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The research team at the Culture and Development Lab is interested in how children’s cognitive and social development may be similar and different across various cultural groups. We conduct cross-cultural studies. Our research questions include:

  • How do socialization practices and experiences shape the developing mind?
  • How do children learn to imitate others?
  • How do children learn to navigate the social world?

Selected publications

Nand, J., Masuda, T., Senzaki, S., & Ishii, K. (2014). Examining cultural drifts
     in artworks through history and development: Cultural comparisons    
     between Japanese and Western landscape paintings and drawings.
Frontiers in Psychology, Cultural Psychology. article

Senzaki, S., Masuda, T. & Nand, K. (2014). Holistic versus analytic expressions in
     artworks: Cross-cultural differences and similarities in drawings and collages by
     Canadian and Japanese school-age children. Journal of Cross-Cultural
Psychology, 45, 1297-1316. article

Senzaki, S., Masuda, T., & Ishii, K. (2014). When is perception top-down and
when is it not? Culture, narrative and attention, Cognitive Science, 1-14. article

Fukuzawa, A., Yamaguchi, S., & Senzaki, S. (2013). Jisonshin no level, hendousei to
     shouraieno kouteitekina kitaitono kanren: tooi shouraieno kouteitekina
     kitaigamatu kyoui keigenkinou nitsuite (Relationship between levels of self-
     esteem, self-esteem instability, and positive expectations for the future: Positive
     expectations for the far future decrease perceived threats), Japanese Journal of
     Personality, 22(2), 117-130. (In Japanese).

Masuda, T., Wang, H., Ito, K., & Senzaki, S. (2012). Culture and cognition:
     Implications for art, design, and advertisement. In S. Okazaki (Ed.), Handbook of
     research in international advertising (pp. 109-133). Edward Elgar Publishing,