Journal Articles

Milfont, T. L., Thomson, R. (2020). A Within-Country Study of Biased Comparative Judgements About the Severity of Environmental Problems. Social Psychology Bulletin, 15(3),pp.1-22. DOI:

Milfont, T. L., Thomson, R., Yuki, M. (2020). Does Relational Mobility Vary across National Regions? A Within-Country Examination. PLOS One. DOI:

Thomson, R. (2019). Development of English-labelled paper maps for mountain safety for Hokkaido inbound travelers. Geospatial Information Authority of Japan Geo Activity Contest 2019.

Cimino A., Toyokawa, W., Komatsu, M., Thomson R., Gaulin, S. J. C. (2019). Cross-Cultural and Cross-Organizational Evidence for an Evolved Hazing Motivation. Evolutionary Psychology, 14(4),pp.1-10. DOI:

Thomson, R., Yuki, M., Talhelm, T., Schug, J., Kito, M., Ayanian, A., Becker, J., Becker, M., Chiu, C. Y., Choi, H., Ferreira, C. M., Fülöp, M., Gul, P., Houghton-Illera, A. M., Jaosoo, M., Jong, J., Kavanagh, C., Khutkyy, D., Manzi, C., Marcinkowska, U. M., Milfont, T. L., Neto, F., von Oertzen, T., Pliskin, R., San Martin, A., Singh, P., Visserman, M. L. (2018). Relational mobility predicts social behaviors in 39 countries and is tied to historical farming and threat. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1713191115

Kito, M., Yuki, M., Thomson, R. (2017). Relational Mobility and Close Relationships: A Socioecological Approach to Explain Cross-Cultural Differences. Personal Relationships, Vol. 24, Issue 1, p. 114-130.

Thomson, R., Yuki, M., Ito, N. (2015). A socio-ecological approach to national differences in online privacy concern: The role of relational mobility and trust. Computers in Human Behavior, Vol. 51, Part A, p. 285-292

Thomson, R., Yuki, M. (2015). How to win (and lose) friendships across cultures: Why relational mobility matters. In-Mind Magazine, Issue 26, No. 6.

Thomson, R., Ito, N. (2014). Facebook advertisements for survey participant recruitment: Considerations from a multi-country study. International Journal of Electronic Commerce Studies. Vol. 5, No. 2, p. 199-218.

Thomson, R., Ito, N. (2012). Social Responsibility and Sharing Behaviors Online: The Twitter-Sphere’s Response to the Fukushima Disaster. International Journal of Cyber Society and Education, Vol 5, No. 1, p. 55-74.(Japanese translation)

Thomson, R. and Ito, N. (2012). The effect of relational mobility on SNS user behavior: A study of Japanese dual-users of Mixi and Facebook. The Journal of International Media, Communication, and Tourism Studies, No. 14, p. 3-22.

Data and Web Projects

Thomson, R., Thomson, H., Siddle, R., Auld, C. J. T. (2018). Hokkaido Wilds (website).

Thomson, R. (2018). Unofficial Hokkaido Police Search and Rescue Event Database (Translated). Open Science Framework. doi: 10.17605/OSF.IO/NFSZ7

General-audience writings

Thomson, R. (2015, March 25). Hikaku intanetto shinrigaku he no michi (in Japanese). Japan Society for Social Pscyhology Bulletin, No. 205, p. 9.

Thomson, R. (2014, August 30). Look at me! (Or don’t): Of society and showing off on Facebook. The Inquisitive Mind Blog. Retrieved from

Thomson, R. (2014, February 12). Re-thinking how we think about conformity. The Inquisitive Mind Blog. Retrieved from

Thomson, R. (2010). “Why am I being ignored?” Tasting Japanese Culture: Through Diverse Interpretations. Yasmine S. Mostafa ed, Nagoya University, p. 53-58.


People’s Choice Award (来場者賞), 2019 Geospatial Information Authority of Japan Geo Activity Contest – article

Electronic Territory Award (電子国土省), 2019 Geospatial Information Authority of Japan Geo Activity Contest – article

Model Teaching Award (Practical Communications), Hokusei Gakuen University, 2018

Media by lab members