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Hokusei Gakuen University
School of Social Welfare, Department of Psychology for Well-being
BA (Behavioral Science)(Hokkaido University), MA (Behavioral Science)(Hokkaido University), Ph. D. (Behavioral Science)(Hokkaido University)
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Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2002
Mar 2012
Hokkaido University Department of Psychology Assistant Professor
Apr 2012
Mar 2015
Hokusei Gakuen University School of Social Welfare Department of Psychology for Well-being Assistant Professor
Apr 2015
Hokusei Gakuen University School of Social Welfare Department of Psychology for Well-being Associate Professor
Apr 2018
Mar 2019
University of Waterloo


Apr 1990
Mar 1994
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Letters, Hokkaido University
Apr 1994
Mar 1996
Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University
Apr 1996
Mar 2000
Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University

Awards & Honors

Jan 2017
The viability of online experimental platform as a tool for cognitive studies, JSCP Distinguished Presentation Award, The Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology
Recent psychological studies often administered online survey that participants were collected from crowdsourcing services. Particularly, Amazon's Mechanical Turk (AMT) is becoming a popular tool for recruiting participants. In addition to survey ...

Published Papers

Japanese Psychological Research      Dec 2019   [Refereed]
眞嶋 良全
認知科学   26(2) 272-281   Jun 2019
Evolutionary Human Sciences      2019   [Refereed]
Nishihara, S., Imai, F., Fujiki, A., Majima, Y. (contributing author)
Psychology   6 1086-1095   Jul 2015   [Refereed]
Two experiments involving mental rotation with two types of manual rotation were run. Participants had to perform the mental rotation task either with active hand movement (Exp 1) or passive hand movement (Exp 2). The interaction effect between me...
Applied Cognitive Psychology   29 552-559   Jul 2015   [Refereed]
The present study explored links between belief in the non-paranormal pseudoscience and dual-process thought. Results showed that belief in paranormal and non-paranormal pseudoscience correlated positively; after controlling for demographic variab...
*Majima, Y., Nishiyama, K., Nishihara, A., and Hata, R. (main author)
Frontiers in Psychology   8(378) 1-13   Mar 2017   [Refereed]
Mercier H, Majima Y, Miton H.
Applied Cognitive Psychology   32 499-505   Apr 2018   [Refereed]

Conference Activities & Talks

Generating "initial" hypothesis
JSPS-ANR CHORUS Japan-France Joint Seminar   7 Sep 2013   
Effect of regularity structure in members on categorical thinking
JSPS-ANR CHORUS Japan-France Joint Workshop on Reasoning 2014   17 Mar 2014   
Belief in the myths of popular psychology, cognitive ability and cognitive style
The 13th Annual Conference of Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology   4 Jul 2015   
Previous studies of superstitious belief have mainly focused on paranormal phenomena and showed that such belief could be predicted by our intuitive-analytical thinking styles. This study aimed to extend existing findings to non-paranormal pseudos...
Does tactile softness and hardness alter our acceptance of utilitarian judgment?
The 37th Annual Meeting of the cognitive science society   24 Jul 2015   University of California, Merced
Present study examines the effect of incidental haptic sensations on acceptance of utilitarian judgment-seeking greater happiness in exchange for a few victims-under personal and impersonal moral dilemmas. Recently, Nakamura et al. (2014) indicate...
The Effect of Induced Processing Orientation on a Holistic-analytic Thinking Task
EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science   26 Sep 2015   
Many cross cultural studies have mentioned two distinct forms of thinking, holistic and analytic thought, and argued that one of the crucial differences between them is their attentional focus on focal object and its context. Furthermore, in face ...


The Effect of Induced Processing Orientation on a Holistic-analytic Thinking Task
The Others   Sep 2015
The present study explores a possible link between global-local processing bias and holistic-analytic ways of thinking showing a significant cultural difference between the Eastern and Western cultures. Results showed that Japanese participants pr...

Research Grants & Projects

A psychological study on the process of acquisition and persistence of pseudoscientific beliefs
Project Year: Apr 2009 - Mar 2011
Beyond truth and falsity: Degree of confidence
Project Year: Sep 2011 - Mar 2014