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Motohide Miyahara

Motohide MiyaharaAssociate Professor
BA (Psychology), MEd (Health Education), MA (Movement Therapy), MSci (Kinesiology), PhD (Kinesiology), DTR, Registered Psychologist
Tel +64 3 479 8387
Email motohide.miyahara@otago.ac.nz

Background

Motohide Miyahara has been interested in the body-mind relationships, and studied relevant academic disciplines, including psychology, health education, 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. Since taking up the academic staff position at the University of Otago in 1996, he has been serving as the Director of the Movement Development Clinic.

During his Research and Study Leave in 2009 and 2015, he worked on functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) research at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Japan.
Japanese language profile

He serves on the journal editorial boards of Research in Developmental Disabilities, Experimental Aging Research, and International Journal of Neurology Research.

Teaching

Research

Dr Miyahara has worked in the areas of developmental neuropsychology, motor development and adapted physical activity, and has been researching in four main areas. Representative publications are listed under four research themes.

1. Empathic concern for disability and accessibility

  • Mulligan, H., Miyahara, M., & Nichols-Dunsmuir, A. (2017). Multiple perspectives on accessibility to physical activity for people with long-term mobility impairment. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 19(4), 295-306.
  • Miyahara, M., Sawae, Y., Briggs, H., Wilson, R., Doihata, K., & Sugiyama, A. (2017). An inventory to assess empathic concern for disability and accessibility: development and preliminary psychometric investigation. Journal of Accessibility and Design for All, 7(2), 159-197.
  • Miyahara, M., Sawae, Y., Wilson, R., Briggs, H., Ishida, J., Doihata, K., & Sugiyama, A. (2018). An Interdependence Approach to Empathic Concern for Disability and Accessibility: Effects of Gender, Culture, and Priming Self-Construal in Japan and New Zealand. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 12, e11.
  • Miyahara, M., Harada, T., Tanaka, S., Fukuhara, H., Kano, T., Ono, T., & Sadato, N. (2017). Mindfulness meditation for future early childhood teachers in Japan. Teaching and Teacher Education, 65, 136-144.

2. Systematic and meta analytic reviews

  • 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. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7(16). doi: 10.3389/fnint.2013.00016
  • Miyahara, M., Lagisz, M., Nakagawa, S., and Henderson, S. E. (2017) A narrative meta-review of a series of systematic and meta-analytic reviews on the intervention outcome for children with developmental co-ordination disorder. Child: Care Health and Development, 43(5), 733–742. doi: 10.1111/cch.12437.
  • Miyahara, M., Hillier, S. L., Pridham, L., & Nakagawa, S. (2017). Task-oriented interventions for children with developmental co-ordination disorder (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. No. 7. doi/10.1002/14651858.CD010914.pub2  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD010914.pub2/full
  • Pocock, T., & Miyahara, M. (2017). Inclusion of students with disability in physical education: a qualitative meta-analysis. International Journal of Inclusive Education, Published online: 08 Dec 2017, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/13603116.2017.1412508

3. 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.

4. Case study research

  • Miyahara, M., & Wafer, A. (2004). Clinical intervention for children with developmental coordination disorder: A multiple case study. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 21(3), 281-300.
  • Miyahara, M., Leeder, T., Francis, G., Vandevelde, L. (2007). Does an instruction of a verbal labeling strategy for hand movements improve general motor coordination as well as the gestural performance? Clinical Case Studies, 7, 191-207.
  • Miyahara, M., Yamaguchi, M., & Green, C. (2008). A review of 326 children with developmental and physical disabilities, consecutively taught at the movement development clinic: Prevalence and intervention outcomes of children with DCD.  Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 20 (4), 353-363.
  • 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, 28(3), 91–112
  • Miyahara, M., Ginther-Shreiber, N., & Green, C. (2011). Associated movement reduction training for children with developmental coordination disorder. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 18 (6), 266-271.
  • Kluwe, M., & Miyahara, M. (2012). A case study to evaluate balance training with movement test items and through teaching observation: Beyond specificity and transfer of learning. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 17(5), 463-475.
  • Cadzow, A., Miyahara, M., & Cutfield, R. (2017). A longitudinal case study approach to describing a boy with development coordination disorder experiencing transitive intervention services towards inclusive school- and community-based physical activities. in A. J.S. Morin, C. Maïano, D. Tracey, & R. G. Craven (Eds.). Inclusive Physical Activities: International Perspectives. (A volume in the series: International Advances in Education: Global Initiatives for Equity and Social Justice). (pp. 31-52). Scottsdale, AZ: Information Age Publishing.

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Publications

Pocock, T., & Miyahara, M. (2018). Inclusion of students with disability in physical education: A qualitative meta-analysis. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 22(7), 751-766. doi: 10.1080/13603116.2017.1412508

Okamoto, Y., Kitada, R., Miyahara, M., Kochiyama, T., Naruse, H., Sadato, N., … Kosaka, H. (2018). Altered perspective-dependent brain activation while viewing hands and associated imitation difficulties in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. NeuroImage: Clinical, 19, 384-395. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2018.04.030

Miyahara, M., Sawae, Y., Wilson, R., Briggs, H., Ishida, J., Doihata, K., & Sugiyama, A. (2018). An interdependence approach to empathic concern for disability and accessibility: Effects of gender, culture, and priming self-construal in Japan and New Zealand. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 12, e11. doi: 10.1017/prp.2017.19

Sumiya, M., Igarashi, K., & Miyahara, M. (2018). Emotions surrounding friendships of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder in Japan: A qualitative interview study. PLoS ONE, 13(2), e0191538. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191538

Miyahara, M. (2018). Mental health of beginning early childhood teachers and their preparation. In M. Tsugane, T. Ono & T. Suzuki (Eds.), Health education in early childhood. (pp. 200-211). Tokyo, Japan: Fukumura Publishing.

Chapter in Book - Research

Miyahara, M. (2018). Mental health of beginning early childhood teachers and their preparation. In M. Tsugane, T. Ono & T. Suzuki (Eds.), Health education in early childhood. (pp. 200-211). Tokyo, Japan: Fukumura Publishing.

Cadzow, A., Miyahara, M., & Cutfield, R. (2017). A longitudinal case study approach to describing a boy with development coordination disorder experiencing transitive intervention services towards inclusive school and community-based physical activities. In A. J. S. Morin, C. Maïano, D. Tracey & R. G. Craven (Eds.), Inclusive physical activities: International perspectives. (pp. 31-52). Scottsdale, AZ: Information Age.

Miyahara, M., Rigoli, D., & Piek, J. P. (2016). Physical disability and self-esteem. In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of adolescence. (Online ed.) Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-32132-5_104-2

Miyahara, M., & Piek, J. (2012). Physical disability and self-esteem. In R. J. R. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of adolescence. (pp. 2079-2083). Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4419-1695-2_104

Davids, K., Savelsbergh, G. J. P., & Miyahara, M. (2010). Identifying constraints on children with movement difficulties: Implications for pedagogues and clinicians. In I. Renshaw, K. Davids & G. J. P. Savelsbergh (Eds.), Motor learning in practice: A constraints-led approach. (pp. 173-186). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Miyahara, M., & Möbs, I. (2007). Motorische und Verhaltensmerkmale von Kindern mit Hyperkinetischem Syndrom. In H. Tiemann, S. Schulz & E. Schmidt-Gotz (Eds.), International inklusiv interdisziplinär: Perspektiven einer zeitgemäßen sportwissenschaft. (pp. 187-199). Schorndorf, Germany: Hofmann.

Miyahara, M. (2006). Motor development. In R. Bartlett, C. Gratton & C. Rolf (Eds.), Encyclopedia of international sports studies (Vol. 2). (pp. 836-837). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Miyahara, M. (2006). Adapted physical activity. In R. Bartlett, C. Gratton & C. Rolf (Eds.), Encyclopedia of international sports studies (Vol. 1). (pp. 11-12). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

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Journal - Research Article

Pocock, T., & Miyahara, M. (2018). Inclusion of students with disability in physical education: A qualitative meta-analysis. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 22(7), 751-766. doi: 10.1080/13603116.2017.1412508

Okamoto, Y., Kitada, R., Miyahara, M., Kochiyama, T., Naruse, H., Sadato, N., … Kosaka, H. (2018). Altered perspective-dependent brain activation while viewing hands and associated imitation difficulties in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. NeuroImage: Clinical, 19, 384-395. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2018.04.030

Miyahara, M., Sawae, Y., Wilson, R., Briggs, H., Ishida, J., Doihata, K., & Sugiyama, A. (2018). An interdependence approach to empathic concern for disability and accessibility: Effects of gender, culture, and priming self-construal in Japan and New Zealand. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 12, e11. doi: 10.1017/prp.2017.19

Sumiya, M., Igarashi, K., & Miyahara, M. (2018). Emotions surrounding friendships of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder in Japan: A qualitative interview study. PLoS ONE, 13(2), e0191538. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191538

Miyahara, M., Hillier, S. L., Pridham, L., & Nakagawa, S. (2017). Task-oriented interventions for children with developmental co-ordination disorder (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 7, CD010914. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010914.pub2

Miyahara, M., Harada, T., Tanaka, S., Fukuhara, H., Kano, T., Ono, T., & Sadato, N. (2017). Mindfulness meditation for future early childhood teachers in Japan. Teaching & Teacher Education, 65, 136-144. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2017.03.007

Miyahara, M., Sawae, Y., Briggs, H., Wilson, R., Doihata, K., & Sugiyama, A. (2017). An inventory to assess empathic concern for disability and accessibility: Development and preliminary psychometric investigation. Journal of Accessibility & Design for All, 7(2), 159-197. doi: 10.17411/jacces.v7i2.132

Bird, A. L., Grant, C. C., Bandara, D. K., Mohal, J., Atatoa-Carr, P. E., Wise, M. R., … Miyahara, M., & Morton, S. M. B. (2017). Maternal health in pregnancy and associations with adverse birth outcomes: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 57(1), 16-24. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12557

Miyahara, M., Lagisz, M., Nakagawa, S., & Henderson, S. E. (2017). A narrative meta-review of a series of systematic and meta-analytic reviews on the intervention outcome for children with developmental co-ordination disorder. Child: Care, Health & Development, 43(5), 733-742. doi: 10.1111/cch.12437

Moebs, I., Gee, S., Miyahara, M., Paton, H., & Croucher, M. (2017). Perceptions of a cognitive rehabilitation group by older people living with cognitive impairment and their caregivers: A qualitative interview study. Dementia, 16(4), 513-522. doi: 10.1177/1471301215609738

Mulligan, H., Miyahara, M., & Nichols-Dunsmuir, A. (2016). Multiple perspectives on accessibility to physical activity for people with long-term mobility impairment. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 19(4), 295-306. doi: 10.1080/15017419.2016.1167772

Miyahara, M., Hillier, S. L., Pridham, L., & Nakagawa, S. (2014). Task‐oriented interventions for children with developmental co‐ordination disorder (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 1, CD010914. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010914

Miyahara, M., Healey, D. M., & Halperin, J. M. (2014). One-week temporal stability of hyperactivity in preschoolers with ADHD during psychometric assessment. Psychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, 68(2), 120-126. doi: 10.1111/pcn.12096

Miyahara, M., Harada, T., Ruffman, T., Sadato, N., & Iidaka, T. (2013). Functional connectivity between amygdala and facial regions involved in recognition of facial threat. Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, 8(2), 181-189. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsr085

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. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7, 16. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2013.00016

Miyahara, M., Kitada, R., Sasaki, A. T., Okamoto, Y., Tanabe, H. C., & Sadato, N. (2013). From gestures to words: Spontaneous verbal labeling of complex sequential hand movements reduces fMRI activation of the imitation-related regions. Neuroscience Research, 75(3), 228-238. doi: 10.1016/j.neures.2012.12.007

Kluwe, M., Miyahara, M., & Heveldt, K. (2012). A case study to evaluate balance training with movement test items and through teaching observation: Beyond specificity and transfer of learning. Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy, 17(5), 463-475. doi: 10.1080/17408989.2011.594428

Miyahara, M., Ginther Schreiber, N., & Green, C. (2011). Associated movement reduction training for children with developmental coordination disorder: A pilot trial. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 18(6), 336-341.

Miyahara, M., & Baxter, G. D. (2011). Children with “dyspraxia”: A survey of diagnostic heterogeneity, use and perceived effectiveness of interventions. Journal of Developmental & Physical Disabilities, 23(5), 439-458. doi: 10.1007/s10882-011-9239-z

Miyahara, M., Ruffman, T., Fujita, C., & Tsujii, 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. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2009.09.010

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 Journal and e-Health, 15(7), 707-712. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2009.0022

Miyahara, M., Piek, J. P., & Barrett, N. C. (2008). Effect of postural instability on drawing errors in children: A synchronized kinematic analysis of hand drawing and body motion. Human Movement Science, 27(5), 705-713.

Miyahara, M., Yamaguchi, M., & Green, C. (2008). A review of 326 children with developmental and physical disabilities, consecutively taught at the movement development clinic: Prevalence and intervention outcomes of children with DCD. Journal of Developmental & Physical Disabilities, 20(4), 353-363. doi: 10.1007/s10882-008-9102-z

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(3), 191-207. doi: 10.1177/1534650107306876

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

Green, C., & Miyahara, M. (2008). Older adults with visual impairment: Lived experiences and a walking group. RE:view, 39(3), 91-111.

Miyahara, M., Bray, A., Tsujii, M., Fujita, C., & Sugiyama, T. (2007). Reaction time of facial affect recognition in Asperger's disorder for cartoon and real, static and moving faces. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 38, 121-134. doi: 10.1007/s10578-007-0048-7

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

Miyahara, M. (2007). Physical activities adapted for people with disabilities and older adults: Integration of theory, practice and research. Journal of Rehabilitation Sport, 26(1), 14-19.

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, 100-109.

Licari, M., Larkin, D., & Miyahara, M. (2006). The influence of developmental coordination disorder and attention deficits on associated movements in children. Human Movement Science, 25, 90-99.

Miyahara, M., & Piek, J. (2006). Self-esteem of children and adolescents with physical disabilities: Quantitative evidence from meta-analysis. Journal of Developmental & Physical Disabilities, 18(3), 219-234.

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Journal - Research Other

Miyahara, M. (2011). [Review of the book Comorbidities in developmental disorders: Clinics in developmental medicine no. 187]. International Journal of Disability, Development & Education, 58(2), 199-200. doi: 10.1080/1034912X.2011.570509

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Miyahara, M., & Heveldt, K. (2007). Usefulness of qualitative longitudinal assessment of one-leg balance in developmental coordination disorder and Asperger's disorder. Sobama Journal. 12(1, Suppl.), (pp. 112-114). [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Searing, B., & Miyahara, M. (2011). Balance skills in a three year old girl with hypotonia and hyperlaxity: Is it domain-specific or not? Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association (AHDA). (pp. 46). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/ahda2011/

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