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, ope 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. (2014). Koureika to shukyo no rounen/sinrigakuteki kousatsu [Aging and Religion in contemporary society: The dark side of ego integration and meaning of life]. Contemporary Religion. Tokyo, Japan: International Religious Research Institute.

Takahashi, M. (2013). Wisdom of the East and West: A relational developmental systems perspective. In M. Ferrari & N. Westrate (Eds.), The scientific study of personal wisdom. New York: Springer.

Takahashi, M. (Producer/Director). (2006). Last Kamikaze: Testimonials from the WWII suicide pilots. [Motion picture]. United States: phi phenom production (Available from Documentary Educational Resources, Inc., 101 Morse St., Watertown, MA 02472-2554)

Takahashi, M., & Overton, W. F. (2005). Cultural foundations of wisdom: An integrated developmental approach. In R. J. Sternberg & J. Jordan (Eds.), A Handbook of wisdom (pp. 32-60). New York: Cambridge University Press.


Selected Performances

Takahashi, M. (December 1, 2007). Last Kamikaze: Testimonials from WWII suicide pilots. Film, Video, and Interactive Media Screening Program, Film presented at the 115th American Anthropological Association, Washington DC.

Takahashi, M., Willcox, B. J. & Willcox, D. C. (November 21, 2006) Champuru: The Okinwan recipe forhealthy aging. In the Okinawan secret of longevity: How to live to be 100. An interactive session at the Northeastern Illinois Universtiy Generativity Club lecture series, Chicago, IL.

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