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Shigeki Watanuki Last modified date:2017.11.17

Professor / Physiological Anthropology
Department of Human Science
Faculty of Design


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Homepage
http://www.design.kyushu-u.ac.jp/~ninkou/watanuki/index.html
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092-553-4543
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092-553-4543
Academic Degree
Ph.D.
Field of Specialization
Kansei Science・Physiological Anthropology
Outline Activities
The purpose of our study is to clarify the function of mind such as sensibility, impression, pleasantnesss, unpleasantness by physiological measures. Kansei is translated into Sensibility in English, Sinlichkeit in German. Sensibility, for one thing, is the sensitivity of feelings which animals also have, and it is also the sensitivity of emotion judged from various psychological value standards such as humanity, sense of beauty, race, society, and individuality.
It is thought that sensibility has been developed since the birth of vertebrates about 450 million years ago, but the reason represented in language is as new as about 5 million.
Modern society is said to be the era of human absence. One of the reasons seems to be because we have had a tendency to focus on reason and not placed the importance on sensibility.
Would it give human certain kind of natural selection when we take sensibility lightly and emphasize only on reason?
At our laboratory we research widely the characteristic of physiological resnponses : brain wave, autonomous nerve, incretion immunity system of various emotions associated with stimuli of the sense of sight, hearing, smell, touch, vibrate.
This fundamental research has lead to the development of various high function products with added-value.
Research
Research Interests
  • aa
    keyword : stress, endocrine, activity of immunity, closed space
    2014.04.
  • aa
    keyword : mitochondrial DNA, haplogroup, physiological responses
    2007.04.
  • Psychophysiological research on Human sensibility and Emotion
    keyword : Kansei Science, Sense, Emotion, Sensibility
    2005.04.
Current and Past Project
  • A study on the non-visual information processing in humans - Characteristics of the retinohypothalamic tract in rats Part 1 -
Academic Activities
Papers
1. Takayuki Nishimura, Takafumi Katsumura, Midori Motoi, Hiroki Oota, Shigeki Watanuki, Experimental evidence reveals the UCP1 genotype changes the oxygen consumption attributed to non-shivering thermogenesis in humans, Scientific Reports, 5570, 7, 2017.07.
Membership in Academic Society
  • Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology
  • Japan Ergonomics Society
  • The Anthropological Society of Nippon
  • Japanese Society for Physiological Psychology
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