OHTSUBO, Yohsuke in Japanese

Last Updated:Apr. 1, 2019
Evolutionary Social Psychology Lab

Research Interests
Evolutionary Social Psychology
(Reconciliation, Cooperation, Friendship, Costly Signaling Theory)


Hokkaido University, Bachelor of Behavioral Science, March 1994.
Hokkaido University, Master of Behavioral Science, March 1996.
Northern Illinois University, Ph.D. (Psychology), August 2000.


Ohtsubo, Y., Sasaki, S., Nakanishi, D., & Igawa, J. (2018). Within-individual associations among third-party intervention strategies: Third-party helpers, but not punishers, reward generosity. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 12 (2), 113-125.

Ohtsubo, Y., Matsunaga, M., Tanaka, H., Suzuki, K., Kobayashi, F., Shibata, E., Hori, R., Umemura, T., & Ohira, H. (2018). Costly apologies communicate conciliatory intention: An fMRI study on forgiveness in response to costly apologies. Evolution and Human Behavior, 39 (2), 249-256.

Konishi, N., Oe, T., Shimizu, H., Tanaka, K., & Ohtsubo, Y. (2017). Perceived shared condemnation intensifies punitive moral emotions. Scientific Reports, 7: 7289.

Ohtsubo, Y., & Yamaguchi, C. (2017). People are more generous to a partner who pays attention to them. Evolutionary Psychology, 15 (1).

Tanaka, H., Ohtsuki, H., & Ohtsubo, Y. (2016). The price of being seen to be just: An intention signalling strategy for indirect reciprocity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 20160694.

Yamaguchi, M., Masuchi, A., Nakanishi, D., Suga, S., Konishi, N., Yu, Y.-Y., & Ohtsubo, Y. (2016). Experiential purchases and prosocial spending promote happiness by enhancing social relationships. Journal of Positive Psychology, 11 (5), 480-488.

Yamaguchi, M., Smith, A., & Ohtsubo, Y. (2015). Commitment signals in friendship and romantic relationships. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36 (6), 467-474.

Konishi, N., & Ohtsubo, Y. (2015). Does dishonesty really invite third-party punishment? Results of a more stringent test. Biology Letters, 20150172.

Ohtsubo, Y., & Yagi, A. (2015). Relationship value promotes costly apology-making: Testing the valuable relationships hypothesis from the perpetrator’s perspective. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36 (3), 232-239.

Ohtsubo, Y. (2015). Understanding reconciliation from an evolutionary social psychological perspective: The valuable relationships hypothesis and a costly apology model. Japanese Journal of Social Psychology, 30 (3), 191-212. (in Japanese with English abstract)

Tanaka, H., Yagi, A., Komiya, A., Mifune, N., & Ohtsubo, Y. (2015). Shame-prone people are more likely to punish themselves: A test of the reputation-maintenance explanation for self-punishment. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 9 (1), 1-7.

Ohtsubo, Y., Matsunaga, M., Komiya, A., Tanaka, H., Mifune, N., & Yagi, A. (2014). Oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) polymorphism and self-punishment after an unintentional transgression. Personality and Individual Differences, 69, 182-186.

Ohtsubo, Y., Matsumura, A., Noda, C., Sawa, E., Yagi, A., & Yamaguchi, M. (2014). It's the attention that counts: Interpersonal attention fosters intimacy and social exchange. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35 (3), 237-244.

Kitamura, H., & Ohtsubo, Y. (2012). Social psychology from the perspectives of emotion and evolution Tokyo: Yuhikaku. (in Japanese)

Ohtsubo, Y., & Watanabe, E. (2009). Do sincere apologies need to be costly? Test of a costly signaling model of apology. Evolution and Human Behavior, 30 (2), 114-123.


Faculty of Letters
Kobe University
1-1 Rokkodai-cho
Nada-ku, Kobe 657-8501 JAPAN
e-mail: yohtsubo@lit.kobe-u.ac.j_
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