Studies in cognitive bases to construct productive environment

Project Leader: HATTORI, Masasi (College of Comprehensive Psychology Professor )span: 2014/07 - 2016/03

How to construct a productive social environment that various people want to take part in as a legitimate participant? Noise, for example, in the field for production is usually a distracting factor, but it can contribute to improve working efficiency in some cases especially when completely novel conceptions or unconventional artistic ideas are required. Positive feeling is supposed to make it easier to capture peripheral information in environment and it in turn sometimes helps generate a good idea, while people can be lured by positive feeling to going into a bad idea in other cases. In this manner, the same particular factor can be either assistive or harmful depending on the context. Therefore it is important to reveal the function of a factor in relation to other factors. This project investigates complicated cognitive bases for productivity and tries to propose practical prescriptions in the field.

Project members


  • Hattori, M., Sloman, S. A., & Orita, R. (2013). Effects of subliminal hints on insight problem solving. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 790-797. doi: 10.3758/s13423-013-0389-0
  • Hattori, M. (2014). Subliminal problem solving: Dual process of cognition and their interaction. The 2nd New Paradigm Psychology of Reasoning Conference. École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, France. June 5.
  • Orita, R., & Hattori, M. (2013). Unrecognized hints facilitate insight problem solving performance under dual task load. The 9th International Conference on Cognitive Science. Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. August 28.
  • Hattori, M., Sloman, S. A., & Orita, R. (2012). Effects of unrecognized hints and metacognitive control in insight problem solving. The 30th International Congress of Psychology. Cape Town, South Africa. July 26.







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