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RCAST NAVI 2016/01


  2016 JANUARY

[Press Release]
  Individuals with autism spectrum disorder maintain shorter interpersonal
  - A comparison of personal space between individuals with and without
    autism spectrum disorder(ASD)

  Project Researcher Kosuke Asada, Associate Professor Shinichiro Kumagaya
  (Tojisha-Kenkyu), Professor Toshikazu Hasegawa (Graduate School of Arts
  and Sciences) and their research collaborators investigated the
  interpersonal distances of 12- to 19-year-old individuals with and without
  ASD. The researchers found that individuals with autism spectrum disorder
  showed reduced interpersonal distances than individuals without ASD.The
  results suggest that preferred interpersonal distances vary among
  individuals, and by taking account of the variation of personal space we
  can establish better communication and social interaction.

  Press Release

  Importance of the Southern Ocean for translating the ozone hole influence
  from the stratosphere to the surface climate

  Professor Hisashi Nakamura and Research Associate Kazuaki Nishii (Climate
  Science Research), jointly with Dr. Fumiaki Ogawa and his collaborators of
  University of Bergen (Norway), performed idealized numerical experiments
  with a state-of-the-art atmospheric model and analyzed the
  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate simulations, to
  reveal that frontal temperature gradients in the mid-latitude Southern
  Oceans are critical for translating ozone-induced strengthening of
  stratospheric westerlies down to the surface. They have demonstrated that
  the oceanic temperature fronts energize cyclones and organize a
  tropospheric westerly jetstream in mid-latitudes, which allows effective
  connection between the dominant variability in the tropospheric and
  stratospheric westerly jetstreams. Thus, improved representation of the
  mid-latitude oceanic fronts in global climate models can help reduce
  uncertainties in simulating the climate changes observed over the Southern
  Hemisphere and possible future changes due to ozone recovery.

  Press Release

[Latest research]
*The way you sound affects your mood
  Covert digital manipulation of vocal emotion alter speakers' emotional
  states in a congruent direction

  Climate scientists find that energy budget of the Earth's climate system
  is tied to global-mean temperature differently between natural climate
  variability and human-caused climate change, and that this revised energy
  perspective addresses an apparent inconsistency in satellite-based
  observations during the recent hiatus of surface global warming since
  around the beginning of this century. The research is done by an
  international team consists of Professor Shang-Ping Xie (University of
  California-San Diego), Associate Professor Yu Kosaka (Climate Science
  Research, RCAST) and Research Associate Yuko Okumura (University of Texas
  at Austin).

  RCAST News

*Project Lecturer Takeshi Sakurai (Intelligent Cooperative Systems) has
  been received the 2015 Yoshida Award in 37th meeting of the Japanese
  Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry.

*Research Fellow Takahiro Ezaki (Mathematical Physics of Emergent Systems)
  has been received the award for the 32th Inoue Research Award for Young

*Tunable Micro-optics (Cambridge University Press)
  (Editors) Hans Zappe, Claudia Duppe; (Contributors) Hiroshi Toshiyoshi et al.


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