Human Sensorimotor Manipulative Neuroscience
Main Lab Location:
CiNet (Main bldg.)
Invited Professor, Graduate School of Medicine & Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University
2A6 1-4 Yamadaoka, Suita City Osaka, 565-0871
My lab examines the human brain mechanisms underlying sensory information processing and motor control
learning, using a variety of neuroimaging and behavioral approaches.
Our research interests cover a wide range of key issues in human sensory-motor functions, including motor adaptation and skill learning, action understanding, body representation, sensory-motor transformation and association, and ‘decoding’ contents of motor intention and planning. We use a number of experimental approaches, including fMRI, EEG, MEG, TMS, EEG-TMS, tDCS, and specialist sensory-motor equipment including KINARM, PHANToM, EyelinkⅡ. Importantly, our approach orientates around manipulative neuroscience, where we try to prove a causal relationship between behavioral intervention, neuromodulation or neurofeedback, and its corresponding behavioral changes.
In particular, we have recently been exploring methods of sensory feedback to improve human motor control, examining aspects of learning schedule and induction of neuronal plasticity. In parallel, we have been using computational modelling and robotic simulation, and are developing new experiments that incorporate this integrated approach.
Ultimately, we aim to build a translational research framework where knowledge of basic neuroscience 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.
We are always looking for active post-docs. Come and join us!
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