Portrait of Phatthanakit (Bryan) Chobthamkit

Phatthanakit (Bryan) Chobthamkit

Postgraduate Researcher


Phatthanakit's thesis title is Cultural perspectives on just world beliefs, which is subject to change.

Research interests

Phatthanakit's research focuses on social and cross-cultural psychology, specifically focusing on culture, identity, beliefs and well-being.  Within his PhD research, he is studying cultural differences in just world beliefs (e.g. belief in a just world, immanent justice reasoning). There are previous studies examining just world beliefs in Western countries but not much research examining these concepts in some other parts of the world. 

He would like to examine the universality and relativity of just world beliefs specifically highlighting how and why cultural context affect such kind of beliefs. Moreover, causal explanation and well-being are being studied to understand just world beliefs.




Thammasat University



  • Raphiphatthana, B., Jose, P., & Chobthamkit, P. (2019). The Association Between Mindfulness and Grit: an East vs. West Cross-cultural Comparison. Mindfulness, 10, 146-158. doi:10.1007/s12671-018-0961-9
    Mindfulness, namely present-oriented attention that is non-judgmental in nature, and grit, namely perseverance and passion for long-term goals, are psychological constructs that have recently received considerable attention within the West. Given the theoretical importance and heretofore lack of research into how these two constructs relate to each other, the present study aimed to examine how mindfulness and grit relate to each other within Western and non-Western cultures. New Zealand (N?=?343) and Thai (N?=?233) university students completed a battery of questionnaires that assessed the variables of interest. Although both samples showed a positive association between grit and mindfulness at the construct level, results at the facet level showed several notable differences. Specifically, acting with awareness and non-judging were found to predict grit for NZ students more strongly than for Thai students. These findings suggest that mindfulness evidenced more robust relationships with grit in an individualistic culture than in a collectivist society.
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