|専門分野||My main field of research is intercultural communication. I have been doing research in country culture (USA/Japan), gender culture, and ability culture (健常者/障がい者). Now I am most interested in nonverbal communication--communication that does not use language, but rather is analogic, nonlinguistic, and processed mostly in the right hemisphere of the brain. Like respiration and circulation working together to maintain physical health, verbal and nonverbal strategies work together to create the interactions of humans in interpersonal communication situations.|
The first important step in this seminar is for students to become familiar with some of the basic research that has been done in the field of intercultural communication. E.T. Hall, often credited with founding the field of intercultural communication, said that culture is communication and communication is culture. Within the two themes of culture and communication, there is a possibility for students to choose almost any topic. During the spring semester, all students will basically work together, with third year students learning about the basics of the field, and fourth year students reviewing what they learned the previous year. Fourth year students will be paired with third year students to mentor them. In the fall semester, fourth year students will be actively engaged in administering and tabulating questionnaires, writing their thesis or project paper, and preparing and giving presentations on their topic. Third year students will be able to watch the progress of fourth year students and be active in giving feedback to fourth year students' questionnaires, preliminary writing, and final presentations.
Topics explored by seminar students in the past include:
Sports (American football, soccer, nonverbal communication)
Colors (uniform colors, cultural aspects of color perception)
Emotional Expression (smiling, anger, use of icons in love relationships)
Job Hunting (changes in students, gender differences, first impressions)
Language (multilingualism, why people study language, differences between USAmerican and British English)
Occult (ghosts, horror movies)
Disabiity (Asperger Syndrome, outsider art)
Nonverbal Communication (facial expression, gestures, fashion, interior decoration)
Multiculturalism (cultural marginals, third culture kids, culture shock)
Human and Animal Communication (dogs)
Family (parent and child relationships, marriage, divorce)
And many, many more topics. You can feel free to explore any topic that you are interested in. I will help you with ways of doing research and fitting the topic into the field of intercultural communication.