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Report on a presentation at the 81st Annual Convention of the Japanese Psychological Association
"Study on regulatory fit in Japan: Approaches to enhance motivation, performance, and values, suitable for each individual"

During the 81st Annual Convention of the Japanese Psychological Association held in Kurume City Plaza in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture from September 20 to 22, 2017, we held a symposium on our research activities at CRET. Dr. Aikawa served as the chairperson and four researchers—Ms. Toyama, Mr. Miwa, Ms. Tang, and I, Nagamine—gave presentations as topic providers.

 

Although it was cloudy during the convention, the weather was pleasant with a comfortable temperature, and it did not rain. A professor from Kurume University told me that the number of participants in this convention was very close to the highest record to date, maybe because the convention last year was held at the same time as an international conference. So, the venue was filled with energy, but at the same time, because some rooms were small, they could not accept all the audience who wished to attend.

 

As mentioned above, Dr. Aikawa, Ms. Toyama, Mr. Miwa, Ms. Tang, and I held a symposium entitled, "Study on regulatory fit in Japan: Approaches to enhance motivation, performance, and values, suitable for each individual." The appointed panelist was Prof. Hiroki Takehashi from Kansai University of Welfare Sciences, who has research experience in regulatory focus, and is now doing research on practical applications for teachers and schools.

 

At the symposium, Dr. Aikawa first described the outline of CRET’s organization and activities. Then, the four researchers presented topics: Ms. Toyama gave a conceptual explanation of regulatory fit and regulatory focus, as well as the impact of regulatory fit on performance. Mr. Miwa gave a presentation on the impact of regulatory fit on the performance of elementary school students and the development of scales for the assessment of the regulatory focus of elementary and junior high school students. Ms. Tang talked about the impact created by the combination of regulatory focus and categorical restriction on creative performance. Then, I gave a presentation on the impact of the combination of regulatory focus and information presentation on value.

 

In the discussions with Prof. Takehashi, he made suggestions mainly from the viewpoint of how we can utilize the outcome of our research for teachers and schools. More specifically, he asked us not only to consider how we can further improve our strengths, but also how to correct each of our weaknesses. He also asked us what we should do in particular to activate different regulatory focuses according to each situation. These issues have always been the topics of Team Toyama of Aikawa Lab. It was really beneficial for us that we could discuss the issues in the symposium. Furthermore, Prof. Takehashi offered comments on each of our researches, which gave us useful suggestions for our further research.

 

The symposium was held in the first session on the first day, which does not usually attract a large audience due to its timing (9:20–11:00). However, many participants showed their interest in the contents of the symposium and the venue was packed. We also could see that the audience was not limited to those from the academic field. While several well-known professors such as Prof. Kage from Keio University and Prof. Kusumi from Kyoto University participated in the symposium, we also welcomed many participants from companies. Because of such curiosity of the audience members, probably, many questions were raised during the Q&A session and after the symposium; thus, we were able to confirm again that many show their interest in Team Toyama’s research. Through this symposium, I believe we could enhance people’s recognition of organization of the CRET.

 

Thanks to the questions and suggestions from Prof. Takehashi and the audience in this symposium, we could see various challenges as well as the future outlook for our research. Referring to these, I would like to continue our research while raising its quality to produce an even more beneficial outcome.

 

"Study on regulatory fit in Japan: Approaches to enhance motivation, performance, and values, suitable for each individual"

 (Chairperson: Atsushi Aikawa, Topic providers:Miki Toyama, Shuhei Miwa, Li Tang,

and Masato Nagamine)

 

(Masato Nagamine, CRET Researcher)


Atsushi Aikawa

Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Ph.D. in Psychology

He took his current position after serving as a professor of Tokyo Gakugei University. He is a director of the Japanese Association of Educational Psychology, a regular director of the Japanese Society of Social Psychology, and a member of editorial board of the Japanese Journal of Social Psychology published by the Japanese Society of Social Psychology.

◆ Publications:
Skills for Getting Along with People: Psychology for Social Skills, New Edition, Saiensu-sha, 2009
Outlook on Modern Social Psychology 2: Communication and Personal Relations, Seishin Shobo, 2010
Illustrated Child’s Social Skills: 42 Methods to Gain Courage and Confidence in Relationships with Friends, Godo-shuppan, 2011, and others

Miki Toyama

CRET Researcher / Associate Professor of Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Hobbies: Ttraveling (to hot springs)

Research topic: I conduct research on how self-cognition influences motivation, performance, and mental health.
http://www.u.tsukuba.ac.jp/~toyama.miki.ga/index.html

Li Tang

CRET Researcher / Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Masato Nagamine

CRET Researcher / Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Shuhei Miwa

CRET Researcher / Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba

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This laboratory conducts research on test evaluation and analysis. We also perform joint research and exchange programs with overseas testing research institutes.







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This laboratory conducts research and development into testing approaches that measure communication skills, teamwork skills, and social skills, etc.

Dr. Atsushi Aikawa

Professor,
Faculty of Human Sciences,
University of Tsukuba
Ph.D. in Psychology

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This laboratory conducts research on the foundation of computer-based testing, and basic research on media and recognition, as well as applied and practical research
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Dr. Kanji Akahori

Professor Emeritus of
Tokyo Institute of
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