SATO, Tatsuya, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology

Ritsumeikan University

Dr. Sato received a B.A. from the Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1985 and earned a Ph.D. from the Tohoku University in 2002. His dissertation is on history of psychology in Japan. He has been at Ritsumeikan University since 2001. He won the"Best Article Prize" of Japanese Association of Developmental Psychology(Sugawara et al., 1999). He is actively involved in JAQP: Japanese Association of Qualitative Psychology. He is an editorial board of Japanese Jounal of Personality (in Japanese), History of Psychology and Psychology Studies (in Japanese) , Japanese Journal of Law and Psychology (in Japanese) and The International Journal of Idiographic Science.

Current Teaching and Research

Dr. Sato's general interests are in the history, theory and methodology of psychology. He is also interested in social and cultural aspects of human development. Currently, his specific research topics include 1) acceptance and development of psychology in Japan, 2) developing a new methodology of cultural psychology, Trajectory and Equifinality Model(TEM), with Dr. Valsiner of Clark University in USA. TEM maps the individual histories of particular systems onto the wider general system of possible trajectories of arrival at the equifinality point. 3) Inter-cultural study on pocket money of Children in East-Asia with Dr. Wo of Beijing Normal University in China and Prof Kim of Daejin University in South Korea and many Asian scholars, 4) Forensic Psychology such as a wrongful eyewitness testimony. He is now interested in the history of psychology in wartime Japan and the ethnography of patients having chronic diseases.

Selected Publications(in English)
Tatsuya Sato, Hiroshi Namiki, Juko Ando and Giyoo Hatano. Japanese conception of and research on human intelligence. Sternberg (Ed.) "International Handbook of Intelligence". Chapter 10, (2004, Cambridge University Press), Pp.302-324.

Oh Seon-Ah, Pian Chengnan, Toshiya Yamamoto, Noboru Takahashi, Tatsuya Sato, Kazuko Takeo, Soonja,C. and Soonja,K. 2005 Money and the Life Worlds of Children in Korea; Examining the Phenomenon of Ogori(Treating) from Cultural Psychological Perspectives. The Bulletin of Maebashi Kokusai University, 5, 73-88.

TAKASUNA,M. and SATO,T. 2005 Felix Krueger and Ganzheitspsychologie in Japanese psychology. From Past to Future, 5, 17-23.

SATO,T. 2005 The History of Applied Psychology in Japan. The Rits Reports for Human Services,9,76-90.

SATO, Tatsuya and SATO, Takao 2005 The early 20th century: Shaping the discipline of psychology in Japan. Japanese Psychological Research, 47, 52-62.

Jaan Valsiner and Tatsuya Sato 2006 Historically Structured Sampling (HSS):How can psychology’s methodology become tuned in to the reality of the historical nature of cultural psychology? In Straub, Kolbl, Weidemann and Zielke(Eds.) "Pursuit of Meaning. Advances in Cultural and Cross-Cultural Psychology",Transcript Verlag, Pp.215-252.

Tatsuya Sato 2006 Development, Change or Transformation: How can psychology conceive and depict professional identify construction? European Journal of School Psychology, 4, 319-332.

Tatsuya Sato, Yuko Yasuda , Ayae Kido, Ayumu Arakawa, Hazime Mizoguchi and Jaan Valsiner 2007 Sampling Reconsidered: Idiographic Science and the Analyses of Personal Life Trajectories. In Valsiner, J. and Rosa, A. (Eds.) Cambridge Handbook of Socio-Cultural Psychology,Chapter 4, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, Pp.82-106.

Tatsuya Sato, Yoshiyuki Watanabe, Yasuhiro Omi 2007 Beyond Dichotomy - Toward creative syntheses on methodology of psychology. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 47, 50-59.

Selected Publications(in Japanese)

SUGAWARA, Masumi ; KITAMURA, Toshinori ; TODA, Mari, A. ; SHIMA, Satoru ; SATO, Tatsuya & MUKAI, Takayo 1999 Development of problem behavior : Middle-childhood. Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology ,10, 32-45. (Abstract in English).

SATO, Tatsuya (2002). Japanese Educational Psychology in the 21st century. The Annual Report of Educational Psychology in Japan, Vol.41, 139-156. (Abstract in English).

SATO, T. (2001). Motora Yuzero, ZEN Practice and "The Idea of Ego in Oriental Philosophy". History of Psychology and Psychology Studies, 3, 11-20.(Abstract in English).

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