Nagoya University Psychological Support & Research Center for Human Development


Faculty Staff

KANEKO Hitoshi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
» Kaneko Lab (Japanese)

Dr. Kaneko is a clinical psychologist who completed his doctoral studies at Nagoya University in 2002. His research interests include the mental health problems of postnatal mothers and emotional bonding of mothers to their infant. He started a cross-cultural study about mental health problems in early adolescents, especially focusing on Internet addiction, cyberbullying, and self-harm behavior. He is a member of the Brain and Mind Research Center at Nagoya University, where he examines cognitive function using brain imaging method to assess hemodynamic response during psychological testing. He has conducted new research on mother–infant interaction using near-infrared spectroscopy.

Publications (selected)

  1. Kaneko H. & Honjo S. (2014) The Psychometric Properties and Factor Structure of the Postpartum Bonding Questionnaire in Japanese Mothers. Psychology, 5, in press.
  2. Skokauskas N., Kaneko H., Honjo S., & Frodl T. (2013) Neuroimaging markers for the prediction of treatment response to Methylphenidate in ADHD patients. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, in press.
  3. Kaneko H., Yoshikawa T., Nomura K., Ito H., Yamauchi H., Ogura M., & Honjo S. (2011) Hemodynamic changes in prefrontal cortex activation during digit span test: A near-infrared spectroscopy study. Neuropsychobiology, 63, 59–65.
  4. Ito H., Yamauchi H., Kaneko H., Yoshikawa T., Nomura K., & Honjo S. (2011) Prefrontal overactivation, autonomic arousal, and task performance under evaluative pressure: a near-infrared spectroscopy study Psychophysiology, 48, 1563–1571.
  5. Ogura, M., Nomura, K., Honjo, S., Usui, M., Tanaka, Y., Murase, S., Kaneko, H., Hatagaki, C., & Ishii, T. (2010) A study on feelings of school avoidance and the personality characteristics of junior high school students exhibiting school refusal: Comparison of actual and latent school refusers. Japanese Journal of Child Psychiatry, 51 (Supplement), 1–10.
  6. Kaneko H., & Honjo S. (2009) Effects of maternal mental health on infant development. Japanese Journal of Psychiatric Treatment, 24, 569–574. (in Japanese)
  7. Oba, M., Murase, S., Kaneko, H., & Honjo, S. (2009) Self-preoccupation as a mediator between parental experiences in childhood and subsequent depressive mood state among non-clinical Japanese undergraduates. Japanese Journal of Child Psychiatry, 50 (Supplement), 1–13.
  8. Hamada, S., Murase, S., Kaneko, H., & Honjo, S. (2009) Association of nervous habits and stereotyped behaviors with anxiety and depression in Japanese primary schoolchildren. Japanese Journal of Child Psychiatry, 50 (Supplement), 14–22.
  9. Kaneko H., Nomura K., Tanaka N., Sechiyama H., Takahashi Y., Murase S., & Honjo S. (2008) A prospective study of depression and maternal attachment during pregnancy and one month after delivery. Japanese Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49, 497–508. (in Japanese)
  10. Kaneko H., Honjo S., Murase S., Nomura K., & Ogawa S. (2006) A psychotherapeutic approach to a case of syndrome of periodic ACTH and ADH discharge. Japanese Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47 (Supplement), 50–56.

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