Principal investigators

Atsushi Wada

Neural Computation of Perception and Cognition

Main Lab Location:

CiNet (Main bldg.)





Mailing Address:

1-4 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka, 565-0871, JAPAN


a-wada at


My research aims to understand how our brain extracts ecologically meaningful information from a vast array of sensory signals to regulate our behavior. This research has implications for developing new human interface technologies that provide highly immersive and realistic experiences.

Specifically, I am focusing on (1) self-motion estimation, a fundamental function to orient and navigate our body in the world, and (2) estimation of surface reflectance properties (e.g., lightness, color, and gloss), which are crucial in discriminating materials of objects.

I am investigating how these computations are achieved in our brain by using a combination of psychophysical and non-invasive neuroimaging techniques. Our fMRI studies have shown the involvement of multiple higher order areas in both the ventral and dorsal visual pathways in the processing of glossiness. We have also been investigating the neural correlates of self-motion perception, and for that purpose we developed an fMRI-compatible wide-view stereoscopic visual display system.

Selected Publications:

Wada, A., Sakano, Y., Ando, H. (2014): Human cortical areas involved in perception of surface glossiness.  NeuroImage, Vol. 98, pp. 243-257.

Lab Members:

Yuichi Sakano
・Yurie Nishino