Ryuhei Ueda: “Cognitive mechanisms of close relationship maintenance and building”

October 11, 2019  Friday Lunch Seminar
12:15 〜 13:00

CiNet 1F Conference Room

“Cognitive mechanisms of close relationship maintenance and building”

Ryuhei Ueda

NICT Senior Visiting Researcher (JSPS)

Host PI: Masahiko Haruno


Close romantic relationships are believed to have several evolutional benefits including stabilizing feedings, inhibiting prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, and improving individual’s mental and physical health. However, extra-pair relationships, which could threaten the stable long-term relationship maintenance are also prevalent in human societies. Some researchers have suggested that deliberate executive control as well as automatic self-control could play crucial roles to derogate interest in new relationships and maintain the committed relationships; however, few empirical studies about the interplays of the two cognitive mechanisms have been reported. We tackled such an issue through psychological experiments with a functional MRI, and proposed empirical evidences of the interplay hypothesis. We also would like to introduce our previous work about neural correlates of individual differences in preference of “mate-poaching”, which is related to the decision-making of relationship building.

About CiNet’s Friday Lunch Seminars:
The Friday Lunch Seminar is CiNet’s main regular meeting series, held every week at 12:15 in the beautiful main lecture theatre on the ground floor at CiNet. The talks are typically 40mins long and orientated towards an inter-disciplinary audience. They are informal, social, and most people bring their own lunch to eat during the talk. They are open to anyone who is feeling curious and wants to come, regardless of where you work.