Shoko Watanabe

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Contact Information

603 E. Daniel Street
Room 305, M/C 716
Champaign, IL 61820

Office Hours

By Appointment
Subject Pool Coordinator


Shoko Watanabe is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Shoko studied theology as an undergraduate at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is also a certified math teacher with an M.S. in Educational Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Shoko’s work with Sean Laurent addresses when and why people promote forgiveness, and the nature of moral hypocrisy and the conditions under which hypocrites are forgiven or punished. She is also interested in the formation of trust and friendships in groups and teams. 

Research Interests

  • Moral Psychology
  • Religious Cognition
  • Forgiveness
  • Moral Hypocrisy
  • Group Trust
  • Theory of Mind

Research Description

My research addresses how religion influences moral judgments and behavior, cross-cultural differences in perceptions of hypocrisy, and the conditions under which transgressors are forgiven or condemned. I also study the formation of trust and friendships in naturalistic groups and teams.

Courses Taught

PSYC 100 Introductory Psychology (Fall 2018)

PSYC 332 Social Methods Lab (Spring 2017, 2018)

PSYC 333 Social Psychology in Society Lab (Fall 2016) 

Recent Publications


Watanabe, S., & Laurent, S. M. (in press). Feeling bad and doing good: Forgivability through the lens of uninvolved third parties. Social Psychology.