Faculty Members



  • Affiliation:
    - School of Information
    - Information Systems Engineering Course, Department of Engineering, Graduate School of Enginering
    - Infomatics Course, Department of Engineering, Graduate School of Enginering
    - Research Center for Brain Communication, Research Institute
  • Personal web site: http://www.souken.kochi-tech.ac.jp/BrainCom/
Areas of specialization Functional Brain Imaging
Laboratory/research office Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
How the human mind emerges from brain activity is one of the most challenging problems in scientific research today. Our research focuses on the brain mechanisms underlying cognition and memory in humans. We are also interested in the brain mechanisms underlying social behavior. Our main research tool is functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which enables us to visualize human brain activity.
Current reseach topics
Educational background 1993: Master
1991: Bachelor
Professional background 2014-: Professor, School of Information, Kochi University of Technology
2013-: Professor, Research Institute, Kochi University of Technology
Academic societies

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Undergraduate school
  • Brain Informatics
  • Project Research 1
  • Project Research 2
  • Project Research 3
  • Guide to the School of Information
  • Seminars on the School of Information
  • Graduation Thesis
Graduate school
  • Seminar on Infomatics I
  • Seminar on Infomatics II
  • Advanced Seminar 1
  • Advanced Seminar 2
  • Individual Work for Graduate
  • Brain Information Science

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Research activities

Research papers
  1. Authors: NAKAHARA Kiyoshi, ADACHI Ken, KAWASAKI Keisuke, MATSUO Takeshi, SAWAHATA Hirohito, MAJIMA Kei, TAKEDA Masaki, SUGIYAMA Sayaka, IIJIMA Atsuhiko, TANIGAWA Hisashi, SUZUKI Takafumi, KAMITANI Yukiyasu, HASEGAWA Isao
    Title: Associative-memory representations emerge as shared spatial patterns of theta activity spanning the primate temporal cortex
    Journal: Nature Communications, Vol. doi: 10.1038/ncomms11827, Nature Publishing Group
    Year: 2016
  2. Authors: Masamizu Y., Okada T., Kawasaki K., Ishibashi H., Yuasa S., Takeda S., Hasegawa I., Nakahara K.
    Title: Local and retrograde gene transfer into primate neuronal pathways via adeno-associated virus serotype 8 and 9.
    Journal: Neuroscience
    Year: 2011
  3. Authors: Matsui T., Koyano KW., Koyama M., NAKAHARAKiyoshi, Takeda M., Ohashi Y., Naya Y., Miyashita Y.
    Title: MRI-based localization of electrophysiological recording sites within the cerebral cortex at single-voxel accuracy.
    Journal: Nature Methods
    Year: 2007
  4. Authors: Koyama M., Hasegawa I., Osada T., Adachi Y., NAKAHARAKiyoshi, Miyashita Y.
    Title: Functional magnetic resonance imaging of macaque monkeys performing visually guided saccade tasks: Comparison of cortical eye fields with humans.
    Journal: Neuron
    Year: 2004
  5. Authors: NAKAHARAKiyoshi, Hayashi T., Konishi S., MIyashita Y.
    Title: Functional MRI of macaque monkeys performing a cognitive set-shifting task.
    Journal: Science
    Year: 2002
  6. Authors: Tomita H., Ohbayashi M., NAKAHARAKiyoshi, Hasegawa I., Miyashita Y.
    Title: Top-down signal from prefrontal cortex in executive control of memory retrieval.
    Journal: Nature
    Year: 1999
  7. Authors: Konishi S., Nakajima K., Uchida I., Kameyama M., NAKAHARAKiyoshi, Sekihara K., Miyashita Y.
    Title: Transient activation of inferior prefrontal cortex during cognitive set shifting.
    Journal: Nature Neuroscience
    Year: 1998
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Japanese government
  1. Project title: Investigation of functional roles of ongoing brain activity in cognition and consciousness
    Category: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(A)
    Project number: 17H00891
    Project period: 2017/04-2021/03
    Total budget amount: 43,420,000 yen
  2. Project title: Research on memory retrieval mechanisms in the primate medial temporal lobe using high-density
    Category: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B)
    Project number: 25282249
    Project period: 2013/04-2016/03
    Total budget amount: 19,760,000 yen
  3. Project title: Exploration of relationship between gamma-band activity and memory function in the temporal lobe
    Category: Grant-in-Aid for challenging Exploratory Research
    Project number: 25560433
    Project period: 2013/04-2015/03
    Total budget amount: 3,770,000 yen

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Social activities

Published books
  1. Visual Associative Memory. In: Squire L. R. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Neuroscience., 2008

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