Faculty Members

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MIFUNE, Nobuhiro

Areas of specialization
Laboratory/research office Evolutionary Social Psychology Laboratory
The “adaptationist” point of view or the concept of “adaptation” have achieved wide acceptance in social psychology. Researches in social psychology using the concept have influence to some psychology discipline such as evolutionary psychology or cultural psychology, and also to various fields of social science, like economics or anthropology. By using economic game experiments I study to elucidate the human psychology or behavioral tendency mainly in the intergroup situation, and hope to develop the new theory of human mind.
Current research topics
Educational background 2007: Master
2004: Bachelor
Professional background 2011-2013: 
Academic societies Society for Personality and Social Psychology

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Undergraduate school
  • Social Psychology Basics
  • Seminar I
  • Seminar II
  • Project Research
  • Specialized Seminar I
  • Specialized Seminar II
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Seminar I (Management and Mathematics)
Graduate school

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Research activities

Research papers
  1. Authors: Takamasa Kajiwara, Masako Myowa, Nobuhiro Mifune
    Title: Trait negative reputational concerns among in-group members and in-group favoritism in minimal groups
    Journal: Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 6-9
    Year: 2022
  2. Authors: Nobuhiro Mifune
    Title: Null results for the steal‐framing effect on out‐group aggression
    Journal: Scientific Reports, Vol. 12, p. 686, Springer Nature
    Year: 2022
  3. Authors: Masaaki Niino, Shoko Fukumoto, Tatsusada Okuno, Nobuo Sanjo, Hikoaki Fukaura, Masahiro Mori, Takashi Ohashi, Hideyuki Takeuchi, Yuko Shimizu, Juichi Fujimori, Izumi Kawachi, Jun-ichi Kira, Eri Takahashi, Yusei Miyazaki, Nobuhiro Mifune
    Title: Correlation of the symbol digit modalities test with the quality of life and depression in Japanese patients with multiple sclerosis
    Journal: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, Vol. 57, p. 103427
    Year: 2022
  4. Authors: Hirotaka Imada, Nobuhiro Mifune
    Title: Pathogen Threat and In-group Cooperation
    Journal: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 12, p. 678188, Frontiers Media S.A.
    Year: 2021
  5. Authors: INOUE Yukako, Himichi toshiyuki, Nobuhiro Mifune, Tatsuyoshi Saijo
    Title: People prefer joint outcome prosocial resource distribution towards future others
    Journal: Scientific Reports, Vol. 11, p. 5373, Springer Nature
    Year: 2021
  6. Authors: Yohsuke Ohtsubo, Kazunori Inamasu, Shoko Kohama, Nobuhiro Mifune, Atsushi Tago
    Title: Resistance to the six elements of political apologies: Who opposes which elements?
    Journal: Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, American Psychological Association
    Year: 2021
  7. Authors: Nobuhiro Mifune, Yang Li, Narumi Okuda
    Title: The evaluation of second- and third-party punishers
    Journal: Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 6-9
    Year: 2020
  8. Authors: Nobuhiro Mifune, Yang Li
    Title: Trust in the faith game
    Journal: Psychologia, Vol. 61, pp. 70-88
    Year: 2019
  9. Authors: Nobuhiro Mifune, Dora Simunovic
    Title: Towards the elucidation of evolution of out-group aggression
    Journal: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 42, p. E133, Cambridge University Press
    Year: 2019
  10. Authors: Kunihiro Yokota, Sho Tsuboi, Nobuhiro Mifune, Hitomi Sugiura
    Title: A conceptual replication of the male warrior hypothesis using the outgroup threat priming method
    Journal: Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 1-3
    Year: 2019
  11. Authors: Nobuhiro Mifune, Kazunori Inamasu, Shoko Kohama, Yohsuke Ohtsubo, Atsushi Tago
    Title: Social dominance orientation as an obstacle to intergroup apology
    Journal: PLoS ONE, Vol. 14, No. 1, p. e0211379, Public Library of Science (PLoS)
    Year: 2019
  12. Authors: Masaaki Niino, Toshiyuki Fukazawa, Jun-ichi Kira, Tatsusada Okuno, Masanori Mori, Nobuo Sanjo, Takashi Ohashi, Hikoaki Fukaura, Juichi Fujimori, Yuko Shimizu, Nobuhiro Mifune, Yusei Miyazaki, Eri Takahashi, Seiji Kikuchi, Dawn Langdon, Ralph H. B. Benedict, Makoto Matsui
    Title: Cognition with magnetic resonance imaging findings and social activities in patients with multiple sclerosis in a Japanese cohort
    Journal: Clinical and Experimental Neuroimmunology, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 41-48
    Year: 2019
  13. Authors: Asuka Komiya, Yohsuke Ohtsubo, Shigehiro Oishi, Nobuhiro Mifune
    Title: Providing compensation promotes forgiveness for replaceable, but not irreplaceable, losses.
    Journal: Journal of Social Psychology
    Year: 2018
  14. 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
  15. Authors: MIFUNE Nobuhiro, SIMUNOVIC Dora, YAMAGISHI Toshio
    Title: Intergroup Biases in Fear-Induced Aggression
    Journal: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 8, No. 49
    Year: 2017
  16. Authors: KAMIJO Yoshio, KOMIYA Asuka, MIFUNE Nobuhiro, SAIJOTatsuyoshi
    Title: Negotiating with the future: incorporating imaginary future generations into negotiations
    Journal: Sustainability Science, Vol. 12, pp. 409-420, Springer
    Year: 2017
  17. 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
  18. Authors: Masaaki Niino, Toshiyuki Fukazawa, Jun-ichi Kira, Tatsusada Okano, Masahiro Mori, Nobu Sanjo, Takashi Ohashi, Hikoaki Fukaura , Juichi Fujimori, Yuko Shimizu, Nobuhiro Mifune, Yusei Miyazaki, Eri Takahashi, Seiji Kikuchi, Dawn Langdon, Ralph HB Benedict, Makoto Matsui
    Title: Validation of the brief international cognitive assessment for multiple sclerosis in Japan
    Journal: Multiple Sclerosis Journal - Experimental, Translational, and Clinical, Vol. 3, No. 4
    Year: 2017
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Authors: TANAKAHiroki, YAGIAyano, KOMIYA Asuka, MIFUNENobuhiro, OHTSUBOYosuke
    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
  23. Authors: OHTSUBOYohsuke, MATSUNAGAMasahiro, KOMIYA Asuka, TANAKAHiroki, MIFUNENobuhiro, YAGIAyano
    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
  24. Authors: HASHIMOTOHirofumi, MIFUNENobuhiro, YAMAGISHIToshio
    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
  25. Authors: NIINOMasaaki, MIFUNENobuhiro, KOHRIYAMATatsuo, MORIMasahiro, OHASHITakashi, KAWACHIIzumi, SHIMIZUYuko, FUKAURAHikoaki, NAKASHIMAIchiro, KUSUNOKISusumu, MIYAMOTOKatsuichi, YOSHIDAKazuto, KANDATakashi, NOMURAKyoichi, YAMAMURATakashi, YOSHIIFumihito, KIRAJun-ichi, NAKANEShunya, YOKOYAMAKazumasa, MATSUIMakoto, MIYAZAKIYusei, KIKUCHISeiji
    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
  26. 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, YOKOYAMAKazumasa, 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
  27. Authors: SIMUNOVICDora, MIFUNENobuhiro, YAMAGISHIToshio
    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
  28. Authors: KIKUCHI Hiromi, MIFUNENobuhiro, 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
  29. Authors: YAMAGISHI Toshio, MIFUNENobuhiro, 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
  30. Authors: YAMAGISHI Toshio, HASHIMOTO Hirofumi, Karen S. Cook, KIYONARI Toko, SHINADA Mizuho, MIFUNENobuhiro, 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
  31. Authors: YAMAGISHI Toshio, HORITA Yutaka, MIFUNENobuhiro, 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
  32. Authors: KIKUCHI Hiromi, MIFUNENobuhiro, 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
  33. Authors: INUKAI Keigo, SHINADA Mizuho, TANIDA Shigehito, TAKAHASHI Chisato, MIFUNENobuhiro, 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
  34. Authors: MIFUNENobuhiro, 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
  35. Authors: TAKAGISHI Haruto, TAKAHASHI Taiki, YAMAGISHI Toshio, SHINADA Mizuho, INUKAI Keigo, TANIDA Shigehito, MIFUNENobuhiro, 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
  36. Authors: TAKAHASHI Taiki, SHINADA Mizuho, INUKAI Keigo, TANIDA Shigehito, TAKAHASHI Chisato, MIFUNENobuhiro, 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
  37. Authors: YAMAGISHI Toshio, MIFUNENobuhiro
    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
  38. Authors: YAMAGISHI Toshio, MIFUNENobuhiro
    Title: Does shared group membership promote altruism? Fear, greed and reputation
    Journal: Rationality & Society, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 5-30
    Year: 2008
  39. Authors: YAMAGISHI Toshio, MIFUNENobuhiro, 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
  40. Authors: YAMAGISHI Toshio, TERAI Shigeru, KIYONARI Toko, MIFUNENobuhiro, KANAZAWA Satoshi
    Title: The social exchange heuristic: Managing errors in social exchange
    Journal: Rationality & Society, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 259-291
    Year: 2007
Invited lectures
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  5. Ingroup Identity, Ingroup Cooperation, and Outgroup aggression, SPSP 2019 Annual Convention, Portland, Oregon, USA, 2019/02/09
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  8. , 2017/09
  1. Highly Cited Research, Elsevier, 2016
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Japanese government
  1. Project title: Psychological basis of preemptive strike against outgroup members
    Category: Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)
    Project number: 26780344
    Project period: 2014/04-2017/03
    Total budget amount: 3,770,000 yen

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Social activities

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