Academic Conferences

Annual Convention

We sponsor an annual academic convention that is organized by a planning committee at a different host university each year. The convention attracts about 4,000 participants and 1,200 presentations every year. Presenters must be JPA members as of the previous year and must have paid membership dues for the current year.

Future Convention

76th Annual Convention
September 11-13
Senshu University
77th Annual Convention
September 19-21
Health Sciences University of Hokkaido
78th Annual Convention
September 10-12
Doshisha University

Public Symposium

Since our incorporation, we have sponsored public symposiums to promote understanding of psychology among the general public. The symposiums have been widely attended and well received.

Past Themes:

Psychology of society without relationships: Its symptoms and prescription
Psychology of nostalgia: Memory and emotion
Psychology and behavior in altruism: Origins and purposes of helping others.
Thinking about intelligence: IQ and EI
Investigating the infant's world
Life after Retirement: The Role of Psychology in an Aging Society
Searching for Beauty: A Psychological Approach
People-to-People Communication: Thinking About Emotion and Culture
The Psychology of Mental and Physical Health
The Psychology of Accidents and Safety
Lies and Deceit
The Psychology of Human Emotion
Dangers to Children: What Can Adults Do?
Mysteries of the Mind: An Introduction to Psychology

JPA Research Awards

Every year, we award a number of outstanding research papers chosen from among those published during the previous year as original articles in JPA publications.

JPA Awards for International Contributions to Psychology

  • Award for Distinguished Research
    • 2007
      Tadasu Oyama, Former Professor of Psychology, University of Tokyo & Nihon University
      Tarow Indow, Department of Cognitive Science,School of Social Sciences,University of California (UCI)
  • Award for Distinguished Services
    • 2010
      Yuji Sakano, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido
      Seisoh Sukemune, Hiroshima University
      Hiroshi Azuma, Seisen Jogakuin College
      Hiroshi Imada, Hiroshima Jogakuin University
      Saburo Shochi, Shiinomi School for Mentally Retarded Children
      Hiroshi Motoaki, The Japanese Institute of Health Psychology
      Gosaku Naruse, Kibi International University
  • Award for Distinguished Early and Middle Career Contributions
    • 2011
      Hiroshi Ashida, Kyoto University
      Wataru Sato, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
      Akihito Shimazu, The University of Tokyo
      Satoshi Hirata, Great Ape Research Institute
      Takahiko Masuda, University of Alberta
      Jun Saiki, Kyoto University
      Satoru Saito, Kyoto University
      Jun-ichiro Kawahara, The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
      Shinji Sakamoto, Nihon University
      Takashi Tsukiura, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Tohoku University
      Ken-ichiro Tsutsui , Tohoku University
      Takahiro Hoshino, Nagoya University
      Hiroshi Imamizu, ATR Brain Information Communication Research Laboratory Group
      Mie Matsui, University of Toyama
      Mutsumi Imai, Keio University
      Isamu Motoyoshi, NTT Communication Science Laboratories
      Atsushi Senju, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, School of Psychology, Birkbeck College
      Tatsuya Kameda, Hokkaido University
      Ikuya Murakami, The University of Tokyo
      Shin'ya Nishida, NTT Communication Science Laboratories
      Katsumi Watanabe, The Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo

International Exchange

International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS)

As a comprehensive national psychological association, we represent Japan as one of the 70 IUPsyS member countries.
Every 4 years, the International Congress of Psychology is held over a period of 6 days. The 31st International Congress of Psychology(ICP2016) will be held from July 24 through 29, 2016, in Yokohama.