Takeshi Okada

Professor. Department of Educational Psychology,
Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo, Japan

Vice Director. University of Tokyo Art Center

Research Overview

My research focuses on the artistic creation process of artists in visual art, dance, and other domains using a multi-method approach with field studies and psychological experiments. I also study art education and learning processes, especially in art museums and undergraduate liberal arts education, using a design-based research method.

Also, I am a vice director of the Art Center at the University of Tokyo which has been established in 2019. It aims to conduct research and education integrating art with natural and social sciences and humanities.

Selected Publications


Knutson, T. Okada, & K. Crowley (Eds.). (in press) Multidisciplinary Approaches to Art Learning and Creativity: Fostering Artistic Exploration in Formal and Informal Settings. Routledge.

Crowley, C. D. Schunn, & T. Okada (Eds.). (2001) Designing for Science: Implications from everyday, classroom, and professional settings. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Book Chapters

Ishiguro, C. & Okada, T. (2018). How can inspiration be encouraged in art learning? In T. Chemi, & X. Du (Eds.) Arts-based methods and organizational learning: Higher education around the world. 205-230. River publisher.

Nomura, R. & Okada, T. (2016). Assessing the appeal power of narrative performance by using eyeblink synchronization among audience. In T. Ogata & Akimoto, T. (Eds.), Computational and Cognitive Approaches to Narratology, Edition: 1, IGI Global.

Schunn, C. D., Crowley, K., & Okada, T. (2005) Cognitive Science: Interdisciplinarity now and then. In S. J. Derry, C. D. Schunn, & M. A. Gernsbacher (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Collaboration: An Emerging Cognitive Science (pp. 287-315). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Schunn, C., Crowley, K., & Okada, T. (2002) What makes collaborations across a distance succeed?: The case of the cognitive science community. In P. Hinds & S. Kiesler, Distributed work (pp. 407-430). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Matsumoto, K., & Okada, T. (2019). Viewers recognize the process of creating artworks with admiration: Evidence from experimental manipulation of prior experience. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000285

Shimizu, D., & Okada, T. (2018). How do creative experts practice new skills? Exploratory practice in breakdancers. Cognitive Science,42(7), 2364-2396. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12668

Okada, T. & Ishibashi, K. (2017). Imitation, inspiration, and creation: Cognitive process of creative drawing by copying others’ artworks. Cognitive Science. doi:10.1111/cogs.12442

Ishiguro, C., Yokosawa, K., & Okada, T. (2016). Eye movements during art appreciation by students taking a photo creation course. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:1074. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01074

Nomura, R., Liang, Y., and Okada, T. (2015). Interactions among collective spectators facilitate eyeblink synchronization. PLoS ONE. 10 :e0140774, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.014774.

Nomura, R., Hino, K., Shimazu, M., Liang, Y., & Okada, T (2015). Emotionally excited eyeblink-rate variability predicts an experience of transportation into the narrative world. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3388/fpsyg.2015.0447.

Okada, T., Yokochi, S., Ishibashi, K., & Ueda, K. (2009) Analogical modification in the creation of contemporary art. Cognitive Systems Research, 10(3), 189-203.

Yokochi, S., & Okada, T. (2005) Creative cognitive process of art making: A field study of a traditional Chinese ink painter. Creativity Research Journal, 17, 241-255.

Schunn, C. D., Crowley, K., & Okada, T. (1998) The growth of multidisciplinarity in the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science, 22, 107-130.

Okada, T. & Simon, H. A. (1997) Collaborative discovery in a scientific domain. Cognitive Science, 21(2), 109-146.