Relational Mobility in PNAS

In July 2018, Thomson, Yuki, and 25 other authors published the first multi-country study exploring the ecological causes and testing psychological outcomes of relational mobility. The paper also tests the cross-nation validity and reliability of the relational mobility scale as a measure of relational mobility.

The open-access paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and can be downloaded here:

Authors and their Institutions

The relational mobility PNAS paper was the collective effort of a worldwide team of collaborators.

  • Robert Thomson, Hokusei Gakuen University, Department of English, Japan
  • Masaki Yuki, Hokkaido University, Department of Behavioral Science, Japan
  • Thomas Talhelm, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Behavioral Science, United States
  • Joanna Schug, College of William & Mary, Department of Psychological Sciences, United States
  • Mie Kito, Meiji Gakuin University, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Japan
  • Arin H. Ayanian, Bielefeld University, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence, Germany
  • Julia C. Becker, Universität Osnabrück, Institute of Psychology, Germany
  • Maja Becker, CLLE, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, UT2J, Cognition, Langues, Langage, Ergonomie, France
  • Chi-yue Chiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Psychology, Hong Kong SAR, The People’s Republic of China
  • Hoon-Seok Choi, Sungkyunkwan University, Department of Psychology, Republic of Korea
  • Carolina M. Ferreira, Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Spain
  • Marta Fülöp, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Hungary; Eötvös Loránd University, Institute of Psychology, Hungary
  • Pelin Gul, University of Kent, School of Psychology, United Kingdom
  • Ana Maria Houghton-Illera, Colegio Colombiano de Psicólogos, Psychology National Professional Association, Colombia
  • Mihkel Joasoo, University of Tartu, Department of Psychology, Estonia
  • Jonathan Jong, University of Oxford, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, United Kingdom; Coventry University, Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science, United Kingdom
  • Christopher M. Kavanagh, University of Oxford, Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, United Kingdom
  • Dmytro Khutkyy, Reanimation Package of Reforms, Electronic Democracy Expert Group, Ukraine
  • Claudia Manzi, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Department of Psychology, Italy
  • Urszula M. Marcinkowska, Collegium Medicum of the Jagiellonian University, Institute of Public Health, Poland
  • Taciano L. Milfont, Victoria University of Wellington, Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research, New Zealand
  • Félix Neto, University of Porto, Department of Psychology, Portugal
  • Timo von Oertzen, Universität der Bundeswehr, Institut für Psychologie, Germany
  • Ruthie Pliskin, Leiden University, Institute of Psychology, The Netherlands
  • Alvaro San Martin, IESE Business School, Managing People in Organizations Department, Spain
  • Purnima Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, India
  • Mariko L. Visserman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology, The Netherlands


We are greatly indebted to and would like to thank Professors Michele J. Gelfand (University of Maryland) and Ying-Yi Hong (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and her team for their insightful and probing comments on an early version of the manuscript.

The research was also made possible by a generous grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to the corresponding author on the PNAS paper, Masaki Yuki, grant number 15H03445.