Know the Brain, Understand the Human, and Make the World Better
Prof. Motoaki Sugiura
Prof. Motoaki Sugiura
Human Brain Science
To reveal the neural mechanisms underlying ‘human’ mind and behavior, we utilize functional neuroimaging as well as physical and behavioral measurements. We strive for a brain science that is considered a ‘hub’, connecting different fields of basic and application sciences addressing human nature. Your participation and supports are warmly welcomed.
Aging Human Brain Science
We propose new ways for our lives, ageing, and societies to be more 'human', from a neuroscientific perspective, and seek technical developments of Smart Ageing promotion in our super-ageing society.
Disaster-Related Human Brain Science
We cast the neuroscientific light on the human ability to survive various disaster situations from the occurrence to the reconstruction of lives, and propose a new protocol of education and disaster mitigation.
Welcome party for IDAC new members
We had a welcome party for IDAC new members. Koichi Toida, Shoki Ogata and Vidya Gani Wijaya from our lab introduced themselves on the stage (beer case, actually) and were welcomed as colleagues. We look forward to new research conducted in IDAC. (Oba)
Visualizing the functioning of the human mind (JURC seminar)
Does functional neuroimaging lead innovation of the understanding of human? Our attempt to explain the enigma of human mind and behavior in terms of environmental adaptation using internal schemata in three contexts (body, interpersonal relationship, social value) was illustrated. The lecture interested the wide range of audience in the 86th seminar of the Council of Joint Usage/Research Centers (JURC) in National Universities. (Sugiura)
Early career health psychologist award
I was adopted as the winner of Early career health psychologist award from Japanese association of health psychology. This award aims to honor early career researchers who will make a presentation at the international conference related to the health psychology. I would like to have discussions about studying neural mechanisms of health relevant issues in the field of health psychology with the attendee of the annual conference of the European health psychology society. (Oba)
How to use fMRI in humanity sciences (Symposium presentation)
The success of the fMRI project in the applied linguistics (or any humanity sciences) lays on the three ways of thinking: think in cognitive process, with collaborators, and about man-power rather than money. I delivered the lecture in the kick-off symposium of the collaboration project by the applied linguists and cognitive neuroscientists in UK and Japan. (Sugiura)
We held the farewell and welcome party!
We held farewell party for Suzuki-sensei and welcome party for Toida-san, Ogata-san and Vidya- san. Suzuki-sensei told us the difference among graduate school in USA, Australia and Japan. New comers made very interesting self introduction. We enjoyed lunch and the party (Hamamoto, Hsieh)
Symposium: ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections Project (April 24th)
We will organize Japan-England Joint symposium on April 24th, titled as "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Foundations of Successful Second Language Acquisition:  ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections Project"
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9th IDAC Human Neuroscience seminar
We will organize the 9th IDAC Human Neuroscience seminar on April 26th. Dr. Adam Tierney (Birkbeck, University of London) will give a talk "Tracking selective attention to musical melodies using EEG" (Jeong)
Tohoku University President's Award
I received Tohoku University President's Award. I am very honored to receive this award. I thank all the lab members and collaborators for their support. (Motoki)
prediction and inference affects self agency (poster presentation)
I participated in the CNS meeting held in San Francisco, USA. It was for the my first time visiting in the United States. There was not much research for mental diseases in the conference, but many people were interested in it (Abe).
Neural Correlates of Japanese Honorific Expressions (Poster presentation)
In the 26th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society(CNS) hold in San Francisco, I have presented a poster presentation about the neural correlates of Japanese honorific expressions. During the conference, I've received lots of thoughtful comments from other researchers. Also, throughout attending other researchers' presentation and lectures, I was able to learn and follow up the new trending of cognitive neuroscience studies.
The interdisciplinary research of language and brain (scholarship)
I received the scholarship from Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association. This is for the interdisciplinary research of language and brain. The scholarship is equal to the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship. I appreciate the help from the lab members and everything related to this scholarship. From now on, I will do my best in my research. (Hsieh)
An oral presentation at Consumer psychology symposium
I gave an oral presentation at Consumer psychology symposium sponsored by Japanese Psychological Association. I talked about "Investigating consumer psychology using eye-tracking and neuroscience" (Motoki)
Round faces are associated with sweet foods (Paper accepted)
In retail settings, social perception of other peoples’ preferences is fundamental to successful interpersonal interactions. In line with taste-shape correspondences, the participants reliably inferred that round-faced individuals preferred sweet foods. These findings imply the pervasiveness of prejudicial bias in the marketplace, and were just accepted at Foods.(Motoki)
There are two neural basis related to body image disturbance? (poster presentation)
I gave a poster presentation at The 21st Congress of Japan Human Brain Mapping Society. It was so interesting because the research covered a broad range of research fields, from cognitive psychology to clinical medicine (Hamamoto).
When we feel spirituality.
Spirituality is suggested to have impact on health and quality of life. We investigated the neural bases of spiritual feelings evoked during simply viewing a picture in average people. We presented findings at the 21th Annual Meeting of Japan Human Brain Mapping Society (JHBM). This study was planed and conducted by Yoko Katayori who belonged to Department of Behavior Medicine at Tohoku University . (Hirano)