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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. 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

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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Journal Articles:

  • 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.
  • Chen, S. X., Bond, M.B., Chan, B., Tang, D., & Buchtel, E. E. (2009). Behavioral manifestations of modesty. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 40(4), 603-626.
  • Dunn, E. W., Buchtel, E. E., & Aknin, L. B. (2011). Consensus at the heart of division: Comment on Norton & Ariely (2011). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 13-14.
  • 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.
  • Leu, J., Mesquita, B., Ellsworth, P. C., Zhang, Z-Y., Yuan, H-J., Buchtel, E. E., Karasawa, M., & Masuda, T. (2010). Situational differences in dialectical emotions: Boundary conditions in a cultural comparison of North Americans and East Asians. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 419-435.

Other Publications:

  • Buchtel, E. E. (2011). Methodology and current research directions in cross-cultural conflict resolution. In L. Biukovic & P. B. Potter (Eds.), International Trade and Selective Adaptation (pp. 28-58). Vancouver, Canada: University of British Columbia Press.
  • 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:

Emma E. Buchtel
Department of Psychological Studies
Hong Kong Institute of Education
10 Lo Ping Road
Tai Po, N.T.
Hong Kong

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