Currently, we are conducting research focusing on the following two projects.

(1) International students’ social support networks and intercultural adaptation: From the perspective of assurance and trust” (Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B), Principal Investigator: Shaoyu Ye, FY2017- FY2021)
(2) Comprehensive research on social media usage and subjective well-being in ‘mobile x social era’” (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), Principal Investigator: Shaoyu Ye, FY2021- FY2024)

In the first project, we combine the theories of media usage and intercultural communication, using the approach of social psychology. Through this project, we found that the generalized trust toward Japanese people and the social support received from them have positive effects on improving international students’ sense of acceptance and decreasing their feelings of stress in Japan. Additionally, we also found that the relationship between group identification toward same-language speakers and the social support received from same-language speakers differs between Chinese international students and non-Chinese international students. These results provide important implications for international students’ adaptation to the Japanese society. In FY2021, two master’s course international students have participated in this project. They have experienced in how to design survey, how to collect and analyze data, and how to write academic papers, which can be expected to have more achievements in the future. In the second project, we aim to clarify how digital native generations’ use of social media relate to their mental health, especially subjective well-being. This project has been conducted by an interdisciplinary research team as it focuses on social informatics and media psychology, in collaboration with researchers in anthropology, informatics and educational technology. As this project has started from April 2021, we are looking for students who are interested in social media usage, mental health, etc. to participate in our research team.

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