Trust pp 79-105 | Cite as

Trust and Commitment Formation

  • Toshio Yamagishi
Part of the The Science of the Mind book series (The Science of the Mind)


In Chap. 5, I tested the emancipation theory of trust by analyzing the results of the USA–Japan comparative questionnaire study. The results generally supported the theory. However, a questionnaire survey is not the most appropriate method for testing a theory that consists of a series of propositions. In this chapter, I present a series of experimental studies that we conducted to test the theory. Although most of the experiments presented in this chapter were conducted in both the USA and Japan, the purpose was not to claim that there is a so-called “cultural difference” between the USA and Japan. Rather, the purpose was to test the validity of the theory, on the premise that any “cultural differences” would disappear once we controlled the variables that play critical roles in the theory. More detailed discussion of this point will appear later in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioral Science Graduate School of LettersHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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