Principal investigators

Noriko Yamagishi

Vision and Attention

Main Lab Location:

CiNet (Main bldg.)

Other Affiliations:

Guest Associate Professor, Graduate school of Frontier Bioscience, Osaka University. Visiting Researcher, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR)





Mailing Address:

1-4 Yamadaoka, Suita City Osaka, Japan, 565-0871


n.yamagishi at


My research is focused on mechanisms underlying human visual dynamics and attention, and their relation to human consciousness.

Our research uses psychophysical techniques in combination with a number of human brain imaging methods, including fMRI, MEG and EEG. Over a series of experiments, we’ve shown that visual attention modulates specific neural activity in human visual cortex, even before stimulus onset. Furthermore, we’ve shown that the levels of such modulation is highly predictive of behavioral performance.

We’re also interested in applying such basic findings to support ambient intelligence. My lab has pioneered the use of real-time attention monitoring systems that enable us to predict humans’ internal states (e.g., attentional direction and/or readiness level) from brain imaging data. Using this system, it is possible to develop real-time applications in a number of new domains.

Selected Publications:

Takeda Y, Yamanaka K, Yamagishi N, Sato M-a (2014). Revealing Time-Unlocked Brain Activity from MEG Measurements by Common Waveform Estimation. PLoS ONE 9(5): e98014. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098014

Yamagishi, N. & Anderson, S.J. (2013). The relationship between self-awareness of attentional status, behavioral performance and oscillatory brain rhythms. PLOS ONE 8(9): e74962. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074962.

de Brecht, M., Yamagishi, N. (2012). Combining sparseness and smoothness improves classification accuracy and interpretability. NeuroImage, 60, 1550-1561.

Yamagishi, N., Anderson, S.J., & Kawato, M. (2010). The observant mind: self-awareness of attentional status. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 277. 3421-3426,

Yamagishi, N., Callan, D.E., Anderson, S.J., & Kawato, M. (2008). Attentional changes in pre-stimulus oscillatory activity within early visual cortex are predictive of human visual performance. Brain Research, 1197, 115-122.

Yamagishi, N., Goda, N., Callan, D. E., Anderson, S. J., & Kawato, M. (2005). Attentional shifts towards an expected visual target alter the level of alpha-band oscillatory activity in the human calcarine cortex. Cognitive Brain Research, 25, 799-809

Yamagishi, N., Callan, D. E., Goda, N., Anderson, S.J., Yoshida, Y., Kawato, M. (2003). Attentional modulation of oscillatory activity in human visual cortex. NeuroImage, 20, 98-113.

Yamagishi, N., Anderson, S.J., & Ashida, H. (2001). Evidence for a dissociation between the perceptual and visuomotor systems in humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B, London, 268, 973-977.

Short Biography:

Noriko Yamagishi was awarded Ph.D. from Purdue University (Department of Psychological Sciences, Cognitive Psychology) in 1995, and she was awarded MBA with Dean’s Honor list from McGill University (Desautels Faculty of Management) in 2016She was a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, San Diego (Department of Ophthalmology) from 1995 to 1996, and at Royal Holloway, University of London (Department of Psychology) from 1996 to 1997. She was a senior researcher at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institutes International from 1997 to 2013. She has joined the CiNeT as a senior researcher since 2013.

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Lab Members:

Technical staff
・Masatoshi Kimura

・Rumiko Miyatake
・Yoko Maruyama