Recent News

My recent blog post on the In-Mind blog was selected as blog post of the month (February).

2014/02/15 – Today I became a blog author at the In-Mind Magazine Blog. In-Mind is an online magazine aimed at making social-psychology accessible to a general audience. My first blog post, about cross-cultural differences in conformity, is here:
2013/12/20 – The Hokkaido Newspaper did a story on a media-art installation of mine in the Sapporo underground walkway. It is a 2 minute timelapse piece, displayed on high resolution digital signage; bringing the outside world underground (newspaper clipping here).
2013/11/23 - Presenting today, in English this time, about cultural differences (Japan vs. USA) in self-expression on Facebook. Presenting at the Cyberspace 2013 conference at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Slides here: SLIDES.
2013/11/03 - A cross-cultural analysis of self-promoting behaviors on Facebook, presented (in Japanese) at the Japan Society of Social Psychology (slides | paper).
2013/9/20 – I began today as a part-time lecturer in media studies at Hokusei Gakuen University here in Sapporo, Japan. I designed the syllabus, which has a strong cross-cultural comparative approach to media effects research. Course website here:
2013/09/17 - A local NPO here in Sapporo called SARIPORO recently interviewed me regarding my “split personality.” Adventurer/researcher Rob Thomson:
2013/09/11 - At the recent International Conference on Internet Studies (NETs2013) in Hong Kong, my paper regarding using Facebook advertisements for survey participant recruitment and data solicitation received a Distinguished Paper Award. See the paper (Facebook advertisements for survey participant recruitment: Considerations from a multi-national study) here:
2013/06/25 – A paper I wrote recently has been accepted for presentation at NETs2013 in Hong Kong, 7-8 September this year. The paper is called “Facebook advertisements for survey participant recruitment: Considerations from a multi-naioonal study”, co-authored with Dr. Naoya Ito. The paper can be downloaded here:
2013/06/22 – Today I presented a poster titled Relational mobility predicts SNS self-presentation at the IACCP 2013 Regional Conference in Los Angeles, USA.