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
- 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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- Buchtel, E. E. (2014). Cultural sensitivity or cultural stereotyping? Positive and negative effects of a cultural psychology class. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 39, 40-52.
- Buchtel, E. E., Guan, Y., Peng, Q., Su, Y., Sang, B., Chen, S. X., & Bond, M. H. (2015). Immorality East and West: Are immoral behaviors especially harmful, or especially uncivilized? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41(10), 1382-1394. doi:10.1177/0146167215595606
- Buchtel, E. E., Ng, L. C. Y., Norenzayan, A., Heine, S. J., Biesanz, J. C., Chen, S. X., Bond, M. H., Peng, Q., & Su, Y. (in press). A sense of obligation: Cultural differences in the experience of obligation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
- Buchtel, E. E., & Norenzayan, A. (2008). Which should you use, intuition or logic? Cultural differences in injunctive norms about reasoning. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 11, 264-273.
- Heine, S. J., & Buchtel, E. E. (2009). Personality: The universal and the culturally specific. Annual Review of Psychology, 60, 369-394.
- Heine, S. J., Buchtel, E. E., & Norenzayan, A. (2008). What do cross-national comparisons of personality traits tell us? The case of conscientiousness. Psychological Science, 19(4), 309-313.
- 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.
- 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.