MD and Ph.D., Professor, Nihon University
Born in 1954 in Saitama Prefecture, YOKOTA Masao studied animation in the Creative Image Courses in the Department of Cinema at College of Art, Nihon University. Upon graduation, he entered the Psychology Program of the Graduate School of Literature and Social Sciences, Nihon University and received a Master’s degree in 1979. He withdrew from the doctoral program of the same school having completed the coursework in 1982. Starting with a presentation at the 19th Convention of the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences titled “Animation ni okeru ugoki no shinrigakuteki kenkyu” (A Psychological Analysis of Motion in Animation), he has presented his research results on animation at the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, the Japan Society for Animation Studies, and the Society for Animation Studies. He has also published articles in academic journals. His animation-related activities include guest lecturer at I Castelli Animati, and acting as both a jury member and a lecturer at Puchon International Student Animation Festival (PISAF). He is a member of the board of the Japan Society for Animation Studies, an auditor of the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, and Executive Director of the Japanese Psychological Association. His major publications include Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives (University Press of Mississippi, 2013; co-editor and author), Animation no jiten (The Encyclopedia of Animation, Asakura Shoten, 2012; co-editor and author), Animation no rinsho shinrigaku (A Clinical Psychology of Animation, Seishin Shobo, 2006), Animation to life cycle no shinrigaku (A Psychology of Animation and Life Cycle, Rinsen Shoten, 2008), Nikkan animation no shinri bunseki: deai, majiwari, tojikomori (A Psychological Analysis of Japanese and Korean Animation: Encounter, Interaction, and Withdrawal from Society, Rinsen Shoten, 2009), Media kara yomitoku rinsho shinrigaku: manga, anime wo aishi, kenko na kokoro wo hagukumu (Clinical Psychology of the Media: How to Love Manga and Anime and Develop a Healthy Mind, Science-sha, 2016).