Professor, Department of Psychology

University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia


PhD, Melbourne, Australia

Institutional Affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Melbourne


Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, after studying law at Tokyo University, I decided to study social psychology in the USA. I received my BA in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and my PhD is from the University of Illinois.

As a social psychologist who grew up in Japan, was trained in the USA and teaching, researching, and living in Australia, multiculturalism is my life style.

My current research goal is to develop a social psychological theory of cultural dynamics, that is, how concrete individuals’ context specific activities in interaction with each other can generate and transform what we call culture. More specific projects include cultural comparisons in self and identity, narrative social influence in cultural transmission and transformation, cultural dynamics of nationalism, patriotism, and stereotyping, and connectionist modelling of cultural processes.

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Research Interests

  • Cultural Psychology
  • Stereotypes
  • Connectionist Modelling
  • Communication

Selected publications

Adamopoulos, J. & Kashima, Y. (1999). Social behavior in cultural contexts. London, UK: Sage.

Kashima, Y., Woolcock, J., & Kashima, E. (2000). Group impressions as dynamic configurations: The tensor product model of group impression formation and change.Psychological Review, 107, 914-942.

Kashima, Y. (2001). Culture and social cognition: Towards a social psychology of cultural dynamics. In D. Matsumoto (Ed.), Handbook of culture and psychology (pp. 325-360). New York: Oxford University Press.

Kashima, Y., Foddy, M., & Platow, M. (2002). Self and identity: Personal, social, and symbolic. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Lyons, A. & Kashima, Y. (2003). How are stereotypes maintained through communication?: The Influence of stereotype sharedness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 989-1005.