Staff Directory


Seiji Takaku, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Institutional Research and Assessment Coordinator

Phone: 949-480-4058

Fax: 949-480-4261


Faculty - Full-Time

Office of Institutional Research and Assessment


  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Positions Held

  • At SUA since 2002
  • 2000 - 2002, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Research Interests

  • Apology and forgiveness
  • Cross-cultural studies on interpersonal & intergroup conflict resolutions
  • Motivation theories in psychology and Weiner's theory of attribution in particular

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • A Cross-National Examination of the Perpetrator - Victim Account Estimation Bias as a Function of Different Types of Accounts, Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 2010 
  • A cross-cultural study on victim's responses to apology in interpersonal and intergroup conflicts, Tohoku Psychologica Folia, 2008
  • Conflicts and forgiveness. In K. Ohbuchi (Ed.), Social Psychology of ConflictKyoto: Kitaoji Shobo, 2008
  • Reducing "road rage": An application of the dissonance-attribution model of interpersonal forgiveness, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 2006
  • What can Eastern philosophies teach us about psychology of human conflict? Daibyaku-Renge, Seikyo Shimbun Press, 2005
  • Immigration and ethnic conflict in comparative perspective. The Psychology of Ethnic and Cultural Conflict, Westport, CA: Greenwood, 2004
  • Perception and interpretation of terrorism, justice, and peace: Three cultures and two sides of one coin.  Psychology of Ethnic and Cultural Conflict, Westport, CA: Greenwood, 2004
  • A cross-cultural examination of the effects of apology and perspective taking on forgiveness, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 2001
  • The effects of apology and perspective taking on interpersonal forgiveness: Introducing a dissonance-attribution model of interpersonal forgiveness, Journal of Social Psychology, 2001
  • Culture and status influences on account-giving: Comparison between the U.S.A. and Japan, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 2000    

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Attribution, Motivation, & Emotion
  • CORE I & II
  • Introduction to Pacific Basin
  • Learning Cluster: Lies, Excuses, and Apologies
  • Learning Cluster: Exploring Forgiveness.
  • Learning Cluster: Detecting Lies and Deceits

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Professor of the Year Award, 2010
  • Recipient of the Arthur H. Brayfield Most Meritorious Dissertation of the Year Award from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA., 2000
  • Nominated for the most outstanding master's thesis of the year, California State University, Long Beach, 1997
  • Magna Cum Laude from UCLA, 1993

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