Faculty Members

LANGUAGE ≫ Japanese


Ph.D., Psychology, The University of Tokyo, Japan, 2005

Areas of specialization Visual psychophysics
Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive ergonomics
Laboratory/research office Perceptual and cognitive brain information processing laboratory
We live adaptively by getting information about the outer environment through our senses, processing the information in our brain, and outputting an appropriate action. The aim of our laboratory is to reveal the mechanisms of the perceptual and cognitive processes using virtual reality and functional brain imaging techniques.
Current research topics Psychophysical study of three-dimensional perception brain function study using decoding technique with brain functional imaging
Educational background 1997: Bachelor, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Professional background 2019-: Professor, School of Information, Kochi University of Technology
2011-: Associate Professor, School of Information, Kochi University of Technology
2010-2012: Visiting Researcher, Intelligent Modeling Laboratory, The University of Tokyo
2009-: Assistant Professor, School of Information, Kochi University of Technology
2008-: Research Assistant Professor,, Intelligent Sensing System Research Center, Toyohashi University of Technology
2006-: Research fellow, Research Center for Future Vehicle, Toyohashi University of Technology
2002-: Research fellow, Intelligent Modeling Laboratory, The University of Tokyo
1999-: DC Research fellow, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Academic societies Vision Society of Japan
the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers
The Virtual Reality Society of Japan
The Japanese Psychological Association
The Japanese Psychonomic Society
Vision Sciences Society

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* Courses provided in English are shown with (E) mark

Undergraduate school
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Laboratory Work on Information Technology 3C
  • Seminars on the School of Information
  • Project Research 1
  • Project Research 2
  • Project Research 3
  • Graduation Thesis
  • Laboratory Work on Information Technology 3i
  • Brain informatics and Psychoinformatics
  • Laboratory Work on Information Technology 2
  • Literacy in Human Behavior and Neuroscience
Graduate school
  • Big Data Analysis, Mathematical Models and Design of Experiments
  • Seminar on Infomatics I
  • Seminar on Infomatics II
  • Advanced Seminar 1
  • Advanced Seminar 2
  • Individual Work for Graduate

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Research activities

Research papers
  1. Authors: Thanaphop Threethipthikoon, Zhen Li, Hiroaki Shigemasu
    Title: Orientation representation in human visual cortices: contributions of non-visual information and action-related process
    Journal: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 14
    Year: 2023
  2. Authors: Hiroshige Takeichi, Keito Taniguchi, Hiroaki Shigemasu
    Title: Visual and haptic cues in processing occlusion
    Journal: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. 14, Frontiers Media {SA}
    Year: 2023
  3. Authors: Aya Hatano, Cansu Ogulmus, Hiroaki Shigemasu, Kou Murayama
    Title: Thinking about thinking: People underestimate how enjoyable and engaging just waiting is.
    Journal: Journal of experimental psychology. General
    Year: 2022
  4. Authors: Li Zhen, Hiroaki Shigemasu
    Title: Unique Neural Activity Patterns Among Lower Order Cortices and Shared Patterns Among Higher Order Cortices During Processing of Similar Shapes With Different Stimulus Types
    Journal: i-Perception, Vol. 12, No. 3, SAGE journals
    Year: 2021
  5. Authors: Jiajia Yang, Yinghua Yu, Hiroaki Shigemasu, Hiroshi Kadota, Kiyoshi Nakahara, Takanori Kochiyama, Yoshimichi Ejima, Jinglong Wu
    Title: Functional heterogeneity in the left lateral posterior parietal cortex during visual and haptic crossmodal dot‐surface matching.
    Journal: Brain and Behavior, Wiley
    Year: 2021
  6. Authors: Ryu Ohata, Tomohisa Asai, Hiroshi Kadota, Hiroaki Shigemasu, Kenji Ogawa, Hiroshi Imamizu
    Title: Sense of Agency Beyond Sensorimotor Process: Decoding Self-Other Action Attribution in the Human Brain
    Journal: Cerebral Cortex, Vol. bhaa028, Oxford Academic
    Year: 2020
  7. Authors: Shufang He, Caihong Dai, Hiroaki Shigemasu
    Title: Role of vergence eye movements in the visual recognition of long time duration
    Journal: Optics Express, Vol. 28, No. 5, OSA Publishing
    Year: 2020
  8. Authors: Motohiko Igata, Hiroaki Shigemasu, Shintaro Katsura
    Title: Possibility of applying Neuromarketing to Flower Business - Based on Analysis of Lilies -
    Journal: International Journal of Japan Society for Production Management, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 51-59
    Year: 2019
  9. Authors: Zhen Li, Hiroaki Shigemasu
    Title: Generalized Representation of Stereoscopic Surface Shape and Orientation in the Human Visual Cortex
    Journal: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Vol. 13, No. 283, Frontiers
    Year: 2019
  10. Authors: He Shufang, Hiroaki Shigemasu
    Title: Relationship of Depth Adaptation Between Disparity-Specified Plaids and Their Components
    Journal: i-Perception, Vol. 9, No. 5, pp. 1-18, SAGE jouranals
    Year: 2018
  11. Authors: YAN Pengfei, SHIGEMASU Hiroaki
    Title: Stereo-Curvature Aftereffect Is Due to More Than Shape Curvature Adaptation
    Journal: Perception, Vol. 44, No. 7, pp. 790-813, Sage
    Year: 2015
  12. Authors: YABE Yoshiko, GOODALE Melvyn A., SHIGEMASU Hiroaki
    Title: Temporal order judgments are disrupted more by reflexive than by voluntary saccades
    Journal: Journal of Neurophysiology, Vol. 111, No. 10, pp. 2103-2108
    Year: 2014
  13. Authors: TAMURA Takeshi, GUNJI Atsuko, TAKEICHI Hiroshige, SHIGEMASU Hiroaki, INAGAKI Masumi, KAGA Makiko, KITAZAKI Michiteru
    Title: Audio-vocal monitoring system revealed by mu-rhythm activity
    Journal: Front. Psychology, Vol. 3, No. 225, pp. 1-10
    Year: 2012
  14. Authors: SHIGEMASU Hiroaki, SATO Takao
    Title: Effects of the amount of monocular shape information on stereo scaling problem
    Journal: Japanese Psychological Research, Vol. 54, No. 1, pp. 27-37
    Year: 2012
  15. Authors: TSUBAKI Ikuko, SETO Mikio, HATTORI Hisao, KUMAI Hisao, SHIGEMASU Hiroaki
    Title: Correction of Stereo Imperfections and Depth Adjustment for Visual Comfort
    Journal: Proceedings of IDW'11, pp. 1833-1836
    Year: 2011
  16. Authors: E. Kishida, N. Matsuzaki, K. Uenuma, SHIGEMASU Hiroaki, M. Kitazaki, K. Iwao
    Title: A study on a device for controlling visual information to improve driver performance
    Journal: SAE (Society for Automotive Engineers) paper, 2009-01-0548, p. 10
    Year: 2009
  17. Authors: Y. Katsumata, SHIGEMASU Hiroaki, S. Nakauchi, M. Kitazaki
    Title: Decoding velocity change of self-motion from EEG
    Journal: Proceedings of JVRC 2009 (2009 Joint Virtual Reality Conference of EGVE - ICAT - EuroVR), pp. 13-14
    Year: 2009
  18. Authors: SHIGEMASU Hiroaki, Y. Miyawaki, Y. Kamitani, M. Kitazaki
    Title: Decoding heading directions from human brain activity
    Journal: The Japanese Journal of Psychonomic Science, Vol. 27, No. 9, pp. 121-122
    Year: 2008
  19. Authors: Kitazaki M, Nakano T, Matsuzaki N, SHIGEMASU Hiroaki
    Title: Control of Eye-movement to Decrease VE-sickness
    Journal: Proceedings of ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST 2006), pp. 350-355
    Year: 2006
  20. Authors: SHIGEMASU Hiroaki, N. Matsuzaki, M. Harasawa, T. Morita, T. Sato, K. Aizawa
    Title:  Effects of physical display size and amplitude of oscillation on visually induced motion sickness
    Journal: Proceedings of ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST 2006), pp. 372-375
    Year: 2006
Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Japanese government
  1. Project title: Investigation of binocular three-dimensional perception with neural decoding techniques
    Category: Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)
    Project number: 21730591
    Project period: 2009-2010
    Total budget amount: 4,550,000 yen
  2. Project title: Scaling process of binocular depth perception with distance information
    Category: Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)
    Project number: 24730625
    Project period: 2012-2013
    Total budget amount: 3,770,000 yen
  3. Project title: Effects of multimodal integration on spatial perception
    Category: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
    Project number: 16K00211
    Project period: 2016-2018
    Total budget amount: 4,680,000 yen
  4. Project title: Interaction between 3D perception and self-body
    Category: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
    Project number: 20K03500
    Project period: 2020-2022
    Total budget amount: 4,290,000 yen
  5. Project title: Study of the visual system as a spatial information processing system involving somatosensory processes
    Category: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
    Project number: 23K03004
    Project period: 2023-2025
    Total budget amount: 4,680,000 yen

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Social activities

Committee roles
  1. Poster Chairs of International Workshop on Human-Engaged Computing , International Workshop on Human-Engaged Computing, 2017
  2. Publications Chair of the International Symposium on Interaction Design and Human Factors (IDHF) 2014, 2014
  3. the organizing committee of the Virtual Reality Psychology International Conference, 2013
  4. the Academic Journal Editorial Committee Member, 2021-2025
  5. Program committee, VRST (the ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology), 2018-
  6. Organizing Committee of the 10th Asia-Pacific Conference on Vision (APCV) 2014, 2014
  7. The 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP2016) Program Committee, 2013-2016

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