Motohide Miyahara

BA (Psychology), MEd (Health Education), MA (Dance Movement Therapy), MSci (Kinesiology), PhD (Kinesiology), DTR, Registered Psychologist
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Motohide Miyahara has been interested in the body-mind relationships, and studied relevant academic disciplines, including psychology, and the art and science of human movement in Japan and USA. After completing PhD in Kinesiology at UCLA, he conducted his post-doctoral research at the University of London and the Free University of Berlin. Dr Miyahara was a visiting lecturer at the University of Trondeim, Norway in 1994. While serving as the Director of the Movement Development Clinic at OUSPE since 1996, he lectured motor development and Adapted Physical Activity from 1996 till 2004. Since 2005, he has been lecturing lifespan human development, case study research, and research design and analysis. He is currently an editorial board member of the International Journal of Disability, Development and Education and a management group member of Rehabilitation and Disability Research Theme of the University of Otago. Taking advantage of Research and Study Leave in 2009, he conducted functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) experiments to identify neuronal substrates involved in verbal labelling of sequential hand movements and in recognizing threatening facial features at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Okazaki, Japan.

Research Interests

Dr Miyahara has worked in the areas of developmental neuropsychology, motor development and adapted physical activity, and has been researching in three main areas. Recent publications are listed under each description.

1. Investigation into the processes underlying co-morbid conditions of developmental disorders.

Miyahara, M. (2013). Meta review of systematic and meta analytic reviews on movement differences, effect of movement based interventions, and the underlying neural mechanisms in autism spectrum disorder. Front. Integr. Neurosci. 7:16. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2013.00016

Kitada, R., Okamoto, Y., Sasaki, A. T., Kochiyama, T., Miyahara, M., Lederman, S. J. & Sadato, N. (2013). Early visual experience and the recognition of basic facial expressions: involvement of the middle temporal and inferior frontal gyri during haptic identification by the early blind. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(7), doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00007

Miyahara, M., Ruffman, T., Fujita, C., & Tsujiib, M. (2010). How well can young people with Asperger's disorder recognize threat and learn about affect in faces?: A pilot study. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4(2), 242-248

Miyahara, M., Piek, J., & Barrett, N. (2008). Effect of postural instability on drawing Errors in children: A synchronized kinematic analysis of hand drawing and body motion. Human Movement Science, 27, 705–713.

Miyahara, M., Bray, A., Tsujii, M., Fujita, C., & Sugiyama, S. (2007). Reaction time of facial affect recognition in Asperger's disorder for cartoon and real, static and moving faces. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 38(2), 121-134.

Miyahara, M., Piek, J., & Barrett, N. (2006). Accuracy of drawing in a dual-task and resistance-to-distraction study: Motor or attention deficit? Human Movement Science, 25(1), 100-109.

2. Lifespan development of sequential movement memory.

Miyahara, M., Kitada, R., Sasaki, A., Okamoto, Y., Tanabe, H. C., & Sadato, N. (2013). Spontaneous verbal labeling of complex sequential hand movements reduces fMRI activation of the imitation-related regions. Neuroscience Research, 75(3), 228-238.

Miyahara, M., Leeder, T., Francis, G., & Inghelbrecht, A. (2008). Does an instruction of a verbal labeling strategy for hand movements improve general motor coordination as well as the Gestural Performance?: A test of the relationship between developmental coordination disorder and dyspraxia. Clinical Case Studies, 7, 191-207.

Miyahara, M. (2007) Age influences on working memory for hand movements: A test of metamemory deficit hypothesis. Experimental Aging Research, 33, 417-428.

Miyahara, M. (2003). Effects on memory of verbal labeling for hand movements in persons with Alzheimer's disease. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias, 18(6), 349-352.

3. Psychosocial aspects of developmental disorders and disability sports.

Briggs, H., Kolb, A., Miyahara, M. (2012). Able as anything: Integrated dance performance in New Zealand. Brolga, 37, 16-30.

Miyahara, M., & Baxter, D. G. (2011). Children with "dyspraxia": a survey of diagnostic heterogeneity, use and perceived effectiveness of interventions. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 23, 439-458.

Miyahara, M., Butson, R., Cutfield, R., & Clarkson, J. E. (2009). A Pilot Study of Family Focused Tele-Intervention for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: Development and Lessons Learned. Telemedicine and e-Health, 15, 707-712.

Miyahara, M. (2008). Social support for developmental disabilities: Theoretical framework, practice, and research agenda. New Zealand Journal of Disability Studies, 13, 14-23.

Green, C., & Miyahara, M. (2008). Older adults and visual impairment: Lived experiences and a walking group, RE: View Rehabilitation and Education for Blindness and Visual Impairment, 39, 91-111.

Miyahara, M., & Piek, J. (2006). Self-esteem of children and adolescents with physical disabilities; Quantitative evidence from meta-analysis. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 18, 219-234.

Vandevelde, L., & Miyahara, M. (2005). Impact of group rejections from a physical activity on physical self-esteem among university students. Social Psychology of Education, 8, 65-81.

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Last updated 5 June 2013

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