How do cognitive and collective processes mutually shape each other, and through this cyclic integration what do we infer about mental architectures and their evolution? In studying this problem, I conduct data analysis and computational modelling across various cognitive–collective domains ranging from phylogeny of brain evolution in diverse taxa to human intelligence.
Areas of expertise
Cultural evolution, Mammalian cognitive neuroscience, Human behavioral science
PhD, Psychological and Behavioural Science
London School of Economics and Political Science
MA, Psychology (Behavioral and Evolutionary Neuroscience)
Cornell University, US
BSc with Greatest Honors, Psychology
University of Lethbridge, Canada
Technical Diploma in Spatial Design
Kuwasawa Design School, Japan
Coursework in Humanities
Sophia University, Japan
Division of Cerebral Integration
National Institute for Physiological Sciences
Freelance Japanese–English translator for art and design publications
(list of translated works below)
Psychiatric nursing aide
Tokyo Musashino Hospital of the Institute of Clinical Psychiatry
Uchiyama R & Muthukrishna M. (in press). Cultural evolutionary neuroscience. In J Chiao, S Li, B Turner, SY Lee-Tauler, B Pringle (Eds.), Handbook of Cultural Neuroscience and Global Mental Health. Oxford University Press.
Uchiyama R & Muthukrishna M. (in press). Archetypes are a poor primitive for a theory of mental representations. Psychological Inquiry.
Smolla M, Invernizzi E, Bazhydai M, Casoli M, Deffner D, Faria GS, Jones N, Kanwal J, Staehler AM, Uchiyama R. (2018). Second annual workshop of the Association of Early-Career Social Learning Researchers in St Andrews, Scotland. Evolutionary Anthropology, 27, 184-187.
Finlay BL & Uchiyama R. (2017). The timing of brain maturation, early experience and the human social niche. In J. Kaas (Ed.), Evolution of Nervous Systems, 2nd Edition, Vol. 3. San Diego: Elsevier Academic Press.
Finlay BL & Uchiyama R. (2015). Developmental mechanisms channeling cortical evolution. Trends in Neurosciences, 38, 69–76.
Poster— Uchiyama R & Muthukrishna M. "The cultural evolution of cultural learning". Early-career Social Learning Researchers workshop (Lepizig, Germany)
Talk— Uchiyama R & Muthukrishna M. "General intelligence as an emergent product of cultural complexity: Explaining the Flynn Effect".
Cultural Evolution Society (Tempe, AZ, USA)
Poster— Uchiyama R & Muthukrishna M. "Testing the Cultural Brain Hypothesis using phylogenetic path analysis".
Early-career Social Learning Researchers workshop (St Andrews, Scotland, UK)
Talk— Uchiyama R & Muthukrishna M. "Testing the cultural brain hypothesis". Cultural Evolution Society inaugural conference (Jena, Germany)
Poster— Uchiyama R & Edelman S. "Narrative-mediated transmission of causal knowledge".
Emergent Meaning: Neural, Social, & Computational Perspectives (Bethlehem, PA), a workshop associated with Cognitive Science Society (Philadelphia, PA, US)
Poster— Uchiyama R & Finlay BL. "Situating social learning in an evolutionarily conserved program of brain development".
Mechanisms of Learning in Social Contexts, a workshop at ICDL-EPIROB (Providence, RI, US)
Cognitive and evolutionary approaches to human culture
Lead organizer and panel moderator of a cross-disciplinary symposium (March 12, 2015, at Cornell University) – http://cogevo.weebly.com/
Collective Behavior Study Group, Cornell University
Co-founder and organizer of an inter-departmental graduate student journal club and speaker series – http://collectivebehavior.weebly.com/
Teaching and outreach
Co-designed with another graduate student the full syllabus for HD 6400–Emergent Collective Behavior, offered by the Department of Human Development, Cornell University (Spring 2014)
• London School of Economics—
MSc Social and Public Communication (Martin Bauer & Bradley Franks, 2018–2020), Foundations of Psychological Science (Michael Muthukrishna, 2018–2019)
• Cornell University—
Developmental Psychology (Michael Goldstein, 2014)
Computational Psychology (Shimon Edelman, 2015)
Introduction to Biopsychology (Tim Devoogd, 2015)
Psychology of Language (Morten Christiansen, 2016)
Human Perception (David Field, 2016)
Managed brain dissection wet labs and neuroanatomy tutorials for PSYCH4250–Cognitive Neuroscience (Barbara Finlay), Cornell University, 2014–2015
2014–2016, Assistant Curator for the Wilder Brain Collection, Cornell University
Translated and co-translated publications (non-academic)
The Album, BNN Publishing, 2005
Japanese Motion Graphic Creators [映像作家100人], BNN Publishing, 2006
Design Tide: A Message From Tokyo, BNN Publishing, 2006
GAS BOOK 24: Hideki Inaba "~NEWLINE", Gas as Interface, 2006
Logo a Lot, BNN Publishing, 2007
Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 2008, BNN Publishing, 2008
Think Globally, Act Locally. Think Locally, Act Globally., Bueno! Books, Tokyo, 2008
Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 2009, BNN Publishing, 2009
Printed Matter in Fashion, BNN Publishing, 2009
The Front Line of Fashion: 100 Japanese Fashion Brands, BNN Publishing, 2009
Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 2010, BNN Publishing, 2010
Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 2011, BNN Publishing, 2011
Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 2012, BNN Publishing, 2012
Graphic Fashion, BNN Publishing, 2012
Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 2013, BNN Publishing, 2013
Poster Graphics, BNN Publishing, 2013
SIM, issue 3, Asukashinsha Publishing, 2003
Massage, issues 3 & 4, skratch.jp, 2004
SAL magazine, issues 10–12 & 14, Daiichi Kosho, 2003-2005
salmagazine.org, issues 1–11, 2004-2005
Untitled fractal sculpture, based on the golden ratio
Constructed with heat-reflective glass, mirrors, and paint-coated steel
121 × 75 × 46 cm
Drawings, 2007 onward