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 Health Sciences of Mind and Body Research Center 

Play the role of the center of development at “Health Sciences of Mind and Body” and “Human Arts and Sciences,” corresponding to interdisciplinary areas of academic research.

Our research center conducts studies on how changes or

stimulations of environmental factors influence the mind, body, and

behavior through the brain, autonomic nerves, and motor nerve.

The research center conducts advanced studies on “Health Sciences of Mind and Body” and “Human Arts and Sciences.” It is an important center for the development of the academic discipline of “Health Sciences of Mind and Body” and sciences of mind-body correlation, sharing information domestically and overseas through each of the societies.

To elucidate mind-body correlation scientifically using experimental research, we cooperate with the graduate school and conduct joint research with Japan’s Society of Health Sciences of Mind and Body.

Furthermore, we conduct the field study of regions, schools, and working places actively to expand areas of research of“ Health Sciences of Mind and Body.”

Create a new
knowledge about
the organic
correlation of
mind and body.

Director of Health Science of Mind and Body, Human Arts and Sciences Research Center (HASREC)

Takeshi Kusumi

Scientific research to elucidate the mind-body correlation

A main research topic is to understand the human stress response.

We apply a stress stimulus (pain, irritants, mental tasks, or load of

gravity, etc.) to a living subject (a person) and investigate responses

mediated by their autonomic nervous system, such as heart rate,

blood pressure, skin blood flow, perspiration and so on. We also

measure and analysis excitability changes to the spinal cord,s motor

neurons. This enables us to observe the subject,s biological response

to the application of stress stimuli.

Also, we pay close attention to the central nervous system, as

it integrates the subject,s range of stress responses, and also to brain functioning. In the stressful conditions we experience in our daily lives, there is not only a close connection between stress and negative emotions, such as feelings of anxiety or discomfort, but also with positive mental activities, such as when we feel a sense of ease or achievement. At our research institute, we use non-invasive brain function imaging techniques function imaging in order to clarify what brain activities are taking place when a subject is experiencing stress stimuli and altered mental states. Further, we are continuing to investigate and verify what effects physical reactions mediated by the autonomic nervous system and related nerves have on the mind, including on emotions, cognition, and decision making.

We are carrying out a variety of research on the mind-body relationship

A typical example of research involving observing a subjects response to a stressor