Young-Hoon Kim, Ph.D
Department of Psychology
Underwood Distinguished Professor & Department Chair
Yonsei University
#209 Yu Eok-gyeom Memorial Hall,
50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemum-gu, Seoul 120-749, Korea
Office Telephone: (82-2)2123-5437
Fax: (82-2)365-4354
- 2010, Ph.D, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- 2002, M.A, Iowa State University, Ames, USA
- 1999, B. A, University of South Florida,Tampa, USA

2016~                Associate Professor   Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
2012~ 2015       Assistant Professor    Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
2010~ 2012,      Postdoctoral               University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

In my research, I seek to examine both within- and between-culture differences in how people perceive and define the self.
My work has reviewed some negative consequences of unrealistic positive beliefs about the self for academic achievement
and psychological well-being. The three major questions I address in my research are: (1) Do unrealistic beliefs about the
self and the cultural practices that support these beliefs (e.g., providing unrealistically positive performance feedback) benefit
or harm intellectual performance and motivation and mental health and well-being? (2) Do East Asians need positive self-regard less; and if not, how do East Asians express their positive self? and (3) What are the different routes to self-understanding in European American and East Asian contexts, and what are the implications of these cultural differences for the construction of the self as a competent, moral, successful person?       




Kim, Y.H., Kwon, H., Seo, M., & Seo D. (in press). The self in face and dignity cultures. In A. T. Church (Ed.), Evolutionary, Ecological, and Cultural Contexts of Personality, Praeger publisher

Seo, M., Kim, Y. H., Tam, K-P., & Rozin, P. (in press). I am dumber when I look dumb in front of many (vs. few) other: A cross-cultural difference in how audience size affects perceived social reputation and self-judgments, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Kung, Y. H., Kim, Y. H., Yang, Y., & Cheng, Y. Y. (2016). The role of regulatory fit in framing effective negative feedback across cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47, 696-712.

Kim, Y. H., Chiu, C. Y., & Bregant, J. (2015). Unskilled and don't want to be aware of it: The effect of self-relevance on the unskilled and unaware phenomenon. PloS one10(6), e0130309

Kim, Y-H., Chiu, C-Y., Cho, Sinhae., Au, W-M., & Kwak, S-Y. (2014). Aligning inside and outside perspectives of the self: A cross-cultural difference in self-perception, Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 17, 44-51.

Killam, K-M.
, & Kim, Y-H. (2014). Positive psychological interventions and self-perceptions: A cautionary tale. In A. C. Parks & S. Schueller (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Psychological Interventions. Wiley-Blackwell.

Lee, H. I., Leung, A. K.y., & Kim, Y.H. (2014). Unpacking East–West Differences in the Extent of SelfEnhancement from the Perspective of Face versus Dignity Culture. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 8: 314–327

Kim, Y-H., Cai, H., Gilliland, M., Chiu, C-Y., Xia, S., & Tam, K-P. (2012). Standing in the glory or shadow of the past self: Cultures differ in how much the past self affects current subjective well-being. Emotion, 12, 1111-1117.

Tam, K-P., Lee, S-L., Kim, Y-H., Li, Y., & Chao, M. (2012). Intersubjective model of value transmission: Parents using perceived norms as reference when socializing children. Personality and Social Psychological Bulletin, 38, 1041-1053.

Tam, K-P., Leung, A. K-y., Kim, Y-H., Chiu C-Y., Lau, I. Y-m., & Au, A. (2012). The better-than-average effect in Hong Kong and the U.S.: The role of personal trait importance and cultural trait importance. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 915-930.

Tam, K-P., Ng, H.KS., Kim, Y-H., Yeung, V.W-L., & Cheung, F.Y-L. (2012). Attitudes toward cosmetic surgery patients: The role of culture and social contact. Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 458-479.

Soto, J-A., Perez, C-R., Kim, Y-H., Lee, E-A., & Minnick, M-R. (2011). Is expressive suppression always associated with poorer psychological functioning? A cross-cultural comparison between European Americans and Hong Kong Chinese. Emotion. 11, 1450-1455.

Kim, Y-H., & Chiu, C-y. (2011). Emotional costs of inaccurate self-assessments: Both self-effacement and self-enhancement can lead to dejection. Emotion, 11, 1096-1104.

Leung, A. K-y., Kim, Y-H., Zhang, Z-X., Tam, K-P., & Chiu C-Y. (2011). Cultural construction of success and epistemic motives moderate American-Chinese differences in reward allocation biases. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 46-52.

Chiu, C-y., & Kim, Y-H. (2011). Rethinking culture and the self: Some basic principles and their implications. In S. M. Breugelmans, A. Chasiotis, & F. J. R. van de Vijver (Eds.), Fundamental questions in cross-cultural psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kim, Y-H. (2011). Culture and self-enhancement. In A. K-y. Leung, C-y. Chiu, & Y. Hong (Eds.), Cultural processes: A social psychological perspective (pp. 139-153). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kim, Y-H., & Tov, W. (2011). Cultural processes underlying subjective well-being. In A. K-y. Leung, C-y. Chiu, & Y. Hong (Eds.), Cultural processes: A social psychological perspective (pp. 154-171). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Chiu, C-y., Wan, C., Cheng, S-y., Kim, Y-H., & Yang, Y-j. (2011). Cultural perspectives on self-enhancement and self-protection. In M. Alicke & C. Sedikides (Eds.), The Handbook of Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection (pp. 425-453). New York: Guilford.

Kim, Y-H., Chiu, C-y., & Zou, Z. (2010). Know thyself: Misperceptions of actual performance undermine subjective well-being, future performance, and achievement motivation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 395-409.

Kim, Y-H., Cohen, D., & Au, W-T. (2010). The jury and abjury of my peers: The self in Face and Dignity cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 904-916.

Kim, Y-H., & Cohen, D. (2010). Information, perspective, and judgments about the self in Face and Dignity cultures. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 537-550.

Kim, Y-H., Chiu, C-y., Peng, S., Cai, H., & Tov, W. (2010). Explaining East-West differences in the likelihood of making favorable self-evaluations: The role of evaluation apprehension and directness of expression. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 41, 62-75.

Kim, Y-H. (2010). Review of cultural psychology. Journal of Social Psychology, 150, 231-234.

Kim, Y-H., & Chiu, C-y. (2010). Symbolic interactionism. In D. Matusomoto (Ed.), Cambridge dictionary of psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kim, Y-H., & Chiu, C-y. (2010). Illusory correlation. In D. Matusomoto (Ed.), Cambridge dictionary of psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kim, Y-H., & Chiu, C-y. (2010). Spontaneous self-concept. In D. Matusomoto (Ed.), Cambridge dictionary of psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Chiu, C-y., Kim, Y-H., & Chaturvedi, A. (2009). The case for collective evolution: Revisiting the Donald Campbell legacy. In M. Schaller, S. J. Heine, A. Norenzayan, A., T. Yamagishi, & T. Kameda (Eds.), Evolution, culture, and the human mind (pp. 39-47). New York: Psychology Press

Pualengco, R-P., Chiu, C-y., & Kim, Y-H. (2009). Cultural variations in preemptive effort downplaying and effects on self-evaluations. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 12, 12-19.

Kim, Y-H., Peng, S., & Chiu, C-y. (2008). Explaining self-esteem differences between Chinese and North Americans: Dialectical self (vs. self-consistency) or lack of positive self-regard. Self and Identity, 7, 113-128.

Chiu, C-y., Kim, Y-H., & Wan, W. (2008). Personality: Cross-cultural perspectives. In G. J. Boyle, G. Matthews, & D. H. Salofske (Eds.), Handbook of personality theory and testing. Vol. 1: Personality theory and models (pp. 124-144). London: Sage.




















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