Division of Department of Integrated Human Sciences Department of Psychology

We use various scientific methods to describe and explain the mechanisms of the human mind

Psychology is a discipline concerned with the scientific study of the human mind. Some of you might think that a psychologist can read people’s minds without much effort. The truth is, however, somewhat different. The goal of psychology is to reveal the mechanisms of the human mind. A psychologist does not arrive at a conclusion after much silent contemplation — instead, he or she has to find answers by collecting and scientifically analyzing data. This is the overall methodology of our discipline.
There are various methods of collecting data. Sometimes we register the brain activity of our subjects using cutting-edge measuring equipment. In other cases we travel as far as South America to directly observe and record the lives of local people. Experiments, surveys, interviews, observation – students of the Department of Psychology do not simply attend lectures. Instead they practice and master actual research methods through courses like “Basic Experiments in Psychology” and “Research Methods in Psychology”. They learn about reaction time, fieldwork basics, polygraph implementation, and other specialized matters. This first encounter with real psychological studies must fill them with bewilderment and fresh interest towards the discipline. Ultimately students use these techniques while writing their graduation theses, and thus complete their four-year education.

Message from Senior


3rd grade, Humanities and Social Sciences
High school : Shizuoka Prefectural Shizuoka

Recommended book : Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (trans. by Ikeda Kayoko)
Reason : Even though Viktor Frankl writes about his own experiences as a concentration camp inmate, dispassionate observation allows him to analyze the psychology of the inmates and their guardians from an objective point of view. This masterpiece reflects the brilliance of the author who retained a cool head even in the midst of human suffering.

Highlights of the Faculty of Arts and Letters

Many of you probably associate the word “psychology” with psychological tests or counseling. But those are just one facet of the discipline. Psychology studied at university addresses broader themes, asking how people feel, think, and move. Furthermore, it boasts a wide range of research methods, from observation to experimentation. When you start the psychology course, you should be prepared for a multitude of stimulating discoveries that will overturn the image of psychology you have had so far. Natural sciences are making tremendous progress these days, and yet we still cannot see or touch the “human heart”. Would you like to study that elusive object with us?

To everyone aiming for the Faculty of Arts and Letters

Tracing the historical development of psychology, we can see how it has aimed to become more scientific. This goal can be achieved by adopting the approach of natural sciences, such as biology. But psychology is also a discipline that has made great discoveries studying historical tragedies and social problems. In this sense, it can use the humanities’ approach. In other words, it is beneficial for a psychologist to keep a broad multidisciplinary perspective. I advise everyone interested in psychology to learn more about various fields and disciplines and to cultivate knowledge about a wide variety of topics.