Division of Clinical KANSEI-Expression

Attempting development of a new art–human interface

community, music/dance therapy, clinical musicology/dance, graphic science, perceptual psychology, visual and material culture

The values held by people in modern society are diverse, thus resulting in a huge shift in the cultural framework that has defined our lives thus far, producing a new relationship between society and people. While people’s expressive behavior takes on a variety of forms—from art to the way we conduct ourselves in daily life—to see this behavior as part of a sequence is a relatively recent perspective.

Expressive behavior such as singing, dancing, and creating art is a highly significant part of the lives of all people, and not just of professional artists. Such art can be developed into therapies, such as music therapy, dance therapy, and art therapy. They also offer potential areas of research and development of various expressive resources for design and an individual’s lifestyle, and each has great possibilities for evolving into art forms for future generations.

The concept of the Clinical and Sense Expression Course is entirely new, and differs from other art courses or genres by focusing on research and development of a new art–human interface. The course aims to research and develop music, dance, and other kinds of art therapy as well as design and media based on perception psychology. The course is also concerned with research, development, and creation of integral art forms involving multimedia, interactive art, and new areas of art education.


Name E-Mail/Personal Site Title Research Field/Research Interest
NONAKA Tetsushi
(野中 哲士)
tetsushi [at] people.kobe-u.ac.jp
Personal Site
Associate Professor Cognitive Science, Ecological Psychology

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.

(小髙 直樹)
odaka [at] kobe-u.ac.jp
Personal Site
Professor Kansei Science, Graphic Science, Cultural Studies

Processing of Vague Information in KANSEI Media
Analysis and Creation of FORMS

(岡崎 香奈)
kanaokaz [at] people.kobe-u.ac.jp
Associate Professor Music Therapy, Clinical Improvisation

As a music therapist, I have been practicing and researching the effect of music with developmentally delayed children/adults, people with senile dementia, stroke patients, children and adults with various psychiatric illnesses over 25 years. My main approach is to use clinical improvisation in these settings. The students who would like to seek the possibility of music and clinical improvisation within educational, medical and welfare settings, are openly very welcome. You will be guided through introduction of various theories and practices, as well as the actual case presentations and workshops. Effective research methods in order to meet individual needs for writing theses will be carefully investigated.

SEKI Noriko
(関 典子)
n-seki [at] pegasus.kobe-u.ac.jp
Personal Site
Associate Professor Creation and Research on Contemporary Dance

An investigation of contemporary dance's nature (such as present and communication) by feedback between performance and research.