Assistant Professor in Education, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University
After I graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration of Kobe University in 2004, I worked for a medical manufacturing company for 7 years. In 2010, I joined a 10 days Vipassana meditation retreat. After that experience, I understood through my own experience that meditation benefitted my physical and mental well-being and I wanted to understand that scientifically, so I decided to quit my job to research on meditation at Kyoto University.
Currently, I am researching the neural mechanisms of meditation using an MRI scanner, to study the themes aroused through my meditation practice. I am especially interested in mindfulness and compassion meditation that generate wisdom and compassion, which are both sides of the same coin of Buddhism. I am also working to implement such types of meditation in society to increase peoples’ physical and mental well-being (HP: http://masahirofujino.jp).
Fujino, M., Ueda, Y., Mizuhara, H., Saiki, J., & Nomura, M. (2018). Open monitoring meditation reduces the involvement of brain regions related to memory function. Scientific Reports, 8, 9968.
Fujino, M., Kajimura, S., & Nomura, M. (2015). Development and Validation of the Japanese Version of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale Using Item Response Theory Analysis. The Japanese Journal of Personality, 24, 61-76.