Vol. 12, p. 498614, Frontiers Media SA
    Year: 2021
  7. Authors: INOUE Yukako, Himichi toshiyuki, Nobuhiro Mifune, SAIJOTatsuyoshi
    Title: People prefer joint outcome prosocial resource distribution towards future others
    Journal: Scientific Reports, Vol. 11, p. 5373, Nature Research
    Year: 2021
  8. Authors: Ohtsubo Yohsuke , Matsunaga Masahiro , Himichi toshiyuki, Suzuki Kohta, Shibata Eiji, Hori Reiko, Umemura Tomohiro, Ohira Hideki
    Title: Role of the Orbitofrontal Cortex in the Computation of Relationship Value
    Journal: Social Neuroscience, Vol. 15, No. 5, pp. 600-612, Taylor & Francis Group
    Year: 2020
  9. Authors: Himichi toshiyuki, Yohsuke Ohtsubo
    Title: An inverted U-shaped relationship between heart rate deceleration and empathic emotions
    Journal: Biological Psychology, Elsevier
    Year: 2020
  10. Authors: Yohsuke Ohtsubo, Masahiro Matsunaga, Himichi toshiyuki, Kohta Suzuki, Eiji Shibata, Reiko Hori, Tomohiro Umemura, Hideki Ohira
    Title: Costly group apology communicates a group’s sincere “intention”
    Journal: Social Neuroscience, Talor & Francis
    Year: 2020
  11. Authors: Naoki Konishi, Himichi toshiyuki, Yohsuke Ohtsubo
    Title: Heart rate reveals the difference between disgust and anger in the domain of morality.
    Journal: Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, American Psychological Association
    Year: 2020
  12. Authors: Himichi toshiyuki, Michio Nomura
    Title: Modulation of empathy in the left ventrolateral prefrontal cortex facilitates altruistic behavior:An fNIRS study.
    Journal: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 207-222, World Scientific Publishing
    Year: 2015
  13. Authors: Himichi toshiyuki, Hiroyo Fujita, Michio Nomura
    Title: Negative emotions impact lateral prefrontal cortex activation during theory of mind: An fNIRS study.
    Journal: Social Neuroscience, Vol. 10, pp. 605-615, Taylor & Francis
    Year: 2015
  14. Authors: Tamami Nakano, Chiho Kuriyama, Himichi toshiyuki, Michio Nomura
    Title: Association of a nicotinic receptor gene polymorphism with spontaneous eyeblink rates.
    Journal: Scientific Reports, Vol. 5, Nature Publishing Group
    Year: 2015
  15. Authors: Shogo Kajimura, Himichi toshiyuki, Michio Nomura
    Title: Beautiful Faces Enhance Verbal Working Memory Performance: An NIRS Study.
    Journal: Psychologia, Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 49-57, Psychologia Society
    Year: 2014
  16. Authors: Himichi toshiyuki, Masayuki Kaneko, Jun Nomura, Yasunobu Okuma, Yasuyuki Nomura, Michio Nomura
    Title: COMT Val158Met gene polymorphism influences the perception of other's pain.
    Journal: Psychology Research, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 185-195, David Publishing
    Year: 2012
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Japanese government
  1. Project title: Investigations of mechanisms which personal distress and empathic concern facilitate helping behavior.
    Category: Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Start-up
    Project number: 17H07040
    Project period: 2017-2018
    Total budget amount: 2,730,000 yen
  2. Project title: Investigations of the relationship between perceived safety and thinking about the here and now
    Category: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
    Project number: 24K06440
    Project period: 2024-2026
    Total budget amount: 2,600,000 yen

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Social activities

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