心理学会ミュージアム

Frequently Asked Questions about
the Online Psychology Museum

Question: Who is the host of this website?
Answer: This website is operated by the Museum Committee of the Japanese Psychological Association (JPA).
Question: What is the JPA?
Answer: The JPA was founded in 1927, and is the oldest psychological association in Japan amongst 45 academic societies, which belong to the Japanese Union of Psychological Associations. The JPA has approximately 8,000 members as of March 2016. Members mainly include researchers in public and private educational institutes. Please visit here for more information about the JPA, and see Nishikawa (2005) and Imada and Tanaka-Matsumi (2016) for the history of psychology in Japan.
Question: When did you start this Online Psychology Museum?
Answer: The JPA organized the Museum Committee in 2010, and the committee members launched this website in 2011.
Question: What do you offer on the Online Psychology Museum?
Answer: We have so far built five virtual "rooms." Here are three main activities:
  • Exhibit Room introduces the famous, influential, exciting, or socially important findings of psychology, using 15-20 pages long slides each, preferably with graphic illustrations. We are encouraging and inviting the members of the JPA to contribute to the exhibition.
  • History Hall collects the high-resolution digital images of the classical experimental apparatuses owned by Tohoku University, Kyoto University, Ritsumeikan University, Kwansei Gakuin University, and the University of Tokyo. We have thus far nearly three hundreds psychological instruments in the areas of perceptual, physiological, learning, clinical, and vocational psychology, etc.
  • Link Mall lists the external Japanese websites, which efficiently illustrate psychological method and phenomena (e.g., statistics, experimental tools, visual and auditory illusions).
Note. These contents are available only in Japanese at this point.
Question: Are there any “actual” museum activities?
Answer: We also conduct real-world exhibiting activities in the existing science museums. The photos show the onsite illustrations of the rubber hand illusion and the mere exposure effect at the 2015 Science Festival of the Shizuoka Science Museum, Rukuru.
Question: What is your mission?
Answer: Our mission is to disseminate psychological knowledge to the public especially since the JPA was approved as a Public Interest Incorporated Association in 2011. Through these online and onsite activities, we are hoping to arouse and keep the interest of a wide range of people, to promote psychological research, and to contribute to the well-being of people and society.
Question: Who is the girl character?

Hi, I am a witch girl, Saiko. They call me “Saiko-chan” in Japan. I don’t know my age, but perhaps thirteen or so in human years. I am learning psychology to become a full-fledged witch, because we want to know more about human mind to become friends and live happily with the human race.

References
Japanese Psychological Association. (2012). About JPA. Retrieved from http://www.psych.or.jp/english/about_us.html
Nishikawa, Y. (2005). An overview of the history of psychology in Japan and the background to the development of the Japanese Psychological Association. Japanese Psychological Research, 47, 63-72.

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Genji Sugamura, Ph.D.
The Members of Museum Committee
Japanese Psychological Association

Email: jpa@psych.or.jp
Physical Address:
Japanese Psychological Association
5-23-13 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo, 113-0033 Japan

Last Updated: May 16, 2016