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Jun UKITA, Professor

Cognitive psychology, Language, Memory

We wake up in the morning, change clothes, ride the train to the university, talk with our friends, read books… Such common daily activities are too natural, and we would probably never rethink how it is that we can do them. However, these all become possible due to the human cognitive capabilities, which have developed to an extremely high level. What sort of sophisticated mechanisms are hidden behind actions that appear at first glance to be so simple? The field of “cognitive psychology”, which is my specialty, attempts to clarify this by using a variety of empirical methods. Thoroughly observing again what appears to be natural and delving into it is actually very interesting. Through this type of endeavor, I wish instill a strong sense that “doing something easy is not easy; the activity of our human cognitive capabilities (brain) that perform this so easily is amazing!”