Principal investigators

Eiichi Naito

Understanding human sensory and motor functions to improve these functions

Main Lab Location:

CiNet (Main bldg.)

Other Affiliations:

Invited Professor, Graduate School of Medicine & Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University





Mailing Address:

2A6 1-4 Yamadaoka, Suita City Osaka, 565-0871


eiichi.naito at

We try to deeply understand human sensory and motor functions to improve these functions, using neuroimaging techniques and behavioral approaches. Our research interests cover a wide range of topics from bodily cognition to motor control & motor learning. The topics include body schema (image), bodily awareness, self-awareness, action understanding, motor intention, motor imagery, motor adaptation, motor skill and sensory-motor integration. We use techniques of MRI, EEG, TMS, tDCS and behavioral apparatuses of KINARM, PHANToM, Eyelink and so one. Using brain mapping and decoding techniques, we understand human brain mechanisms underlying sensory processing, motor control & motor learning from both anatomical and functional perspectives and to promote the understanding by constructing computational models from behavioral measurements. Based on the systematic understanding, we develop effective methods to improve and promote human sensory and motor functions using adequate behavioral intervention, neuromodulation and neuro-feedback techniques.

Our research targets include from children to elderly people, from blind athletes to top athletes like Neymar. By examining their brains, we challenge to elucidate principle of plasticity at brain network level by visualizing functional differentiation in developing brains, functional compensation in aged brains and functional specificity of top and blind athletes.

Ultimately, we aim to build a translational research framework where knowledge of embodied-brain systems science can be seamlessly applied to real-world field of physical (sport and rehabilitative) training, which can solve various sensorimotor problems emerging in our super-aging society. For this purpose, we are working with graduate students of Osaka university and collaborating not only with Osaka university but also other universities and companies.

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Associated projects
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (FY2014-2018)
Understanding brain plasticity on body representations to promote their adaptive functions

Lab Members:

Masaya Hirashima
Tsuyoshi Ikegami
Satoshi Hirose
・Kaoru Amemiya
・Tomoyo Morita
・Hideyuki Takahashi
・Shintaro Uehara
・Satoshi Yasui

・Kota Furuyama
・Yuto Shiota
・Takuya Sonoda
・Kenta Yamamoto

・Chie Kawakami
・Naoko Katagiri