2004 年 22 巻 2 号 p. 193-199
The first half of this paper briefly introduces Center of Excellence for Psychological Studies awarded to Kyoto University as a project supported by the 21st Century COE Program from the MEXT. This project aims at comprehensive understanding of mental functions by integrating experimental, field, and clinical approaches to mind. With the goal set at "knowing mind and fostering mind", we aim to solve social problems invited by the highly information-oriented and aging society of the present days. The second half discusses what psychological science should tackle in this new century. Minds are evolutionary products installed in animate beings and thus are diverse just like other adaptive physical characteristics are. Minds are diverse among species, developmental stages, cultures, and even pathological statuses. Investigating all the possible forms of diverse minds is suggested to be essential in understanding minds as a whole.