Yo Nakawake, PhD


Research Associate, Kochi University of Technology, School of Economics and Management

Research Affiliate, University of Oxford, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,
Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion


nakawake.yo[@]kochi-tech.ac.jp


[ORCID: 0000-0002-4911-0740]

[Google Scholar: LINK]


cultural evolution, folktale, cognitive science of religion, majority group decision


Current project and interest

I am a psychologist currently working for the cultural evolution of material and oral cultures such as projectiles or folktales, as a postdoc of 'Cultural History of Paleo Asia', a collaborative project of archaeology, theoretical biology, cultural and evolutionary anthropology.

Previously, I was working on a project examining the coevolution of religion and morality. I am interested in the cultural evolution of social norms, folktales and prosocial religion and is addressing these using a combination of approaches. Specifically, I seek to combine fieldwork studies, statistical analysis of cultural materials, and developmental research focusing on child-parent interaction.

I am also affiliated with Oxford (Centre for the Study for Social Cohesion)

Current Interest:

  • cultural evolution

    • folktale

    • morality

    • religion

    • projectile

  • social dominance

    • strong leadership v. wisdom of crowds

    • religion and social stratification



Preprint

    • Ikari, S., Sato, K., Burdett, E., Ishiguro, H., Jong, J., & Nakawake, Y. (2022, January 15). Religiosity differently influences moral attitude for robots in the US and Japan. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/r75xz

    • Nakawake, Y., & Takezawa, M. (preprint). The robust beauty of the majority rule by a small number of selected members. https://osf.io/3axpj/

    • Nakawake, Y., & Stanford, M. (preprint). Following Majority Rule versus Deferring to Elders: Educational Background Shapes Group Decision Preference in Burmese Children. https://psyarxiv.com/jm3dr/


Publication

    • Nakawake, Y.*, & Ishii, T.* (in press). The rationality of religion as adaptive heuristics. Cognitive Studies: Bulletin of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society. [in Japanese]

    • Burdett, E., Ikari, S., & Nakawake. Y. (2022). British Children’s and Adults' Perceptions of Robots. Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies. [PDF]

    • Nakawake, Y., & Kobayashi, Y. (2022). Negative observational learning might play a limited role in the cultural evolution of technology. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 970. [PDF]

    • Yamada, J., Nakawake, Y., Shou, Q., Nishina, K., Matsunaga, M., & Takagishi, H. (2021). Salivary oxytocin is negatively associated with religious faith in Japanese non-Abrahamic people. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. [PDF]

    • Meng*, X., Nakawake*, Y., Hashiya, K., Burdett, E., Jong, J., & Whitehouse, H. (2021). Preverbal infants expect agents exhibiting counterintuitive capacities to gain access to contested resources. Scientific reports, 11(1), 1-10., [PDF] equal contribution

    • Nakawake*, Y., & Sato*, K. (2019). Systematic quantitative analyses reveal the folk-zoological knowledge embedded in folktales. Palgrave Communications, 5(1), 1-10. [PDF] *equal contribution

    • Meng, X., Nakawake, Y., Nitta, H., Hashiya, K., & Moriguchi, Y. (2019). Space and rank: infants expect agents in higher position to be socially dominant. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286(1912), 20191674. [PDF]

    • Willard, A. K., Nakawake, Y., & Jong, J. (2018). The evolution of the shaman's cultural toolkit. Behavioral and Brain Sciences , 41, e89. [Link]

    • Krockow, E. M., Takezawa, M., Pulford, B. D., Colman, A. M., Smithers, S., Kita, T., & Nakawake, Y. (2018). Commitment-enhancing tools in centipede games: Evidencing European-Japanese differences in trust and cooperation. Judgment and Decision Making,13(1), 61–72. [PDF]

    • Kavanagh, C., & Nakawake, Y. (2016). Developing the field site concept for the study of cultural evolution: the promise and the perils. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, 7(2), 273-280 [PDF]

    • Horita, Y., Takezawa, M., Kinjo, T., Nakawake, Y., & Masuda, N. (2016). Transient nature of cooperation by pay-it-forward reciprocity. Scientific reports, 6. [PDF]

    • Watanabe, T., Takezawa, M., Nakawake, Y., Kunimatsu, A., Yamasue, H., Nakamura, M., Miyashita, Y., & Masuda, N. (2014). Two distinct neural mechanisms underlying indirect reciprocity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(11), 3990-3995. [PDF]


Research Method/Skill


      • Reserach Method/ Exeperience

        • interactive network group experiment

        • text mining/ analyzing cultural materials

        • economic/cognitive lab experiment

          • (economic game / decision making / priming / joint action / etc)

        • computational modeling

          • (group decision making / cultural evolution / etc)

        • model fitting analysis on experimental data / GLMM

        • quasi-experiment on the field

        • cross-cultural study

        • biological markers

        • developmental studies


      • Programming:

        • main use: c++ / z-tree / R / Visual Basic / Matlab

        • currently learning: python

        • not much in use: java / html / mathematica