TSUJI Hiromi

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TSUJI Hiromi
Osaka Shoin Women's University
Faculty of Liberal Arts
Job title
Ph.D.(University of London Institute of Education), Masters in Child Development(University of London Institute of Education)
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Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2007
Mar 2009
Associate Professor, Psychology, Osaka Shoin Women's University
Sep 2004
Mar 2005
University of London Institute of Education Psychology and Human Development Part-time lecturer


Jan 2001
Jul 2004
Psychology and Human Development, Graduate School, Division of Psychology, University of London Institute of Education

Published Papers

A Japanese adaptation and validation of the self-concept development scale for parental reporting in relation to mental state language and socio-cognitive development
The journal of the International Association of Early Childhood Education   25 17-29   Oct 2018   [Refereed]
Hiromi Tsuji, Peter Mitchell
British Journal of Developmental Psychology      Sep 2018   [Refereed]
To understand the executive demands of the false-belief (FB) task relative to an alternative theory-of-mind (or mechanical causality) task, picture sequencing, the present study used path analyses. One hundred and sixty-six children between 3 and ...
Depicting a protagonist's false-belief in the Frog Story: An investigation of linguistic and evaluative strategies used in written and oral narratives
Hiromi Tsuji
Osaka Shoin Women's University   8巻 59-68   Jan 2018
This series of three studies investigates the narrators' mental state references by linguistically depicting the protagonist's false-belief in the frog story. Study 1 found no difference in the proportion of people who made explicit false-belief r...
Japanese children's understanding events-representations of causality and intentionality predict theory of mind understanding
Hiromi Tsuji
IEICE Technical Report   116(436) 41-46   Jan 2017
Japanese children's ability to represent causality and intentionality was investigated for sequencing and narrating picture stories. The accuracy of three-, four- and five-year-old children differed significantly for the sequencing of pictures int...
When do Japanese-speaking people use mental verbs?
The Research Society of Osaka Shoin Women's University   7巻 27-38   Jan 2017
The present study examined situations in which Japanese-speakers use mental verbs to describe events. The experiment involved the participants viewing a series of video clips in which the main actress performed a series of actions, some of which l...
Developing children's understanding of others and their communication skills: A pathway to action-oriented research
Yamada Chieko
International Journal of Early Childhood Education   Vol.23 83-92   Mar 2016   [Refereed]
This paper reports on a case study to improve the quality of educational practices in a Japanese kindergarten. This paper includes the rational of the study, the framework for action research with clear step-by-step processes and a provisional eva...
The role of adults in the development of children's expressive mental state language: Emotional expressiveness and the use of mental state terms
Hiromi Tsuji, Chieko Yamada
The Journal of International Association of Early Childhood Education   Vol.23 29-42   Mar 2016   [Refereed]
The present study asked female adults about their use of mental state terms which were on the child mental state language lists, to examine the likelihood of children hearing these words. The frequency of the adults' use of mental state terms was ...
Individual differences in mental state language acquisition at the age of three: the relationship with the social environment and socio-cognitive development
Toi Yoko
IEICE Technical Report   115(418) 19-24   Jan 2016
This study examined the acquisition of mental state language by 3 year-old Japanese children. The parents of 530 children responded to a child mental state word checklist and questionnaires about socio-cognitive development. Individual differences...
Measuring individual differences in theory of mind: An adaptation of an interview method for Japanese adults
Yamasaki AyakaFujiwara Haduki
6巻 13-19   Jan 2016
The present study examined an interview method for measuring the theory of mind and its adaptation to a young adult Japanese population. The original interview method devised for English-speakers (Bosacki, 2000) used an ambiguous story to probe th...
The efficacy of reflection in narrative production: Can a reflective session facilitate the use of mental state talk in narrating a story?
Hiromi Tsuji
5巻 27-33   Jan 2015
The efficacy of reflection in narrative production was examined. The female students' (N = 54) evaluative strategy use in narrative production was assessed twice with an intermission of a reflective session. The frequency of evaluative strategy in...
Hiromi Tsuji, Martin J. Doherty
First Language   34(3) 273-290   Jun 2014   [Refereed]
The development of metalinguistic awareness for linguistic politeness was examined in 68 Japanese-speaking children aged between three and five years old. A politeness judgement task was administered together with several phonological judgement ta...
An exploratory examination of child mental state language in Japanese: adults' knowledge about the development of child language
Hiromi Tsuji, Sachiko Kitano
International Journal of Early Childhood Education   21 1-16   Mar 2014   [Refereed]
Our main goal for this line of research is to develop systematic checklists for child mental state language, which can be used as a tool for researchers and educators, including parents, to maximize their expertise to facilitate children's languag...
The role of adults in the development of expressive mental state language: emotional expressiveness and the use of mental state terms
Hiromi Tsuji, Chieko Yamada
114(440) 127-132   Feb 2014
An examination of the gaze-cueing effect using different method of gathering responses
   Jan 2014
An Exploratory Analysis of 4-month-old infants' Behaviours Towards Picture Books in the Bookstart Context
Hiromi Tsuji
Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education   7(2) 5-28   May 2013   [Refereed]
Infant behaviours were observed for 261, 4-month-old infants when they attended the Bookstart programme. Infant behaviours in this context were analysed in relation to child characteristics. When infant gender, birth order, and parents' familiarit...
Differences in the narrative styles of female university students: implications for maternal use of linguistic strategies for storytelling to children
3巻 55-62   Jan 2013
How parenting style relates to the development of child mental state language
Hiromi Tsuji
International Journal of Early Childhood Education   Vol.20 1-13   Oct 2012   [Refereed]
This study examined how different parenting styles might affect a child's development of mental state language.the parenting styles in terms of how parents respond to her child's positive and negative situations affects the child's mental state la...
A table of figurative similarity rating for Japanese 71 hiragana letters
Masahiro Kawakami, Hiromi Tsuji
The Science of Reading   54(3/4) 80-88   Jul 2012   [Refereed]
Maternal perceptual sensitivity to changes in facial expressions: A comparison with non-caregivers
Research Bulletin of Osaka Shoin Women's University   2巻 15-22   Jan 2012
Development of Mentalizing Ability in Japanese Children
Hiromi, Tsuji
Psychological Studies   56(2) 167-175   May 2011   [Refereed]

Conference Activities & Talks

Role of language processing in understanding false-beliefs
25 Sep 2018   
Four-year-olds working memory and inhibitory control can predict the development of communicative competence one year later
British Psychological Society Developmental Section 2018   12 Sep 2018   British Psychological Society
Cognitive underpinnings for mindful-conversational competence: the role of executive functions in socio-cognitive development
TSUJI Hiromi
Jean Piaget Society Annual Meeting 2018   31 May 2018   Jean Piaget Society
Is the false-belief task the best measure of mentalizing ability?
British Psychological Society Developmental Section   13 Sep 2017   British Psychological Society
Invisible agency: How do Japanese adults and children use language to retrodict false belief events ?
International Association for the Study of Child Language   19 Jul 2017   
Japanese children's understanding of events-representations of causality and intentionality predict theory of mind understanding
Human communication Science (Psychology and Life-stage of communication, etc)   27 Jan 2017   IEICE Technical Committee
Developmental and cultural influences in theory of mind and person perception: How do Japanese children benefit from mindreading training?
International Congress of Psychology 2016   26 Jul 2016   International Union of Psychological Science
Japanese children in two different age groups (4 year-olds and 4.5 year-olds) received theory-of-mind training consisting of perspective-taking and mental state discourses over 4 sessions. The 4.5 year-olds, but not 4.0 year-olds, benefited from t...
Perspective-taking discourses can facilitate theory-of-mind in Japanese children
British Psychological Society Developmental Section   11 Sep 2015   British Psychological Society
Developing Japanese Children's Understanding of theory of mind by using perspective-taking discourses
Child Language Symposium   20 Jul 2015   
Facilitating Japanese Children's Theory of mind: A training study using perspective-taking discourses
2015 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting   21 Mar 2015   Society for Research in Child Development
What determines the differences in maternal use of mental state language?
British Psychological Society Developmental Section   4 Sep 2014   British Psychological Society
Early development of expressive mental state language and adults' mental state references in Japanese daily life
Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association Annual Conference 2014   10 Aug 2014   Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association
Development of mental state vocabulary in the Japanese language: from a large-scale study of preschool- children
Sachiko Kitano, Chieko Yamada, Yoko Toi
European conference on Developmental Psychology   4 Sep 2013   European Society of Developmental Psychology
Developing children's empathy through socializations: the role of mental state conversations with children [Invited]
Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association Annual Conference 2013   4 Jul 2013   Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association
Interpretation of a protagonist's misrepresentation: An investigation of linguistic strategies in narrating a picture book
International Conference on the Processing of East Asian Languages   26 Oct 2012   
Attentional gaze to a mutual relationship [Invited]
Gentle Teaching Workshop   Oct 2012   
Childrens belief attributions: longitudinal relationships between early dyadic conversation and theory-of-mind
British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference   8 Sep 2012   
Parenting Style Influences the Early Development of Mental State Language
Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association   20 Jul 2012   
Mental state talks and the development of theory of mind
16 Sep 2011   
Role of mental state talks in the development of social understanding in the Japanese language
British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference   7 Sep 2011   
Story telling to children: what differences are related to child-rearing experiences?
Yoko Toi
Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association   1 Aug 2011   
Perceptual sensitivity to the facial expressions of children: child care experiences and narrative styles
Yoko Toi
Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association   1 Aug 2011   
Japanese children's mental state words and the understanding of other's mind
The 13th Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences   25 Jun 2011   

Research Grants & Projects

Inferring other's inner states: Different developmental trends across Britain and Japan ?
Economic and Social Research Council: UK-Japan SSH Connection
Project Year: Jan 2019 - Jun 2020
Sensitivity to Human faces and contexts: nature or nurture?
Project Year: Apr 2010 - Mar 2011