Asako Miura, Ph. D.

Department of Integrated Psychological Sciences
School of Humanities
Kwansei Gakuin University
[Contact Information]

Brief Self Introduction

I am a professor in the Department of Integrated Psychological Sciences at 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 dymamics (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).


Degrees / Position


Papers / Books and Bookchapters


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)

Book and Bookchapters(excerpted version)

Current Research Projects

Experimental Study
Effective strategy for group emergence in creative idea generation
Cooperative retirieval using search engines on the WWW
Trait inference in online chat communication
Questionnaire Survey
Causal modeling for keeping a webdiary and weblog
Pairwise approach for marital relationship of middle-aged couples

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