Division of Behavioral Development

Developing a wide range of analytical and problem-solving skills in behavioral development and adaptation

aging, behavioral development, adaptability, social science, natural science, interdisciplinary and comprehensive research

Advances in technology and the aging population are issues of the modern society that essentially relate to human behavior, and to address the issues, we need a greater understanding of the mechanisms and principles of how human behavior evolves as a person ages, and how a person adapts his or her behavior to society and the environment. Aiming for a broader viewpoint on actual human behavior from the perspective of the social and natural sciences, this course focuses on a number of fields, including gerontology, exercise gerontology, sociology, applied physiology, motor science, and behavioral adaptation. Students will develop the ability to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to matters related to human behavioral development and adaptation to the environment in old age.

The Behavioral Development Course includes four specific objectives for interdisciplinary, comprehensive learning: 1) developing a comprehensive understanding of human behavior ranging from physical mechanisms to social and cultural behavior; 2) developing the ability to analytically understand human behavior from the perspective of developmental theory, and from the perspective of society and culture; 3) developing methods to observe and explain human behavior from the perspective of natural science and social science; 4) developing a greater understanding of the relationship between human behavior and the environment. In order to help students achieve these objectives, the course adopts a scientific approach to development and adaptation related to the body, mind, and society; students learn how to identify issues and propose improvements on the basis of their ability to analytically explain each mechanism.

This course is ideal for graduate students who are eager to discover diverse issues faced by people in today’s society and for those who wish to tread further along the less explored paths of human behavior.


Name E-Mail/Personal Site Title Research Field/Research Interest
(長ヶ原 誠)
cmakoto [at] kobe-u.ac.jp
Professor Sport Promotion, Health Behavioral Sciences, Gerontology

Theoretical and demonstrated studies, and project evaluation research on health and sport promotion targeting the aging population.

HARADA Kazuhiro
(原田 和弘)
harada [at] harbor.kobe-u.ac.jp
Associate Professor Physical Activity and Health, Gerontology

Health benefits of physical activity, determinants of physical activity, intervention strategies to promote physical activity

(片桐 恵子)
katagiri_k [at] people.kobe-u.ac.jp
Professor Social psychology, social gerontology

My research topic covers broad themes on aging and aging society from a social psychological perspective: social participation, social relations and health behaviors of senior citizens, health status of the old-old, intergenerational exchange, etc. Some of these themes involve international and interdisciplinary research I adopt mixed methodology, which is a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

KONDO Narihiko
(近藤 徳彦)
kondo [at] kobe-u.ac.jp
Personal Site
Professor Applied Human Physiology

Physiological adaptation to environment and exercise

(増本 康平)
masumoto [at] people.kobe-u.ac.jp
Personal Site
Associate Professor Behavioral Adaptation, Experimental Psychology of Aging

We conduct research on cognitive aging and cognitive impairment (memory, attention, emotion, self-monitoring, etc.) by experimental psychological, neuropsychological, and brain imaging methods.

OKADA Shuichi
(岡田 修一)
shuokada [at] kobe-u.ac.jp
Professor Aging Kinesiology

Postural Control in older persons, Strategy for Fall Prevention