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Kou Murayama


Areas of interest

My research draws on broad psychological theories regarding motivation and cognition from the neural level to the social level.

Specific topics of interest include motivation and memory, motivation and metacognition, the nature and consequence of competition, the nature of intrinsic motivation/curiosity. I have also been working on research methodology and statistical issues in psychology (mixed-effects modelling, Bayesian statistics).

Research centres and groups

  • Language and Cognition
  • Stats
  • Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience.

Academic qualifications

BSc Educational Psychology, MSc Educational Psychology, PhD Educational Psychology, University of Tokyo.


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