Cognition, Sense-Making and Biophysical Skills(CB)

 This Program focuses on the construction of cognitive / semantic and biophysical skill models and mechanistic analyses of sense-making processes in groups and societies. The Program conducts research in the aforementioned areas and simultaneously helps to develop human resources in these fields. The Program will allow students to conduct research in areas related to:

  • Elucidation of skills in playing music instrumentals
  • Elucidation of skills in sports
  • Cognitive science approach during language acquisition process
  • Sense-making models in multi-media information such as natural languages, sound and visual images
  • Memory mechanism and communication in sensemaking
  • Data acquisition and analyzing technique through network
  • Natural interface between human and computers

Affiliated Projects

  • Interaction Design Project
  • Cognitive and Language Development and Learning
  • Sports Science and Cognitive Ergonomics
  • Network Style
  • Psychospace
  • Cognition, Action, Media in Language and Language Education
  • Life Knowledge in Practice
  • Interreality
  • Social Fabrication
  • Mobile Methods
  • Novel Computing
  • Virtual Value Research

Graduate School of Media and Governance > Registration Numbers of Graduation Project


 Combine knowledge,Create knowledge
The science of diverse interactions

Junichi Ushiyama
Associate Professor, Program Chairperson

We move, feel, and live in our daily life by constantly working our brains and bodies together. We use our bodies and language as mediums to express ourselves and interact with others, creating vivid sensations and emotions to form the foundation of human individuality, intelligence, sensitivity, and sociality.

In this way, it can be understood that what paints our abundant day to day experiences are diverse interactions, occurring between the body and mind, the conscious and unconscious, people and the environment, the self and others, and the virtual and real.

The CB Program examines the interactions observed in people and/or society, and how they contribute to the future of education, medicine, sports, art, and culture. We accomplish this by removing academic boundaries such as those between humanities and sciences, quality and quantity, foundation and application, and theory and practice, and combining the methodologies of each individual field.

Faculty Members(as of October, 2018)

Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson.

Name Title Research Interest(S)
AOYAMA, Atsushi Associate Professor Neural Information Science, Measurement of Brain Functions, Sensory Integration, Bio-Signal Processing
Assistant Professor
Music and Neuroscience, Music and Brain, Music and Body, Motor Control and Learning in Music Performance, Music Perception and Cognition, Human Development and Musicality, Beat Perception and Synchronization, Amusia and Beat-deafness, Auditory Feedback and Motor Rehabilitation
FUKUDA, Kazuya Professor Literary Criticism, Civilization, Social Criticism, French Literature
HAMADA, Yoko Professor Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, Infant Mental Health, School Mental Health
HASEBE, Yoko Associate Professor English Teaching Materials, Teaching Methodology, Distance Learning, Inter-Linguistic & Inter-Cultural Communication
IBA, Takashi Professor Pattern Languages, Creativity, Complex Systems, Social Systems Theory
IMAI, Mutsumi Professor Cognitive Science (with special focus on Cognitive and language development, Psycholinguistics)
KATO, Takaaki Associate Professor Ergonomics, Sport Psychology, Motor Learning and Control
KAWAZOE, Takeshi Professor Harmonic Analysis on Lie Groups, Fourier Analysis, Wavelet Analysis
MIZUTORI, Hisashi Assistant Professor Gymnastics Coaching
MORI, Sachiko Professor Clinical Psychology, Psychoanalysis
NAKAHAMA, Yuko Professor Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition
NAKATANI, Masashi Associate Professor Haptics, Sensor engineering
OHGI, Yuji Professor Sports Engineering, Sports Biomechanics, Human Functional Measurement, Wireless Measurement Technique
OHORI,Toshio Professor Linguistics (Semantics, Functional typology, Discourse analysis)
SUWA, Masaki Professor Cognitive Science, Communication Design, Artificial Intelligence, Design Science
TRACE, Jonathan Assistant Professor Applied linguistics: language assessment, curriculum development, listening & speaking, and program evaluation
◎USHIYAMA, Junichi Associate Professor Movement physiology, Neuroscience
WATANABE, Toshio Professor Mathematical Analysis of Psychological Phenomenon, Space Perception and Space Cognition, Life Design


Name Title Research Interest(S)
KATO, Fumitoshi Professor Communication Design; Facilitation; Communication and Media Studies; Qualitative Research Methods
KIYOKI, Yasushi Professor Multimedia Database, Multidatabase
KUWAHARA, Takeo Professor Marketing, Consumer Research
MASUI Toshiyuki Professor User Interface, Ubiquitous Computing
MURABAYASHI, Yutaka Professor Sports Business
OGAWA, Katsuhiko Professor Human Interface, Communication Service, The Networked Society
OGUMA, Eiji Professor Historical Sociology
SHIMIZU,Yuichiro Professor Japanese Politics, Modern Japanese History, Politics-Administration Relationship, Oral History
TAKEFUJI, Yoshiyasu Professor Neural Computing, Internet Gadgets, Security

Faculty Profile

Possibilities after Graduation

This Program aims to train people who can:

  • Analyze human intellect, skills, sports technique, etc., from a scientific viewpoint
  • Give meaning to multi-media works such as literature, graphics and music, and manipulate them freely by using computers
  • Conduct social surveys / analysis invading people's semantic cognition by using website and IT

Students who have completed this Program are expected to participate in careers such as corporate marketing / planning, system development, policy think tanks, sports coordination, foreign language education, entrepreneurship, interface design and welfare support. The completion of the Program also provides opportunities to become high ranking research scholars or teachers.