Professor Sakiko Yoshikawa – Memorial Retirement Lecture International Symposium, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University “The Three Faces of Psychological Science,” was held
On February 23rd, 2020, Prof. Sakiko Yoshikawa’s Memorial Retirement Lecture, the international symposium entitled “The Three Faces of Psychological Science”, was held at the Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall.
This international symposium featured the final lecture by Prof. Sakiko Yoshikawa, who served as the first director of Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University from 2007 to 2018. She specializes in cognitive psychology, where she has long studied the psychological functions that support face-to-face communication, for example, facial expression recognition. Through the operation and research activities at KRC, Prof. Yoshikawa keenly felt the need for close cooperation between basic research, interdisciplinary research, and application for practice based on research. From these experiences, she came up with the theme of this symposium.
On the day of the symposium, Prof. Toshio Kawai (Director, KRC) gave an opening address and Prof. Yukiko Uchida (KRC) introduced Prof. Yoshikawa’s career. After that, Prof. Yoshikawa began her lecture entitled “Face Processing and Communication: Psychological Science and its Application for Practice.”
The contents of the research she has conducted so far were introduced in an easily comprehensible manner; effects of wearing a mask on facial expression recognition, the influence of the facial expressions of other people on one’s preference, characteristics of the conversational style of the counselor and the client in counselling and body attunement of the two persons. She also looked back on her research life and talked about the importance of connecting the three: basic research, interdisciplinary research, and application for practice.
The next lecture was by Prof. Vicki Bruce (Psychology, Newcastle University, UK) who accepted Prof. Yoshikawa during her stay in England in 1989. Her lecture was entitled “A brief history of face processing research: From the psychology of eyewitness testimony to contemporary interdisciplinary developments,” and she talked about the development of facial perception research from a case of misjudgment on facial recognition in eyewitness testimony in court.
After a break, Prof. Yves Gineste (Director, Gineste-Marescotti Institute/Specially Appointed Professor, KRC) gave a lecture entitled “Humanitude, a philosophical light for the 3 faces.” He spoke from a practitioner’s point of view about care based on “communication with seeing, talking, touching” and the philosophy required for interdisciplinary research.
After the lectures, Prof. Juichi Yamagiwa（President, Kyoto University）and Prof. Shinsuke Shimojo (Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology/Specially Appointed Professor, KRC) joined in on the discussion with the lecturers. The three aspects (faces) of psychological science were discussed among them.
At the end of the symposium, Prof. Yoshinori Hiroi (Vice Director, KRC) summarized the contents of the symposium and expressed his gratitude to Prof. Yoshikawa.
Following the international symposium, a celebration gathering was held at the International Conference Hall. Prof. Emer. Hiroo Imura (the 22nd President, Kyoto University, Chairman, the Inamori Foundation) proposed a toast and vice-governor Shuichi Yamauchi (Kyoto Prefecture) gave a congratulatory address. Prof. Emer. Makoto Nagao (the 23rd President, Kyoto University), Prof. Emer. Hiroshi Matsumoto (the 25th President, Kyoto University, President, RIKEN, Japan), Mr. Noboru Maruyama (Executive Director, Uehiro Foundation), Prof. Yuichiro Anzai (Senior Advisor of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Mr. Haruaki Deguchi (President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University), and Prof. Emer. Kazuo Oike (the 24th President, Kyoto University, President, Kyoto University of the Arts) congratulated Prof. Yoshikawa one after another. The guests had a relaxing time with her and the lecturers (119 attendees).
〇 Message from Prof. Sakiko Yoshikawa
My memorial retirement lecture was held in a restless period just before people refrained voluntarily from activities and events due to the spread of novel coronavirus infections. However, I am grateful to many people for participating in the international symposium and celebration gathering.
I still have some extra copies of the book (“Kokoro no Mirai e (Toward the future of Kokoro)” edited by KRC) that was distributed on the day of the symposium. If you would like, please let us know your name and address below.
This book includes an introduction to my research, articles on my activities at KRC, and interviews with seven former presidents of Kyoto University (235 pages in total).
Application: Secretariat, Office of General Affairs, Kyoto University of the Arts
Email: hishoka*office.kyoto-art.ac.jp (Please change “*” to “@.”)
Since April 2020, I have been working on a new job as Vice-president of Kyoto University of the Arts, Director of Institute of Philosophy & Human Values, Kyoto University of the Arts, and Specially Appointed Professor at Field Science Education and Research Center, Kyoto University.
▽Date & Time: February 23 (Sun), 2020, 13:00-17:00 (doors open at 12:30)
▽Venue: Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall
13:00-13:05 Opening Remarks
Toshio Kawai（Director, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University）
13:05-13:55 Lecture① Face Processing and Communication: Psychological Science and its Application for Practice
Sakiko Yoshikawa（Program-Specific Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University）
13:55-14:35 Lecture② A brief history of face processing research: From the psychology of eyewitness testimony to contemporary interdisciplinary developments.
Vicki Bruce（Professor, Psychology, Newcastle University）
14:55-15:35 Lecture③ Humanitude, a philosophical light for the 3 faces
Yves Gineste（Director, Gineste-Marescotti Institute/Specially Appointed Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University）
15:35-16:55 General Discussion
Shinsuke Shimojo（Professor, Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology/ Specially Appointed Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University）, Juichi Yamagiwa（President, Kyoto University）, Vicki Bruce, Yves Gineste, Sakiko Yoshikawa
16:55-17:00 Closing Remarks
Yoshinori Hiroi（Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University）
Moderator Yukiko Uchida （Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University）