Tetsushi Nonaka

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Name
Tetsushi Nonaka
URL
http://www2.kobe-u.ac.jp/~tnonaka/
Affiliation
Kobe University
Job title
Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D(The University of Tokyo)
Research funding number
20520133

Profile

I study how we fit into the substructures of the environment in our various ways, and how we are formed by the world we live in. Major research interests in processes of formation of action‐environment linkage, flexibility of behavior, and the act of tool use in humans and animals from perceptual, developmental, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives. Current theoretical focus on the links between environmental perception and skilled practice, and on the nature of information medium for somatic logic found in animal-environment systems. Empirical research mainly with children, patients undergoing rehabilitation, experienced craftsmen, and artists.

Research Areas

 
 

Academic & Professional Experience

 
Apr 2014
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Today
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University
 
Mar 2016
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Mar 2017
Visiting Scholar, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University
 
Apr 2012
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Mar 2014
Associate Professor, Kibi International University, Research Institute of Health and Welfare
 
2010
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2012
Post Doctoral Researcher, Research Institute for Health and Welfare, Kibi International University
 
2008
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2009
The European Commission Sixth Framework Program on Research, Technological Development and Demonstration, n° 29065, HANDTOMOUTH Researcher
 
2008
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2009
Researcher, Groupe de Recherche Apprentissage et Contexte, École des École des Hautes Études en Sciences Socialesautes Études en Sciences Sociales
 
 
   
 
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/handtomouth
 
 
   
 
http://grac.ehess.fr/
 

Education

 
 
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2008
Interdisciplinary Information Studies, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo
 
 
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1996
Philosophy and Religion, Faculty of Letters, The University of Tokyo
 
 
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1996
Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo
 

Committee Memberships

 
Jan 2016
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Today
Ecological Psychology  Editorial Board
 
Nov 2012
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Today
The Japanese Society for Ecological Psychology  Board of Directors
 
Nov 2012
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Today
Journal of Ecological Psychology  Editorial Board
 

Awards & Honors

 
Feb 2018
JSPS Prize, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
 
Research on Flexible Action Control in Body-Environment System
Sep 2013
The Nakayama Encouragement Award, Nakayama Foundation for Human Science
 
Structure of variability exhibited by flexible action
Nov 2009
Academic Film Expo 2009 Academic Film Competition Award, Kyoto University Museum
 
University of Tokyo Akachan Project (led by Masato Sasaki)

Published Papers

 
Nonaka, T., & Goldfield, E. C.
Ecological Psychology      Mar 2018   [Refereed]
This study provides a detailed description of the process of the emergence of the utensil-using skill of infants to control encounters with food and mother-infant joint action that surrounds the emergence of this context-specific skill. Longitudin...
Tetsushi Nonaka
Developmental Psychobiology   59(6) 749-766   Sep 2017   [Refereed]
The aim of the present study was to examine how the social norms shared in a classroom environment influence the development of movement dynamics of handwriting of children who participate in the environment. To look into this issue, the following...
Nonaka, T & Bril, B
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance   40(1) 218-231   Apr 2014   [Refereed]
Dexterous behavior exhibits exquisite context sensitivity, implying the efficacy of exploration to detect the task-relevant information. Inspired by the recent finding that fractal scaling of exploratory movements predicts how well the movements s...
Tetsushi Nonaka
Ecological Psychology   25(2) 131-154   May 2013   [Refereed]
The present study examined the movement coordination in an exceptional tetraplegic individual, who has practiced Japanese calligraphy with a mouth-held brush for over 25 years to reach master level. In the experiment, the calligrapher wrote the sa...
Nonaka Tetsushi, Bril Blandine
HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE   31(1) 55-77   Feb 2012   [Refereed]
In human manual activities, the two hands are often engaged in differentiated roles while cooperating with each other to produce an integrated outcome. Using recurrence methods, we studied the asymmetric bimanual action involved in stone bead prod...
Bril Blandine, Smaers Jeroen, Steele James, Rein Robert, Nonaka Tetsushi, Dietrich Gilles, Biryukova Elena, Hirata Satoshi, Roux Valentine
PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES   367(1585) 59-74   Jan 2012   [Refereed]
Various authors have suggested behavioural similarities between tool use in early hominins and chimpanzee nut cracking, where nut cracking miåght be interpreted as a precursor of more complex stone flaking. In this paper, we bring together and rev...
Tetsushi Nonaka
Behavioral and Brain Sciences   35(4) 233-234   2012   [Refereed]
In his attempt to find cognitive traits that set humans apart from nonhuman primates with respect to tool use, Vaesen overlooks the primacy of the environment toward the use of which behavior evolves. The occurrence of a particular behavior is a re...
Nonaka, T., Bril, B., & Rein, R
Journal of Human Evolution   59(2) 155-167   Aug 2010   [Refereed]
The aim of the current study was to provide detailed data on the skill at controlling conchoidal fracture, data that may be used to help infer the processes responsible for generating the technological diversity observed in Early Stone Age sites. ...
Bril, B., Rein, R., Nonaka, T., Wenban-Smith, F., & Dietrich, G
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance   36(4) 825-839   Aug 2010   [Refereed]
Tool use can be considered a particularly useful model to understand the nature of functional actions. In 3 experiments, tool-use actions typified by stone knapping were investigated. Participants had to detach stone flakes from a flint core throu...
吉田一平, 吉田一平, 美馬寛子, 野中哲士, 小林隆司, 平尾一樹
作業療法   35(2) 113‐122   Apr 2016
吉田 一平, 平尾 一樹, 小林 隆司, 野中 哲士
作業療法ジャーナル   50(11) 1239-1246   Oct 2016
野中哲士
臨床歩行分析研究会誌   1(1) 9‐17   Oct 2014
Ferrufino Lena, Bril Blandine, Dietrich Gilles, Nonaka Tetsushi, Coubard Olivier A.
FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE   5    Dec 2011   [Refereed]
As society ages and the frequency of falls increases, counteracting gait and posture decline is a challenging issue for countries of the developed world. Previous studies have shown that exercise and hazard management help to improve balance and/o...
Nonaka, T. & Sasaki, M
Ecological Psychology   21(2) 155-183   May 2009   [Refereed]
Using the Akachan Movie Database (Sasaki et al., 2006), a movie database of infants' niches, this article considers the issue of what is around the development of action in early childhood and its implications on behavioral flexibility and nesting...
Sasaki, M., & Nonaka, T.
Ecological Psychology   28(2) 78-107   May 2016   [Refereed]
The process of self-righting to recover the orientation to the ground was observed in Japanese beetles. Video observation of self-righting processes in an indoor environment suggested that the properties of the environment that afforded self-right...
Rein, R., Bril, B., & Nonaka, T.
American Journal of Physical Anthropology   150(4) 539-550   Jan 2013   [Refereed]
Stone tool-use and manufacture is seen as an important skill during the evolution of our species and recently there has been increased interest in the understanding of perceptual-motor abilities underlying this skill. This study provides further i...
Rein, R., Nonaka, T., & Bril, B
PloS One   9(11) e113567   2014   [Refereed]
The earliest direct evidence for tool-use by our ancestors are 2.6 million year old stone tools from Africa. These earliest artifacts show that, already, early hominins had developed the required advanced movement skills and cognitive capacities t...
Yoshida, I., Mima, H., Nonaka, T., Kobayashi, R., & Hirao, K
American Journal of Occupational Therapy   72    Dec 2017   [Refereed]
OBJECTIVE. We sought to investigate whether occupational therapy that includes adjusting the challenge–skill balance improves health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for older adults in comparison with standard occupational therapy.
METHOD. In this...
Hiragami, F., Nonaka, T., Saitoh, K., & Suzuki, Y.
Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation      2015   [Refereed]
The objectives of the present study were to assess the complexity and multidimensionality of rehabilitation needs of very old stroke patients aged ≥ 80 years and report how rehabilitation interventions are customized to meet the complex needs of p...
Coubard, O. A., Ferrufino, L., Nonaka, T., Zelada, O., Bril, B., & Dietrich, G.
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience   6(17) 1-12   Feb 2014   [Refereed]
Understanding the human aging of postural control and how physical or motor activity improves balance and gait is challenging for both clinicians and researchers. Previous studies have evidenced that physical and sporting activity focusing on card...
Tetsushi Nonaka
Shisou   (1066) 346-365   Jan 2013   [Invited]
Tetsushi Nonaka
UP   3月号    Mar 2013   [Invited]
Tetsushi Nonaka
Journal of Ecological Psychology   6(1) 51-54   Mar 2013   [Refereed][Invited]
Sasaki, M., Nonaka, T., Someya, M., & Hosoda, N.
Journal of Ecological Psychology   6(1) 5-48   Mar 2013   [Invited]
Nonaka, T
Shisou   1054 64-81   Jan 2012   [Invited]
Tetsushi Nonaka, Miho Nishizaki, Masato Sasaki
Cognitive Studies   17(4) 691-712   2010   [Refereed]
The picture-production process by the painter is not easily studied. By obtaining
data about painters at work, this study explores the issues of how the acts of visual
exploration and trace-making manipulation are organized into a coherent act, ...
Tetsushi Nonaka
The Japanese journal of developmental psychology   20(2) 112-124   2009   [Refereed]
Using video clips collected for a video encyclopedia of infancy (Sasaki, 2008), a case study was conducted on the changing processes of a toddler's behavior. Naturalistic observations were conducted of the child gathering toy blocks in a container...
たのしいからだ: 地上環境の身体論(第7回)天使主義的虚偽
Tetsushi Nonaka
Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychology   17(3) 381-390   May 2017   [Invited]
たのしいからだ: 地上環境の身体論(第6回)食べるからだ
Tetsushi Nonaka
Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychology   17(2) 241-247   Mar 2017   [Invited]
Tetsushi Nonaka
Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychology   17(1) 121-127   Jan 2017   [Invited]
Tetsushi Nonaka
Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychology   16(6) 744-749   Nov 2016   [Invited]
Tetsushi Nonaka
臨床心理学   16(5) 617-623   Sep 2016   [Invited]
Tetsushi Nonaka
Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychology   16(4) 491-498   Jul 2016   [Invited]
Tetsushi Nonaka
Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychology   16(3) 361-367   May 2016   [Invited]
Nonaka Tetsushi
Journal of ecological psychology   1(1) 169-181   2004   [Refereed]
Creative process involved in drawing: role of visual perception in changes of posture
Nishizaki, M., Nonaka, T., & Sasaki, M
Japanese Journal of Qualitative Psychology   10 64-78   2011   [Refereed]
Shaw Robert E., Kinsella-Shaw Jeffrey, Nonaka Tetsushi(Translation).
Journal of ecological psychology   3(1) 3-19   2008
Ingold, T., Nonaka, T.(Translation)
Shisou   1044 187-206
Ecology of action development
Tetsushi Nonaka
Journal of KIBI International University Research Institute of Health and Welfare   14 13-20   2013
Kibi International University Work Sharing Project: University's contribution to the local community through increasing access to employment for people with mental health problems
Minato, M., Yabuwaki, K., Iwata, M., Mimura, M., Nonaka, T., & Hashimoto, K. K.
Journal of KIBI International University Research Institute of Health and Welfare   14 27-32   2013
Motor variability but task specificity: The case of a C4 Quadriplegic mouth calligrapher
Tetsushi Nonaka
Journal of KIBI International University Research Institute of Health and Welfare   13 15-20   2012
Exploratory study on individual rehabilitation needs after a stroke: A patient care perspective
Hiragami, F., Nonaka, T., Saito, K., & Suzuki, Y.
Journal of KIBI International University Research Institue of Health and Welfare   13 21-26   2012
On flexibility of action and its implications for clinical rehabilitation
Nonaka, T
Journal of KIBI International University Research Institute of Health and Welfare   12 37-40   2011
Dynamics of Asymmetric bimanual coordination in dexterous tool-use
Nonaka, T. & Bril, B
Journal of KIBI International University Research Institute of Health and Welfare   12 33-36   2011
How can we develop students into professionals? -Pedagogical challenges at School of Health Science and Social Welfare, Kibi International University-
Hiragami, F., Nonaka, T., Yokoi, T., & Saito, K
Journal of KIBI International University Research Institute of Health and Welfare   12 21-26   2011

Books etc

 
Perception as Information Detection: Reflections on Gibson's Ecological Approach to Visual Perception
Tetsushi Nonaka (Part:Contributor, The Triad of Medium, Substances, and Surfaces for the Theory of Further Scrutiny)
Taylor & Francis   Aug 2019   ISBN:978-0367312961
This book provides a chapter-by-chapter update to and reflection on the landmark volume by J. J. Gibson, The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception (1979/2015). Gibson’s book was presented as a pioneering approach in experimental psychology; it ...
Gutai no Chinou
Tetsushi Nonaka
Jul 2016   ISBN:4760893903
Body and Affordances
Someya, M., Hosoda, N., Nonaka, T., & Sasaki, M (Part:Joint Work)
Apr 2018   ISBN:476089392X
質的研究法マッピング
Tetsushi Nonaka (Part:Contributor, Ecological Approach)
Sep 2019   ISBN:978-4788516472
The Body: Encountering the Environment
佐々木正人, 丸山慎, 山崎寛恵, 青山慶, 工藤和俊, 三嶋博之, 池上高志, 野中哲士, 宮原克典, 伊藤邦武, 染谷昌義 (Part:Contributor, Ch7. The Resources for Change)
The University of Tokyo Press   Jun 2013   ISBN:4130141317
Affordances for Infant Development: Akachan Movie Database
Tetsushi Nonaka (Part:Contributor, Chapter 2 Section 2 What is around when actions develop in early childhood?)
Tokyo: Shougakukan   Nov 2008   ISBN:4098373750
Specificity of postural sway to the demands of a precision task in patients recovering from stroke. In T. Davis, P. Passos, M. Dicks, & J. Weast-Knapp. (Eds.), Studies in perception and action XII
Hiragami, S., Nonaka, T., & Suzuki, Y. (Part:Contributor, pp.124-128)
New York: Taylor & Francis   Jul 2013   ISBN:978-1-84872-525-6
Dynamics of Asymmetric Bimanual Coordination in Dexterous Tool-use. In E. Charles & L. J. Smart. (Eds.), Studies in perception and action XI
Nonaka, T., & Bril, B. (Part:Contributor, pp.224-229)
New York: Taylor & Francis   2011   
Functional tuning of action to task constraints in tool-use: The case of stone knapping. In Wagman J. B., & Pagano, C. C. (Eds.), Studies in perception and action X
Bril, B., Rein, R., & Nonaka, T. (Part:Contributor, pp.5-10)
New York: Taylor & Francis   2009   ISBN:978-1-84872-880-6
Dynamics of the Act of Drawing from Life. In Cummins-Sebree, S., Riley, M. A., & Shockley, K. (Eds.), Studies in perception and action IX
Nonaka, T., Nishizaki, M., & Sasaki, M. (Part:Contributor, pp.41-45)
New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates   2007   ISBN:978-0-8058-6357-4

Conference Activities & Talks

 
Regulation of gait in getting on an escalator
Ohtagaki Ayumi, Nonaka Tetsushi
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY   Jul 2016   
Symposium on the Perceptual Basis of Aperture Passability Judgment
Furuyama Nobuhiro, Mishima Hiroyuki, Maruyama Shin, Nonaka Tetsushi
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY   Jul 2016   
小谷俊輔, 野中哲士
日本認知科学会大会発表論文集(CD-ROM)   2015   
太田垣歩, 野中哲士
日本認知科学会大会発表論文集(CD-ROM)   2015   
吉田一平, 美馬寛子, 野中哲士, 平尾一樹, 小林隆司
日本作業療法学会抄録集(CD-ROM)   Jun 2015   
港美雪, 籔脇健司, 岩田美幸, 野中哲士, 橋本久美子
日本作業療法学会抄録集(CD-ROM)   Jun 2014   
平上尚吾, 野中哲士, 鈴木康夫
日本作業療法学会抄録集(CD-ROM)   Jun 2014   
阿南雅也, 新小田幸一, 高橋真, 谷本研二, 服部宏香, 脇本祥夫, 井原拓哉, 木藤伸宏, 野中哲士
日本理学療法学術大会(Web)   May 2014   
吉田一平, 野中哲士, 平尾一樹, 小林隆司
日本作業療法学会抄録集(CD-ROM)   Jun 2014   
Nonaka, T., & Maeshima, H.
17th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2013   
Nonaka, T., & Bril, B.
17th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2013   
Maeshima, H., & Nonaka, T.
17th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2013   
Hiragami, S., Nonaka, T., & Suzuki, Y.
17th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2013   
Hiragami, S., Nonaka, T., & Suzuki, Y.
2nd Joint World Congress of ISPGR / Gait & Mental Function   Jun 2013   
Tetsushi Nonaka
4th Japanese Workshop on Ecological Psychology   Jul 2012   
Development of vicarious skills in rehabilitation: the case of C4 tetraplegic mouth calligrapher
Tetsushi Nonaka
23rd Annual Meeting of Japanese Society of Developmental Psychology   Mar 2012   
Tetsushi Nonaka
The SKILLS Conference   Dec 2011   
Tetsushi Nonaka
16th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2011   
Nonaka, T., & Bril, B.
16th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2011   
Tetsushi Nonaka
5th Verbal / Non-verbal Communication Workshop   Mar 2011   IEICE Verbal/Non-Verbal communication
Rein, R., Nonaka, T., & Bril, B.
4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies   Jul 2010   
野中哲士, BRIL Blandine, REIN Robert
日本認知科学会大会発表論文集(CD-ROM)   2010   
Nonaka, T., Bril, B., & Rein, R.
15th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2009   
Bril, B., Rein, R., & Nonaka, T.
15th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2009   
Tetsushi Nonaka
The 19th Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Developmental Psychology   Mar 2008   
Nested Affordances
Thomas A. Stoffregen & Tetsushi Nonaka
14th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2007   
Squatting as a Flexible Posture to Adapt to Environmental Surface Layout
Roussel, D., Bril, B., & Nonaka, T.
14th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2007   
Akachan Movie Database and its Ramifications – On Nesting of Actions and Affordances –
Sasaki, M., & Nonaka, T.
14th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2007   
Dynamics of the Act of Drawing from Life
Nonaka, T., Nishizaki, M., & Sasaki, M.
14th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2007   
野中哲士, 西崎実穂, 佐々木正人
日本認知科学会大会発表論文集   2007   
An Observational Study of a Toddler’s Clean up Tasks
Nonaka, T., & Sasaki, M.
13th International Conference on Perception and Action   Jul 2005   
Modification of the layout of detached objects and acquisition of flexibility in postural control
The 2nd Annual Conference of Japanese Association of Qualitative Psychology   2005   
Nonlinear Analysis of Meaningful Behavior: Dynamics of the Act of Drawing from Life
24nd Annual Conference of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society   2007   
On Actions that Modify the Surface Layout of the Environment
22nd Annual Conference of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society   2005   

Teaching Experience

 
 

Research Grants & Projects

 
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Jul 2018 - Mar 2022    Investigator(s): Tetsushi Nonaka
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2021    Investigator(s): Tetsushi Nonaka
Project Year: Oct 2015 - Mar 2017    Investigator(s): Tetsushi Nonaka
Organization of exploratory movement as active sensing systems
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Science Research
Project Year: Apr 2013 - Mar 2016    Investigator(s): Tetsushi Nonaka
A comparative experimental study on human tool-use
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Bilateral Joint Research Projects PHC SAKURA 2013
Project Year: Apr 2013 - Mar 2014    Investigator(s): Tetsushi Nonaka, Blandine Bril