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  • Ge, X., Xu, C., Misaki, D., Markus, H., & Tsai, J. L.(2024). How culture shapes what people want from AI. In Proceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’24), May 11–16, 2024, Honolulu, HI, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 16 pages.
  • Blevins, E., Ko, M., Park, B., Qu, Y., Knutson, B., & Tsai, J. L. (2024). Culture, Smiles, and Social Connections: Brain Responses to Excited Smiles Predict Friendships. Neuromarketing Yearbook 2024. Neuromarketing Science and Business Association. pdf
  • Bernstein, M., Christin, A., Hancock, J., Hashimoto, T., Jia, C., Lam, M., Meister, N., Persily, N., Piccardi, T., Saveski, M., Tsai, J.L., Ugander, J., Xu, C. (2023). Commentary: Embedding societal values into social media algorithms. Journal of Online Trust and Safety. doi:10.54501/jots.v2i1.148. pdf.
  • Rappleye, J., Komatsu, H., Uchida, Y., Tsai, J. L., & Markus, H. (2023) The OECD’s ‘Well-being 2030’ agenda: how PISA's affective turn gets lost in translation. Comparative Education. pdf.
  • Blevins, E., Ko, M., Park, B., Qu, Y., Knutson, B., & Tsai, J. L. (2023). Cultural variation in neural responses to social but not monetary reward outcomes. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience18(1), nsad068. pdfsupplement
  • Tsai, J. L. (2023). What the Gallup World Poll Could Do to Deepen Our Understanding of Happiness in Different Cultures. In O. Flanagan et al. (Eds). Against Happiness. (pp. 235-248). New York; Chichester, West Sussex: Columbia University Press. pdf
  • Clobert, M., Sasaki, J., Hwang, K., & Tsai, J. L. (2022). Valuing High Arousal Negative States Increases Negative Responses Toward Outgroups Across Cultures. Emotion. pdf
  • Hsu, T. W., Niiya, Y., Thelwall, M., Knutson, B., Ko, M., and Tsai, J. L. (2021, September 6). Social media users produce more affect that supports cultural values, but are more influenced by affect that violates cultural values. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advanced online publication.
  • Dukes, D., Abrams, K., Adolphs, R...Tsai, J....Sander, D. (2021). The rise of affectivism. Nature Human Behavior, 5, 816–820. pdf
  • Tsai, J. L. (2021). Why does passion matter more in individualistic cultures? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences118(14) e2102055118.
  • Koopmann-Holm, B., Sze, J., Jinpa, T., & Tsai, J. L. (2019). Compassion meditation increases optimism towards a transgressor. Cognition and Emotion34(5), 1028-1035. pdf
  • Bencharit, L.Z., Ho, Y.W., Fung, H.H., Yeung, D., Stephens, N., Romero-Canyas, R. & Tsai, J.L. (2019). Should job applicants be excited or calm?: The role of culture and ideal affect in employment settings. Emotion. Advance online publication.
  • Tsai, J.L., Blevins, E., Bencharit, L.Z., Chim, L., Fung, H.H., & Yeung, D.Y. (2019). Cultural variation in social judgments of smiles: The role of ideal affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication.
  • Tsai, J.L. & Clobert, M. (2019). Cultural influences on emotion: Empirical patterns and emerging trends. In S. Kitayama & D. Cohen (Eds). Handbook of cultural psychology (pp. 292- 318). New York: Guilford Press. pdffigures
  • Tsai, J.L., Sims, T., Qu, Y., Jiang, D., Thomas, E., & Fung, H.H. (2018, October 8). Valuing excitement makes people look forward to old age less and dread it more. Psychology and Aging. Advance online publication.
  • Tsai, J.L. & Qu, T. (2018). The promise of neuroscience for understanding the cultural shaping of emotion and other feelings. Introduction to special issue on culture and emotion. Culture and Brain, 6, 99-101. pdf

  • Park, B., Qu, Y., Chim, L., Blevins, E., Knutson, B., & Tsai, J.L. (2018). Ventral striatal activity mediates cultural differences in affiliative judgments of smiles. Culture and Brain
  • Sims, T., Koopmann-Holm, B., Jiang, D., Fung, H.H., & Tsai, J.L. (2018). Asian Americans respond less favorably to excited (vs. calm) physicians compared to European Americans. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication. pdf
  • Chim, L., Hogan, C., Fung, H.H., & Tsai, J.L. (2018). Valuing calm enhances enjoyment of calming (vs. exciting) amusement park rides and exercise. Emotion. Advance online publication. pdf
  • Koopmann-Holm, B., & Tsai, J.L. (2017). The cultural shaping of compassion. In E. Seppälä, E. Simon-Thomas, S. Brown, M.C. Worline, C.D. Cameron, & J.R. Doty (Eds). Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science (pp. 273-285). Oxford University Press. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L. (2017). Ideal affect in daily life: Implications for affective experience, health, and social behavior. Current Opinion in Psychology17, 118-128. pdf
  • Park, B., Blevins, E., Knutson, B., & Tsai, J.L. (2017). Neurocultural evidence that ideal affect match promotes giving. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience12(7), 1083-1096. pdfsupplement
  • Tsai, J., & Sims, T. (2016). Emotional aging in different cultures: Implications of Affect Valuation Theory. In A. Ong & Corinna Lockenhoff (Eds.). Emotion, Aging, and Health. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Ang, J., Blevins, E., Goernandt, J., Fung, H.H., Jiang, D., Elliott, J., Kölzer, A., Uchida, Y., Lee, Y.-C., Lin, Y., Zhang, X., Govindama, Y., & Haddouk, L. (2016). Leaders' smiles reflect cultural differences in ideal affect. Emotion16(2), 183-195. pdf
  • Park, B.K., Tsai, J.L., Chim, L., Blevins, E., & Knutson, B.  (2016). Neural evidence for cultural differences in the valuation of positive facial expressions. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience11(2), 243-252. pdfsupplement
  • Jiang, D., Fung, H. H., Sims, T., Tsai, J. L., & Zhang, F. (2016). Limited time perspective increases the value of calm. Emotion, 16(1), 52-62. pdf
  • Bencharit, L.Z., & Tsai, J.L. (2016). Positive psychology in Asian Americans: Theory and research. In E.C. Chang, C.A. Downey, J.K. Hirsch, & N.J. Lin (Eds.). Positive Psychology in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups: Theory, Research, and Practice (pp. 37-60). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Chim, L., & Sims, T. (2015). Consumer Behavior, Culture, and Emotion. In S. Ng & A.Y. Lee (Eds.). Handbook of Culture and Consumer Behavior (pp. 68-98). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pdf
  • Sims, T., Tsai, J.L., Jiang, D., Wang, Y., Fung, H.H., & Zhang, X. (2015). Wanting to maximize the positive and minimize the negative: Implications for mixed affective experience in American and Chinese contexts. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology109(2), 292-315. pdf
  • Sims, T. & Tsai, J.L. (2015). Patients respond more positively to physicians who focus on their ideal affect. Emotion15(3), 303-318. pdf
  • Koopmann-Holm, B. & Tsai, J.L. (2014). Focusing on the negative: Cultural differences in expressions of sympathy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology107(6), 1092-1115. pdf
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y., Ryder, A., & Tsai, J.L. (2014). Understanding depression across cultural contexts. In I. Gotlib & C. Hammen (Eds.). Handbook of Depression, 3rd edition (pp. 337-352). New York, NY: Guilford Press. pdf
  • Zhang, Y.L. & Tsai J.L. (2014). The assessment of acculturation, enculturation, and culture in Asian American Samples. In L. Benuto (Ed.). Guide to Psychological Assessment with Asian Americans (pp. 75-101). New York, NY: Springer. pdf
  • Sims, T., Tsai, J.L., Koopmann-Holm, B., Thomas, E., & Goldstein, M.K. (2014). Choosing a physician depends on how you want to feel: The role of ideal affect in health-related decision making. Emotion14(1), 187-192. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L. & Park, B.K. (2014). The cultural shaping of happiness: The role of ideal affect. In J. Moskowitz & J. Gruber (Eds.). The light and dark sides of positive emotion (pp. 345-362). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L. (2013). The cultural shaping of emotion (and other feelings). In R. Biswas-Diener and E. Diener (Eds.). Noba textbook series. Retrieved from pdf
  • Koopmann-Holm, B., Sze, J., Ochs, C., & Tsai, J.L. (2013). Buddhist-inspired meditation increases the value of calm. Emotion13(3), 497-505. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Koopmann-Holm, B., Ochs, C., & Miyazaki, M. (2013). The religious shaping of emotion: Implications of affect valuation theory. In R. Paloutzian & C. Park (Eds.). Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2nd edition (pp. 274-291). New York, NY: The Guilford Press. pdf
  • Scheibe, S., English, T., Tsai, J.L., & Carstensen, L.L. (2013). Striving to feel good: Ideal affect, actual affect, and their correspondence across adulthood. Psychology and Aging, 28, 160-171. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L. (2013). Dynamics of ideal affect. In D. Hermans, B. Rime, & B. Mesquita (Eds.). Changing emotions (pp.120-126). Psychology Press. pdf
  • Fung, H. H., Ho, Y. W., Tam, K-P, Tsai, J., & Zhang, X. (2011). Value moderates age differences in personality: The example of relationship orientation. Personality and Individual Differences50 (7), 994-999. pdf
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y. & Tsai, J.L. (2010). Self-focused attention and emotional reactivity: The role of culture. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology98(3), 507-519. pdf
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y.E., Tsai, J.L., & Gotlib, I. (2010). Further evidence for the cultural norm hypothesis: Positive emotion in depressed and control European American and Asian American women. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology16(2), 284-295. pdf
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y., & Tsai, J. (2009). Culture and depression. In R.E. Ingram (Ed.). International Encyclopedia of Depression. New York, NY: Springer Publishing. 
  • Kwon, Y., Scheibe, S., Samanez-Larkin, G.R., Tsai, J.L., & Carstensen, L.L. (2009). Replicating the positivity effect in picture memory in Koreans: Evidence for cross-cultural generalizability. Psychology and Aging24(3), 748-754. pdf
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y., & Tsai, J. (2009). Understanding depression across cultures. In I. Gotlib & C. Hammen (Eds.). Handbook of Depression, 2nd edition (pp. 363-385). New York, NY: Guilford Press. pdf
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y. & Tsai, J.L. (2007). Gender differences in emotional response among European Americans and Hmong Americans. Cognition and Emotion21(1), 162-181. pdf
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y., & Tsai, J.L. (2007). Cultural factors influence the expression of psychopathology. In W. O'Donohue & S. Lilienfeld (Eds.). The Great Ideas of Clinical Science: 18 Concepts That Every Mental Health Practitioners and Research Should Understand (pp. 375-396). New York, NY: Brunner-Taylor. pdf
  • Chentsova-Dutton, Y., Chu, J., Tsai, J.L., Rottenberg, J., Gross, J.J. & Gotlib, I. (2007). Depression and emotional reactivity: Variation among Asian Americans of East Asian descent and European Americans. Journal of Abnormal Psychology116(4), 776-785. pdf
  • Roberts, N.A., Tsai, J.L., & Coan, J. (2007). Emotion elicitation using dyadic interaction tasks. In J. Allen & J. Coan (Eds.). Handbook of Emotion Elicitation (pp.106-123). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L. (2007). Ideal affect: Cultural causes and behavioral consequences. Perspectives on Psychological Science2(3), 242-259. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Louie, J., Chen, E.E., & Uchida, Y. (2007). Learning what feelings to desire: Socialization of ideal affect through children's storybooks. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin33(1), 17-30. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Miao, F., & Seppala, E. (2007). Good feelings in Christianity and Buddhism: Religious differences in ideal affect. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin33(3), 409-421. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Miao, F.F., Seppala, E., Fung, H., & Yeung, D. (2007). Influence and adjustment goals: Sources of cultural differences in ideal affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology92(6), 1102-1117. pdf
  • Wong, Y. & Tsai, J.L. (2007). Cultural models of shame and guilt. In J. Tracy, R. Robins & J. Tangney (Eds.). Handbook of Self-Conscious Emotions (pp.210-223). New York, NY: Guilford Press. pdf
  • Ying, Y.W., Lee, P.A. & Tsai, J.L. (2007). Attachment, sense of coherence, and mental health among Chinese American college students: Variation by migration status. International Journal of Intercultural Relations31(5), 531-544. pdf
  • Butcher, J.N., Mosch, S.C., Tsai, J.L., & Nezami, E. (2006). Cross-cultural applications of the MMPI-2. In J.N. Butcher (Ed.). MMPI-2: A Practitioner's Guide (pp.503-537). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Cheryan, S. & Tsai, J.L. (2006). Ethnic Identity. In F. Leong, A. Inman, A. Ebreo, L. Yang, L. Kinoshita, & F. Fu (Eds.). Handbook of Asian American Psychology (pp. 125-139). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Knutson, B., & Fung, H.H. (2006). Cultural variation in affect valuation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology90(2), 288-307. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Levenson, R.W., & McCoy, K. (2006). Cultural and temperamental variation in emotional response. Emotion6(3), 484-497. pdf
  • Ying, Y., Lee, P.A., & Tsai, J.L. (2006). The experience of college challenges among Chinese Americans: Variation by migration status. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies4(1), 79-97. pdf
  • Roisman, G.I., Tsai, J.L., & Chiang, K.S. (2004). The emotional integration of childhood experience: Physiological, facial expressive, and self-reported emotional response during the Adult Attachment Interview. Developmental Psychology40(5), 776-789. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Simenova, D., & Watanabe, J. (2004). Somatic and social: Chinese Americans talk about emotion. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin30(9), 1226-1238. pdf
  • Ying, Y., Lee, P.A., & Tsai, J.L. (2004). Inventory of college challenges for ethnic minority students: Psychometric properties of a new instrument in Chinese Americans. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology10(4), 351-364. pdf
  • Ying, Y., Lee, P.A., & Tsai, J.L. (2004). Psychometric properties of the Intergenerational Congruence in Immigrant Families-Child Scale in Chinese Americans. Journal of Comparative Family Studies35(1), 91-103. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Chentsova-Dutton, Y. (2003). Variation among European Americans in emotional facial expression. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology34(6), 650-657. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Pole, N., Levenson, R.W., & Muñoz, R.F. (2003). The effects of depression on the emotional responses of Spanish-speaking Latinas. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology9(1), 49-63. pdf
  • King, S.K., Tsai, J.L., & Chentsova-Dutton, Y. (2002). Psychophysiological Studies of Emotion and Psychopathology. In J.N. Butcher (Ed.). Clinical Personality Assessment (pp. 56-74). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L. & Chentsova-Dutton, Y. (2002). Understanding depression across cultures. In I. Gotlib & C. Hammen (Eds.), Handbook of Depression (pp. 467-491). New York, NY: Guilford Press. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., & Chentsova-Dutton, Y. (2002). Different models of cultural orientation in American- and overseas-born Asian Americans. In K. Kurasaki, S. Okazaki, & S. Sue (Eds.). Asian American Mental Health: Assessment Theories and Methods (pp.95-106). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Chentsova-Dutton, Y., & Wong, Y. (2002). Why and how we should study ethnic identity, acculturation, and cultural orientation. In G. Hall & S. Okazaki (Eds.). Asian American psychology: The science of lives in context (pp. 467-491). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Chentsova-Dutton, Y., Friere-Bebeau, L.H., & Przymus, D. (2002). Emotional expression and physiology in European Americans and Hmong Americans. Emotion2(4), 380-397. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Morstensen, H., Wong, Y., & Hess, D. (2002). What does "being American" mean?: A comparison of Asian American and European American young adults. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology8(3), 257-273. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Przymus, D.E., & Best, J.L. (2002). Towards an understanding of Asian American interracial dating and marriage. In M. Yalom & L. Carstensen (Eds.). Inside the American Couple (pp. 189-210). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. pdf
  • Tsai, J. L. (2000). Cultural orientation of Hmong young adults. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment3(3-4), 99-114. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Butcher, J.N., Vitousek, K., & Munoz, R. (2001). Culture, ethnicity, and psychopathology. In H.E. Adams & P.B. Sutker (Eds.). The Comprehensive Handbook of Psychopathology (pp.105-127). New York, NY: Plenum Press. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Ying, Y.W., & Lee, P.A. (2001). Cultural predictors of self-esteem: A study of Chinese American female and male young adults. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology7(3), 284-297. pdf
  • Ying, Y., Lee, P.A., Tsai, J.L., Hung, Y., Lin, M., Wan, C.T. (2001). Asian American college students as model minorities: An examination of their overall competence. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology7(1), 59-74. pdf
  • Ying, Y. W., Lee, P. A., Tsai, J. L., Lee, Y. J., & Tsang, M. (2000). Network composition, social integration, and sense of coherence in Chinese American young adults. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment3(3-4), 83-98. pdf
  • Ying, Y., Lee, P.A., Tsai, J.L., Lee, Y.J., & Tsang, M. (2001). Relationship of young adult Chinese Americans with their parents: Variation by migratory status and cultural orientation. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry71(3), 342-349. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Levenson, R.W., & Carstensen, L.L. (2000). Autonomic, expressive, and subjective responses to emotional films in older and younger Chinese American and European American adults. Psychology and Aging15(4), 684-693. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L., Ying, Y., & Lee, P.A. (2000). The meaning of "being Chinese" and "being American": Variation among Chinese American young adults. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology31(3), 302-322. pdf
  • Ying, Y., Lee, P.A., & Tsai, J.L. (2000). Cultural orientation and racial discrimination: Predictors of coherence in Chinese American young adults. Journal of Community Psychology28(4), 427-442. pdf
  • Ying, Y., Lee, P.A., Tsai, J.L., Yeh, Y., & Huang, J. (2000). The conception of depression in Chinese American college students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology6(2), 183-195.  pdf
  • Tsai, J.L. (1999). Culture. In D. Levinson, J. Ponzetti, & P. Jorgensen (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Human Emotions (pp.159-166). New York, NY: Macmillan Press. pdf
  • Pasupathi, M., Carstensen, L.L., Turk-Charles, S., & Tsai, J.L. (1998). Emotion and aging. In H. Friedman (Ed.).Encyclopedia of Mental Health (pp. 91-101). San Diego, CA: Academic Press. pdf
  • Gross, J.J., Carstensen, L.L., Pasupathi, M., Tsai, J.L., Gottestam, K., & Hsu, A.Y.C. (1997). Emotion and aging: Changes in experience, expression, and control. Psychology and Aging12(4), 590-599. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L. & Levenson, R.W. (1997). Cultural influences on emotional responding: Chinese American and European American dating couples during interpersonal conflict. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology28 (5), 600-625. pdf
  • Tsai, J.L. & Carstensen, L.L. (1996). Clinical intervention with ethnic minority elders. In L.L. Carstensen, B.A. Edelstein, & L. Dornbrand (Eds.). The Practical Handbook of Clinical Gerontology (pp. 76-106). Beverly Hills, CA: SAGE Publications. pdf
  • Pasupathi, M., Carstensen, L.L., & Tsai, J.L. (1994). Ageism in interpersonal settings. In B. Lott & D. Maluso (Eds.). The Social Psychology of Interpersonal Discrimination (pp. 160-182). New York, NY: Guilford Press. pdf