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Emma E. Buchtel

Emma E. Buchtel

My main current research interest is in Chinese morality concepts, including prototypes of immoral behavior and excellent moral character; and moral motivations for particularism. I also study culture's effects on motivation, values about reasoning, and the use of personality trait information; cultural-moral relativism; and how to teach about cultural differences, with a focus on improving cross-cultural understanding.

I have been based in Hong Kong since 2009. Between my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I lived for four years in Mainland China, teaching English in a high school as a Yale-China fellow; learning Mandarin Chinese at the IUP program in Tsinghua University (Beijing); and teaching in the Psychology department of Peking University under the mentorship of Dr. Yanjie Su.

Ph.D., Psychology (2009), University of British Columbia
M.A., Psychology (2005), University of British Columbia
B.A., Psychology and Philosophy (1999), Yale University

Primary Interests:

  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Buchtel, E. E., & Norenzayan, A. (2009). Thinking across cultures: Implications for dual processes. In J. Evans & K. Frankish, (Eds.), In two minds: Dual processes and beyond (pp. 217-238). New York: Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Being Chinese: Insights from Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Emma E. Buchtel
Department of Psychology
The Education University of Hong Kong
10 Lo Ping Road
Tai Po, N.T.
Hong Kong

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