Department of Cognitive and Psychological Sciences


The Department of Cognitive and Psychological Sciences aims to understand the dynamic depths of the human mind. In other words, in addition to elucidating the workings of the individual mind, the department pursues to elucidate the mechanism of interaction between persons, groups and the environment in addition to phenomena emerging through communication, relations between the mind, body and brain and their similarities and dissimilarities with animals, machines, etc. Therefore we use a variety of approaches such as psychological experiments, social surveys, measurement and manipulations of brain activity, and computer simulation.
We foster intellectuals who have a broad knowledge and deep understanding of the human mind, based on the latest knowledge of psychology and cognitive science, combined with advanced knowledge and skills in informatics. Such intellectuals are expected to creatively contribute to the research field of cognitive and psychological sciences; adding to the creation of new systems and art which the VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) systems are applied; analyzing and providing solutions to the complex problems present in modern day society.


Information and Cognition
Cognitive Modeling
Cognition and Behavior
Cognitive Psychology A・B
Social Cognition A・B
Social and Affective Processes
Cognitive Neuroscience A・B
Mechanisms of Perception and Learning A・B

Units, Members

Cognitive Science Unit

We aim to elucidate mental activities related to human cognitive activities based on methods and knowledge such as cognitive science, computer science, linguistic science, etc., in order to understand the human mind through cognitive activities such as human expression, comprehension, knowledge retention and thinking.

Faculty Members
Prof. SAITO, Hirofumi MIWA, Kazuhisa
Assoc. Prof. KAWAI, Nobuyuki

Visiting Assoc. Prof.  KOBAYASHI, Tessei*
Assis. Prof. MITSUMATSU, Hidemichi

* NTT Communication Science Laboratories

 Psychology Unit

We provide education and research aimed at proposing new theories to explain various aspects of human mind, including “intellect”, “emotion” and “volition” and at developing new measurement and manipulation methods which can lead to innovation and solutions to everyday social problems.

Faculty Members
Prof.  KAWAGUCHI, Jun KARASAWA, Minoru OHIRA, Hideki TANABE, Hiroki
Assoc. Prof.  KITAGAMI, Shinji SUZUKI, Atsunobu KATAHIRA, Kentaro SHIBATA, Kazuhisa



A virtual reality experiment with multiple physiological responses (EEG, Hear Rate, Blood Pressure, EMG, Skin Conductance Resistance etc.) being recorded in front of the large 6 K monitor (165 inch).

Schematic experimental scene of the simultaneous brain activity measurement during interactive task.

A computer simulation of an automobile driver who loses abilities of risk aversions when continuously driving while supported by driving safety support systems.


A rat performing a decision-making task in the experimental apparatus

A student participates in a cognitive psychological experiment (measurement of eye movement)