Modeling the Mind of a Moral Agent: Explaining how people build social understanding and control actions

 
    Every one of us is installed with a mind: a system which allows us to make sense of the social realm and accordingly navigate our actions. What kind of a model would represent such a mental system? Moreover, what would those models imply about the nature of us, humans? 
    To find out, our lab conducts research on people’s social judgments regarding the self and others, as well as on self-regulatory behaviors. Each specific research project seeks to identify critical situational and individual-level determinants of social judgments/ behaviors, and to provide integrative explanations for the psychological processes underlying those relationships. 
    Furthermore, social judgments and behaviors are shaped by certain sets of values. Justice, virtue, fairness – people generally show strong respect toward these morally-charged values and are motivated to realize them. That is, people possess a fundamental inclination to be a Moral Agent. Based on such premise, our research aims to model the mind of an individual as a Moral Agent. We do so through the lens of social psychology, and in a joint endeavor with adjacent disciplines (e.g., philosophy, cognitive sciences), in a unified pursuit of the same ultimate goal – exploring what it is to be a human being. 

News

2018/5/3

A new paper by Hashimoto and Karasawa has been accepted by PLoS ONE. (Title: "Impact of consumer power on consumers' reactions to corporate transgression") LinkIconLink

2018/4/25

A new paper by Tado'oka, Higuchi, and Karasawa has been accepted by the Japanese Journal of Psycology. (Title: "The effect of stereotype suppression on negative thoughts about food products") LinkIconLink

2018/4/7

Information of Members has been updated.

2018/4/2

Mr. Takehiko Ito took a position at Tamagawa University.

2018/3/1-3

Lab members will give presentations in the 2018 SPSP Annual Convention.

2018/2/27

Karasawa reported a research of flaming on the Internet and third-party punishment. The research was funded by "Japan Internet Safety Promotion Association."

2018/2/7

A new paper by "Intellectual Humility Project" (PI: Steven Stich) has been accepted by Mind & Language. Karasawa and Hashimoto are taking part in the project. (Title: "De pulchritudine non est disputandum? A cross-cultural investigation of the alleged intersubjective validity of aesthetic judgment")

2017/12/4

A new paper by Saito, Shiraiwa, and Karasawa has been accepted by The Japanese Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. (Title: "Determinants of the intention to participate in the judicial system in undergraduates: Using the factor relation model")

2017/12/1

Karasawa's books were introduced in "UTokyo BiblioPlaza," a website of the University of Tokyo. LinkIconLink1 LinkIconLink2

2017/10/28-29

Lab members will give presentations in the 58th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society of Social Psychology.

2017/9/30-10/1

Lab members will give presentations in the 64th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Grouop Dynamics Association.

2017/9/22

Lab members will give presentations in the 81st Annual Convention of the Japanese Psychological Association.

2017/8/24

A new paper by "Intellectual Humility Project" (PI: Steven Stich) has been accepted by Noûs. Karasawa and Hashimoto are taking part in the project. (Title: "Nothing at stake in knowledge") LinkIconLink

2017/8/23

A new paper by "Intellectual Humility Project" (PI: Steven Stich) has been accepted by Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research. Karasawa and Hashimoto are taking part in the project. (Title: "The Gettier intuition from South America to Asia") LinkIconLink

2017/8/17

A new paper by "Intellectual Humility Project" (PI: Steven Stich) has been accepted by Thought: A Journal of Philosophy. Karasawa and Hashimoto are taking part in the project. (Title: "Behavioral circumscription and the folk psychology of belief: A study in ethno-mentalizing") LinkIconLink

2017/7/27

A new book by Karasawa will be published. (Title: Reading Other Minds: Perceiving Others with a Naive Heart) LinkIconLink (in Japanese)

2017/7/20

A new paper by Tanibe, Hashimoto, and Karasawa has been accepted by PLoS ONE. (Title: "We perceive a mind in a robot when we help it") LinkIconLink

2017/6/26

A new paper by Fukumoto, Tomabechi, Hashimoto, and Karasawa has been accepted by Journal of Human Environmental Studies. (Title: "The effect of free will belief on aggression in social interactive situations") LinkIconLink

2017/6/3

Lab members will give presentations in the 15th Annual Convention of the Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology.

2017/5/26

Lab members will give presentations in the Annual Conference of The Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence.

2017/4/7

Information of Members has been updated.

2017/4/5

A new paper by Shiraiwa, Kobayashi, and Karasawa has been accepted by The Japanese Journal of Criminal Psychology. (Title: "The Effectiveness of Crime Victim Policies of the Police: An Examination from the Perspective of Bereaving Family Members") LinkIconLink

2017/4/3

Mr. Ryosuke Sakurai took a position at Hokkaido University of Education.

2017/3/24

Lab members will give presentations in the Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Science.

2017/3/19

A new paper by Shiraiwa and Karasawa has been accepted by Journal of Human Environmental Studies. (Title: "The examination of the inhibitory effect on sentencing decisions: People's values of rational nature-oriented") LinkIconLink

2017/3/15

Karasawa will give a presentation in 3rd Taiwan-Japan Workshop on Computational Aesthetics. (Title: "Judgment bias in social psychology")

2017/2/22

We held a seminar on Experimental Philosophy with our guest, Dr. Justin Sytsma (Victoria University of Wellington). LinkIconLink

2017/1/21

Lab members will give presentations in 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention.

2016/12/21

Lab members will give presentations in 25th Academy of Human Informatics regular meeting.

2016/12/7

A new paper by Hashimoto and Karasawa has been accepted by Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships. (Title: "When and by whom are apologies considered? The effects of relationship and victim/observer standing on Japanese people’s forgiveness") LinkIconLink

2016/11/13, 2016/12/11

Karasawa will give a presentation in a public symposium of the Japanese Psychological Association. LinkIconLink (in Japanese)

2016/10/9-10

Lab members will give presentations in the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Grouop Dynamics Association.

2016/10/3

Dr. Takaaki Hashimoto took a position as a program assistant professor at the University of Tokyo.

2016/10/3

Dr. Yoshika Tado'oka took a position at Nagano Prefectural College.

2016/9/30

Karasawa will give a presentation in a symposium at Otemon Gakuin University.

2016/9/17-18

Lab members will give presentations in the 57th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society of Social Psychology.

2016/8/18-20

Lab members will give presentations in the Annual Conference of the Korean Psychological Association.

2016/7/24-29

Lab members will give presentations in the 31st International Congress of Psychology.

2016/6/2-5

Karasawa will give a keynote speech in "International Conference on Ethno-Epistemology: Culture, Language, and Methodology" (Title: "Engineering the concept of free will (or the belief in free will?)"). LinkIconLink

2016/4/2

Information of Members has been updated.

2016/3/30

A new paper by Tanibe, Shiraiwa, and Karasawa has been accepted by Journal of Human Environmental Studies. LinkIconLink

2016/3/3

A new paper by Jung and Karasawa has been accepted by Korean Journal of Social and Personality Psychology. LinkIconLink

2016/2/5

A new paper by Futaki, Watanabe, Sakurai, and Karasawa has been accepted by Japanese Journal of Social Psychology. LinkIconLink

2016/1/19

A new paper by Shiraiwa, Kobayashi, and Karasawa has been accepted by Japanese Journal of Social Psychology. LinkIconLink

2015/12/17

A new paper by Ohtaka and Karasawa has been accepted by Japanese Journal of Social Psychology. LinkIconLink

2015/11/22

Karasawa will give a presentation in a workshop in the 48th Annual Meeting of Philosophy of Science Society, Japan.

2015/11/7

A new paper by Watanabe, Matsumoto, Ota, and Karasawa has been accepted by the Japanese Journal of Personality. LinkIconLink

2015/10/31-11/1

Lab members will give presentations in the 56th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society of Social Psychology.

2015/10/11-12

Lab members will give presentations in the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Grouop Dynamics Association.

2015/9/22-24

Lab members will give presentations in the 79th Annual Convention of the Japanese Psychological Association.

2015/8/19-22

Lab members will give presentations in the 11th Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Social Psychology.

2015/7/2

A new paper by Watanabe, Sakurai, and Karasawa has been accepted by the Proceedings of ACP. LinkIconLink

2015/6/14

Karasawa will give a presentation in the Meeting of Japan Association for Philosophy of Science.

2015/4/25

Karasawa will give a presentation in a workshop in the 7th Annual Meeting of Japan Association for Contemoporary and Applied Philosophy.

2015/4/3

Information of Members and Publications has been updated.