Psychosomatic Medicine



Current Research Projects

Psychosomatic medicine is a field that applies the concept of the psychosomatic correlation (mind-body relationship) to medicine. Research in psychosomatic medicine is an interdisciplinary field that spans medicine and clinical psychology, with an investigation of the psychosomatic correlation as a core theme. Based on the investigation of the relationship between stress and physiological state of the body, we study the relationship between emotion and psychology, the pathophysiology of psychosomatic and functional diseases in which stress is closely involved, and treatment methods based on the concept of psychosomatic correlation.

  • Pathophysiology in patients with psychosomatic disorders and/or functional somatic syndromes (FSSs) based on Psychophysiological Stress Profile (PSP).
  • Emotional and/or psychological process and interoception.
  • Investigation about alexithymia and alexisomia.
  • Stress assessment and prediction of disease risk using psycho-physiological monitoring in daily life.
  • Analysis of psychosomatic interaction and stress response based on nonlinear models.
  • Biofeedback in psychosomatic medicine.

Representative/ Recent Publications

  • The association between heart rate variability and quality of life in patients with functional somatic syndrome and healthy controls. Kanbara K, Morita Y, Hasuo H, Abe T. Appllied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback. 46(3):279-285. 2021; doi: 10.1007/s10484-021-09515-1.
  • Links among emotional awareness, somatic awareness and autonomic homeostatic processing. Kanbara K, Fukunaga M. BioPsychoSocial Medicine, 10(16), 1-11, 2016.
  • An exploratory study of subgrouping of patients with functional somatic syndrome based on the psychophysiological stress response: its relationship with moods and subjective variables. Kanbara K, Fukunaga M,et al. Psychosomatic Medicine, 69, 158-165, 2007.
  • Interoception and alexithymia are related to differences between the self-reported and the objectively measured physical activity in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Shizuma H, Abe T, Kanbara K, Amaya Y, Mizuno Y, Saka-Kochi Y, Fukunaga M. J Psychosom Res. 2021 Jan;140:110324. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.110324.
  • Effect of heart rate variability biofeedback sessions with resonant frequency breathing on sleep: A pilot study among family caregivers of patients with cancer. Hasuo H, Kanbara K, Fukunaga M. Front Med (Lausanne). 2020 Feb 25;7:61. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2020.00061.
  • Stress assessment by psychophysiological monitoring in daily life. Kanbara K, Morita Y. Impact, Vol 2019, 8; 48-50, 2019.

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