History and Purpose
The Indo Taro Prize was established in 2010 and is awarded biennially, in memory of Dr. Taro Indo, professor emeritus of Keio University and prominent mathematical psychologist.
He had taught at Keio for long years and then moved to University of California, Irvine. After his death in 2007, our department established this prize for utilizing funds donated by his family in pursuance of his intention. This prize is aimed to encourage young researchers in psychology and related fields, with praising achievements of Dr. Indo.
For deciding the winner, preparatory committee of the prize requests four academic societies closely related to his work (Color Science Association of Japan, Behaviormetric Society of Japan, Japanese Psychonomic Society, and Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology) and our department for nominating a candidate.
Information about each winner is at the time.
Yoko Mizokami (Chiba University)
Her main research theme is about interactions between vision and visual environment, especially studies relating measurements of color distributions in the circunstances and evaluated visual properties in psychological experiments. These achievements are expected to contribute toward technologies for developing images and environments appropriate for human characteristics.
Nominator: The Color Science Association of Japan
Takahiro Hoshino (Nagoya University)
He is an enthusiastic researcher in psychometrics and statistics, and also applying the knowledge to fields of marketing science and behavioral economics. His methodological studies on factor analysis models, item response theory, selection bias and discrete choice models are widely noticed by many researchers in the world.
Nominator: The Behaviormetric Society of Japan
Jun-ichiro Kawahara (Chukyo University)
He specializes in psychonomics and cognitive behavior science, and also applies the knowledge to industrial situations. Using behavioral and biochemistric experiments, he has studied attention, memory, face recognition, attractiveness evaluation, and stress. Especially, his studies using unique methods which demonstrate gaps between meta-attention and actual attentional ability have drawn attention of many researchers.
Nominator: The Japanese Psychonomic Society
Hidehito Honda (Tokyo University)
He has studied cognitive processes of human judgment, inference and decision making with psychological methodology. His prominent achievements in theoretical and empirical studies using behavioral experiments and cognitive modelling approaches promise that he will play an active role in future research of higher cognition.
Nominator: The Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology
Yutaka Kosaki (Waseda University)
Dr. Kosaki has carried out influential works in the research field of animal behavioural processes based on associative learning theory. He has succeeded in integrative understanding of behavioural and neural mechanisms underpinning decision making and spatial cognition / navigation. He has now expanded his learning-theory-based research to social cognition and drug abuse by using gene-manipulated animals and pharmacological techniques.
Nominator: Department of Psychology, Keio University