Academic journal article Psychomusicology

Memorial Dedication

Academic journal article Psychomusicology

Memorial Dedication

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Professor Takao Uraeraoto

This Volume ofPsychomusicology is dedicated to Professor Takao Umemoto, a contributor to the psychology of music throughout his professional life. He passed away at the age of 80 years, on November 23,2002 in Kyoto, Japan. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from Kyoto University and immediately began his academic career in the Department of Educational Psychology of Kyoto University. In addition, he obtained a PhD in Education in 1966 and worked with E. R. Hilgard and G. H. Bower at Stanford University. He also was in contact with the eminent cognitive psychologists O.A. Miller, J. S. Bruner, and D. A. Norman. He conducted important work in various fields of experimental psychology including educational, cognitive, memory, and music psychology. He supervised numerous students of whom many became leading psychologists in Japan. He served as editor of the journal Psychologin from 1975 to 1985.

After retiring from Kyoto University as full Professor in 1985 at the age of 63, Takao Umemoto became Professor at Konan Women's University and lectured in music psychology for 10 more years. He initiated the Association of Music Perception and Cognition in Japan and served as the first president from 1988 to 1994.In 1987, he organized a special session on music development at the International Society for Studies in Behavioral Development in Tokyo in which the guest editor of this Volume had the privilege of participating. On a broader scale, he organized the first International Conference in Music Perception and Cognition in Kyoto in 1989. …

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