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「写真:Kun QIAN」

Associate Prof., Research Futures Coordinator

- Specialty -
Psychology (Cognition/Experiment/Culture)

Career Summary:

2001-2005: Department of Letters, Qingdao University, China
2005-2012: Graduate School of Human-Environment Studies, Kyushu University
2010-2012: Research Fellow DC2, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
2012-2014: Consultant, Abeam Consulting Ltd.
2014-2021: Assistant Professor, Institute of Decision Science for a Sustainable Society, Kyushu University
2021-2022: Lecture, Faculty of Humanities, Fukuoka University
2022-now: Associate Professor, Institute for Asian and Oceania Studies, Kyushu University


After the experience of studying experimental psychology as a post-graduate student, I studied fieldwork research methods in Southeast Asia, Finland, Japan, China, and other countries, and through field research and experiments in psychology, I am trying to elucidate the relationship between basic human psychological functions such as perception and cognition, and cultural environments and social conditions. In addition, I am trying to explore human mind and behavior in the context of the SDGs, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other major events of the time, and conducting research with an awareness of the problem of how psychology can be utilized to build a safe and happy society. Some of my ongoing research projects are as follows:
- Psychology and behavior change due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Comparative studies on cognitive psychology
- Psychological studies related to food and eating behavior
- Experimental studies on visual illusion
- Study and activities on positive education and happiness

Relevant Countries in Asia & Oceania:

Japan, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Korea, Singapore

Committee roles and Outreach activities:

The Japanese Psychological Association (International committee member)
Chinese Psychological Society
American Psychological Association
The Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology
The Japanese Psychonomic Society
The Japanese Society of Social Psychology
The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology
International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology


Now the world is at its historical turning point. The pandemic of COVID-19, the intensification of social discrimination and human rights movements, the international conflicts and the ongoing war in Ukraine, and other major events that have suddenly emerged in these years pose a big challenge to the achievement of the SDGs in 2030, and amplify the frequency, urgency and complexity of social problems occurring in a global scope. It is the human "mind (psychology)" that has created these problems and the society. Mutual respect for the human mind, formed in different cultures, is the first step toward solving these problems. I would like to watch from the perspective of psychology how the human mind and the various behaviors driven by the mind will change to adapt to the turbulent times.

List of Selected Publications:

Qian, K. (2022). Examining the impact of human face stimulus on shape-contrast effects during a brief presentation. Brain Sciences.12(7), 914, doi:10.3390/brainsci12070914
Bago B., et al. (2022). Situational factors shape moral judgments in the trolley dilemma in Eastern, Southern and Western countries in a culturally diverse sample. Nature Human Behaviour. doi: 10.1038/s41562-022-01319-5
Suzuki, T., Kashiwagi, N., Lee, J., Qian, K. , & Ikeda, D. (2022). Grasping Users’ Awareness for Environments from their SNS Posts. Journal of Information Processing. 30, 190-200, doi: 10.2197/ipsjjip.30.190
錢琨 (2022). 新型コロナウイルス感染症流行下における家庭での食料事情. 保健の科学, 64(1), 10-15.
三浦佳世・錢琨 (2021). フェルメールの左・キリコの右 −−上-左光源仮定と場面依存効果. 電子情報通信学会技術研究報告(ヒューマン情報処理), 121(312), 1-6.
高橋康介・田暁潔・大石高典 ・島田将喜・錢琨 (2021). 顔とemojiのフィールドワーク〜異分野融合のフィールド実験で「顔を見る/読む/描く」に挑む . FIELDPLUS, 25, 23-25.
Qian K. (2021) Environmental Concerns of the Pulp and Paper Industry: Focusing on Household and Sanitary Paper Products. In: Yahara T. (eds) Decision Science for Future Earth: Theory and Practice. Springer, Singapore.
Qian, K., Javadi, F., & Hiramatsu, M. (2020). Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Household Food Waste Behavior in Japan. Sustainability. 12(23), 9942, doi: 10.3390/su12239942
Qian, K., & Mitsudo, H. (2020). Spatial dynamics of the eggs illusion: Visual field anisotropy and peripheral vision. Vision Research. 177, 12-19.
Qian, K., & Yahara, T. (2020). Mentality and behavior in COVID-19 emergency status in Japan: Influence of personality, morality and ideology. PLOS ONE. 15(7): e0235883, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0235883
Yonemitsu, F., Ikeda, A., Yoshimura, N., Takashima, K., Mori, Y., Sasaki, K., Qian, K., & Yamada, Y. (2020). Warning ‘Don’t spread’ vs. ‘Don’t be a spreader’ to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic. Royal Society Open Science.7:200793, doi: 10.1098/rsos.200793
Qian, K., & Yamada, Y. (2020). Exploring the role of the behavioral immune system in acceptability of entomophagy using semantic associations and food-related attitudes. Frontiers in Nutrition. 7:66. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2020.00066
Zhao, Y., Iwana, B. K., & Qian, K. (2020). Drama Approach as an Educational Practice in Secondary Education: A Case Study in a Japanese Middle School. The Joint Journal of the National Universities in Kyushu. Education and Humanities, 6(1,2), 4.
Zhu, S., Sasaki, K., Jiang, Y., Qian, K., & Yamada, Y. (2020). Trypophobia as an urbanized emotion: comparative research in ethnic minority regions of China. PeerJ, 8:e8837.
Qian, K., & Mitsudo, H. (2019). Role of Orientation Processing in the Eggs Illusion. Perception, 48(12), 1197-1213.
Qian, K., & Miura, K. (2019). The Roles of Color Lightness and Saturation in Inducing the Perception of Miniature Faking. Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Knowledge and Smart Technology, IEEE, 194-198. doi: 10.1109/KST.2019.8687411.
Qian, K., & Mitsudo, H. (2016). Eggs illusion: Local shape deformation generated by a grid pattern. Journal of Vision, 16, 27. doi:10.1167/16.15.27.
Qian, K., Kawabe, T., Yamada, Y., & Miura, K. (2012). The role of orientation processing in the scintillating grid illusion. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 74-5, 1020-1032.
Kawabe, T., Qian, K., Yamada, Y., & Miura, K. (2010). Last but not least: The Jaggy Diamonds Illusion. Perception, 39, 573-576.
Qian, K., Yamada, Y., Kawabe, T., & Miura, K. (2009). The scintillating grid illusion: Influence of size, shape, and orientation of the luminance patches. Perception, 38, 1172-1182.