Tamami Nakano

Mechanisms of human mind that arise from the interaction between the body, brain, and society
Main Lab Location:
Suita Campus
Other Affiliations:
Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University
Senior Researcher, Center for Information and Neural Networks, NICT
Mailing Address:
1-4 Yamadaoka, Suita City, Osaka 565-0871, Japan

Our goal is to clarify the mechanisms by which the human mind is generated through the interaction between the body, brain, and society. Specifically, we are conducting research on:

1.  Estimation of the mind state that appears in spontaneous physical activity
2.  Brain mechanisms for generating the concept of self
3.  Development of social function and its impairment (especially for autism spectrum disorders)

Our approach is using psychological methods, brain imaging, and artificial intelligence,particularly focusing on phenomena such as blinking, pupil dilation, facial expressions, and body image. We are currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students, JSPS postdoctoral researchers, and collaborative researchers to join us in conducting research that will surprise the world.

Let’s conduct exciting research together!

Selected Publications:

Nakano et al., (2009) Synchronization of spontaneous eye blinks while viewing video stories. Proc B. Royal. Soc.

Nakano et al., (2013) Blink-related momentary activation of the default mode network while viewing videos.

PNAS Ota & Nakano (2021) Self-face activates the dopamine reward pathway without awareness. Cerebral Cortex,