川端 雅人 教授
The second key research area I am established in is Positive Psychology. As an educator, I am interested in how practitioners (e.g., educators, coaches, health promoters) can assist and motivate others in developing a growth-oriented mindset. This mindset motivates individuals to accept new challenges proactively and to learn skills to perform well so that they can thrive on living and better exploit their potential. Situations in which individuals are acting with focused and intense involvement is called ‘flow’ or active engagement. I am a leading researcher on flow (active engagement). Well-being and flow are central concepts of positive psychology. I use physical activity (e.g., sport and exercise) as a vehicle for fostering the principles of personal growth across the lifespan.
The 8th International Self-Determination Theory Conference, Orlando, Florida, USA, 2023
The book I translated into Japanese while I was a PhD candidate at University of Queensland, Australia
Under my guidance, 9 student-related projects were published in peer-reviewed journals. Of nine papers, seven papers below were published in Q1 journals (top 25% journals). Moreover, two papers on PE-related topics (Ashley & Kawabata, 2023; Lye & Kawabata, 2022) were published in Top 10% journals in Education. One of them (Ashley & Kawabata, 2023) is the paper from a PhD student’s project I supervised. The article was featured by an online magazine. The other (Lye & Kawabata, 2022) is from an undergraduate student’s research project. I supervised her for the Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) at NTU. She was the recipient of URECA Award in 2020. Two other papers (Kawabata & Chua, 2021; Kawabata et al. 2021) were also based on the data collected through undergraduate students’ FYPs. These publications in Q1 journals indicate that under my supervision, students are able to develop and acquire critical thinking, knowledge, and skills to produce high-quality research outputs.
*Lye C. M., & Kawabata, M. (2022). Perception of boredom in physical education lessons: What factors are associated with students’ boredom experiences? Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 41, 710–719.
Kawabata, M., & *Chua, K. L. (2021). A multiple mediation analysis of the association between asynchronous use of music and running performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 39, 131-137.
Kawabata, M., Gan, S. R., *Goh, G., *Omar, S. A. B., *Oh, I. T. F., *Wee, W. Q., & Okura, T. (2021). Acute effects of Square Stepping Exercise on cognitive and social functions in sedentary young adults: A home-based online trial. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, 13, 82.
†Tan, Z. S., Sim, A. Kawabata, M., & Burns, S. F. (2022). A systematic review of the effects of caffeine on basketball performance outcomes. Biology, 11, 17.
†Teo, J. H., Burns, S. F., & Kawabata, M. (2023). Developing nutrition knowledge and attitude measures for athletes with the knowledge-attitude-behavior model. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 94, 110-117.
Note. *Undergraduate and †Graduate students I supervised.
With Prof. Ryan in Orlando, FL, USA, 2023
With Prof. Csikszentmihalyi in Claremont, CA, USA, 2006
Kawabata, M., & Mallett, C. J. (2011). Flow experience in physical activity: Examination of the internal structure of flow from a process-related perspective. Motivation and Emotion, 35, 393-402.
Kawabata, M., Mallett, C. J., & Jackson, S. A. (2008). The Flow State Scale-2 and Dispositional Flow Scale-2: Examination of factorial validity and reliability for Japanese adults. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 9, 465-485.
After staying overseas for around 20 years, I finally came back to Japan to take new challenges. I am pleased to be appointed as Full Professor at College of Sport and Wellness in Rikkyo University (RU). The details of my profile and research impact can be found on the following websites (RU website, researchmap, Google Scholar). It is joyful and meaningful to advance our knowledge and contribute to society through research.
If you are interested in pursuing a postgraduate degree in the field of sport and exercise psychology or positive psychology, please feel free to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) in either English or Japanese. I am looking forward to nurturing you by supervising your research projects and disseminating research findings from Japan by publishing articles in top peer-review journals!