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Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences, Chiba University
Assistant Professor My research focuses on elucidating the physiological effects of the natural environment and natural stimuli on humans.
By measuring brain activity (using near-infrared spectroscopy to assess prefrontal cortex activity), autonomic nervous activity (evaluating parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous activity through heart rate variability), and endocrine activity (monitoring stress hormone concentration), we are accumulating scientific data on the physiological relaxation effects that nature brings.
Recent Topics of Interests:
1. Clarification of individual differences: There are individual differences in the physiological relaxation effects that nature brings. These individual differences have drawn attention as an issue that should be clarified in various fields, but research has not progressed significantly.
We are working towards understanding these individual differences by accumulating scientific evidence, including various approach methods.
2. Application to individuals with high stress: In previous research, the main focus has been on healthy individuals in their twenties. However, we are now advancing the investigation of the effects on individuals who experience high-stress levels in their daily lives, such as children with developmental disabilities and patients with depression.
Motto in Research or in Life: I try to see things from a broad perspective.
Hobby / Holiday: Nature walk with my daughter.
Faculty of Education, Chiba University
Assistant ProfessorTrees grow on relatively long scales, resulting in the expansion of the timber segment. To promote sustainable timber usage, it is essential to go beyond forest management and understand the types and diversity of timber. My research focuses on exploring the diversity of wood produced due to individual variations in trees and their growing environments.
Additionally, I am involved in developing and implementing educational materials that address these issues.
Recent Topics of Interests: Dynamic Rationality of Trees
Motto in Research or in Life:
While it’s important to ponder, it is equally crucial to try things firsthand. Being able to shift your mindset when your efforts don’t yield the desired outcome is also a valuable skill.
Hobby / Holiday: Camping, Outdoor Activities
I enjoy spending the majority of my time with my children.