ASAI Nobuko, Ph. D

Education

Bachelor, Letters, Aichi-gakuin University, Japan.   
Master, Psychology, Kobe University, Japan.
Ph.D., Psychology, Kobe University, Japan. 2008

Professional positions

2008.9–2009.3 Postdoc researcher, Psychology Department, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Japan.
2009.4-2011.3 Postdoc researcher, Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality, Tohoku University, Japan.
2011.4-2012.3 Affiliated member, Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality, Tohoku University, Japan.
2012.4-            Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Relations, Kyoto-Bunkyo University, Japan.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of intergroup relations, prejudice and discrimination, with particular focuses on coping with discrimination and the association between essentialist beliefs and prejudice.

Keywords

Intergroup relations, Stereotype/Prejudice/discrimination, Psychological essentialism, Judicial decision-making

Recent Achievements

Reviewed Articles (selected)

  • Asai, N (2005) Lay theory of mental disorders. Japanese journal of social psychiatry, 14, 67-77. (in Japanese)
  • Asai, N (2006) Causal attribution of discrimination and favoritism in a disadvantaged group. Japanese Journal of Psychology, 77(4), 317-324. (in Japanese)
  • Karasawa, M., Asai, N., & Tanabe, Y. (2007) Stereotypes as shared beliefs: Effects of group identity on dyadic conversations. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 10(4). Pp.515-532.
  • Takaku, S., Takeda, K., Asai, N. & Goto, N. (2012) Are Japanese willing to employ a chinese candidate with high language oroficiency? International Journal of Psychological Studies, 4(3), Pp. 84-93.
  • Asai, N & Karasawa, M. (2013) Effects of story construction on judicial decisions. Japanese Journal of Social psychology, 28 (3), Pp.137-146. (in Japanese)

Books and book chapters (selected)

  • Asai, N & Ohbuchi, K (2012) Inequality, Discrimination and Conflict in Japan: Ways to Social Justice and Cooperation,Trans Pacific Press.
  • Jetten, J., Branscombe, N., Iyer, A., & Asai, N. (2013: in prep) Appraising gender discrimination as legitimate or illegitimate: Antecedents and consequences. M. K. Ryan & N. R. Branscombe (Eds.) Handbook of Gender and Psychology. London: Sage.

International Conference Presentations (selected)

  • Asai, N., & Karasawa, M. (2002) How Group members explain their success and failure: Causal attribution to favoritism versus discrimination and its impact on self-esteem. International Symposium on the Socio-Cultural Foundations of Cognition, Kyouto, Japan. p32
  • Asai, N., & Karasawa, M. (2004) How disadvantaged group members explain their failure: Impact of group identification. 28th International Congress of Psychology, August 8-13, Beijing, China.
  • Asai, N., & Karasawa, M. (2005) Lay theory of mental disorders. The 6th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology, The Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Karasawa, M., Asai, N., & Hioki, K. (2005) Explicit versus implicit essentialism about the "nature" of social categories. The 6th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology, The Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. (Symposium)
  • Asai, N., & Karasawa, M. (2006) How disadvantaged group members explain their failure: Impact of the salience of in-group category. Society for Personality and Social Psychology 7th Annual meeting, Palm Springs, CA.
  • Asai, N., & Karasawa, M. (2007) M. The effect of story construction on judicial judgments. Society for Personality and Social Psychology 8th Annual meeting, Memphis, TN.
  • ASAI, N. (2007) The construction of "stories" and judicial decisions. The 7th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology, Sabah, Malaysia. (Symposium)
  • Asai, N., & Karasawa, M. (2008) Perception of discrimination: Impact of the salience of intergroup boundary. Society for Personality and Social Psychology 9th Annual meeting, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Asai, N., & Karasawa, M. (2008) Coping strategies against discrimination. The 15th of European Association of Experimental Social Psychology General Meeting, Opatija, Croatia.
  • Asai, N., & Karasawa, M. (2009) When do disadvantaged group members complain about discrimination? : Impact of social support and social cost. Society for Personality and Social Psychology 10th Annual meeting, Tampa, FL.
  • Tomohiro Kumagai, Nobuyoshi Kawashima, & Nobuko Asai (2009) The effects of intranational justice on the sense of international injustice. 22nd Annual International Association for Conflict Management Conference, Kyoto, JAPAN.
  • Nobuko Asai (2009) Coping strategies for group-based inequality: The role of causal explanation. International Symposium "How do people react when they face social justice/injustice?: Determinants of cooperation and integration."
  • Nobuko ASAI & Minoru Karasawa (2009) Influence of perceived social support on reporting discrimination. The 8th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology, New Dehli, India.
  • Nobuko Asai, Minoru Karasawa, Tomohiro Kumagai & Nobuyoshi Kawashima(2010) Recognizing personal experiences of discrimination: Impact of essentialist beliefs of group differences and social structure. Society for Personality and Social Psychology 11th Annual meeting, Las veges, NV.
  • Nobuyoshi Kawashima, Ken-ichi Ohbuchi, Tomohiro Kumagai & Nobuko Asai(2010) Perceptions of unfairness and social protests among Japanese: Effects of the immutability belief. Society for Personality and Social Psychology 11th Annual meeting, Las veges, NV.
  • Asai, N. & Karasawa, M. (2011). Impact of essentialist beliefs on consensus estimation. The 12th Annual Meeting of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, Texas. 1/27-29/2011.
  • Asai, N. (2011) Psychological Essentialism and consensus estimation in a minimal group situation. The Symposium of The Role of Lay Theories and Affect in Intergroup Contexts at the 9th Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Social Psychology, KunMing, China, July 28-31
  • Kanda, T., Honda, A., Shibata, H., Asai, N., Teramoto, W., Sakamoto, S., Iwaya, Y., Gyoba, J. & Suzuki, Y. (2011) The sense of verisimilitude has different spatial-temporal characteristics from those producing the sense of presence in the evaluation process of audiovisual contents. 12th International Multi-sensory Research Forum (MRF2011), Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Asai, N. & Ohbuchi, K. (2012). Impact of extended contact on Chinese attitude toward japan before and after the earthquake 2011. The 12th Annual Meeting of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, California. 1/26-28/2012.
  • Gyoba, J., Asai, N., Hidaka, S., Honda A., Shibata, H, & Teramoto W. (2012). The sense of verisimilitude has different spatial-temporal characteristics from those producing the sense of presence in appreciating audio-visual contents. 30th International Congress of Psychology, 22-27 July 2012, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Teramoto, W. & Asai, N. (2012) The effect of visual information on a sense of being together in a virtual environment. European Conference on Visual Perception, Alghero, Italy.
  • Asai, N. : Psychological essentialism and consensus estimation, The 14th Annual Meeting of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Awards and Honors

  • 2003. Junior Researcher's Award, Japanese Society of Social Psychology.
  • 2011. Outstanding Paper Award, Virtual Reality Society of Japan
  • 2012. Human Communication Award, IEICE, Japan