運動機能の向上

Understand and boost human sensory-motor and cognitive functions to upgrade QOL in ordinary as well as sporty people

(1)    Mapping the brain

We have been examining neural correlates of human sensory-motor and cognitive functions (fMRI, NIRS, PET). We are particularly interested in action planning and preparation, mental simulation of action, and action perception.

Main refs
(1) Naito E et al. (2008) J Neurophysiol 99: 695-703.
(2) Hagura N et al. (2007) J Neurosci 27: 7047-7053.
(3) Naito E et al. (2007) Eur J Neurosci 25: 3476–3487.
(4) Naito E et al. (2006) J Neurosci 26: 3783-3790.
(5) Ehrsson HH et al. (2005) PLoS Biology 3: e412.
(6) Naito E et al. (2005) J Neurophysiol 93: 1020-1034.
(7) Naito E et al. (2002b) Neuron 36: 979-988.
(8) Naito E et al. (2002a) J Neurosci 22: 3683-3691.
(9) Naito E et al. (1999) J Neurosci 19: 6134-6144.

(2)    Reading the brain

We have been reading out contents of action intentions, motor programs and performances for better understanding of human cognitive-motor functions and for BMI application (fMRI, NIRS).

Main refs
(1) Nambu et al. (2009) Neuroimage 47: 628-637.

Main researchers
Isao Nambu (NICT), Satoshi Hirose (JSPS)

(3)    Manipulating the brain

We have been boosting human sensory-motor and cognitive functions and our learning ability using non-invasive neuro-modulation techniques (tDCS, TMS, PAS, TENS).

Main researchers
Shintaro Uehara (Kyoto University), Daichi Yamashita (Kyoto University)