Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa

Department of Psychology Faculty Profile

Joni Sasaki

Joni Sasaki

Assistant Professor

Education

PhD, Social Psychology, University of California at Santa Barbara (2012); BA, Psychology, Claremont McKenna College (2006)

Research

Cultural psychology; social cognition; the cultural shaping of religion; gene-environment interactions and social behavior.

I use an integrated biological and socio-cultural approach to conduct basic psychological research on multiple forms of diversity—including ethnic, religious, and biological diversity—in the areas of social cognition and social behavior. My research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada and Sir John Templeton Foundation and has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I received the 2013 Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) Dissertation Award for my work investigating the individual, situational, and cultural moderators of religion’s effects. Please see the Culture and Religion Lab website for more information on publications and ongoing research projects.

Publications

Nature, nurture, and their interplay: A review of cultural neuroscience. (2017)
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  Co-Authors: Kim, H. S.

Automatic mechanisms for social attention are culturally penetrable. (2017)
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  Co-Authors: Cohen, A. S., Kim, H. S., & German, T. C.

More than the sum of its parts: A transformative theory of biculturalism. (2017)
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  Co-Authors: West, A. L., Zhang, R.,& Yampolsky, M.

Religion priming differentially increases prosocial behavior among variants of dopamine D4 receptor (DRD4) gene. (2013)
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  Co-Authors: Kim, H. S., Mojaverian, T., Kelley, L. D., Park, I., & Janušonis, S.

At the intersection of culture and religion: A cultural analysis of religion’s implications for secondary control and social affiliation. (2011)
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  Co-Authors: Kim, H. S.

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