Nobuhiro Furuyama was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1967. He received a Mater degree in Human Science from Waseda University in 1993, and Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Chicago in 2001.
His research interest is to understand embodied nature of perception and action in practical and/or communicative action. To give you a flavor of what's going on in our lab, here's a few concrete examples of our research:
- Intra- and inter-personal inter-limb coordination of tapping movements:
The aim is to examine HKB model (after Haken, Kelso, and Bunz) and understand the phenomenon in terms of perception-action systems, the idea originally proposed by J.J. Gibson and developed further by people who followed Gibson's proposal.
- Microslips on gesture:
Microslips are action slips which are corrected before they become fatal error, a phenomenon originally discussed by the late Edward Reed for coffee making task.
- Gesture and discourse:
Reference can be very ambiguous due to subject drops, particle drops, etc. Here, we are looking at how repetitive use of gesture (called catchment) can help the speaker disambiguate reference. However, once a series of similar gestures are used for a particular referent(s), it can affect what to talk about, the choice usually thought to be made by the speaker's own free will.
- Gestures and home positions:
The boundary between gesture and home position is not always clear. This might be due to their definitions, because the definition of gesture refers to home position, while that of home position refers to gesture. We need to understand this not only for academic reasons, but also for meeting increasing demands of detecting gesture automatically.