He graduated from Tokyo University (1918). He went to U.S.A. and studied at Cornell University.
After returning, he became professor of the 3rd Higher School in Kyoto (1922), assistant professor (1933) and professor of Tokyo University (1943). He served successively as dean of Literature Faculty, dean of Education Faculty, dean of Liberal Arts Faculty (1947); held additional post of director of library attached to the university.
After retiring on age limit (1954), he became president of Tokyo Women's College and emeritus professor of Tokyo University.
He served the third consecutive term as president of Japan Psychological Society, held additional post of president of Animal Psychology Society. He also was director of the First Department of Japan Science Council and a leading member of Scientific and Technical Investigation Council. Books include: "Problems of Perception" and "Experimental Analysis Concerning Primary Factors of Contiguity and Agreement."