Developmental Science

Developmental Science

The understanding of how humans develop has varied over time, depending largely on the state of science, philosophy, and the society of a given time. In particular, the rapidly developing field of scientific research has had a significant influence on our understanding of the phenomena of life. Starting with embryonic and fetal stages, people have asked under what principles the body and brain constituted? How does this lead to the development of behavior, cognition, and the mind? How do the macro phenomena of generation and development associate with the more micro levels of molecules and cells? How do infants’ and toddlers’ bodies and brain develop in the complex physical, chemical, and social environment? What mechanisms are there to explain language acquisition and learning? As seen above, there are still many missing pieces regarding the principles of human development. Research on human development is an all-out war of knowledge, and is expected to develop by involving every academic discipline.

 

This department aims first to reveal how the fundamental activities of human beings, such as sleeping, eating, and playing, are initiated within the development process via interactions with the environment. The department further seeks to discover how the maintenance and development of these fundamental activities constructs the foundation of healthy growth. To achieve these objectives, we will pioneer measurement methods and analysis/modeling methods with new technologies regarding the behavioral physiological data measurement of infants’ and toddlers’ bodies and brains. In doing so, we will construct a methodology to trace the individual development processes not only in controlled environments such as laboratories, but also in real environments. Through these studies, we will explore the direction of development research in the modern era, and create new concepts and perspectives on human development.