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About the Institute for Motivational Studies and Research (IMSAR)

The Institute for Motivational Studies and Research (IMSAR) was established with the aims of promoting studies and research on motivation in order to respond to social demands, as well as enriching research and learning on motivation at Tokyo Future University. The IMSAR pursues these goals by developing and leading various educational projects such as:
(1)Motivational studies and research
(2)Presentation and publication of research findings
(3)Planning and hosting of workshops, lectures and training sessions.
(4)Consignment studies and research.
(5)Other projects for increasing the understanding of motivation and motivational studies.


Greetings from the Director of the Institute for Motivational Studies and Research

The IMSAR officially began its activities with six members in April 2012, after half year of preparation. The IMSAR was established with the aims of promoting studies and research on motivations in order to respond to social demands, as well as enriching education and research on motivations at Tokyo Future University.
Although the term 'motivation' has become widely used in a variety of contexts and its importance has been increasingly recognized, we are yet to see the scientific understanding that backs up the actual practice. It is my sincere desire that the IMSAR continuously strives to play a leading role in motivational research and practice . As the IMSAR has taken its first step as an institute, we sincerely appreciate your support for the IMSAR’s activities and growth.

Ikko Takahashi
Director, Institute for Motivational Studies and Research

Members

Ikko Takahashi (Director)
Profile: finished his master’s degree in Graduate School of Humanities from Meisei University. He was engaged in planning and development of assessment and traffic safety education at companies. After, he had a career working an assistant professor at private universities, he joins Tokyo Future University as professor. Currently he was appointed the Dean of the School of Motivation and Behavioral Sciences of Tokyo Future University, and the Director of the IMSAR. He also served as training chairperson of Japanese Organization of Clinical Developmental Psychologist. His main research interest is Developmental Psychology and Aging Psychology.
Main books: 15 Lectures of Developmental Psychology (main editor, 2014). Nursing course Basic field “Psychology”(author, 2017).

Takashi Kakuyama(Adviser)
Profile: graduated from the Department of Psychology and the Graduate School of Sociology, Rikkyo University. He worked at Rikkyo University as an assistant professor, and then he was a faculty member of Tokyo International University for 28 years. In 2011, he moved to Tokyo Future University (TFU), then he served as the Dean of School of Motivation and Behavioral Sciences for 6 years. Currently, Professor Kakuyama is the President of TFU. His main research interest is work motivation. Now he assumes the executive directors of the Japanese Association of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the Japanese Academy of Human Resource Development, and the Japan Association of Applied Psychology.
Main books: Power phrase (author, 2018).Industrial and Organizational Psychology (author, 2011).Handbook of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology (main editor, 2009).

Yukiko Iso(Researcher)
Profile: finished the Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University. She worked as an assistant professor at Osaka University and currently she is an associate professor of TFU. Her research focuses on the topics of interpersonal social psychology, and she has a particular interest in the studies of nonverbal behavior seen in interpersonal relations and the social skill. Also she is interested in people watching, which is helpful in her studies.
Main books: Social Psychology in our Daily Life (co-author,2012). Interpersonal Social Psychology for Well-Being-The Science of Interpersonal Communications and Interpersonal Relations (co-author, 2012).

Hiroko Kobayashi(Researcher)
Profile: earned her Ph.D. (Education) at the graduate school of education, the University of Tokyo. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and currently she is an associate professor of TFU. Her research aims to understand how learners rectify misconceptions and to propose effective instructional programs.
Main books: Educational Method and Skills for raising children who learn and think on their own (co-author, 2016). Exploring the World of Educational Psychology (co-author, 2017).

Kenji Hanita(Researcher)
Profile: earned his Ph.D. (Sociology) at the graduate school of social sciences, Hitotsubashi University. He worked as a specially-appointed assistant professor at Otemon Gakuin University and currently he is an assistant professor of TFU. His research focused on the unconsciousness of the social judgment and behavior.
Main books: Learning Social Psychology: Episodes from Romantic Relationships and Friendships (co-author, 2017). Basic Companion to Psychology of Learning (co-author, 2013).

Tomoko Hyugano (Researcher)
Profile: earned her Ph.D. at the graduate school of human life sciences, Showa Women's University. Her worked as assistant professor at RISSHO University and currently she is an associate professor of TFU. Her research focuses on Interpersonal stress and social skills, Interpersonal relationships and communication of nursery teachers at nursery schools.
Main books:?Introduction to “KODOMOGAKU”?(coauthor,2017).?Introduction to Social Psychology?(co-author, 2011).

Ikuo Daibo(Honorary Fellow)
Profile: graduated from the Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University. He started his teaching career at Sapporo Medical College, then Yamagata University, and Hokusei Gakuen University. After Hokusei Gakuen University, Professor Daibo was invited to Osaka University, and he was a faculty member for 12 years, then he moved to TFU as the President. After he took retirement at mandatory age, he moved to Hokusei Gakuen University as the President. Currently, he is the emeritus professors of Osaka University and TFU. His research interests focus on interpersonal social psychology, especially on the studies of the interpersonal communication process and the intimacy of the interpersonal relationship, as well as the building of well-being.
Main books: nterpersonal Social Psychology for Well-Being-The Science of Interpersonal Communications and Interpersonal Relations - (author and editor, 2012). Nonverbal Communication (author, 1998).

Toshikazu Sakuma(Project Researcher)
Profile: graduated from the Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University. He gained 26 years of practical experience at Recruit Holdings and accumulated his career mainly in human resource projects. In 2012 he came to TFU as a professor and the director of the Motivation Management Association (a general incorporated association). Currently he established Management Development Laboratory Inc. in April 2017 through his career as a professor in TFU of 5 years.
Main books: Exercise of the Motivation Management (author, 2015).

Tomoko Hagimoto(Staff)
Profile: graduated from the Faculty of Anglo-American Literature, Department of Literature, Chuo University. After joining Sanko Gakuen Group, she taught at the Tokyo Medical and Welfare Vocational School. Currently she is a campus advisor at TFU.

Ayako Miura(Staff)
Profile:graduated from the Department of International Social studies ,Keisen university. She joined Sanko Gakuen Group in 2016. Currently she is in charge of the IMSAR.

Introducing affiliated groups

     


 ・Toyo University 21st Century Human Interaction Research Center (HIRC21)
 ・Institute of Psychology, Rissho University.

For inquiries:
03-5813-2525
imsar@tokyomirai.ac.jp

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