Masaya Hirashima

Biomechanics, Motor Control, Motor Learning
Main Lab Location:
CiNet (Main bldg.)
Mailing Address:
1-4 Yamadaoka, Suita City, Osaka, 565-0871, Japan

The human musculoskeletal system consists of a number of muscles and joints. I investigate the mechanism of how our brain controls such a complex and redundant system; by means of psychophysical experiment, biomechanical analysis, and neural-network simulation that incorporate realistic mechanical properties of the musculoskeletal system. I aim to develop efficient motor learning protocols for the field of sports and rehabilitation that are based on the intrinsic nature of our nervous system.

Selected Publications:

Hirashima M, Nozaki D. Learning with slight forgetting optimizes sensorimotor transformation in redundant motor systems.
PLoS Computational Biology.8(6):e1002590, 2012.

Hirashima M, Nozaki D. Distinct motor plans form and retrieve distinct motor memories for physically identical movements.
Current Biology. 22(5):432-436, 2012.

Hirashima M, Yamane K, Nakamura Y, Ohtsuki T. Kinetic chain of overarm throwing in terms of joint rotations revealed by
induced acceleration analysis. Journal of Biomechanics. 41 (13):2874-2883, 2008.

Lab Members:

・Norio Fukuda
・Nobuyasu Nakano (JSPS Research Fellow (PD))
・Yuto Makino (JSPS Research Fellow (PD))

Collaborative Researcher
・Shoji Konda (Osaka University)
・Jun Umehara (Kansai Medical University)

・Naoko Katagiri