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)
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)
Exploring facilitative effect of electric current on cognitive functions (Presentation at IDAC, Tohoku University)
There is increasing attention on non-invasive brain stimulation (meaning no surgical intervention to apply it), that can be used to help treatments for cognitive decline/disorders. The transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is one of the non-invasive techniques to stimulate brain. Funded by IDAC, Tohoku university, we found a positive effect of tDCS on visual cognitive tasks (recognition of tool photos, paper published in 2018). With continuous collaboration with other researchers, I will further pursue effective methods for electric stimulation and possible cognitive function to apply them in the near future. (Ishibashi)
Invited talks at University of Utah and Brigham Young University, USA
I was invited to give talks on March 4th – 10th by two universities: University of Utah and Brigham Young University (BYU) which are located in the Utah State, USA. I gave a series of talks about the neurocognition of second language acquisition. The attendees were linguistics professors and doctoral students. I discussed how to combine cognitive neuroscience and linguistics research. I really enjoyed an insightful discussion with them and had a wonderful lunch and dinner with the faculty members in a beautiful Salt Lake City. (Jeong)
advanced graduate program for future medicine & health care
I joined the kick-off symposium of advanced graduate program for future medicine & health care which will start this spring. I presented my research of fMRI study (Abe, poster session).
Final debrief meeting of interdisciplinary research (oral presentation)
I gave an oral presentation at final debrief meeting of Division for Interdisciplinary Advanced Research and Education. I talked about "Crossmodal correspondences influence consumer behaviors". I appreciate research grants from the institution (Motoki)
Fusion of psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience (Lecture)
Despite the recent advancement in medical sciences, little is known about mechanisms underlying mental disorders. In the 21st Computational Psychiatry colloquium, I presented the possibility of collaborations between between psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience. (Suzuki)
Anxiety increases visual attention to hedonic foods (Paper accepted)
Two types of affect influence consumers’ attention: incidental affect unrelated to a particular perception or judgment and integral affect directly related to the particular options under consideration. Our results showed that the induction of incidental anxiety led to greater visual attention on hedonic foods. These findings were just accepted at Appetite.（Motoki）
Multisensory Consumer-Computer Interaction（Call for papers）
The use and communication of sensory information mediated by /delivered via the latest in new technologies is a subject that challenges researchers in human-computer interaction, psychology, and marketing. In this Special Issue, we want to create an interdisciplinary research space in which to discuss the scope of Multisensory Consumer-Computer Interaction. The submission will open on the 11th of May 2019 and will close on the 11st of January 2020. (Motoki)
The Neural Mechanism of Language Control
There are various, unsolved questions in bilingual language control. For instance, what are the neural mechanisms when bilinguals recognize cognates (銀行 in Chinese and Japanese) and interlingual homographs (汽車 in Chinese and Japanese)? Is it just selection, or inhibition? I participated in the 8th Tohoku Winter School of Brain Science and presented the research about language control.
Neural Correlates of Japanese Honorific Expressions (oral presentation)
Japanese honorific expressions are known as grammaticalized honorification, which apply certain linguistic forms to mark the social relations between interlocutors. However, less is known how the brain processes the honorific expressions during communication. I presented the study about the neural correlates of Japanese honorific expressions at the 8th Winter School by Tohoku Society of Young Researchers in Neuroscience (CUI).
We enjoyed the 8th Tohoku neuroscience winter school
We participated the 8th Tohoku neuroscience winter school held at Akiu hot spring. From our lab, six people participated and gave poster or oral presentations. We enjoyed communicating with many young researchers as well as hot spring (Hamamoto).
Appreciating the words of praise with cognitive neuroscience
Are you happy when you receive flattery? What is flattery? Who prefer flattery? I proposed answers to these questions at the 8th Winter School by Tohoku Society of Young Researchers on Neuroscience. Graciously, I have received the grand prize with this poster presentation. I was so happy to discuss with several researchers who had various backgrounds. (Fujiwara)
fMRI methods: opportunities and challenges (Seminar)
Through fMRI, a noninvasive measurement of brain activity, we now understand complex human cognition. However, fMRI research requires deliberate experimental design and sophisticated data analyses. In this seminar, Dr. Hsu Chun-ting (Kyoto University) was invited to give a series of lectures about advanced experimental designs and recent issues about fMRI analyses. All the lab members truly enjoyed his lectures and active discussion. (Jeong)
Is preference for gamble contagious?: Effect of aging and development (Paper accepted)
Preference for gambling is known to be reinforced when observing others playing gamble (Suzuki et al., PNAS, 2016). In a study published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, we show that the phenomenon is more prominent in adolescents, compared with adults. (Suzuki)
Talking about visual attention, memory and geothermal energy in snowy Naruko
I discussed the relationship between visual saliency and distractiveness of visual memory in Research meeting of young researchers' ensemble from research institutes in Tohoku University. In the meeting, held at the Naruko spa area with heavy snow, I enjoyed listening other researchers' talks and onlooking some plants of geothermal energy. (Tanabe)
It always starts with curiosity
Three students who completed Kiso-shuren (basic training at labs) course at our lab today made final presentations of their 3-month research activity. Each pursued their own interest (anxiety, music perception, and flattery) in the field of cognitive neuroscience. I sincerely hope they find their experiences at this lab useful in their future lives. Of the three presentations, one (Fujiwara-kun's) received 'Best Performance Award'. (Ishibashi)
Cognitive and neural bases of preference and purchasing behavior (Seminar)
Two presentations on a cutting-edge research on the complex relationship between the choice and prediction were given. Ayahito Ito (University of Southampton) presented the latest finding on the neural bases of the other’s preference prediction from faces based on the experiment that combined speed dating and fMRI. Mayomi Haga (Osaka University of Economics) gave us a lecture on the basics of the multi-level analysis and an exemplar of its application on the POS data to analyze the individual difference in the cognitive process of the sales prediction. It was a gorgeous lineup for the 7th Human Brain Science Seminar at the end of year 2018. (Sugiura)
Human brain science and smart-aging business (Lecture)
The business eventually concerns the needs of customers, that is, the understanding of the ‘human’. A lecture with the title “Revealing the backyard of the mysterious human mind and behavior using functional neuroimaging” was made in the Smart Aging Collage in Tokyo. Through the discussion with more than 20 participants from the companies, several lines of new collaboration appeared to emerge. (Sugiura)
Combining multiple tools for deeper understanding of human brain
For deeper understanding of human brain, it would be useful to combine functional MRI with computational approach and brain-stimulation technique. I discussed this issue with the focus on social neuroscience at the Winter Symposium on Next-Generation Neuroscience. (Suzuki)
Shinyu Graduate Research Excellent Award at Tohoku university
I received Shinyu Graduate Research Excellent Award at Tohoku university. (Motoki)
Neural mechanisms of Japanese honorification
Japanese honorific expressions are known as grammaticalized honorification, which apply certain linguistic forms to mark the social relations between interlocutors. However, less is known how the brain integrates sociocultural and linguistic information during communication. I presented the the findings of our study about the neural representation of Japanese honorific expressions at the 5th Workshop of the NINJAL Collaborative Research Project: Generative Perspectives on the Syntax and Acquisition of Japanese. I received lots of insightful comments and suggestions during the poster session. (CUI)
Neural mechanism of language control
There are several riddles in bilingual language control. For instance, what is the cognitive mechanism when bilinguals process cognates (e.g. 銀行 in both Japanese and Chinese). I presented the results about bilingual language control at the the 5th Workshop of the NINJAL Collaborative Research Project: Generative Perspectives on the Syntax and Acquisition of Japanese, and got various useful feedback (Hsieh).
Applications of neuroscience to marketing (lecture)
I gave a lecture about consumer neuroscience at Smart Aging College Tokyo. I discussed an application of neuroscience in consumer behavior with business practitioners. (Motoki)
How to apply neurosciece to management
Overseas, researchers and compnies try to apply neuroscience to actual management. This time, in Japan! I gave a lecture at the Smart Aging College Tokyo @ Nihonbashi from the perspective of managerial decision-making and human resources management. I knew business persons were interested in neurosciece research. I am looking forward to collaborative research on industry-university collaboration.(Kageyama)
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)
Discussing working memory models beside Mississippi river (poster presentation)
Our behaviours in everyday life consist of quite complex combinations of information. The working memory system is supposed to control the combinations of information in various scenes. However, it is still controversial whether the control system is unitary or context-dependent. Our behavioural data indicate that the relationship between actions in everyday life and working memory is task-dependent. The work was reported in the Psychonomic Society conference 2018 at New Orleans. (Tanabe, Ishibashi)
Neural correlates mediating optimism change by remembering nostalgic memories (poster presentation)
It has been shown that remembering nostalgic memories can enhance optimism. I presented a recent study that suggest a role of dorsomedial prefrontal cortex on mediating optimism change by reminiscence in the Neuroscience 2018 held at San Diego. I enjoyed discussion about the adaptive role of memory with researchers in related fields. (Oba)
Electric current improves recognition of familiar tools (Talk at IDAC's retreat camp 11/6-7)
I gave a talk about the facilitative effect of the weak electric current on familiar tool cognition (data published this year). It was given at the annual 'retreat' meeting of IDAC, which was held in Minami-Sanriku this year. On this rare occasion, I could get valuable comments from the young fellow researchers in IDAC whose research topics ranging from molecular biology to human psychology. (Ishibashi)
Decision-making, learning and mental disorders (poster presentation)
I presented my recent work on decision-making, learning and mental disorders at Neuroscience 2018 held in San Diego, USA. I enjoyed stimulating discussion under the beautiful weather in South California.
On the dilemma of normalcy bias (Oral presentation)
Underestimating the likeliness of negative events for oneself is considered an adaptive cognitive bias in terms of the mental health as a result of prefrontal emotional regulation. Does this mean that we can do nothing about the normalcy bias and the resultant failure of disaster evacuation as it is the side effect of the human adaptation? This dilemma seems not to be the case according to the survey data of the survivors of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster, which I presented in the 20th annual meeting of the Japan Society for Disaster Information Studies. (Sugiura)
Neural predictors of advertising sharing (oral presentation)
I attended the Japan Association for Consumer Studies, and gave an oral presentation about neural predictors of advertising sharing. (Motoki)
Crossmodal correspondences between voice pitch and tastes increase advertising effectiveness (poster presentation)
I gave a poster presentation at Multisensory conference. The title was "Crossmodal correspondences between voice pitch and tastes increase advertising effectiveness" . (Motoki)
Difference between the Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroscience (UCL-TU Joint Neuroscience Workshop)
When cognitive neuroscience tries to contribute to the solution of social problems, the challenge it faces is the psychosocial one, namely, the absence of adequate cognitive hypotheses. The frontier of the cognitive neuroscience exists outside the brain. I presented my opinion on this essential difference between the cognitive neuroscience and neuroscience in the neuoscience workshop held as a part of the kick-off partnership event between the University Collage London and Tohoku University. (Sugiura)
Neural predictors of social preference (Symposium presentation)
I attended the Annual conference of the Japanese Psychological Association, and gave an oral presentation about neural predictors of advertising sharing in the symposium of 'Cognitive neuroscience of preference: from basic to applied research' (Motoki).
Researchers in the disaster (Symposium)
What were the researchers here in Sendai doing in the aftermath of the The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake? Now, seven years after the disaster, seven researchers told their stories about the experience as a survivor, establishment of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science, or days of psychologically supporting the victims. My days as a cognitive neuroscientist was also a part of that picture scroll presented in a symposium in the 82nd meeting of the Japan Psychological Society. (Sugiura)
What is the effect of artistic activity on the physical and mental health of elderly people? (Poster presentation)
This is a summary of the results of the investigation of 30 people over the age of 60 that the effect of continuing artistic activities for a long time on mental and physical health of elderly people. And then we classified various effects of artistic activities into seven aspects. And then I did a poster presentation of this research at 82nd Annual convention of the Japanese Psychological Association. Many participants involved in elderly-related research made a lot of encouragement and support on this research. It was a precious time that I was aware of the possibility of developing this research in various directions through discussions with participants.（Cheon）
Domain-specificity of the relationship between working memory and prospective memory (poster presentation)
I attended the 82nd conference of Japanese Psychological Association and presented a poster entitled 'The effects of semantic and perceptual information on a prospective memory task in a virtual environment'. In the session, I discussed domain specificity of relationships between working memory and prospective memory with several reseachers. As a researcher of 'vision', I made designed frames for my poster inspired by the symbol flower of Tohoku Univesity, 'hagi' but no one noticed it. (Tanabe)
What is the ‘other’ person in the brain? (Symposium)
The relationship between the self and other is considered in separate layers: body, concept, and society, for example. The validity and implication of this idea were discussed in the symposium organized by Takashi Tsukiura (Kyoto Univ) and Ryo Kitada (Nanyang Technological Univ) in the 82nd meeting of the Japan Psychological Society. Bringing the cognitive neuroscience topics on the autism by Yuko Okamoto (ATR corp) and in-grouop/out-group by Yuta Katsumi (Illinois Univ) together, followed by the evocative comments by the robotics scientist Hideyuki Takahashi (Osaka Univ), the discussion was so multi-faceted and inspiring. (Sugiura)
Whose 'body' is it? (Symposium)
I gave a talk at a symposium entitled "Whose 'body' is it? -Exploring the commonality and difference between body representations of self and others" at the 82nd Annual Convention of the Japanese Psychological Association. Apart from my talk about healthy people's 'hand' representations, three other speakers provided intriguing data acquired from various targets including brain-damaged patients, infants, and even Capuchin monkeys. Though no immediate answer to the question in the title was possible, I could make a fresh resolution to proceed the research until I get more convincing results to support my hypotheses. (Ishibashi)
Crossmodal correspondences between feeling warm and light colors influence consumer behavior（paper accepted）
Consumers are often surrounded by somatosensory (e.g., warmth) and visual (e.g., color) information. This study revealed the existence of crossmodal correspondences between feeling warm and light colors, and such crossmodal correspondences influenced consumer behavior. These findings were just accepted at Food Quality and Preference.（Motoki）
Neural predictors of advertising sharing (oral presentation)
I attended the 7th Summer School by Japan Society of Marketing and Distribution, and gave an oral presentation about neural predictors of advertising sharing. (Motoki)
Are pay and interest of work processed by same psychological process?
Are pay and interest of work processed by same psychological process? From functional MRI, we had the evidence that they were processed by same process, broadly. On the other hand, we also had the evidence that the difference of pay and interest of work from the view of the brain. I presented poster at 34th Annual Meeting of Japanese Association of Industrial/Organizational Psychology held in Nagoya, Japan. Matsuura
Trends of the cognitive science on the bodily and social cognition (Symposium)
The posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) is activated by variety of social tasks in fMRI studies. What is its essential function? I proposed its hypothesis in the symposium addressing the future of the cognitive science of the bodily and social cognition organized by Sotaro Shimada (Meiji Univ), preceded by the presentations on the bodily synchronization by Masahiro Kawasaki (Tsukuba Univ) and on the interoceptive sensation by Satoshi Umeda (keio Univ). The venue was a beautiful 1,000-acommodating hall of Ritsumeikan Univ (Osaka). Were we successful at the presenting the future vision of the research to the audience? (Sugiura)
Is brain science applicable to English education? (poster presentation)
The disambiguation mechanisms involved in ambiguity of languages occurring between languages (Japanese - English) and of languages occurring in languages (Japanese - Japanese) depend on the proficiency of the language. How can we apply such cognitive mechanism to English education in Japan? I presented the results of this research at the 44th Japan Society of English Language Education in Kyoto, Japan, and discuss with the English teachers. (Okamoto)
Infinite potential of MRI
I attended 22th collegium on NMR micro-imaging at Tohoku University, and presented my works that apply MRI to human neuro-imaging. Excited to see recent advancement and applications of MRI technology! (Suzuki)
What is the ‘self’ (Symposium)
The definition of the ‘self’ is highly dependent of the researcher’s personal background and research methods. The lecture by the Shinobu Kitayama, the advocate of the famous independent and interdependent selves, opened the Day 2 afternoon session of the 1st Tsinghua Social Neuroscience Symposium, in which I appealed the advantage of the three-layer model of the self in association with the relevance of the self-concept to the power to live with disasters. (Sugiura)
Four presentations at the SNL 2018 conference, Quebec City, Canada
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL) conference which was started as a satellite symposium of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN). Among the Sugiura lab members I am the only one who has attended the SNL conference since 2013. But, this year, four papers were presented including collaborative work with Sophia University (Japanese sentences processing) and Nagoya University (intensive training effects of English listening). At SNL conferences there is always a very limited number of studies presented by researchers from Japan and Asian countries (according to SNL statistics less than 5-10% of a whole presentations). This year, our Sugiura lab at Tohoku University showed its presence to the world. Let the world know what we are doing at Tohoku University. If you are interested in brain and language research, please contact us. (Jeong)
What is the effect of doing artistic activities for a long time?（poster presentation）
I did a poster presentation at the 72nd Korea Psychological Association. This is a summary of the results of the investigation of 30 people over the age of 60 that the effect of continuing artistic activities for a long time on mental and physical health of elderly people. I was able to interact with researchers and students in various fields of psychology and it was a meaningful time.(Cheon)
How to process two or more meaningful words (poster presentation)
It is said that it is difficult for second language learner to learn words which have more than one meaning, but then how does the second language learner process such words in the brain? We made a poster presentation about this work at 10th Anniversary of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language held in Quebec city, Canada. (Okamoto)
World’s Researchers of “Brain and Language” were there! (Poster Presentation)
Some language makes you feel uncomfortable to learn. Why? We generated two Artificial languages (AF), one of which was similar to Japanese and another one was dissimilar to Japanese. As results, greater activation in the grammar related areas was observed during dissimilar AF learning. Our data suggested that cross-linguistic similarity recruited different brain mechanism of L2 developing. We presented our work at 10th Anniversary of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language held in Quebec city, Canada. Three days, we enjoy the communication with the researcher of “Brain and Language” from the world. (Ishinabe)
Most Downloaded Food Quality and Preference Articles
"The paradox of warmth: Ambient warm temperature decreases preference for savory foods" was nominated in the most downloaded articles from Food Quality and Preference in the last 90 days.
FRIS/DIARE JOINT WORKSHOP
Suzuki and Motoki attended FRIS/DIARE JOINT WORKSHOP. Suzuki presented neural mechanisms underlying human decision-making. Motoki presented study of consumer behavior using neuroscience. (Suzuki, Motoki)
Does brain science contribute to the solution of social problems? (Panelist)
Cognitive neuroscience has potential to contribute solutions to the social problems through the innovation of the social and humanity sciences. To make this happen, we need to enrich the psychology that bridges the brain science and social practice, and to include the brain science in the basic education. Is the Japanse neuroscience society sufficiently aware of these outside-the-brain issues? I presented this view as a panelist in the luncheon discussion of the 41st annual meeting entitled “New directions of the brain science in the next 10-20 years.” (Sugiura)
From bodily action to social cognition (Symposium)
Human social cognition originates from the interaction of simple bodily action and environmental response. Gathering five neuroscientists who take different approaches to this developmental process, Gianluca Esposito (Nanyang Technological Univ) and I organized a symposium in the 41st Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society. GE talked on its cross-species basis, Takahiko Koike on the oscillation of the two brains during joint attention, Ryo Kitada (Nanyang Technological Univ) on the contingency detection in the area for the visual body recognition, Sotaro Shimada (Meiji Univ) on the effect of cheering on oscillation and vicarious reward, and I on the life-long contribution of the relationship between the bodily action and sociality. (Sugiura)
Who will improve optimism after nostalgic remembering? (Oral presentation)
I gave a presentation about the individual differences on the remembering nostalgic memories at the International Smart Aging and Brain seminar with Michigan University and Chang Gung University. I learned research activities at the field of Healthy Aging in the U.S. and Taiwan, and reaffirmed the significance of understanding “individual difference”. (Oba)
abnormality of self-other distinction (oral presentation)
At the 150th Biannual Meeting of the IDAC, I presented MRI research on functional abnormalities of prediction of schizophrenia. Predictive function abnormality is thought to be related to the self-disturbance of schizophrenia. In the task using button press and presentation of tone, we detected brain activity different from healthy subjects. This finding may lead to early intervention or prognosis prediction in the future.(abe)
Warmth and food preference (invited talk)
Kosuke motoki talked about the influence of ambient temperatures on food preferences at a sectional meeting of Japanese Society for Sensory Evaluation. (Motoki)
4th Ensemble workshop for young researchers in Tohoku University
A workshop intended to facilitate collaborative work among the research institutes in Tohoku University took place at the Research Institute of Electrical Communication. We presented our recent psychological and neuroimaging works concerning odor recognition, semantic judgement, value of occupation, fear of death, body image dissatisfaction and effect of reminiscence. There were around one hundred participants, and we had a lively discussion with each other. (Oba)
Neural correlates of optimism change by nostalgic remembering (presentation at the conference)
It has been shown that remembering nostalgic memories can improve optimism. But, does it true for everyone? I reported an fMRI study concerning the neural correlates underlying the individual difference of the optimism change by nostalgic remembering at the 31st conference of the Japanese Association of Health Psychology held in Kyoto Tachibana University. This study was awarded by the conference. I enjoyed Kyogen and Japanese harp performance at the banquet. (Oba)
How do we make a decision? (oral presentation)
I gave a presentation, entitled "Constructing value signals in the brain: its basis and contagious nature", at Brown bag seminar in Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore. (Suzuki)
What is required when we have a intimacy toward others? (Poster presentation)
I participated the 2018 annual meeting of Organization for Human Brain Mapping held in Singapore. I gave a poster presentation about relationship between action contingency and social perception. There was a lot of research about task related fMRI as well as a research concerning analysis methods. This is the first OHBM for me and it was very interesting (Hamamoto).
Effect of reminiscence~Odor recognition~African soil (Presentation at the meeting)
We reported our research progresses, which are supported by Ensemble Project for Young Researchers in Tohoku University (Oba:psychological effect of reminiscence, Ishibashi: semantic recognition of odors). There were a lot of researchers from various scientific field, and we discussed our work from the interdisciplinary point of view (Oba, Ishibashi).
Translation Ambiguity Across Languages in Japanese Learners of English (poster presentation)
I made a poster presentation in the third international Psychology of Language Learning conference (PLL3) at Waseda University, Tokyo. Discussed with many researchers about semantic ambiguity and the difference in the cognitive process of translation ambiguity. (Okamoto)
Who evacuate spontaneously from the potential tsunami ? (Conference presentation)
When you encountered a big earthquake in the coastal area, you should consider the possibility of the tsunami and evacuate immediately. Not everyone can, however, take spontaneous evacuation action. I presented the data on the relationship between the personal characteristics and spontaneous evacuation behavior at the 15th Annual meeting of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society. The real problem is how we can facilitate the action of the people who do not evacuate spontaneously. (Sugiura)
Neural mechanism underlying human food valuation (Invited lecture)
I gave an invited talk, entitled "Food value computation in the human orbitofrontal cortex", at Eighth International Symposium on Biology of Decision Making (SDBM2018) held in Paris, France. (Suzuki)
Which brain region computes the value of an occupation? (poster presentation)
I presented poster at Eighth International Symposium on Biology of Decision Making (SDBM2018) held in Paris, France. I discussed with researchers about "Which brain region computes the value of an occupation?". Matsuura
Light colors and comfortable warmth（oral presentaion）
Kosuke motoki talked about the influence of ambient temperatures on preferences for colored products at Japan Association for Consumer Studies (Motoki).
Warmth and food preference（Oral presentation）
Fusion of AI and Brain Science
I attended "AI and Brain Science" and "Adaptive Circuit Shift" Joint Area Meeting at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University. I presented recent progress in my research project, "Computational and neural mechanisms underlying structure learning", and discuss the future direction in fusion of AI and Brain Science. (Suzuki)
Body image disturbance: what is the difference between people suffering from eating disorders and healthy people? (Poster presentation)
Body image disturbance had been believed to be a characteristic symptom of eating disorders patients. However, it has been revealed that some healthy people also have body image disturbance. We had investigate body image disturbance in healthy females and reported its result at the International Conference on Eating Disorders 2018 (Hamamoto).
Ambient warm temperature decreases preferences for savory food (paper accepted)
Motoki and colleagues show that ambient warm temperatures decrease preferences for savory foods but did not affect preferences for the other foods. The decreased preference for savory foods in warm ambient temperature was based on perceived food temperature but not on tastiness or healthfulness. The study was just accepted in Food Quality and Preference.（Motoki）
Brain responses during thoughts of one's own death in older adults (poster presentation at Cognitive Neuroscience Society)
It is inevitable for people in old age to think about his/her own death However, the situation in which older adults have to think about it, what kind of cognitive process are involved? And what kind of relationship exist between it and the fear of death? We presented the result of this study at Cognitive Neuroscience Society held in Boston. (Hirano)
Are semantic ambiguity and translation ambiguity different?(Poster presentation)
Language is said to be inherently ambiguous. However, is the recognition process of semantic ambiguity occurring in the language and translation ambiguity occurring between languages all the same process? This research was presented at the 1st workshop "Neuroscience of Language Development" held at Tohoku University.(Okamoto)
Some languages are easier to learn, but some are not. Why? (Poster presentation)
It is widely said that grammatical dissimilarity is one of the main factor, that makes you language learning difficult. We g enerated two Artificial languages, one of which was similar to Japanese and another one was dissimilar to Japanese. We exami ned brain activation of Japanese native speakers. As results, greater activation in the grammar related areas was observed d uring dissimilar AF learning. We presented our work at the 1st. workshop “the Neuroscience of language development”, held at Tohoku University. (Ishinabe)
A Study of Refusal Strategies amongst Chinese Learners of Japanese and English
How Chinese learners of Japanese and English, who are using their two L2s in Japan, adapt Japanese socio-cultural environment to situate refusal speech acts? I presented this study at the 1st. workshop “the Neuroscience of language development”, held at Tohoku University.
Brain science between the bodily synchronization and social cognition (Concluding seminar of the joint research)
The bodily synchronization among the participants plays an important role in the ‘space’ of the creative communication. How does the synchronization emerge and exert social function? By addressing this question using an fMRI, we contributed the joint KAKENHI project “The system for the real-time visualization of the ‘communication field’ for the support of co-creative classrooms”; its concluding seminar was held at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Look forward to the next step of our joint research in near future. (Sugiura)
Neural mechanism underlying human valuation (invited lecture)
I gave an invited talk, entitled "Value computation in the human brain: its basis and contagious nature", at Cognitive Science Seminar held in Kokoro Research Center Kyoto University. (Suzuki)
What is the impact of raising self-esteem on the brain?(Poster presentation)
Our state self-esteem is easy to change. You think that you are a useless person with just a few fails, or you think that you are a worthy person because of a little success. What impact does this constant change have on our minds? What is going on in the brain then? I presented the research which examined it at the 20th Japan Human Brain Mapping Society. (Yamazaki)
Brain response during thinking thoughts of one's own death and it's association with the fear of death in older adults (Poster presentation)
It is important to think of one’s own death. However, what kind of cognitive process is involved during one is thinking his/her own death? Are there any individual differences by the fear of death? We examined this question targeting older adults. We presented findings at the 20th Annual Meeting of Japan Human Brain Mapping Society (JHBM). (Hirano)
What is "Unconsious thought"?
It is said that we can think about something though we have not noticed. This ability is related to Nobel Prize-grade inventions or big discoveries. But do we have such a capability? If so, what happens inside our brain? We presented research results focusing on brain phenomena at the 20th Annual Meeting of Japan Human Brain Mapping Society.(Kageyama)
What is necessary to control envy? (Seminar presentation)
Everyone feels envy and pleasure toward misfortune of others. How can we suppress these negative emotions? We presented research results suggesting that self-esteem is effective at the 7th Winter School by Tohoku society of young researchers on neuroscience. (Yamazaki)
The relationship between two components in body image disturbance and tendency of Eating Disorders.
Body image disturbance, in other words, "Inappropriate feeling toward self body shape and weight" is characteristic of people who have eating disorders. There are two components in body image disturbance and we suggested each component has relationship with different aspects of eating disorders tendency. We presented this finding at the 7th Tohoku neuroscience winter-school. (Hamamoto)
Are interest and pay of work from one motivation of not?
What do you want at work? Some people want good pay and other people want interesting work. People generally think pay and interest of work are different. However, the result of our human fMRI experiment suggests that our brain doesn’t divide them. I presented this result 7th Winter School by Tohoku society of young researchers on neuroscience.
What are the brain mechanisms of acquring Honorification? (proposal presentation)
Grammaticalized honorific expression is an extraordinary sociolinguistic feature of the Japanese language. However, there were no studies have demonstrated the brain mechanisms of learning Japanese honorific expression in a second language learning viewpoint. I give a proposal presentation regarding this research question at the 7th Winter School by Tohoku society of young researchers in neuroscience. (CUI)
Importance of social neuroscience in understanding financial markets (Paper publication)
Our study on the importance of social neuroscience in understanding financial markets has been published in Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance. In this study, we propose that humans treat financial markets as intentional agents, with own beliefs and aspirations. (Suzuki)
Disgusted Consumers Dislike Food More than Sad Ones (paper accepted)
Motoki and Sugiura 2018 shows that incidental emotion influences later food preference. Incidental disgust (vs. sadness) more decreases food preference. The effect is specific for food preference but not for household products preference. The study was just published in Frontiers in Psychology: Eating Behavior.（Motoki）
Adversity makes a man wise (Internship progress report)
Yuya reported the three-month progress of his fMRI research on the neural mechanisms underlying the psychological effect of ‘good saying.’ He overwhelmed other students by his fluent English presentation, but was quickly sunk by a sharp question by Prof. Mushiake. (Sugiura)
The forefront of neuro-business (Lecture)
I gave a lecture about the latest trends in psychology and neuroscience research on managerial decision-making in Tohoku University Smart Aging College at Tokyo. It is said that more than 90% of people's thinking process is done unconsciously. How the brain actually operates in many decision-making processes remained a mystery. With the development of brain imaging technology, unconscious thinking can be visualized. In addition, I explained and practiced mindfulness incorporated in the course of decision making science of business school. I got a lot of questions and realized the high interest of the participants. (Kageyama)
Electric current improves recognition of familiar tools (Paper publication)
Can you explain why you can easily recognise so many different objects at your office (scissors, staplers, pens, etc.)? Our study proved that stimulating a few regions in the brain using weak electric current (through a pair of sponge electrodes on the scalp) can improve our recognition of familiar tools. The paper is accepted by Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.(Ishibashi)
Comfortable warmth increases preference for light colored products
I gave a poster presentation at Multisensory conference. The title was "Light color in comfortable warmth: crossmodal correspondences between thermal sensation and color lightness influence consumer behavior" . (Motoki)
How do we evaluate food value? (Paper publication)
Our study on the neural mechanism underlying food valuation has been published in Nature Neuroscience. By combining functional MRI with machine learning, we revealed how our brain compute value of food rewards by integrating information about nutritive attributes. (Suzuki)
Ensemble research program for Tohoku University young researchers (camp)
Oba and Ishibashi got research budget from Alliance of Research Institute and Centers (Tohoku University) and presented research outline at the meeting. Oba introduced the neural correlates of psychological effect by reminiscence and Ishibashi presented the brain mechanisms of semantic cognition of odors. We enjoyed discussion with researchers from various research institute in Tohoku University. (Oba)
Applications of neuroscience to marketing (lecture)
I gave a lecture about consumer neuroscience at Smart Aging College Tokyo. I discussed an application of neuroscience in consumer behavior with business practitioners. (Motoki)
Overviewing the different resolutions of brain science (Seminar)
Kageyama, Motoki, and Yamazaki presented their poster respectively on the organizational, consumer, and social neurosciences in 24th Nov., and Sugiura gave a talk in 25th Nov. .
Neural mechanisms of the action self-agency: marshalling two hypotheses (Conference poster)
We easily dissociate one’s own action from natural phenomena or others’ action. In the research of the neural mechanisms underlying the feeling unique to one’s own action, sense of self-agency in action, two different hypotheses co-existed. I have presented our research finding that disentangled these hypotheses in the Society for Neuroscience on behalf of Dr. Kikuchi. It was surprising the many researchers on rodents and monkeys, as well as on computational modeling are interested in this issue. (Sugiura)
Brain activity reflecting discomfort of temperature (Presentation at Society for Neuroscience)
We find activity in an area of the brain when we feel uncomfortable in the heat and in the cold. The interesting thing is that the brain area correlated with the discomfort that individuals feel subjectively and the common temperature discomfort that everyone feels is different. Many researchers gathered at the poster announcement of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). First, many people seemed to be interested in how to manipulate temperature in the MRI experiment. (Kelssy)
Exploring the effect of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) on human semantic cognition (Talk at IDAC's retreat camp 10/27-28)
I gave a talk about my research plan with non-invasive neurostimulation at IDAC's camping event held in Zaoh, Yamagata. This year, an oral session was organized to discuss several applications for IDAC's new internal funding. I had applied for it and gave a talk about my research proposal to examine possible effects of tDCS on human semantic cognition. With some preliminary data, I discussed possible facilitative effect of tDCS on Japanese Kanji word cognition. Ms Hamamoto also made a poster presentation on her study about the relationship between eating disorders and biased perception of self body image. With the beauty of the autumn leaves on Mt Zaoh, we could spend two days of vibrant academic discussion with other young researchers at IDAC. (Ishibashi)
You can get motivated to be happy? (Symposium on Friday 20th Oct.)
I gave a talk at the 3rd Symposium on Dementia Prevention at the Smart-Aging Research Center on Friday 20th of October. In the talk, I presented some results from an analysis on web-survey data about the effect of motivational quotes with 1000 participants aged 20-69. The data showed that the degree of motivation risen by quotes increases with age. It is also suggested by the data that people who gets easily motivated by quotes rate their wellbeing as high. The results also showed that both the quotes effect and subjective wellbeing increase with age, which implicates that the ease of getting motivated can enhance wellbeing in the elderly's life. We will continue the research to develop measures in order to enhance people's motivation and satisfaction in life. (Ishibashi)
How does the Brain activate during L2 learning?
How does the brain activate during you learn foreign lnguage? We generated two Artificial languages (AFs), one of which was similar to Japanese and another one was dissimilar to Japanese. We examined brain activation during learning AFs. As results, greater activation in the grammar related areas was observed during dissimilar AF learning, regardless of the learning process. We presented our work at The seminor for Revisiting research methods in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics, held at Tohoku University. (Ishinabe)
Tastiness but not healthfulness captures automatic visual attention
We live in food-rich environment. What food information do we automatically see? Using an eye-tracking, we clarified that tastiness automatically captures visual attention. In contrast, healthfulness or preferences of foods do not. The findings were accepted in Food Quality and Preference (Motoki)
Face-to-Face communication in MRI (Symposium presentation)
I presented my previous MRI study on face-to-face communication in the symposium "Can we assess the essence of sociality in MRI scanner? " in the Annual conference of the Japanese Psychological Association. (Jeong)
Nostalgic memory is reward for us
We sometimes experience bittersweet emotion, called nostalgia. I reported a functional MRI study that showed memory and reward systems coproduce nostalgic experiences. This might be the brain mechanism that contributes to one type of adaptive remembering. We discussed nostalgia from the memory theory and aging perspectives at the Annual convention of Japanese Psychological Association. (Oba)
How social perception emerges from bodily process? (Symposium presentation)
Sensory feedback contingent with one's own action is hypothesized to explain not only the feeling of the action self-agency or the improvement in the social impression on the action-synchronized other, but also the emergence of the perception of social existence among physical environment in infants. The hypothesis and our relevant fMRI finding were presented in the symposium in the Annual conference of the Japanese Psychological Association. The multi-facet nature of the relationship between the social perception and body was discussed. (Sugiura)
There may be two components in a "body image dissatisfaction" (Poster Presentation)
I presented my work related to the body image dissatisfaction at the 24th World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine held in Beijing, China. From our behavioral study, we concluded that "the ability of estimating self-body" and "the gap between ideal-body and estimated self-body" were independent components and these two components respectively related to different aspects of Eating Disorders. I got various questions and comments from clinicians (Hamamoto).
The neural mechanism underlying the human enigmatic thermal perception (Paper publication)
Why we don't feel very cold during the winter sports? We revealed the involvement of not only the thermosensory cortex but also the brain structures relevant to the context, emotion, and behavior in the low ambient temperature. The collaboration of these structures seems to enable the flexible thermal perception unique to humans. The collaborative study with Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. using a custom-made MRI-compatible ambient thermal manipulation system was published in Scientific Reports. (Sugiura)
The tips for the successful collaboration of the education research and brain science (Keynote)
It starts from the sharing of concepts, terminology, and values. Thorough discussion using the terms of “cognitive process” as a common language is particularly important. The marriage of the good application-oriented research question and well-designed neuroimaging experiment opens door to the innovative education. The lecture in the seminar for the integration of the foreign language education and brain science at the Research Center for Language, Brain and Cognition.
Let's think of cutural diferences while you read business books?
I presented my work that is related to cognitive style and job level at the 33rd Annual Meeting of Japanese Association of Industrial Organizational Psychology . I investigated that the relationship between cognitive style and job level was related to cultural difference. You should consider the business knowledge from different culture are applicable to your culture and country. (Kageyama)
Why do you have difficulties when you learn the foreign language, which is dissimilar to your Mother Tongue?
Do you learn English as easy as Japanese? Most people would say "NO". It is widely said that grammatical dissimilarity is one of the main factor. We generated two Artificial languages, one of which was similar to Japanese and another one was dissimilar to Japanese. We examined brain activation of Japanese native speakers. As results, greater activation in the grammar related areas was observed during dissimilar AF learning. We presented our work at the Human Brain Imaging Study Group, held at Tamagawa University. (Ishinabe)
Seeing is believing: A Brain study on proverb advice (poster presentation)
A Proverb is a piece of wisdom used to survive a complex life. Wisdom is demonstrated more powerfully when advice is given to others using proverbs. I took an image of brain activity while advising with a proverb and presented it at the Human Brain Imaging Study Group (Tamagawa University). (Kelssy)
The education on the disaster recovery enhances the power to live (Paper publication)
The education programs on the disaster recovery were demonstrated to significantly increase the scores of the Power to Live with disasters among the students of two universities in the affected areas of the The Great East Japan Earthquake, in the project lead by the Professor Shosuke Sato, IRIDEs, Tohoku Univ. The disaster human brain science is expected to reveal the cognitive mechanism underlying such an educational effect. (Sugura)
Is "Intuition myth" in management true?
I presented my work that is related to cognitive style and job level at the 12th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology, held at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. I got a lot of comments and suggestion about my research. (Kageyama)
The role of language aptitude in foreign language communication (Conference presentation)
I presented a paper titled as the role of language learning aptitude in foreign language communication at an annual conference for the Japan Society for English Language Education in Japan (JASELE) held in Shimane, Japan. The paper reports some findings of a study to examine differential roles of language learning aptitude in foreign language communication using fMRI. (Jeong)
We have launched the press release! Professor Motoaki Sugiura and doctoral student Tetsuya Kageyama studied the relationship between the cognitive style and job level on a population of 1,600 Japanese full-time workers. They found that top management is more rational than lower management and employees in Japan. This relationship is contrary to the relationship that has been identified in the UK. This research were published in the online academic journal; Frontiers in Psychology (Section: Organizational Psychology) issued on July 25, 2017. (Kageyama)
We presented their interdisciplinary researches!
Kageyama and Motoki presented their interdisciplinary researches between economic behavior and neuroscience at the Frontier research institute for interdisciplinary sciences, Tohoku University. We met many researchers who were interested in research collaboration. This workshop was also a good opportunity to get new ideas or insight.(Kageyama)
Japanese managers are rational! (A paper has published)
The intuitive thinking style is said to be more effective in managerial work. Experimental studies on cognitive style and job level have shown that senior managers are more intuitive than middle and lower managers in the UK. We recruited 1,600 Japanese full-time workers and studied the relationship between cognitive style and job level in Japan. Our results showed that higher job levels are associated with more rational cognitive styles. Our study has been published in Frontiers in Psychology (Section: Organizational psychology). (Kageyama)
Application of computational approaches to phychiatry (Conference presentation)
In the 40th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society, I presented my work on "Value and risk assessment in the human brain: its basis and contagious nature" at a symposium about Computational phychiatry. (Suzuki)
Language Education & Technology, Methodology Special Interest Group (Presentation)
I gave talk about how to use neuroimaging method for language study at the Language Education & Technology, Methodology Special Interest Group, Kansai Chapter. I had a wonderful experience to actively discussing with great researchers in language education field (Jeong)
Did I make this sound?: Two explanations (Conference presentation)
The contingency of sensory feedback to one's actions is essential for the sense of agency, and experimental violation of this contingency is a standard paradigm in the neuroscience of self-awareness and schizophrenia. However, neural responses to this violation have arbitrarily been interpreted either as activation of the system generating forward prediction (agency-error account) or decreased suppression of processing of predictable input (prediction-error account). I presented the results of the fMRI study to dissociate these two accounts in the 40th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society on behalf of Dr. Kikuchi. (Sugiura)
Power to live with Multi-Hazards (APRU Summer School)
The cognitive neuroscience research and educational framework of the power to live with disasters was proposed for the Multi-Hazards in the 5th APRU MH Summer School (18-21 July, Tohoku University). The proposal inspired many young researchers who are interested in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management focusing on "Effective investment in disaster risk reduction for resilient society". (Sugiura)
You can measure the power to live in a block! (Conference presentation)
I presented the research on behavioral experiments using block and the power to live with disasters at the workshop "The power to live with disasters: basic research and application" in the 71st Annual Conference of the Tohoku Psychology Association. It is a unique experiment that reproduces problem solving at the time of disaster by block. Origin is inspired fr om the training used in the SDF. It was interested that the superiority of this experiment task and the breadth of the problem to be solved. (Yamazaki)
Japanese managers are rational!? (Presentation)
I presented my research at Tohoku psychological association. The previous research reported that managers have intuitive cognitive style. However, our study showed that Japanese mangers have rational cognitive style (opposite to the previous one). I got a lot of comments from audiences. (Kageyama)
Presentation of the fMRI study (148th IDAC Biannual Meeting)
I presented my fMRI study at 148th IDAC Biannual Meeting. This study was related to the unconscious thought. We revealed that what happened in our brain with fMRI when our brain was engaged in unconscious thought. After the meeting we had a party with professors and co-workers. It was great opportunity for me to communicate with another lab members. (Kageyama)
An awarding ceremony for Interdisciplinary Advanced Research and Education
My research plan is awarded by the Division for Interdisciplinary Advanced Research and Education Selective Examination (DIARE), and I join DIARE as a master course student. I attended the ceremony and communicated with other students of DIARE.(Hamamoto)
Neural mechanism underlying strategic social behavior (Paper publication)
Our study on the neural mechanism underlying strategic social behavior has been published in Nature Neuroscience. By combining functional MRI with transcranial magnetic stimulation, we revealed how our brain make a strategic decision. (Suzuki)
Neural correlates of bilingual language control during interlingual homograph processing in a logogram writing system (Paper publication)
How do bilinguals control two languages in the brain? This is one of the hottest topics in bilingualism research. Using fMRI, we investigated neural correlates of language control when late Chinese-Japanese bilinguals dealt with language interference from second language during the processing of their first language. Top-down cognitive control and bottom-up lexical representation systems were found to cooperate to resolve interference. Unique characteristics of the logogram writing system are also discussed. The study has been published in Brain and Language.（Jeong)
People can unconsciously think!? (OHBM)
I presented my work that is related to unconscious thought at the OHBM (Organization for human brain mapping) in Vancouver, Canada. I met a lot of neuroscience researchers and spent a great time there. (Kageyama)
「4th: Why art promotes well-being in elderly people?」About Research of Dr. Stuart in Sendai
There was presentation about interview surveys on 18 people (art, music, theater, dance) by Dr. Stuart at the 4th Human Brain Science Seminar. Dr. Stuart appealed the importance of keeping on dream, creativity and challenge in our life through story of the artists who interviewed. (Cheon)
What is living power?
We released our 2 researches in The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers. The titles are "Eight Personal Characteristics Associated with the Power to Live with Disasters -Cognitive, neural bases and measurement-" and "Uncovering the cognitive process underlying the problem solving: Experimentalization of the disaster situation". We had discussed powerfully with many people who had different backgrounds.(Yamazaki)
Towards the New Frontiers of Aging Science
The Smart Aging Symposium (Tohoku Forum of Creativity Thematic Program 2017 Aging Science Topic 3, May 24-26) has closed in a great success. The breadth of the issues covered, including the thanatology, intervention, and social systems, may make the new standard of the aging science. We would like thank all the speakers and participants for their conributions. (Sugiura)
Cognitive Neuroscience of the Self and Smart Aging: Pleasure and Eternity of the Life
There are active and passive adaptation to the environmental change in aging, according to the three-layer model of the self-cognition. From the Smart-Aging perspective, they should be facilitated and suppressed, respectively, and how... The audience responses greatly varied in the Smart Aging Symposium (Tohoku Forum of Creativity Thematic Program 2017 Aging Science Topic 3). (Sugiura)
Two oral presentations in Japan Association for Consumer Studies
I gave two oral presentations entitled as "Value of hedonic and utilitarian goods: an fMRI study" and "crossmodal attention between color lightness and warmth: an eye-tracking study" in Japan Association for Consumer Studies, at Keio University, May 21, 2017.（Motoki)
"Power to Live with Disaster" Lecture on You Tube
Can human control his/her wandering mind?
The Power to Live Research Project: Researches of Social Impact
Science of "Believing" from the perspective of the Power to Live (Book Chapter)
A book chapter that discusses the process of "believing" from the Power to Live with Disasters is now available in "Processes of Believing: The Acquisition, Maintenance, and Change in Creditions" in the Springer book series: New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion. (Sugiura)
Health science form the perspective of the Power to Live with disasters (Seminar)
Four factors contributed the physical or mental health of the survivors of the survivors of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake disaster: the Emotion regulation, Active well-being, Stubbornness, and Leadership. We discussed potential new approaches to the health promotion form this perspective in the 5th interdisciplinary seminar of the "disaster and health" in IRIDeS. (Sugiura)
Installation of MRI-compatible Olfactometer
In our 3T MRI, MRI-compatible Olfactometer has been installed. Researchers can control the flow and timing of the scent by using experiment control program such as Presentation and PsychoPy. This device enables us to conduct fMRI experiments such as scent-evoked emotion and memory. (Oba)
Kosuke Motoki received the Japan society for the promotion of science fellowship
Kosuke Motoki received the Japan society for the promotion of science fellowship.
Acquisition of language is possible only through real social interaction? (Paper publiaction)
Two groups of university students learned a sign language: one through classroom interaction with a teacher and another using DVD. During the sign language comprehension task, neural activation of the left inferior frontal gyrus, which is critical for the language processing, was observed only in the former group. This exciting finding in the collaborative study with Prof. Yusa (Miyagi Gakuin Univ.) was published in Frontiers in Human neuroscience. (Sugiura)
Neural bases of schadenfreude (poster, symposium)
I attended Cognitive Neuroscience Society 24th Annual Meeting in San Francisco and presented fMRI study about schadenfreude. In USA, I see that many people feel schadenfreude when President Trump is beat. (Yamazaki)
Invited talk at the Georgetown University
I gave a talk entitled as "Using fMRI in second language interaction research: An empirical study" at Friday Speaker Series, Linguistics Department, Georgetown University, USA, March 24, 2017. （Jeong)
Perspectives and prospects for consumer neuroscience (Paper accepted)
Our new paper was just accepted in Japan Marketing Journal. We review perspectives and prospects for consumer neuroscience, and provide a conceptual model of how neuroscience contributes to consumer research. (Motoki)
Consumer Behavior, Hormones, and Neuroscience: Integrated Understanding of Fundamental Motives Why We Buy (Paper accepted)
Our new survey article was just accepted in Psychologia (a special issue in consumer neuroscience). Consumer behaviors are shaped by fundamental motives. It has been argued that each fundamental motive may be based on qualitatively different cognitive and neural systems. However, it has not been directly examined. By taking steroid sex hormones as examples, we offered an alternative perspective that at least three fundamental motives (status attainment, mate attraction, and mate retention) may be explained by common cognitive and neural mechanisms. These consumer behaviors may be commonly explained by social motivations/vigilance (amygdala) and reward processing (reward-related brain regions).（Motoki）
The 19th Congress of Japan Human Brain Mapping Society
Third year Medical School Basic Medical Training : Excellence award and incentive award !
The Tohoku University Medical School Basic Medical Training presentation was held March 2-3, 2017. Ms. Yukiko Takahara and Mr. Gouyagi Ryo, who spent half a year of concentrate research at our laboratory were presented with an excellence award and incentive award respectively. (Kelssy)
Enigmatic relationships between emotion and behavior (Human Brain Science Seminar)
Why we are attracted by tasty foods? Why we envy? Does the gratitude make us happy? Hot discussions on the enigmatic relationships between emotion and behavior followed the presentation of three latest research findings, in the 2nd IDAC Human Brain Science Seminar. (Sugiura)
The 6th Tohoku neuroscience witer-school
The 6th Tohoku neuroscince winter-school was held on Feb 18th and 19th. From our lab, Dr.Suzuki participated it as one of invited speakers. Also Mr.Yamazaki and Ms.Hamamoto joined as a staff; Mr.Yamazaki made oral presentation and Ms.Hamamoto had poster presentation. Participants had various background so it was very interesting to talk with them.(Hamamoto)
1st IDAC human neuroscience seminar
We organized the 1st IDAC Human Neuroscience seminar on Feb. 17th. Two invited speakers, Dr. Yanagisawa (Kyoto Univ.) and Dr. Watanabe (Rutgers Univ.), presented their recent works.
The 2017 Japan-NIH joint Symposium
The 2017 Japan-NIH joint Symposium was held on February 15 (Wed) - 17 (Fri), 2017. Mr. Yamazaki presented his research topic. Dr. Kathleen Ries Merikangas who is PI in NIMH was interested in his research. (Yamazaki)
Individual difference in the body image
Oral presentation in a local scientific meeting on psychosomatic medicine. (Hamamoto)
10th Retreat annual meeting of graduate students
The 10th retreat for graduate students was hold on January 14. The aim of this meeting is overcoming a wall between laboratories and adapting a diversification of science. Mr Kageyama of the 3rd doctoral course and Mr Yamazaki of the 2nd master's course announced their study. It was very fun to discuss problems with researcher of other fields. (Yamazaki)
Neural computations underlying decision-making (Invited lecture)
I gave an invited lecture at Mechanism of Brain and Mind The Winter Workshop 2017 held at Rusts Resort in Hokkaido. I presented my works on “Neural representation of value: its basis and contagious nature”. (Suzuki)
This paper suggest that the basic configuration of the temporal window of visual effects on auditory-speech perception could be observed from the early auditory processing stage. Application is expected as one of the objective tools elucidating a cause of a diagnosis and disorder such as auditory information processing disorder or pervasive developmental disorder; using a magnetoencephalography.
Potential contribution of the brain science to the disaster medicine
"Power to live" project on IRIDeS NEWs
Does brain science overcome the cultural difference?
Our latest research findings on the power to live with disaster and its neural bases were presented at the 5th International Workshop on Psychological Intervention After Disasters.(Sugiura)
Food value computation in the brain (SFN2016, San Diego)
At the Society for Neuroscience 2016 meeting, I gave a poster presentation about food value computation in the brain. (Suzuki)
Brain mechanisms of hedonic and utilitarian values (SFN2016, San Diego)
I gave a poster presentation, titled "Hedonic and Utilitarian Values in the Human Brain: Explicit and Implicit Investigations" at the Society for Neuroscience 2016 meeting. (Motoki)
Brain mechanisms of speech modification following feedback (SFN2016, San Diego)
I gave a poster presentation, titled "Brain mechanisms of speech modification following feedback in second language communication" at the Society for Neuroscience 2016 meeting. (Jeong)
Invited lecture on computational psychiatry
I gave an invited lecture at International Workshop on Computational Psychiatry held in Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). I presented my works on “Value computation in the human brain: its basis and contagious nature”. (Suzuki)
Two doors to the positive ageing (Lecture)
Brain mechanisms of hedonic and utilitarian values（Marketing Conference 2016）
I gave a poster presentation, titled "Hedonic and Utilitarian Values in the Human Brain: Explicit and Implicit Investigations" at Conference for Japan Marketing Academy. (Motoki)
Plenary speech at an international conference
I gave a plenary address titled "brain mechanism of simultaneous interpretation: the role of expertise and language proficiency" at an international conference "Methodology and Application of Translation Studies” held in Seoul, Korea, on October 14, 2016. I also gave a special lecture titled as "how we apply neuroimaging methods into language studies" at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea. I had a wonderful experience to actively discussing with great scholars and graduate students from different disciplines. (Jeong)
Win a research grant!
Tetsuya Kageyama, a Ph.D student, won a research grant from Tohoku University School of Medicine.
''Somatosensory evoked magnetic fields in patients with free flap reconstruction of the tongue'' was reported at BIOMAG2016 Meeting@Seoul
In three of six patients who the reconstruction by the free flap was performed after surgical treatment for tongue cancer, and showed function recovery, we were able to record a significant magnetic field response in tongue thrust of the reconstruction side. The signal source by the equivalent current dipole model was estimated similar to healthy side tongue thrust by primary somatosensory region and thought that we were able to evaluate the recovery of the function by MEG objectively.
How the brain makes adaptive partner choice? (paper accepted)
Does the traditional disaster mitigation training enhance the power to live? (Conference presentation @ Shizuoka)
The power to live with disasters measured using the inventory has shown to be enhanced by the advanced disaster-simulation training. How about by the traditional ones? Several issues have been raised in the collaborative study with Dr. Shosuke Sato and Prof. Fumihiko Imamura, which have been reported by Mr. Naoki Togawa (M1;Graduate School of Engineering) in the 35th meeting of the Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science in Shizuoka.
Why we can recognize our own faces? (ICP2016, Yokohama)
I tried to answer this question based on fMRI studies of self-processing. The symposium addressed the visual self-recognition of the human and animals from the perspective of Tinbergen's four questions.
Basic academic paper (Sugiura, 2015)
Basic academic paper (Sugiura, 2015)
Eight factors of the power to live with disasters (ICP2016, Yokohama)
Basic research on their mental process and application of the inventory are summarized. The presentation represented the future oriented researches in the symposium on the lessens of the Great East Japan Earthquake, 2011.
Basic academic paper (Sugiura et al., 2015)
Inventory (Japanese Trait version; PDF) download
Basic academic paper (Sugiura et al., 2015)
Inventory (Japanese Trait version; PDF) download
Neural bases of proverb production (Conference presentation: Yokohama, JAPAN)
I took part in "The 39th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society" which was held in Yokohama July 20-22, 2016. I did a presentation in a poster session during the second day in the afternoon, my study received interest from outside researchers, from which I received valuable comments. I can not say that I fully understood all topics of this conference, but I can say that this conference was stimulating to my academic life and also I learned a lot from this conference. I believe that my challenge will be the use the knowledge I acquired in this conference in futures research. (Kelssy Hitomi dos Santos Kawata)
Magnetoencephalography measurement with the spin
I participated in the third meeting of magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) social gathering.
Powers to live with disasters: cognitive neuroscience approach
The epoch is a network＠Kushiro, Japan
I participated in the thirty-third meeting of japanese society for brain electromagnetic topography. Even if technique is different from an electroencephalogram or MRI, these aims are networks. It is expected that the physiologic finding and clinical condition grasp are shown by network analysis in the near future.
"Brightness of bathroom and bathtub size affects activity of the prefrontal cortex during bathing " was reported at OHBM Annual Meeting@Geneva
We investigated brain activities measured by EEG and NIRS during different environments for bathing. The results of this study indicate that brightness of bathroom and bathtub size affect to activity of the PFC, and that low lighting and wide bathtub environment induces deep relaxation during bathing.
An awarding ceremony for Interdisciplinary Advanced Research and Education
Division for Interdisciplinary Advanced Research and Education Selective Examination (DIARE) awarded Kosuke PhD course student if DIARE. He joined the ceremony, and communicated with those who conducted interdisciplinary research in the social gathering.
Gave a lecture on 'Clinical application of the magnetoencephalography (MEG) ' at the Tyubu Ryogo Center
I gave a lecture on 'Clinical application of the magnetoencephalography (MEG) ' at the Tyubu Ryogo Center.
'Somatosensory evoked magnetic fields for free flap reconstruction of the tongue by electrical stimulation' was reported at the 31st Japan biomagnetism and Bioelectromagnetics Society
There is no report which provided objective evidence for functional recovery of reconstructed tongue with radial forearm free flap. We aimed to see whether MEG can provide objective evidence for recovered function of reconstructed tongue. Six patients, who received partial glossectomy and reconstructive surgery with forearm flap as treatment for tongue carcinoma, were included in this study. Electrical current dipole analysis for somatosensory evoked magnetic fields (SEFs) of healthy and reconstructed tongue. Cortical responses of the reconstructed tongue were measured contralateral to the stimulatioin side in 3 of 6 hemispheres, in contrast cortical responses were seen in residual tongue in all 6 hemispheres. This study showed possibility of MEG for evaluating residual function of reconstructed tongue.
Most viewed Psychology articles in April 2016
Is human risk-taking contagious? (Conference presentation: Kyoto, Japan)
Find out the wisdom of Smart Ageing
The Smart Ageing Seminar started from April. This year 30 participants try to reveal the truth of the aging and to develop new techniques of smart ageing.
Are Plasma Oxytocin and Vasopressin Levels Reflective of Amygdala Activation during the Processing of Negative Emotions? A Preliminary Study
Our study was just published in Frontiers in Psychology. The title is "Are Plasma Oxytocin and Vasopressin Levels Reflective of Amygdala Activation during the Processing of Negative Emotions? A Preliminary Study". We determined that increased plasma AVP levels were positively associated with amygdala activation during processing of negative emotions in men, but not in women.
Are the general and specific selves different in the brain? (Conference presentation: New York, NY, USA)
Nouchi R, Sugiura M, Mizokami S, Yamamoto Y, Dos Santos Kawata K H, Sakaki K, Lee J H C, Yamazaki S, Kageyama T, Kawashima R "General and specific selves: Differential functional brain network connectivity" the 23th annual meeting Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY, USA, April 5, 2016 (poster)
A workshop on the safe use of MRI
A workshop on the safe use of MRI was held.
Installation of noise cancelling headphone and microphone inside MRI
In our 3T MRI, MRI-compatible active noise-cancelling headset has been installed. It enables us to conduct flexible and challengeable MRI experiments including the studies of auditory fMRI, communication, sleeping and hearing disorders, autism, claustrophobia, etc. (Jeong)
Whole-body environmental temperature and humidity
An equipment for the manipulation of whole-body environmental temperature and humidity has been installed. It enables an fMRI study on the thermal and humidity perception as well as consequential changes in environmental comfort.
How the brain activity change as one ages?(paper publication)