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Bio in English

Asako Miura, Ph.D
Professor: Department of Psychological Science
Director: Research Center for Social Psychology
Kwansei Gakuin University, Nishinomiya, Japan

Brief Self Introduction

I am a professor at Department of Psychological Science, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. Before joining Kwansei Gakuin University, I served on the department of psychology at Kobe Gakuin University as an associate professor and on the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University as an assistant professor. I graduated in social psychology from Osaka University in 1992 and received my Ph.D. from that university in 2002.

I am a social psychologist who is primarily interested in group dynamics (i.e., how and why specific psychological processes vary in different groups and their interactions) as well as in computer-mediated communication. For details, my research interests include group creativity, emergence from group processes, and various kinds of computer-mediated communication and interaction.

I have recently proposed a theoretical model with my excellent colleague (Miura and Hida, 2004) to explain how member traits affect group-emergence properties in a creative idea generation. Our experimental results suggest that degrees of diversity and similarity among group members operate synergistically to produce a significant effect on creative performance.

Other projects with my collegues include the congestion effects in chat communication (Miura and Shinohara, 2005) and the psychological characteristics of information retrieval on the WWW (Fujihara and Miura, 2003). And I also have much interests in psychometrics and have published a book about structural equation modeling (SEM) with my mentor (Kano and Miura, 2002, in Japanese).

Recently I am especially interested in online knowledge sharing communities (i.e. Yahoo! Answers, Wikipedia, etc) and carrying out some large-scale surveys with Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(aka KAKENHI).


Bachelor of Human Sciences, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan (1992/3)
Master of Human Sciences, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan (1994/3)
Doctor of Human Sciences, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan (2002/7)


1995.5-1996.3 Academic Staff in the School of Human Sciences at Osaka University
1996.4-2004.3 Assistant professor in the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University
2004.4-2009.3 Associate professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at Kobe Gakuin University
2009.4-now Professor in the School of Humanities at Kwansei Gakuin University

Papers (excerpted version, only in English)

  • Mai Miyabe, Asako Miura, & Eiji Aramaki (2012). Use Trend Analysis of Twitter after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Poster presented at The 2012 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Seattle, Washington(CSCW2012).
  • Yasuyuki Kawaura, Asako Miura, Kiyomi Yamashita, and Yoshiro Kawakami (2011). From online diary to weblog: Self-expression on the Internet. In A. Blachnio, A. Przepiorka, and T. Rowinski (Eds.), Internet in psychological research. Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University Press, pp. 39-58.
  • Asako Miura and Kiyomi Yamashita (2007) Psychological and social influences on weblog writing: An online survey of weblog authors in Japan. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(4), 1452-1471.
  • Asako Miura (2007) Can weblogs cause the emergence of social intelligence? : Causal model of intention to continue publishing weblog. Journal of AI & Society, 22(2), 237-251.
  • Asako Miura, Nobuhiko Fujihara, and Koji Yamashita (2006) Retrieving information on the World Wide Web: Effects of domain specific knowledge. Journal of AI & Society, 20(2), 221-231.
  • Asako Miura and Kazumitsu Shinohara (2005) Social intelligence design in online chat communication: A psychological study on congestion effects. Journal of AI & Society, 19, 93-109.
  • Naohiro Matsumura, Asako Miura, Yasufumi Shibanai, Yukio Ohsawa, and Toyoaki Nishida (2005) The Dynamism of Nichannel. Journal of AI & Society, 19, 84-92.
  • Asako Miura and Misao Hida (2004) Synergy between diversity and similarity in group-idea generation. Small Group Research, 35(5), 540-564.
  • Nobuhiko Fujihara and Asako Miura (2003) Patterns of searching for information on the world wide web: a pilot study. Psychological Reports, 92, 1091-1096.

Book and Bookchapters(excerpted version)

  • Asako Miura and Kiyomi Yamashita (2004) Why do people publish weblogs?: An online survey of weblog authors in Japan. In Morgan, K., Sanchez, J., Brebbia, C. A., and Voiskounsky, A. (Eds.) Human Perspectives in the Ineternet Society: Culture, Psychlogy and Gender, Pp. 43-50. WIT Press, Southampton, UK.
  • Asako Miura (2003) Chapter 10: Effects of communication medium and goal setting on group brainstorming. In G. Yang, K. K. Hwang, P. B. Pedersen, I. Daibo, and K .S. Yang(Eds.) Progress in Asian Social Psychology: Conceptual and Empirical Contributions, pp. 199-216. Greenwood.
  • Yutaka Kano and Asako Miura (2002) Graphical Multivariate Analysis by AMOS, EQS and CALIS (Expanded Edition). Gendai-Sugaku-Sha, Kyoto, Japan. (in Japanese)

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 1-1-155 Uegahara, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 662-8501, Japan
Phone & Fax: +81-798-54-4543
Email: asarin(at)kwansei(dot)ac(dot)jp