A Special Issue on Interdisciplinary Research “Integrative Science of Human History: How Can Psychology, Archeology, Anthropology and Biology Work Together” Has Been Published in the International Journal Psychologia (Vol. 63, no. 2)
A special issue on interdisciplinary research “Integrative Science of Human History: How Can Psychology, Archeology, Anthropology and Biology Work Together” has been published in the international journal Psychologia (Vol. 63, no. 2), edited by Kokoro Research Center.
This special issue has guest editors, Dr. Jun Saiki (Professor, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University), a member of the editorial board of Psycologia, and Dr. Atsushi Iriki at RIKEN, a specially appointed professor of the Kokoro Research Center.
This special issue was published as a result of the research project “Integrative human historical science of Out-of-Eurasia: Exploring the mechanisms of the development of civilization” (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas; 2019–2023 [http://out-of-eurasia.jp/en/index.html]).
The editorial noted “Lately launched research project is trying to generate thorough collaborations among various academic fields of humanities and natural sciences, including archeology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, biology, genomics, among potential others. Through this integrative approach, its expectation is to understand the dynamical process of the creation of human civilizations over the history, in which human as a biological organism (comprised of genes, body, brain…) produced culture, while the man-made environment and social norms formed thereby became the uniquely human niche (environment of adaptation), and thereafter acclimation to the latter produced additional changes in the former human body and cognition resulting in further modification of environment… Therefore, archaeological, historical and modern civilizations created by humans should strongly reflect the cognitive traits that evolved specific to Homo sapiens at the times.
This special issue is a collection of articles to illustrate challenges of the project seeking how Psychology, Archeology, Anthropology and Biology, and other related disciplines, can work together to understand the scientific mechanisms of human history.”