Masami Takahashi
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5845
Developmental Psychology, Gerontology
Courses Taught
Master’s Thesis Seminar (G)
Aging and Diversity (G)
Research Designs and Methods (G)
Values, Decision Making, and the Elderly (G)
Meanings of Old Age (G)
Developmental Processes and Aging (G)
Seminar on Wisdom (G)
History of Psychology (UG)
Research Designs and Methods (UG)
Survey of Psychology (UG)
Introductory Psychology (UG)
Introductory Developmental Psychology (UG)
Popular Films and Adult Development (UG)
Psychosocial Development and Aging (UG)
Research Interests
My research interests currently revolve around three areas: (a) definition, open rationalization, and evaluation of psychological strengths in late adulthood (e.g., wisdom, spirituality, religiosity); (b) potential factors of longevity in the Blue Zones, and (c) psychosocial profile of the former kamikaze pilots with implications in other suicide missions around the world.

Ph.D., Spring 1999, Developmental Psychology. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

M.S., Summer 1990, Psychology. University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX

B.A., Spring 1988, Psychology. University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX

Selected Publications

Takahashi, M. & Kato, H. (in press). Psychology of religion in Japan. Cambridge handbook of psychology and religion. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Takahashi, M. (Ed.). (2020). The empirical study of the psychology of religion and spirituality in Japan. San Antonio, TX: Elm Grove.

Takahashi, M. (2019). Relationship between wisdom and spirituality: An expanded theoretical model with mysticism and gerotranscendence. In J. Gluck and R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), The handbook of wisdom (pp. 626-646). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Takahashi, M. (2017). Relational Wisdom and happiness in late adulthood. In A. S. Dick and U. Muller (Eds.), Advancing developmental science: Philosophy, theory, and method. New York: Routledge.

Takahashi, M. (Producer/Director). (2007). Last Kamikaze: Testimonials from the WWIIsuicide pilots. [Motion picture]. United States: phi phenom production (Available from Documentary Educational Resources, Inc., 101 Morse St., Watertown, MA 02472-2554).

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