"かわいい"に関する研究動向: 対象の属性・感情・認知からみた自閉スペクトラム症者支援への適用可能性に着目して

Translated title of the contribution: A Review of Research Trends in Kawaii: The applicability to Autism Spectrum Disorder

大野 愛哉, 田中 真理

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Abstract

This paper presents an overview of previous studies on the concept of "cuteness"(and the related Japanese concept of kawaii) that is useful in supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previous studies on cuteness are reviewed with a focus on three aspects: object attributes, cognition, and emotion. The following three points were derived from the review: (1) The scope of objects to which cuteness can be applied is expanding (Nittono, 2016); therefore, individual circumstances and interests including personal preferences and cultural backgrounds must be kept in mind when considering cuteness as an attribute of an object. (2) Because there is no agreement in previous studies regarding the definition of emotions related to cuteness(e.g., Steinnes et al., 2019), when considering cuteness in emotional terms, qualitative consideration must be given as to the kinds of emotion that the word "cute" is applied to. (3)The extent to which individuals tend to perceive cuteness is associated with gender, hormonal status, and levels of empathy(e.g., Lehmann et al., 2013), suggesting that individual characteristics should also be taken into consideration when considering cuteness in terms of cognition.
Translated title of the contributionA Review of Research Trends in Kawaii: The applicability to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Original languageJapanese
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
Journal九州大学心理学研究
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2021

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