Kenji Noguchi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

My research concerns how people process social information, and how this affects their attitudes, intentions, and behaviors. Specifically, I am interested in how subtle situational and social cues influence people's motivations and attitudes. My past studies indicated that introspective self-talk, general goals to be active, confirmation bias, and other persuasion attempts have influences on motivations and attitudes. Health promotion behavior is important because Mississippi has serious problems on this regard. Our lab contributes to the basic understanding of motivational processes and tries to apply the knowledge to the community. Undergraduate students have an opportunity to work as a research assistant to gain research experience. They can also work on their own research under my supervision as a senior thesis or an independent study.

Recent publications

Bussing, R., Koro-Ljungberg, M., Mason, D., Noguchi, K., & Garvan, C. W. (2012). Willingness to use ADHD Treatments: A Mixed Methods Study of Perceptions by Adolescents, Parents, Health Professionals and Teachers. Social Science and Medicine, 74, 92-100.

Hepler, J., Albarracín, D., McCulloch, K.E., & Noguchi, K. (2012). Being Active and Impulsive: The Role of Goals for Action and Inaction in Self-Control. Motivation and Emotion, 36, 365-370.

Mong, M., Noguchi, K., & Ladner, B. (2012). Immediate psychological Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Symptoms of PTSD and coping skills. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 21, 691-704.

Noguchi, K., Handley, I. M., & Albarracín, D. (2011). Participating in politics resembles physical activity: General action patterns in international archives, US archives, and experiments. Psychological Science, 22, 235-242.

Albarracín, D., Fischler, I. & Noguchi, K. (2011). The syntax of defection and cooperation: The effects of the implicit sentences nice act and act nice on behavior change. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 298-305.

Senay , I., Albarracín, D., Noguchi, K. (2010). Motivating goal-directed behavior through introspective self-talk: The role of the interrogative form of simple future tense. Psychological Science, 21, 499-504.

Albarracín, D., Handley, I. M., Noguchi, K., McCulloch, K. C., Li, H., Leeper, J., Brown, R. D., Earl, A., & Hart, W. P. (2008). Increasing and decreasing motor and cognitive output: A model of general action and inaction goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95,510-523.

Dalsky, J. D., Gohm, L. C., Noguchi, K., & Shiomura, K. (2008). Mutual self-enhancement in Japan and the United States. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 39, 215-223.