David Matsumoto is an
internationally acclaimed author and psychologist. He received his B.A. from
the University of Michigan in 1981 with High Honors in Psychology and
Japanese. He subsequently earned his M.A. (1983) and Ph.D. (1986) in
psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently
Professor of Psychology and Director of the Culture and Emotion Research
Laboratory at San Francisco State University, where he has been since 1989.
He has studied culture, emotion, social interaction and communication for 20
years, and has approximately 400 works in these areas. His books include
well-known titles such as Culture and Psychology: People Around the World
(Wadsworth; translated into Dutch and Japanese), The Intercultural
Adjustment Potential of Japanese (日本人の国際適応力)
The Handbook of Culture and Psychology (Oxford University Press;
translated into Russian), and The New Japan
(Intercultural Press; translated into Chinese). He is the recipient of many
awards and honors in the field of psychology, including being named a G.
Stanley Hall lecturer by the American Psychological Association. He is the
series editor for Oxford University Press� series on Culture, Cognition,
and Behavior. He is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of
Cross-Cultural Psychology, and is on the editorial boards of the
Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Asian Psychologist,
Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Motivation and Emotion,
Cognition and Emotion, and Human Communication.
Matsumoto is also a judo coach and
official. He holds a 6th degree black belt in judo, a Class A
Coaching Certificate from the US Judo Federation, Teaching Certificates in
seven katas of judo, and a Class A International Referee License from
the International Judo Federation. He is the head instructor of the East Bay
Judo Institute, located in El Cerrito, California. He received the U.S.
Olympic Committee�s Developmental Coach of the Year Award in Judo in 1999,
the U.S. Judo Federation�s Senior and Junior Female Coach of the Year Award
in 2001, the U.S. Judo Federation�s Senior Female Coach of the Year Award in
2002 and 2003, the U.S. Olympic Committee�s Coach of the Year Award in 2003,
and an acclamation from the City and County of Honolulu, HI in 1977. Under
his leadership as the Director of Development for USA Judo from 1996-2000,
the U.S. claimed its first gold medal in 12 years at the 1999 World Judo
Championships, and qualified a full team of athletes (14 categories) to the
2000 Sydney Olympic Games, one of only four countries in the world to
achieve that feat. In the third year of his directorship (1999) American
judo athletes stood on the medal podium at international competition a total
of 124 times, an unprecedented accomplishment. His personal students have
distinguished themselves by obtaining medals in national and international
competition over 200 times in the past 18 years under his tutelage,
including a silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Judo Championships by his
daughter, Sayaka. He is the author of The History and Philosophy of
Kodokan Judo (本の友社),
Judo: A Sport and a Way of Life (International Judo Federation), and
Judo in the US: A Century of Dedication (US Judo Federation and North
of David Matsumoto by Lilian Mitchell
David Matsumoto, psychologist, founder of the Culture and Emotion
Research Laboratory (CERL) and professor at San Francisco State University,
is best known for his contributions to cross-cultural research
in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 2, 1959, Matsumoto grew up intending
to be a physician, not a psychologist (personal communication, October 16,
2003). Fortunately for the field of psychology, his internship at the
University of Michigan Medical Center during his first two years of college
at the University spurred him to reevaluate his career goals. Working in the
emergency room, Matsumoto noticed that patients� pain often stemmed from
psychological factors, and because of this, medical doctors were fully not
equipped to deal with patients� needs. Matsumoto�s peer, a psychology
major, suggested that Matsumoto enroll in some psychology courses. Although
he was ambivalent about his opinion of psychology, he decided to major in
psychology because of his success in his classes.
later received his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of California (UC)
at Berkeley (�Founder,� 2003). Although Matsumoto�s background
in psychology was rooted in clinical research, he realized at UC Berkeley
that he preferred studying social psychology (personal communication,
October 16, 2003). Even though Matsumoto has no formal graduate training in
social psychology, he has been pursuing it ever since. Matsumoto now
considers his clinical training useful for its research procedure benefits,
and does not regret leaving the field.
has explored culture, interaction and emotion in numerous publications.
One of his most recent books is The Handbook of Culture and Psychology.
In The New Japan: Debunking Seven Cultural Stereotypes, he analyzes
Japanese culture and clarifies misconceptions about it (Harris, 2003). The
myths that he dispels concern collectivism,
consciousness of others, perceptions of self, emotionality, �the salaryman,�
education, lifetime employment and marriage. Matsumoto�s studies have
indicated that today�s Japanese youth discards the traditional attitudes
of previous generations that have brought economic success to Japan (DeAdwyler
who is fluent in Japanese and English, has received numerous
teaching and research awards, including the Outstanding
Teaching Award from UC Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa�s Excellence in Teaching
Award, the NASA Group Achievement Award and was named the American
Psychological Association�s (APA) 1997 G. Stanley Hall Distinguished
Lecturer (�Founder,� 2003).
contributes his expertise to countless psychological organizations.
serves, among many other positions, as the faculty advisor of the APA Teachers of Psychology in
Secondary Schools, the Associate Editor of the Journal of
Cross-Cultural Psychology and the Consulting Editor of the Asian
Journal of Social Psychology (Matsumoto, 2003). Even though Matsumoto
has secured his own prominent positions in the field of psychology, he
remains in awe of role models such as Paul Ekman, his graduate school
supervisor and a former recipient of the APA Distinguished Scientific Award
in Psychology (personal communication, October 16, 2003).
addition to conducting research, teaching, writing and serving on boards of
various organizations, Matsumoto devotes his free time to Judo,
practicing six days each week (personal communication, October 16, 2003). As
well as having a black belt of his own, he serves as Director
of Development for the United States Judo Federation, and has recently
written Judo: A Sport and Way of Life. He previously served as the
Executive Secretary and Director of the United
States Judo Federation and was a member
of the National Coaching Staff of USA (�Founder,� 2003).
Matsumoto does not favor any past study above another because
they each have their own individual stories (personal communication, October
16, 2003). He states that as he
continues to study, his interests shift, allowing him to broaden his
exploration of psychology.
C. (2002, August 4). Japan isn't
what it used to be, says S.F. professor. San Francisco Chronicle.
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T. (2002, August 15). SFSU professor puts to rest cultural stereotypes of
Japan; New book reveals a different country emerging as it changes.
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