Shoko Watanabe M.S.

Section 1

Program Area: Social/Personality


Contact Information:


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. 


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

Research Description

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


  • Fall 2016 PSYC 333
  • Spring 2017 PSYC 332
  • Spring 2018 PSYC 332
  • Fall 2018 PSYC100

Office Hours

  • By Appointment
Section 2


Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.