Kou Murayama is the PI of the Motivation Science Lab. He received a Ph. D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Tokyo in 2006. After doing research in several different institutions in Japan, the United States, and Germany in a variety of disciplines (Tokyo Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, University of Munich, University of California, Los Angeles), he became a Lecturer at the University of Reading, UK in 2013. In 2020, Kou Murayama started his current role as a full Professor at the University of Tübingen while continuing to hold a position as professor at the University of Reading and an honorary professor at the Kochi Institute of Technology.
Kou Murayama is a recipient of various awards such as F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Prize (American Psychological Foundation), Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award (Leverhulme Trust), and the Humboldt Professorship (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation). He also receives an Advanced Research Fellowship from Jacobs Foundation.