Principal investigators

Nobuhiro Hagura

Interaction between action and perception, Somatosensory perception

Main Lab Location:

CiNet (Main bldg.)

Mailing Address:

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


n.hagura at, n.hagura at

The goal of my research is to understand the neuronal mechanisms of human perception, particularly in relation to action. To tackle this problem, I use behavioural and neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG) techniques, as well as neuro-stimulation (TMS, tDCS) and (a bit of) computational modelling. Currently, my main focus is on 1) somatosensory processing, and 2) action perception coupling.

1)    Somatosensation is a very broad word, which includes all the inputs from the body (i.e. proprioceptive, mechanical, thermal, nociceptive etc.). I am interested in how these inputs from the different processing channels interact and integrate, to create the perception of the outer environment and of our own body.

2)    The input pattern of the sensory stimulus depends on the environment, but is also restricted by how we act through the environment. I am interested in how our sensory processing is “tuned” to our action, and how our perception changes in relation to the specific neuronal processing stage of action generation.

Selected Publications:

Hagura N, Haggard P, Diedrichsen J (2017). Seeing the easy option; Action cost biases perceptual decision making. eLife, pii: e18422.

Hagura N, Barber H, Haggard P. (2013). Food vibrations: Asian spice sets lips trembling. Proceedings of the Royal Society B; Biological Sciences. 280: 20131680.

Hagura N, Kanai R, Orgs G, Haggard P. (2012). Ready steady slow: action preparation slows the subjective passage of time. Proceedings of the Royal Society B; Biological Sciences. 279: 4399-4406.

Hagura N, Hirose S, Matsumura M, Naito E. (2012). Am I seeing my hand? Visual appearance and knowledge of controllability both contribute to the visual capture of a person's own body. Proceedings of the Royal Society B; Biological Sciences. 279: 3476-3481.

Hagura, N., Oouchida, Y., Aramaki, Y., Okada, T., Matsumura, M., Sadato, N., Naito, E. (2009) Visuokinesthetic perception of hand movement is mediated by cerebro-cerebellar interaction between the left cerebellum and right parietal cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 19: 176-186.

Lab Members:

・Kisho Ogasa
・Mari Koshimizu