- Culture and Ethnicity
- Ethics and Morality
- Helping, Prosocial Behavior
- Intergroup Relations
- Interpersonal Processes
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Social Cognition
Emma E. Buchtel
My main current research interest is in Chinese morality concepts, including prototypes of immoral behavior and excellent moral character. 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.
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), supported by a Blakemore fellowship; and teaching in the Psychology department of Peking University under the mentorship of Dr. Yanjie Su.
HKPU Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-2010, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (under Michael H. Bond & Sylvia X. Chen)
Ph.D., Psychology (2009), University of British Columbia
M.A., Psychology (2005), University of British Columbia
B.A., Psychology and Philosophy (1999), Yale University
Ph.D. Dissertation: A Sense of Obligation: Culture and the subjective experience of meeting expectations
2010 Harry and Pola Triandis Doctoral Thesis Award (IACCP)
Co-Chairs: Ara Norenzayan and Steven J. Heine
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Emma E. Buchtel
Department of Psychological Studies
Hong Kong Institute of Education
10 Lo Ping Road
Tai Po, N.T.