2004 年 22 巻 2 号 p. 200-204
COE project titled "Toward construction of an integrated method for understanding of mind" has started in 2002 at Keio University. The project consists of five teams and one of them is a team of evolutionary and developmental study of mind. Here I discussed a role of experimental psychology in this project. First of all, I separated two senses of mind, namely mind in the narrow sense (MNS) and mind in the broad sense (MBS). The former is object of the experimental psychology and the latter object of sciences concerning mental activities of human beings. Expected role of the experimental psychologists is bridging MNS and MBS. We employed two approaches. One is measurement of brain activity by NIRS from humans. The other is comparison of human cognition with animal cognition. During the next two years, we will start integrated researches, such as an integrated research of inference and an integrated research of beauty, as a joint research with several different teams. Finally, we intended to construct a method for understanding both of MNS and MBS.