Associate Professor Motoki Watabe

Associate Professor

Department of Management

motoki.watabe@monash.edu
603 5514 6285
Room 6-5-19

 
 

Associate Professor Motoki Watabe, at the department of management, is co-chief researcher of Neurobusiness Laboratory at School of Business.

Motoki has been working on the emergence of trust, fairness, and cooperation in organization and society with behavioral experimental and neuroscientific methods. He obtained Ph.D. in sociology at University of California, Los Angeles. Specific major was social psychology and organizational behavior. He started his academic career at Kyoto University, Japan, and he moved to Waseda University in 2007. He joined Monash in 2013 as an associate professor.

He published papers in psychology, economics, political science, sociology, and neuroscience journals. His co-authored book “Unpleasant Workplace” became a best-seller book of 2008 in Japan. He is currently working on information processing of reputational information, and effects of microglial activation on social behavior.

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy
Institution University of California, Los Angeles (USA) (Sociology: social psychology and organizational behavior)
Year awarded 2006
Master of Arts
Institution University of California, Los Angeles (USA) (Sociology: social psychology and organizational behavior)
Year awarded 1997
Bachelor of Science in Philosophy
Institution Hokkaido University( Japan)(Letters: behavioral science and social psychology)
Year awarded 1992
Bachelor of Arts
Institution Hokkaido University( Japan)(Letters: behavioral science and social psychology)
Year awarded 1990

Membership in Associations and International Bodies

Name of Association/International Body Human Behavior and Evolution Society of Japan
Role Board Member
Duration of membership 2010 - 2013
Name of Association/International Body Annual Meeting of Japanese Society for Society Psychology and the Japanese Group Dynamics Association
Role Chair, Sessions on Social Exchange II
Duration of membership 2009
Name of Association/International Body Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory
Role Ad-hoc reviewer
Duration of membership N/A

Membership in International Professional Bodies

Name of Association/International Body Nomura Securities Co., Ltd
Role Instructor for Middle Manager Training Course
Duration of membership Dec 2011 - Jan 2012

Membership in National Associations, National Bodies and National Professional Bodies

Name of Association/International Body Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japanese Government
Role Instructor for Middle Manager Training Course
Duration of membership June 2011 - June 2012
Name of Association/International Body Cabinet Office, Japanese Government
Role Consultation for Female Manager Training
Duration of membership June 2009 - June 2013

Areas of Expertise

1 Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Social neuroscience, Cultural Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology
2 Emergence of Cooperation, Trust, and sense of Fairness
3 Microglia and social behavior
4 Interpersonal relationship and mental health in workplace

Books

1 Hibino. A., Watabe, M., & Ishii, K. (2014) Disconnected Society: Analysis of Group Dynamics from the three points of views. Kyoto: Nakanishiya.  (Japanese).
2 Kawai, D., & Watabe, M. (2010).  Free Riders: free-riders in your workplace. Kodansha: Tokyo (Japanese).
3 Takahashi, K., Kawai, D., Nagata, M., & Watabe, M. (2008). Unpleasant workplace (Fukigen na Shokuba). Kodansha: Tokyo (Japanese).

Book Chapters

1 Shimizu, K., Morimoto, Y., Watabe, M., Iida, T., & Kuriyama, K. (2016). Public Goods provision experiment with CASI survey. In Masaru Kohno & Yoshitaka Nishizawa (Eds.), Electoral Survey Methodology: Insight from Japan on using computer assisted personal interviews (pp. 109-126). New York: Routledge.
2Watabe., M. & Kato, A. T., (2015).  Social and Biological Bases for Building Trust. In Kazumi Shimizu and Takehiko Isobe (Eds.) Functions and Emergence of Social Capital; For Efficient Organization and Society (pp. 133-166). Tokyo: Keiso Shobo (Japanese) .
3 Morimoto, y., Watabe., M., & Shimizu.M. (2015). Good Will For Good Will, Bad Will For Bad Will: Studies on Positive and Negative Reciprocity. In Kazumi Shimizu and Takehiko Isobe (Eds.) Functions and Emergence of Social Capital; For Efficient Organization and Society (pp. 167-184). Tokyo: Keiso Shobo (In Japanese).
4Watabe, M. (2013). Experimental approach to institutional change. In Mikio Nakayama, Eiji Muto, & Yukihiko Funaki (Eds.), Game Theory Application Book.  Tokyo: Toyo-keizai-Shiposha (Japanese)
5Watabe, M. (2013). Experimental approach to institutional change. In Mikio Nakayama, Eiji Muto, & Yukihiko Funaki (Eds.), Game Theory Application Book Tokyo: Toyo-keizai-Shiposha (Japanese)
6Watabe, M. (2011). Social dilemmas and cooperation. In Minoru Karasawa & Yukiko Muramoto (Eds.), Review: Contemporary Social Psychology Vol.3., Dynamics between Individuals and Society,. Tokyo: Seishin-Shobo. (Japanese)
7Watabe, M., & Morimoto, Y. (2008). Social psychology of trust and norms. In Tomohiro Fujita (Ed.), A Basic Theory of Soft-Laws (pp. 43–46). Tokyo: Yuhikaku. (Japanese).

Scholarly Journals

1 Hayakawa, K., Kato, A. T., Watabe, M., Teo. R. A., Horikawa, H., Kuwano, N., Shimokawa, N., Sato-Kasai, M., Kubo, H., Ohgidani, M., Sagata, N., Toda, H., Tateno, M., Shinfuku, N., Kishimoto, J., & Kanba, S. (2018). Blood biomarkers of Hikikomori, a severe social withdrawal syndrome. Scientific Reports. (Forthcoming)
2 Goto, N., Mushtaq, F., Shee, D., Lim, X. L., Mortazavi, M., Watabe, M.  & Schaefer, A. (2017). Neural signals of selective attention are modulated by subjective preferences and buying decisions in a virtual shopping task. Biological Psychology, 128, 11-20.
3 Kato,A. T., Teo, R. A., Tateno, M., Watabe, M., & Kanba. S. (2017).  "Can “Pokémon GO” rescue shut-ins (hikikomori) from their isolated world? Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. 71 (1), 75-76.
4 Ozono, H., Jin, N., Watabe, M., & Shimizu, K. (2016). Solving the second-order free rider problem in a public goods game: An experiment using a leader support system. Scientific Reports, 6.
5 Tateno, M., Teo, A. R., Shirasaka, T., Tayama, M., Watabe, M., & Kato, T. A. (2016). Internet addiction and self-evaluated ADHD traits among Japanese college students. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 70 (12), 567-572.
6 Kato, T. A., Hashimoto, R., Hayakawa, K., Kubo, H., Watabe, M., Teo, A. R., & Kanba, S. (2016). Multidimensional anatomy of ‘modern type depression’ in Japan: A proposal for a different diagnostic approach to depression beyond the DSM‐5..Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. 70(1), 7-23
7 Ishikawa, A., Nishida, M., Watabe, M., Yamakawa, Y., Inui,T., and Kusumi, T.(2016). Effects of interior space as a background on interpersonal impression formation: About formation of impression on others for the first time. Japanese Journal of Environmental Psychology, 4(1) 1-14. (in Japanese)
8 Kato, T. A., Ohgidani, M., Watabe, M., and Kanba, S.(2015). Translational Research to clarify underlying mechanisms between microglial activities and psychological reactions in psychiatric disorders.  Proceedings of Japanese Society of Biological Psychiatry. 26 (3), 26-31. (in Japanese)
9 Kato, T. A., Ohgidani, M., Hayakawa, K., Watabe, M., Kanba, S. (2015). Stress and Microglia—Proposing a translational research. Stress Science Research. 29(4), 373-388, (in Japanese)
10Watabe, M., Kato, T. A., Teo, A, R., Horikawa, H., Tateno, H., Hayakawa, K., Shimokawa, N., Kanba, S. (2015). Relationship between trusting behaviors and psychometrics associated with social network and depression among young generation: a pilot study. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0120183. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120183.
11 Kuwabara, K., Vogt, S., Watabe. M., & Komiya, A. (2014). Trust, cohesion, and cooperation after early vs. late trust violations in two-person exchange: The role of generalized trust in the U.S. and Japan. Social Psychology Quarterly. 77 (4), 344-360.
12 Kato, T. A, Watabe, M., & Kanba, S. (2013). Neuron-glia interaction as a possible glue to translate the mind-brain gap: A novel multidimensional approach toward psychology and psychiatry. Frontiers in  Psychiatry 4:139. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00139.
13 E Kato T. A, Watabe M., and Kanba S. (2013) Neuron-glia interaction as a possible glue to translate the mind-brain gap: A novel multidimensional approach toward psychology and psychiatry. Frontiers in Psychiatry 4:139. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00139
14 Komiya, A., Watabe, M., Miyamoto, Y., & Kusumi, T. (2013). Cultural differences in the action effect. Social Cognition. doi: 10.1521/soco.2013.31.5.562.
15 Nagaoka, C., Yoshikawa, S., Kuwabara, T., Oyama, Y., Watabe, M.,Hatanaka, C., & Komori, M. (2013). A comparison of experienced counsellors, novice counsellors and non-counsellors in memory of client-presented information during therapeutic interviews. Psychologia 56, 154–165.
16Watabe, M., Kato, T. A., Tsuboi, S.,Ishikawa, K., Hashiya, K., Monji, A, Utsumi, H., & Kanba, S. (2013). Minocycline, a microglial inhibitor, reduces ‘honey trap’ risk in human economic exchange. Scientific Reports. 3, 1685; DOI:10.1038/srep01685.
17 Nagaoka, C., Kuwabara, T., Yoshikawa, S., Watabe, M., Komori, M., Oyama, Y., & Hatanaka, C. (2013). Implication of silence in a Japanese psychotherapy context: A preliminary study using quantitative analysis of silence and utterance of a therapist and a client. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. DOI:10.1080/21507686.2013.790831
18 Komiya, A., & Watabe, M. (2013). Effects of expressing interpersonal regret on perceiver’s trust behaviours. Japanese Journal of Social Psychology, 28, 111-117. (Japanese, with English abstract).
19 Ozono, H., Watabe, M., & Yoshikawa, S. (2013).  Punishment to facial and linguistic signals. Japanese Journal of Social Psychology, 28, 77-86. (Japanese, with English abstract).
20 Ozono, H., & Watabe, M. (2012) Reputational benefit of punishment: Comparison among the punisher, rewarder, and non-sanctioner. Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, 3, 21-24. doi: 10.5178/lebs.2012.2.
21 Kato, T. A., Watabe, M., Tsuboi, S.,Ishikawa, K., Hashiya, K., Monji, A, Utsumi, H., & Kanba, S. (2012). Minocycline Modulates Human Social Decision-Making: Possible Impact of Microglia on Personality-Oriented Social Behaviors. PLoS ONE 7(7): e40461. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040461.
22Watabe, M., Kato, T. A., Monji, A., Horikawa, H., & Kanba, S. (2012).  Does minocycline, an antibiotic with inhibitory effects on microglial activation, sharpen a sense of trust in social interaction? Psychopharmacology, 220. 551-557. doi: 10.1007/s00213-011-2509-8.
23 Ozono, H., Watabe, M., & Yoshikawa, S. (2012). Effects of facial expression and gaze direction on approach and avoidance behavior. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 943-949. doi:10.1080/02699931.2011.641807.
24 Nagaoka, C., Komori, H., Kuwabara, T., Yoshikawa, D., Oyama, M., Watabe, M., & Hatanaka, C. (2011). Process in an Intake Interview in Psychotherapy: A Preliminary Study Analyzing Nonverbal Behavior and Clinical Significance. Japanese Journal of Language in Society. 14, 168-197. (Japanese, with English abstract).
25 Komiya, A., Miyamoto, Y., Watabe, M., & Kusumi, T. (2011). Cultural grounding of regret: Regret in self and interpersonal contexts. Cognition & Emotion. 25, 1121-1130. doi:10.1080/02699931.2010.516962.
26Watabe, M., Ban, H., & Yamamoto, H. (2011). Judgments about others’ trustworthiness: An fMRI study. Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, 2, 28–32. doi:10.5178/lebs.2011.16.
27 Ozono, H., Morimoto, Y., Nakashima. S., Komiya, A., Watabe. M., & Yoshikawa, S. (2010). Effects of facial expression and linguistic information on judgments of trustworthiness. Japanese Journal of Social Psychology, 26, 65–72. (Japanese, with English abstract).
28 Ozono, H., Watabe, M., Yoshikawa, S., Nakashima, S., Rule, N. O., Ambady, N., & Adams, R. B. Jr. (2010). What’s in a smile?: Cultural differences in the effects of smiling on judgments of trustworthiness. Letters on Evolutionary Behavioral Science, 1, 15–18. doi:10.5178/lebs.2010.4
29 Komiya, A., Watabe, M., & Kusumi, T. (2010). Social adaptation of regret: Interpersonal regret. Critique of Psychology, 53, 153–168. (Japanese, with English abstract).
30 Rule, N. O., Ambady, N., Adams, R. B. Jr., Ozono, H., Nakashima, S., Yoshikawa, S., & Watabe, M. (2010). Polling the face: Prediction and consensus across cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 1–15. doi:10.1037/a0017673.
31 Rigdon, M., Ishii, K., Watabe, M., & Kitayama, S. (2009). Minimal social cues in the dictator game. Journal of Economic Psychology, 30, 358–367. doi:10.1016/j.joep.2009.02.002.
32 Morimoto, Y., Watabe, M., & Kusumi, T. (2008). Effects of trust on the cognition of sanctioning behavior and fairness: Instrumental and revengeful punishment. Research in Social Psychology, 24, 108–119. (Japanese, with English abstract).

Practitioner Journals

1Watabe, M. (2012).  Depression in the current Japanese Society: A social psychological Analysis. Trend in Medical Science 67. Pp2040-2044. (In Japanese)
2 Sekiguchi, A., Kawai, D., Soyama, T., Watabe, M. (2009). Emotion management: A solution for unpleasant workplace. Management and Behavioral Science, 22,  67-86. (In Japanese)
3Watabe, M. (2009). Unpleasant workplace: why workers do not cooperate each other. JFN Association 75 pp10-12. (In Japanese)
4Watabe, M. (2008).  “Mental Health” and working environment. Z・ONE, November issue pp22-24. (In Japanese)
5 Hiromatsu, T. Hara, S., Watabe, M. Takahashi, Y. (2008).  Change of governance toward consumers and citizens. Economy Society Policy 435. pp4-19. (In Japanese)

Conference Proceedings

1 Tong, J. L. T., Watabe, M., & Goto, N. (2017). Psychological capital, transformational leadership and employee innovative behaviour: A preliminary study of Japanese IT and communications professionals. Proceeding of the Academy of International Business 2017 Annual Meeting, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
2 Goto, N., Mortazavi, M., Watabe, M., Schaefer, A. (2015). Attention-related brain potentials predict willingness to pay. Neuroscience 2015, Chicago.
3 Goto, N., Watabe, M., Shimizu, K., Nakanishi, T., & Schaefer, A. (2015). "Effects of eye movements on judgments of trustworthiness: A cultural comparison using an eye-tracking system", The Judgment and Decision-Making Preconference at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.
4 Komiya, A., Watabe, M., Mifune, N., & Goto, N. (2015). Strategies to search for reputational information: Focusing on differences of reputational information. Paper presented at the 56th annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Social Psychology, Tokyo, Japan. Abstract (Japanese) retrieved from http://www.bunken.org/jssp/conf_archive/paper_download.php?s=2015-A-0115
6 Osaki, A., Iida, T., Ke, T. L., Kobayashi, Y., Takanao, Y., Takeuchi, A., Udagawa, D., & Watabe, M. (2010, January). Information environment and voters' sense of self-determination. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, USA.
7 Morimoto, Y., Watabe, M., & Kusumi, T. (2009, December). Effects of trustfulness on evaluation of punishment behavior: Warning and revenge. Paper presented at the GLOPE II International Young Scholars’ Conference “POLITICAL ECONOMY of INSTITUTIONS and EXPECTATIONS I: Seed Research by Young Scholars” Tokyo, Japan.
8 Osaki, A., Iida, T., Ke T. L., Kobayashi, Y., Takanao, Y., Takeuchi, A., Udagawa D., & Watabe, M. (2009, December). Information environment and voters' sense of self-determination. Paper presented at the GLOPE II International Young Scholars’ Conference “POLITICAL ECONOMY of INSTITUTIONS and EXPECTATIONS I: Seed Research by Young Scholars,” Tokyo, Japan.
9Watabe, M. (2009, August). Judgment on others’ trustworthiness: An fMRI study. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco,

Others

1 Shimizu, K., Fukumoto, K., Watabe, M., & *Morimoto, Y. (2008), Easy Issue for Me, Hard Issue for Them: Field Experiment in Large Social Survey, Discussion Paper in Global COE of Waseda University (GLOPE II).

Local Grants

Title Emergence of institutional sanctioning for sustainable mutual coorperation in large-scale groups
Investigators Motoki Watabe
Takahiro Kato
Hiroki Ozono
Funding Period 2013 - 2013
Funding Body/Organisation Japanese Ministry of Education Scientific Research Grant
Funding Amount Approx. RM63,000
Title Investigation of human social decision making regulated by microglia; the immune system cell in the brain
Investigators Takahiro Kato (PI)
Motoki Watabe
Shigenobu Kanba
Funding Period 2012 - 2014
Funding Body/Organisation Japanese Ministry of Education Scientific Research Grant
Funding Amount Approx. RM127,000
Title Role of institutional sanctioning in self-sustaining mutual coorperation
Investigators Motoki Watabe
Takahiro Kato
Funding Period 2009-2012
Funding Body/Organisation Japanese Ministry of Education Scientific Research Grant
Funding Amount Approx. RM127,000
Title Structure of dialogue in psychotherapy
Investigators Tomoko Kuwabara (PI)
Sakiko Yoshikawa
Motoki Watabe
Masahiro Komori
Funding Period 2008 - 2012
Funding Body/Organisation Japanese Ministry of Education Scientific Research Grant
Funding Amount Approx. RM133,000

Completed Supervision

Student Hiroki Ozono
Program of study Cognitive Psychology
Awarding University Kyoto University
Student Asuka Komiya
Program of study Cognitive Psychology
Awarding University Kyoto University

International Presentation

1 Tsuboi, S., Watabe, M. (2013, January) Members in the cooperative group feel susceptible to outgroup. Poster Presented at Annual Meeting of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, USA.
2 Kato, T. A., Watabe, M., Kanba, S. (2012, June) Microglia Hypothesis of Unconscious, Personality and Social Activities. Research Session 'The Neurochemistry of the Mind', 13th International Congress of Neuropsychoanalysis,  The Eugenides Foundation, Athens, Greece.
3 Tsuboi, S., and Watabe, M. (2012, January) Does in-group cooperation generate out-group threat? Poster Presented at Annual Meeting of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, USA.
4 Kato,A. T., Watabe, M., Tsuboi, S., Ishikawa, K., Hashiya, K., Utsumi, H., and Kanba, S. (2011, November) Prosocial Effects of Minocycline, an Antibiotic with Neuroprotective Properties, on Human Decision-Making: Interpretation from the MICROGLIA Hypothesis.  Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC, USA.
5 Kato A.T., Watabe M, Monji A, Kanba S. (2011, June) Minding not only neurons but also microglia―Digging up unconscious roles of microglia on our social activities―. Research Session 'On Neurons and Noise', 12th International Congress of Neuropsychoanalysis,  RADIALSYSTEM V, Berlin, Germany
6 Kato, A. T., Watabe, M., Monji, A., Horikawa, H., & Kanba, S. (2010, November). Minocycline, an antibiotic with inhibitory effects of microglial activation, sharpens sense of trust in social interaction. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, USA.
7Watabe, M., Tsuboi, S., Tanabe, C. H., & Sadato, N. (2010, November).  Judgment of others’ trustworthiness and untrustworthiness: an fMRI study. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, USA.
8 Osaki, A., Iida, T., Ke, T. L., Kobayashi, Y., Takanao, Y., Takeuchi, A., Udagawa, D., & Watabe, M. (2010, January). Information environment and voters' sense of self-determination. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Atlanta, USA.
9 Morimoto, Y., Watabe, M., & Kusumi, T. (2009, December). Effects of trustfulness on evaluation of punishment behavior: Warning and revenge. Paper presented at the GLOPE II International Young Scholars’ Conference “POLITICAL ECONOMY of INSTITUTIONS and EXPECTATIONS I: Seed Research by Young Scholars” Tokyo, Japan.
10 Osaki, A., Iida, T., Ke T. L., Kobayashi, Y., Takanao, Y., Takeuchi, A., Udagawa D., & Watabe, M. (2009, December). Information environment and voters' sense of self-determination. Paper presented at the GLOPE II International Young Scholars’ Conference “POLITICAL ECONOMY of INSTITUTIONS and EXPECTATIONS I: Seed Research by Young Scholars,” Tokyo, Japan.
11 Komiya, A., Watabe, M., Miyamaoto, Y., & Kusumi, T. (2009, November). Regret in interpersonal and self-contexts: US-Japan comparison. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. Boston, USA.
12Watabe, M. (2009, August). Reputational information in “noisy” interactions: Experimental studies. Paper presented at the 13th International Conference on Social Dilemmas, Kyoto.
13Watabe, M. (2009, August). Judgment on others’ trustworthiness: An fMRI study. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, USA.