Programme (Online)

The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences (ACP) is an interdisciplinary conference held alongside The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ACERP) as part of “Think Tokyo". Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either conference will allow participants to attend sessions in both.

This page provides details of featured presentations, the conference schedule and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


Conference Outline

Tuesday, March 29, 2022Wednesday, March 30, 2022Thursday, March 31, 2022Virtual Presentations

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
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15:00-15:10: Announcements, Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners, Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

15:10-16:10: Keynote Presentation
The Rehabilitation of a Buddhist Heretic
Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, United Kingdom

16:10-16:20: Break

16:20-17:20: Keynote Presentation
Religion and COVID 19 in the United States: The Good, the Bad, and the Shocking
Frank Ravitch, Michigan State University College of Law, United States

17:20-17:30: Break

17:30-18:30: Keynote Presentation
Successful Prophecy? Jehovah’s Witnesses and COVID-19
George Chryssides, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

18:30-18:40: Break

18:40-19:40: Moderated Discussion Panel
Ethical, Religious and Philosophical Dilemmas in Responding to COVID
George Chryssides, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Frank Ravitch, Michigan State University College of Law, United States
Brian Victoria, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, United Kingdom
Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan (Moderator)

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12:00-13:40: Live-Stream Presentation Session 1
Room A: International Religion / Spirituality
62567 | Profiting from Polytheism: The Commodification of Mythical Beings During the Covid-19 Outbreak in Japan
62328 | A Dynamic Political Anthropology: Reframing Thomas Moore’s Spirituality
62925 | Religious Meanings in the Symbolic Functions of Food: Tunisia and Japan as Case Studies
56411 | An Analysis of Kierkegaard’s and Wittgenstein’s Notion of Faith

Room B: General Psychology
62296 | The Consumer Neuroscience of Phygital Retail Experiences
62719 | A Case of Sand Tray Experience with a Taiwanese High School Student who Infected COVID-19
62789 | Sense of Self and Agency in Schizophrenia: Illusions, Delusions, and Loci of Control
62303 | The Existence of Leader-Member Exchange in Supporting Millennials’ Work Meaningfulness in a Balance of Work and Personal Life

13:40-13:50: Break

13:50-15:05: Live-Stream Presentation Session 2
Room A: Philosophy - Philosophy and Religion
62748 | Compassion as Our Origins: Examining a Kyoto School Approach
55982 | A Critique on Nietzsche’s Critique on Christian Morality
62486 | Origen on the Will

Room B: Mental Health
62668 | Bloom Where Planted: The Inflorescence Model of Suicide Recovery Among Youths
62824 | Decreasing Mental Illness Stigma through Peer to Peer Socialization during an Mental Health Awareness Walk at an International University
61799 | Pathways of Resilience and Recovery From Trauma for Cambodian Young People

15:05-15:15: Break

15:15-16:30: Live-Stream Presentation Session 3
Room A: Ethics
62154 | The Ethics and Efficacy of Luxury Art as a Dimension of Corporate Social Responsibility
62380 | Exploring the Ethics of Bionationalism: Fact-value Dichotomies, Scientism, and Pseudoscience
62096 | Ethics in Higher Education Post Covid-19 Pandemic

Room B: General Psychology
62751 | Mapping a Nomological Network of Resilience
62478 | How Does (In)congruence in Perceived Child–parent Closeness Link to Chinese Children’s Socio-emotional Adjustment? The Mediating Role of Children’s Resilience
61913 | Discrete Emotions Caused by Episodic Future Thinking: A Systematic Review With Narrative Synthesis

16:30-16:40: Break

16:40-17:55: Live-Stream Presentation Session 4
Room A: International Ethics / Philosophy
62050 | NipponEthics Stakeholder Model – Understanding How Japanese Companies Manage Key Stakeholders
62439 | AI Ethics in Next Generation Wireless Networks: A Philosophical Outlook
55966 | Rights and Moral Objectivism in Watsuji Tetsuro’s Rinrigaku

Room B: Linguistics / Language
63060 | The Content of the Arabic Literature Textbooks and Developing Morals among Learners: Reality and Hope
62282 | Self-efficacy, SSI Learning Interest, SSI Critical Thinking Interest as Predictors of Students’ Reflection and Performance

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09:00-09:10: Announcements, Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners, Welcome Address
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

09:10-10:10: Panel Presentation
Helping Hands – Robotic Assistance in Supporting and Maintaining Social Interactions with Elders
Hee Rin Lee, Michigan State University, United States
James W. McNally, University of Michigan, United States & NACDA Program on Aging, United States
Keith W. Miller, University of Missouri – St. Louis, United States
Ryuji Yamazaki-Skov, Osaka University, Japan

10:10-10:20: Break

10:20-11:20: Panel Presentation
Missing You – Resilience, Renewal and Rebuilding Intergenerational Contact Within Families
Debbie Howard, Aging Matters International, Japan
James W. McNally, University of Michigan, United States & NACDA Program on Aging, United States
Lowell Sheppard, Never Too Late Academy, Japan

11:20-11:30: Break

11:30-12:30: Workshop Presentation
NACDA: Data on Aging Resources from Research Ideation to Long-Term Preservation and Sharing
James W. McNally, University of Michigan, United States & NACDA Program on Aging, United States
Kathryn Lavender, National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), United States

12:30-12:50: Break

Room A: Aging and Gerontology
12:50-14:30: Live-Stream Presentation Session 1: Aging and Gerontology: Social Integration and Engagement
61733 | National Service for Seniors over Age 55 Leads to Significant Positive Health Outcomes
62867 | Does Intergenerational Support Affect Older People’s Social Participation? An Empirical Test from Chinese Elderly Population
62946 | The Importance of Social Integration and Engagement in Ensuring Older Adult Preparedness for an Endemic COVID-19
62664 | Explore Daily Dyadic Conversation Between Typical Older Adults and Partners in Community in Taiwan

14:30-14:40: Break

14:40-16:20: Live-Stream Presentation Session 2: Aging and Gerontology: Wellbeing
61750 | Grandparent’s Role as a Caregiver: The Impact on Life Satisfaction and Perceived Health Status of Grandparents in India
62035 | The Happy and the Not-so-happy: Discriminant Analysis of Retirees’ Wellbeing in Abu Dhabi
62864 | The Memory Lounge Project: Combatting Loneliness in Rural Queensland Through Intergenerational Connections and the Sharing of Memories
62939 | Risk and Protective Factors of Healthy Sexuality in Aging

16:20-16:30: Break

16:30-17:45: Live-Stream Presentation Session 3: Aging and Gerontology: Policy and Response
61747 | Ageing in a Multicultural Society: A Qualitative Study of Quality of Life Among the South Asian Older Adults in Hong Kong
62714 | Being Taken Care by Foreign Caregivers: Perspectives From Elderly Stroke Survivors in Taiwan
61871 | NCDs Risk Factors Among Nepalese Elders: How Prepared We Are?

17:45-17:55: Conference Closing Address

Room B: Psychology and Education
12:50-13:50: Featured Presentation
Perceived Stress of Students During Online Learning
Roswiyani Roswiyani, Tarumanagara University, Indonesia
Monty P. Satiadarma, Tarumanagara University, Indonesia

13:50-14:00: Break
14:00-15:40: Live-Stream Presentation Session 1: Psychology and Education
62930 | Teaching as Job or Altruism? Relationship of Teacher’s Motivation and Engagement–Based on Taiwan TALIS 2018
62959 | Parenting Self-perception During Pandemic COVID-19: Is There the Differences Between Full-time Working Mothers, Flexible-time Working Mothers, and Housewives on It?
63082 | Teachers’ Perspectives on Supporting Bereaved Students After the Death of a Parent
63083 | The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Effects on Arab Teachers in Israel: A Mixed-methods Study

Virtual Poster Presentations
Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences
62315 | The Influence of Perceived Criticism and Sexism on Negative Emotional Reactions Towards Sexist-related Criticism in Familial, Workplace and Intimate Relationships
62926 | Prosocial Behavior of Adolescents with Focus on Sex Difference
62944 | Effects of Psychologists’ Image on the Intention to Seek Help From Psychologists Among Japanese University Students: Moderating Effects of Previous Knowledge About Psychologists and Problem Severity
62949 | Developing a Prototype of the Japanese Version of Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale (2) – Criterion-related Validity
62957 | Effects of Experiencing Bullying and Being Bullied, and the Dark Triad on the Cognition of Bullying Victims’ Culpability
62665 | A Domain Specific Hearing-in-Noise Performance is Associated With Absolute Pitch Proficiency
61706 | Internet Addiction Severity Change in Lack-down Period in a Junior High School in Taiwan
62079 | The Impact of Mindfulness Traits of Elementary School Students on Resilience in Covid-19 Era
62228 | Psychometric Properties and Measurement Invariance of a Short Form of the Unified Multidimensional Calling Scale (UMCS)
62721 | A Case Study of Caregivers’ Social Skills Use in Practice: Interviews and an Observation about Interactions with Care Recipients
62763 | Will the Bow-pulling Model Be Repeated? – Analysis of Cases of Reverse Culture Shock During Two Overseas Stays
62948 | The Effectiveness of Push Notifications and Rewards on App-based Program for Promoting Walking Among College Students

Pre-Recorded Virtual Presentations
Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences
62002 | Program Evaluation of a School-administered Youth Facility for Children in Conflict With the Law
61737 | Epistemological Perspectives on the Concept of Cultural Humility in Psychology
61784 | Development of Realistic Optimism Scale
62301 | The Impact of Paternal Childcare on Perceptual Information Processing
62307 | An Exploratory Study of Information on COVID-19 Vaccines Obtained by Japanese Working Adults Through Social Media
62350 | The Effect of Romantic Relationship on the Perceived Development of Anxiety Amongst High School Students
62662 | The Relationship Between Religiosity and Receptive Attitude Towards Muslims Among Japanese Students
62918 | Music Therapy Clinical Trials in Asia and Around the Globe
62931 | Study of Youth Navigation Strategies: Building Routes on the Megapolis Virtual Map
62977 | Communication Style and Doctor’s Perceived Self-efficacy in Patient Interaction: A Study of a Sample of Specialists and General Practitioners
61507 | Food and Organizations: The Relationship of Organizational Support and Attitude Towards Office Gastrodiplomacy Among Employees of a Public Organization
62428 | The Study of Inter-group Relations Between Expatriates and Host Country Nationals (HCNs) in Taiwanese Multinational Firms
62378 | No Better if Not Trustwrothy: The Unreliability in Farmers’s Agricutural Methods
62920 | Japanese Student’s Personal Requirements for Interaction in English With Foreign Students, Examined by Free Description
62953 | Can Virtual Tours be Really Experienced? Meaningful Experience and Perceived Authenticity in Online Tours
61141 | A Review and Prospect of CPT Research
62298 | The Prevalence of Eating Pattern, COVID-19 Preventive Behaviors, and Their Relationships Among Young Adults During the Pandemic
61378 | Body Image During Pregnancy in the Era of COVID-19: The Role of Heterogeneous Patterns of Perceived Social Support
61961 | Online Mindfulness-based Logotherapy Program: Targeting Depressive Symptoms of Cyberbullied Adolescents During the Covid-19 Pandemic
62325 | I Can’t Feel It: Link Between Alexithymia and Interpersonal Relations of Selected Filipinos Suffering From Substance Abuse
62640 | Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder as a Predictor of Quality of Life Among Late Adolescents in India During the COVID-19 Pandemic
62707 | The Role of Resilience as a Protective Factor in COVID-19 Lockdown Fatigue
62487 | Potential Assessment Instruments for the APA Proposed Internet Gaming Disorder: A Systematic Review
62940 | Hospital to Home and Community Experiences of Discharged Adult Psychiatric Patients: A Phenomenological Study
61942 | Having No Freedom to Select Courses to Teach: Does It Mean That Teachers Can’t Have Their Need for Autonomy Fulfilled?
62705 | The Psychological Role of Orientation Sessions in the Learning Activity of Students Taking Distance Online Courses
61796 | Implicit Anti-elderly Attitudes and Subjective Time to Become Elderly
62262 | The Development and Validation of Psychological Measures of Self-injurious Behaviors (PM-SIB) for Filipino Young Adults: Test Conceptualization and Item Analysis
62299 | Investigating the Influence of Movie Genre on Mood Using Nonparametric Methods
62403 | Children of Hope: Influential Factors, Growth Mindset, and Self-concept of Children in Conflict With the Law
62491 | Self-identity Formation of Online Content Creators: A Case Study of Thai YouTubers
62860 | Personality Traits, Motivation and Performance of Employees in a Pharmaceutical Company in the Philippines: Basis for Performance Improvement Plan
62927 | Inside the Criminal’s Mind: An Investigation of the Factors that Lead to Criminal Behavior and the Motives of Convicted Criminals
62935 | Reliving the Memory: The Disenfranchised Grief, Guilt, and Meaning-making of Filipino Bereaved Pet Owners
62201 | Disentangling the Saving Puzzle in Aging Japan – Psychological Factors Matter
62956 | Effectiveness of School-based Education in Improving Cervical Cancer Prevention Among Female Students: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

The above schedule may be subject to change.


Featured Presentations

  • Building Resilience through Self-care: Art and Aesthetic Wellness
    Building Resilience through Self-care: Art and Aesthetic Wellness
    Featured Presentation: Amy Wai Sum Lee
  • Responding to COVID: Trauma and Recovery
    Responding to COVID: Trauma and Recovery
    Plenary Panel
  • Successful Prophecy? Jehovah’s Witnesses, Covid-19 and the War in Ukraine
    Successful Prophecy? Jehovah’s Witnesses, Covid-19 and the War in Ukraine
    Keynote Presentation: George D. Chryssides
  • The Rehabilitation of a Buddhist Heretic
    The Rehabilitation of a Buddhist Heretic
    Keynote Presentation: Brian Victoria
  • Religion and COVID 19 in the U.S.: The Good, the Bad, and the Shocking
    Religion and COVID 19 in the U.S.: The Good, the Bad, and the Shocking
    Keynote Presentation: Frank S. Ravitch
  • Ethical, Religious and Philosophical Dilemmas in Responding to COVID
    Ethical, Religious and Philosophical Dilemmas in Responding to COVID
    Plenary Panel
  • Perceived Stress of Students During Online Learning
    Perceived Stress of Students During Online Learning
    Featured Presentation: Monty P. Satiadarma & Roswiyani Roswiyani

Virtual Presentations


Conference Programme

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available online on February 28, 2022. All registered delegates will be notified of this publication by email.

*Please be aware that the above schedule may be subject to change.

Final Programme

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The Conference Programme contains access information, session information and a detailed day-to-day presentation schedule.

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Previous Programming

View details of programming for past ACP conferences via the links below.

Building Resilience through Self-care: Art and Aesthetic Wellness
Featured Presentation: Amy Wai Sum Lee

Into the second year of the pandemic, most educational institutes have made adjustments in order to continue the delivery of courses and programmes. Some regions have resumed a kind of normality and returned to face-to-face interaction for regular classes, and some regions may have adopted a hybrid mode to facilitate better reach to students. No matter what the actual implemented mechanism is, educators over the world have come to realise that rethinking “education” is necessary, in terms of the mode of delivery, as well as the value and kind of education we are offering to students. Besides reflecting on the mode and nature of education, another consensus among educators is the need to enhance students’ resilience, both in formal education and informal curriculum. This presentation is a proposal on building resilience of university students through co-curricular activities, focusing on self-care. Young people in the higher education sector are going through the threshold of adulthood, and this period is already full of challenges about personal identity and value. The pandemic is only a reminder to us of the importance of this core component for university students in their education. The proposal here is to use art as an indirect and informal learning experience to guide students to better self-care.

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Responding to COVID: Trauma and Recovery
Plenary Panel

The coronavirus pandemic had an enormous impact on the lives of billions of people simultaneously across the globe, disrupting and straining many of the relationships and support structures that are the sinews of society. Lockdowns exacerbated cases of loneliness and isolation, domestic abuse, and suicides, and shutdowns adversely affected huge economic losses. Many elderly died alone, while children lost precious months and years of the education so crucial to the building of lives. Fear and anxiety became prevalent as 2020 and 2021 became years of collective disruption and trauma. We are only just beginning to come to terms with the enormous ramifications of the pandemic and the first collective trauma of the globalised era.

In this plenary panel, a group of experts will look at the damage that has been done, as well as the lessons we might learn as we seek to recover.

Successful Prophecy? Jehovah’s Witnesses, Covid-19 and the War in Ukraine
Keynote Presentation: George D. Chryssides

Jehovah’s Witnesses have acquired a reputation for making prophecies that have failed. In this presentation, it is argued that such accusations are unfair: on the contrary, they have denied themselves plausible opportunities to claim success. In December 2005, the front page of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Awake! magazine bore the heading: “The Next Global Pandemic – When?” Despite the Watch Tower Society’s interest in prophecy, they did not claim the Covid-19 pandemic as fulfilment of this warning, but as one of a number of signs that the end of the world’s present system is near. The King of the South, to whom the biblical prophet Daniel refers (Daniel 11: 5-13) is identified with Russia, and predicted to wage a large-scale war. Although such predictions could be used as examples of successful predictive prophecy, Jehovah’s Witnesses have merely regarded such catastrophes as signs that we are living in the earth’s last days. Instead of boasting successful prediction, Witnesses have prepared themselves for such disasters, and the presentation examines some of the ways in which they have anticipated natural and human disasters, and adapted their practices accordingly.

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The Rehabilitation of a Buddhist Heretic
Keynote Presentation: Brian Victoria

Unlike the Theravāda tradition, the Mahāyāna tradition of Buddhism allows Buddhist clerics, male or female, to regain their clerical status if they previously lost it due to having broken one or more of the four major rules of the clerical life, i.e. the four pārājikas (defeats). This possibility is included in the Māhāyana Brahmajāla Sūtra (J. Bonmō-kyō). While clerics who intentionally break one or more of the pārājikas are still subject to the loss of their clerical status, as Bernard Faure notes, “the culprit can now rehabilitate himself through his own repentance and through the merits of others.”

This presentation deals with one such cleric, a Sōtō Zen cleric by the name of Uchiyama Gudō (1874–1911), who lost his clerical status in 1909 and was subsequently hung to death by the Japanese government on January 24, 1911. It was not until April 1993, 84 years later, that Gudō’s clerical status was restored. The restoration occurred because the Sōtō Zen sect admitted Gudō “had been a victim of the national policy of that day.” In essence, the Sōtō Zen sect admitted it had erred in depriving Gudō of his clerical status in 1909 since he had violated government policy, not one of the pārājikas as charged. This presentation will focus on the process of Gudō’s rehabilitation in postwar Japan.

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Religion and COVID 19 in the U.S.: The Good, the Bad, and the Shocking
Keynote Presentation: Frank S. Ravitch

The responses to COVID-19 by religious individuals and entities in the United States have ranged from being scientifically informed, thoughtful, and balanced to endangering society. Similarly, the responses to religious concerns by government entities in the United States have ranged from scientifically sound while considering the needs of religious communities to pandering to certain religious communities in a manner that endangers society as a whole. Not surprisingly, much of this has coincided with the politicization of COVID in the United States. Thus, while the Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist and other religious communities have generally supported vaccination, masking, and social distancing (including holding services on Zoom), there has been a divide within Christianity. Most Christian denominations support vaccination, masking, and social distancing, but denominations associated more with social conservatism (for example, a large number of white Evangelicals) oppose vaccination, masking and distancing. Meanwhile, the response by state governments to religious vaccine exemptions and religious gatherings has varied from sincere attempts to accommodate religion with no or minimal harm to public health to subverting religion to public health concerns to pandering to conservative religious entities at the expense of public health.

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Ethical, Religious and Philosophical Dilemmas in Responding to COVID
Plenary Panel

One of the most worrying aspects of the COVID pandemic was the “locking down” of huge swathes of the global population, for the general security of the population, for “their own good”. When China first responded to the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan by incarcerating the whole of the city, it was an effective but shocking response. Many commentators opined that China might be able to do that, but in countries where freedoms of movement and assembly were societal cornerstones, surely that wouldn’t be possible. However, “lockdowns” quickly spread, and the ability of China to control its population through what amounted to mass incarceration was lauded as highly efficient, evidencing the superiority of an autocratic system in times of crisis.

Soon lockdowns were complemented by track and trace technologies that not only allowed, but mandated unprecedented invasions of privacy, justifying enormous data transfer between individuals and the government and private sector contractors.

Perceived Stress of Students During Online Learning
Featured Presentation: Monty P. Satiadarma & Roswiyani Roswiyani

Online learning has become one of the most prominent global issues related to COVID-19, and many students who have never experienced an online learning program have been forced to adapt to a new system. The students perceive the program as stressful for a number of reasons, including limited networking facilities and social interactions. Some students described the stress with complaints of physical symptoms. One hundred seventy-seven (177) students participated in this research. 32 male students and 145 female students (age 17-23 years) responded to PSS (Perceived Stress Scale by Cohen et al, 1983), and results indicate that mostly freshmen (age 17-18) experienced moderate levels of stress, followed by sophomores (age 19-20). Moderate levels of stress were experienced by 69% of female and 71% of male students, and high levels of stress were experienced by 26% of female and 21% of male students. Most students did not report any medical problems; however, the most medical complaints related to their perceived stress were digestive problems (6.78% reported moderate perceived stress levels, and 3.38% reported high perceived stress levels). Qualitative data based on individual interviews have been included for further consideration.

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