Yuji Yamamoto

Japanese | English
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, JAPAN
Research Center of Health, Physical Fitness, and Sports, Nagoya University
E-mail: yamamoto@htc.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Date of Birth

1958.3.19 birth

Academic Background
1980.3 Graduated from Department of Education, Hiroshima University
1982.3 MSports from Department of Sports Science, Tsukuba University
2001.7 PhD (Sports science) from Tsukuba University

Research and Professional Background

1985.2 Research Associates at the Depatment of Sports Science, Tsukuba Univerisy
1986.5 Assistant Professor at the Chukyo Women's University
1987.4 Assistant Professor at the Research Center of Health, Physical Fitness, and Sports, Nagoya University
1995.4 Associate Professor at the Research Center of Health, Physical Fitness, and Sports, Nagoya University
2004.4 Professor at the Research Center of Health, Physical Fitness, and Sports, Nagoya University


Human Motor Learning Science

  1. Dynamics in Sports
    • Interpersonal and Collective Dynamics

  2. Motor Skill Learning and Control
    • Skill acqusition of Striking movement

  3. Mental Training for Athletes
    • Training method toward self development

  4. Science of Soft Tennis
    • Game analysis

Current Research

  • K. Chidori & Y. Yamamoto(2017)"Effects of the lateral amplitude and regularity of upper body fluctuation on step time variability evaluated using return map analysis", PLoS ONE, 12, e0180898.
  • A. Kijima, H.. Shima, M. Okumura, Y. Yamamoto & M. J. Richardson(2017)" Effects of agent-environment symmetry on the coordination dynamics of triadic jumping",Frontiers in Psychology,8,3.
  • M. Okumura, A. Kijima, & Y. Yamamoto(2017)" Perception of affordance for striking regulates interpersonal distance maneuvers of intermediate and expert players in kendo matches",Ecological Psychology,29,1-22.
  • K. Fujii, Y. Yoshihara, H. Tanabe, & Y. Yamamoto(2017)"Switching adaptability in human-inspired sidesteps: A minimal model ",Frontier in Human Neuroscience, 11, 298.
  • T. Hirakawa, H. Suzuki, M. Okumura, K. Gohara, & Y. Yamamoto(2016)"Switching dynamics between two movement patterns varies according to time interval", International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 26, 1630026.
  • D. Murase, K. Yokoyama, K. Fujii, Y. Hasegawa, & Y Yamamoto(2016)"Baseball catching patterns differ according to task constraints", Advances in Physical Education, 6, 151-157.
  • K. Fujii, K. Yokoyama, T. Koyama, A. Rikukawa, H. Yamada, & Y. Yamamoto(2016)" Resilient help to switch and overlap multi-subsystem in a small human group",Scientific Reports,6,23911.
  • K. Fujii, T. Isaka, M. Kouzaki, & Y. Yamamoto(2015)" Mutual and asynchronous anticipation and action in sports as globally competitive and locally coordinative dynamics",Scientific Reports,5,16140.
  • K. Yamamoto, S. Tsusui, & Y. Yamamoto(2015)"Constrained paths based on the Farey sequence in learning to juggle",Human Movement Science,44,102-110.
  • H. Suzuki & Y. Yamamoto(2015)" Robustness to temporal constraint explains expertise in ball-over-net sports",Human Movement Science,41,193-206.
  • A. Miura, S. Fujii, Y. Yamamoto, & K. Kudo(2015)" Motor control of rhythmic dance from a dynamical systems perspective: A review",Journal of Dance Medicine & Science,19,11-21.
  • A. Kijima, K. Yokoyama, H. Shima, & Y. Yamamoto(2014)" Emergence of the self-similarity in football dynamics",European Physical Journal B,87,41.
  • Y. Yamamoto, K. Yokoyama, M. Okumura, A. Kijima, K. Kadota, & K. Gohara (2013) "Joint action syntax in Japanese martial arts",PLoS ONE,8(9),e72436.
  • M. Okumura, A. Kijima, K. Kadota, K. Yokoyama, H. Suzuki, & Y. Yamamoto(2012)" A critical interpersonal distance switches between two coordination modes in kendo matches",PLoS ONE,7(12),e51877.
  • A. Kijima, K. Kadota, K. Yokoyama, M. Okumura, H. Suzuki, R. C. Schmidt, & Y. Yamamoto(2012)" Switching dynamics in an interpersonal competition brings about `deadlock’ synchronization of players",PLoS ONE,7(11),e47911.
  • Y. Yamamoto and K. Yokoyama(2011)" Common and unique network dynamics in football games",PLoS ONE,6(12),e29638.
  • K. Yokoyama and Y. Yamamoto(2011)" Three people can synchronize as coupled oscillators during sports activities",PLoS Computational Biology,7(9),e1002181.
  • K. Yokoyama and Y. Yamamoto(2011)" Social Dynamics of Team Cooperation in Ball Sports: Evidence from Six-Player Field Hockey Games",Cognitive Science,18-2,284-298 (in Japanese).
  • K. Yokoyama and Y. Yamamoto(2009)"Qualitative changes and controlling factors in ball sports: evidence from six-player field hockey games. ",Japan J. Phys. Educ. Hlth sport Sci.,54-2,355-356 (in Japanese).
  • Yuji Yamamoto (2009) Scale-free property of the passing behavior in a team sport, International Journal of Sport and Health Science, 7, 86-85.
  • Yuji Yamamoto(2004) An Alternative Approach to the Acquisition of a Complex Motor Skill : Multiple Movement Training on Tennis Strokes International Journal of of Sport and Health Science,2,169-179.
  • Yuji Yamamoto (2002). "Perspectives on motor learning: application of a dynamical systems approach" Japan J. Phys. Educ. Hlth. Sport Sci., 47-2,125-140.(in Japanese with English abstract)(PDF)
  • Yuji Yamamoto (2002). "The influence of a complex hitting action on performance: Dynamical systems perspective" Japan J. Phys. Educ. Hlth. Sport Sci., 47-3,243-251.(in Japanese with English abstract)(PDF)
  • Yuji Yamamoto & Kazutoshi Gohara (2000) Continuous hitting movements modeled from the perspective of dynamical systems with temporal input. Human Movment Science, 19-3, 341-371.
  • K. Kudo, S. Tsutsui, T. Ishikura, T. Ito, and Y. Yamamoto (2000) Compensatory coordination of release parameters in a throwing task. Journal of Motor Behavior, 32-4, 337-345.

  • Y. Yamamoto(1996) Case study for learning of hitting skill in human movement, Cognitive Studies: Bulletin of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society, 3-3, 87-98. (in Japanese)(PDF)
  • Y. Yamamoto(1996) The relation between preparatory stance and trunk rotate movement, Human Movement Science,15-6,899-908.
  • Y. Yamamoto & T. Takenouchi (1996)What and why is difficult on tennis skill learning for novices? : Evidence from self-checklist, Japanese Journal of Sport Psychology, 23-1, 7-15. (in Japanese)
  • Y. Yamamoto, Y. Ikegami, T. Kudo, & J. Kawaguchi(1997) Development of analysis method of activity of player in a soft tennis match, Nagoya Journal of Health, Physical Futness & Sports, 20-1, 35-43. (in Japanese)


  • Japanese Motor Learning Seminar
  • Soft Tennis Science Seminar
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