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2020年

A paper by Associate Professor Nobuhito Abe and colleagues has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

A paper by Associate Professor Nobuhito Abe and colleagues, entitled “Brain and behavioral alterations in subjects with social anxiety dominated by empathic embarrassment,” has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).

This study used fMRI to approach the neural basis of Taijin-kyofusho (TKS), a subtype of social-anxiety disorder common in East Asia. The results showed that TKS was characterized by enhanced affective and reduced cognitive empathy. It also indicated that the whole-brain functional connectivity involved in cognitive empathy had decreased in the TKS group. These results suggest that TKS may be caused by an imbalance between affective and cognitive empathies.

This research was conducted using MRI scanner and related facilities of the Kokoro Research Center.

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Authors: Tei S, Kauppi J, Jankowski KF, Fujino J, Monti RP, Tohka J, Abe N, Murai T, Takahashi H, Hari R (2020)

Title: Brain and behavioral alterations in subjects with social anxiety dominated by empathic embarrassment

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117 (8): 4385-4391

2020/04/22

KRC Cognition, Behavior, & Brain Intensive Lecture 2019 “Neural Networks Associated with Multisensory Processing, From Tactile Sensation to Social Cognition”

 

 

For two days (December 26 and 27, 2019), Associate Professor Nobuhito Abe lead the KRC Cognition, Behavior, & Brain Intensive Lecture 2019, “Neural Networks Associated with Multisensory Processing, From Tactile Sensation to Social Cognition” at Kyoto University’s Inamori Center.

 

Associate Professor Ryo Kitada (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) was invited as a lecturer. He explained the neural bases of multisensory processing, from basic knowledge to the latest research results. Prof. Kitada’s research explores the unique mechanisms of tactile sensation using multiple complementary methods, such as psychophysics, fMRI, and TMS.

 

Many researchers and students from inside and outside the university were in attendance, taking advantage of the opportunity to attend a lecture by a researcher who is active internationally. In addition to holding a Q&A session with the audience, Prof. Kiada discussed the research environment overseas.

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Dates: December 26 (Thu) & 27 (Fri), 2019

Time: 10:30-12:00 and 13:30-16:45

Place: Large Conference Room, Kyoto University Inamori Center 3F

Fee: Free of Charge

Intended Audience: Researchers and Students

Participants: 55

2020/03/02

2019年

KRC Cognitive Science Seminar was held on August 30, 2019

The Kokoro Research Center held a Cognitive Science Seminar at the Inamori Center on August 30, 2019. The seminar was organized and moderated by Associate Professor Nobuhito Abe.

Kenji Ogawa (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Human Sciences, Hokkaido University) gave a lecture entitled “The neural basis of thinking from the standpoint of others.” Prof. Ogawa introduced recent fMRI research on the neural bases of the acquisition of third-party viewpoints and its relation to theory of mind. Following the lecture, a Q&A session was held.

 

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2019/11/18

The 2019 Experimental fMRI Seminar

The 2019 Experimental fMRI Seminar was held at Kokoro Research Center’s MRI Laboratory on August 19 and 20, 2019. 

These seminars have been held annually since 2013 to provide Kyoto University students and researchers an opportunity to learn first-hand about functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Eleven students from the departments of Education, Integrated Human Studies, and Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability participated in this year’s seminar. 

 

The seminar was organized Dr. Nobuhito Abe, Dr. Yoshiyuki Ueda, Dr. Ryusuke Nakai, Dr. Kuniaki Yanagisawa and Dr. Kohei Asano, who gave lectures about how to use fMRI in experimental research. The attendees learned the basics of fMRI and functional brain imaging studies, and were given the opportunity to use a fMRI machine to analyze brain activation during hand movement. The seminar concluded with a discussion and Q&A session.

 

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2019/10/16

KRC Cognitive Science Seminar was held on August 08, 2019

The Kokoro Research Center held a Cognitive Science Seminar at the Inamori Center on August 8, 2019. The seminar was organized and moderated by Associate Professor Nobuhito Abe.

 

Hiroyuki Muto (Research Organization of Open Innovation and Collaboration, Ritsumeikan University / Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) gave a lecture entitled “Statistical Modeling Approaches in Cognitive Psychology.” To demonstrate the usefulness of statistical modeling, a wide range of studies regarding things such as postdiction, mental rotation, and memory were presented.

 

Hiroyuki Muto

 

Associate Professor Nobuhito Abe

 

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2019/10/16

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