Wataru Sato

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Wataru Sato  |  Program-Specific Associate Professor  |  Experimental Psychology; Cognitive Neuroscience

I investigate the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying emotion and social interaction. Personal Website

Email: sato.wataru.4v[at] kyoto-u.ac.jp
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Graduated from Kyoto University (Education), 1997
Received PhD in Education, Kyoto University, 2005
Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2002
COE Researcher, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University, 2005
Associate Professor, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, 2006
Program Specific Associate Professor, The Hakubi Project, Kyoto University, 2010
Program Specific Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, 2014
Program Specific Associate Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, 2017

Journal Articles
Sato, W.*, & Uono, S.* (* equal contributors) (in press). The atypical social brain network in autism: Advances in structural and functional MRI studies. Current Opinion in Neurology.
Sato, W.*, Kochiyama, T.*, Uono, S., Sawada, R., Kubota, Y., Yoshimura, S., & Toichi, M. (* equal contributors) (in press). Widespread and lateralized social brain activity for processing dynamic facial expressions. Human Brain
Mapping.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Minemoto, K., Sawada, R., & Fushiki, T. (in press). Amygdala activation during unconscious visual processing of food. Scientific Reports.
Kubota, T., Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Yoshimura, S., Sawada, R., & Toichi, M. (in press). Corticostriatal-limbic correlates of sub-clinical obsessive-compulsive traits. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.
Sato, W., Hyniewska, S., Minemoto, K., & Yoshikawa, S. (2019). Facial expressions of basic emotions in Japanese laypeople. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 259: 1-11.
Hyniewska, S., Sato, W., Kaiser, S., & Pelachaud, S. (2019). Naturalistic emotion decoding from facial action sets. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2678: 1-11.
Sato, W.*, Kochiyama, T.*, Uono, S., Usui, N., Kondo, A., Matsuda, K., Usui, K., Toichi, M., & Inoue, Y. (* equal contributors) (2018). Analyzing neural activity and connectivity using intracranial EEG data with SPM software. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 140, e58187: 1-9.
Uono, S., Sato, W., Sawada, R., Kochiyama, T., & Motomi, T. (2018). Spatiotemporal commonalities of fronto-parietal activation in attentional orienting triggered by supraliminal and subliminal gaze cues: An event-related potential study. Biological Psychology, 136, 29-38.
Nakazawa, A., Honda, M., Kurazume, R., Sato, W., Ishikawa, S., Yoshikawa, S., & Ito, M. (2018). Computational tender-care science: Computational and cognitive neuroscientific approaches for understanding the tender care. SymCollab 2018, 2018, 1-7.
Yoshimura, S., Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Sawada, R., Kubota, Y., & Toichi, M. (2017). Gray matter volumes of early sensory regions are associated with individual differences in sensory processing. Human Brain Mapping, 38, 6206-6217.
Sato, W., Sawada, R., Kubota, T., Toichi, M., & Fushiki, T. (2017). Homeostatic modulation on unconscious hedonic responses to food. BMC Research Notes, 10, 511: 1-6.
Sato, W., Sawada, R., Uono, S., Yoshimura, S., Kochiyama, T., Kubota, Y., Sakihama, M., & Toichi, M. (2017). Impaired detection of happy facial expressions in autism. Scientific Reports, 7, 13340: 1-12.
Uono, S., Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Kubota, T., Sawada, R., Yoshimura, S., & Toichi, M. (2017). Putamen volume is negatively correlated with the ability to recognize fearful facial expressions. Brain Topography, 30, 774-784.
Sato, W.*, Kochiyama, T.*, Uono, S., Matsuda, K., Usui, K., Usui, N., Inoue, Y., & Toichi, M. (* equal contributors) (2017). Bidirectional electric communication between the inferior occipital gyrus and the amygdala during face processing. Human Brain Mapping, 38, 4511-4524.
Sato, W.*, Kochiyama, T.*, Uono, S., Yoshimura, S., Kubota, Y., Sawada, R., Sakihama, M., & Toichi, M. (* equal contributors) (2017). Reduced gray matter volume in the social brain network in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 395: 1-12.
Sato, W., Uono, S., Kochiyama, T., Yoshimura, S., Sawada, R., Kubota, Y., Sakihama, M., & Toichi, M. (2017). Structural correlates of reading the mind in the eyes in autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 361: 1-9.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Yoshimura, S., & Toichi, M. (2017). Neural mechanisms underlying conscious and unconscious gaze-triggered attentional orienting in autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11, 339: 1-13.
Sawada, R., Sato, W., Toichi, M., & Fushiki, T. (2017). Fat content modulates rapid detection of food: A visual search study using fast food and Japanese diet. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1033: 1-8.
Uono, S., Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Kubota, Y., Sawada, R., Yoshimura, S., & Toichi, M. (2017). Time course of gamma-band oscillation associated with face processing in the inferior occipital gyrus and fusiform gyrus: A combined fMRI and MEG study. Human Brain Mapping, 38, 2067-2079.
Uono, S., Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Sawada, R., Kubota, Y., Yoshimura, S., & Toichi, M. (2017). Neural substrates of the ability to recognize facial expressions: A voxel-based morphometry study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12, 487-495.
Sato, W.*, Kochiyama, T.*, Uono, S., Yoshikawa, S., & Toichi, M. (* equal contributors) (2017). Direction of amygdala–neocortex interaction during dynamic facial expression processing. Cerebral Cortex, 27, 1878-1890.
Sato, W.*, Kochiyama, T.*, Uono, S., Matsuda, K., Usui, K., Usui, N., Inoue, Y., & Toichi, M. (* equal contributors) (2016). Rapid gamma oscillations in the inferior occipital gyrus in response to eyes. Scientific Reports, 6, 36321: 1-11.
Sato, W.*, Kochiyama, T.*, Uono, S., Matsuda, K., Usui, K., Usui, N., Inoue, Y., & Toichi, M. (* equal contributors) (2016). Gamma oscillations in the temporal pole in response to eyes. PLoS One, 11, e0162039: 1-16.
Sato, W., Sawada, R., Kubota, T., Toichi, M., & Fushiki, T. (2016). Unconscious affective responses to food. PLoS One, 11, e0160956: 1-13.
Sato, W. (2016). Scientists' personality, values, and well-being. Springerplus, 5, 613: 1-7.
Sawada, R., Sato, W., Uono, S., Kochiyama, T., Kubota, Y., Yoshimura, S., & Toichi, M. (2016). Neuroticism delays detection of facial expressions. PLoS One, 11: e0153400: 1-11.
Kubota, Y., Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Yoshimura, S., Sawada, R., Sakihama, M., & Toichi, M. (2016). Putamen volume correlates with obsessive compulsive characteristics in healthy population. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 249, 97-104.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Sawada, R., Kubota, Y., Yoshimura, S., & Toichi, M. (2016). Structural neural substrates of reading the mind in the eyes. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 151: 1-7.
Sato, W.*, Kochiyama, T.*, Kubota, Y., Uono, S., Sawada, R., Yoshimura, S., & Toichi, M. (* equal contributors) (2016). The association between perceived social support and amygdala structure. Neuropsychologia, 85, 237-244.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Toichi, M. (2016). Neural mechanisms underlying conscious and unconscious attentional shifts triggered by eye gaze. Neuroimage, 124, 118-126.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Kubota, Y., Sawada, R., Yoshimura, S., & Toichi, M. (2015). The structural neural substrate of subjective happiness. Scientific Reports, 5, 16891: 1-7.
Sawada, R., & Sato, W. (2015). Emotional attention capture by facial expressions. Scientific Reports, 5, 14042: 1-8.
Sato, W.*, Kochiyama, T.*, & Uono, S. (* equal contributors) (2015). Spatiotemporal neural network dynamics for the processing of dynamic facial expressions. Scientific Reports, 5, 12432: 1-13.
Okada, T., Kubota, Y., Sato, W., Murai, T., Pellion, F., & Gorog, F. (2015). Common impairments of emotional facial expression recognition in schizophrenia across French and Japanese cultures. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1018: 1-6.
Uono, S., Sato, W., & Toichi, M. (2015). Exaggerated perception of facial expressions is increased in individuals with schizotypal traits. Scientific Reports, 5, 11795: 1-8.
Sato, W. (2015). Inhibition of emotion-related autonomic arousal by skin pressure. Springerplus, 4, 294: 1-4.
Hyniewska, S., & Sato, W. (2015). Facial feedback affects valence jugdments of dynamic and static emotional expressions. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 291: 1-7.
Yoshimura, S., Sato, W., Uono, S., & Toichi, M. (2015). Impaired overt facial mimicry in response to dynamic facial expressions in high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 1318-1328.
Sato, W.*, Kubota, Y.*, Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Yoshimura, S., Sawada, R., Sakihama, M., & Toichi, M. (* equal contributors) (2014). Increased putamen volume in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 957: 1-6.
Sato, W.*, Kubota, Y.*, & Toichi, M. (* equal contributors) (2014). Enhanced subliminal emotional responses to dynamic facial expressions. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 994: 1-7.
Uono, S., Sato, W., & Kochiyama, T. (2014). Commonalities and differences in the spatiotemporal neural dynamics associated with automatic attentional shifts induced by gaze and arrows. Neuroscience Research, 87, 56-65.
Uono, S., Sato, W., & Toichi, M. (2014). Reduced representational momentum for subtle dynamic facial expressions in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8, 1090-1099.
Sato, W.*, Kochiyama, T.*, Uono, S., Matsuda, K., Usui, K., Inoue, Y., & Toichi, M. (* equal contributors) (2014). Rapid, high-frequency, and theta-coupled gamma oscillations in the inferior occipital gyrus during face processing. Cortex, 60, 52-68.
Sawada, R., Sato, W., Uono, S., Kochiyama, T., & Toichi, M. (2014). Electrophysiological correlates of the efficient detection of emotional facial expressions. Brain Research, 1560, 60-72.
Sawada, R., Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Kubota, Y., Yoshimura, S., & Toichi, M. (2014). Sex differences in the rapid detection of emotional facial expressions. PLoS One, 9, e94747: 1-7.
Sato, W., Uono, S., & Toichi, M. (2013). Atypical recognition of dynamic changes in facial expressions in autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 906-912.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Matsuda, K., Usui, K., Inoue, Y., & Toichi, M. (2013). Rapid and multiple-stage activation of the human amygdala for processing facial signals. Communicative and Integrative Biology, 6, e24562: 1-5.
Sato, W., Fujimura, T., Kochiyama, T., & Suzuki, N. (2013). Relationships among facial mimicry, emotional experience, and emotion recognition. PLoS One, 8, e57889: 1-8.
Uono, S., Sato, W., & Toichi, M. (2013). Common and unique impairments in facial-expression recognition in pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified and Asperger's disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 361-368.
Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2013). Recognition memory for faces and scenes. Journal of General Psychology, 140, 1-15.
Sato, W.*, Toichi, M.*, Uono, S., & Kochiyama, T. (* equal contributors) (2012). Impaired social brain network for processing dynamic facial expressions in autism spectrum disorders. BMC Neuroscience, 13, 99: 1-17.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Matsuda, K., Usui, K., Inoue, Y., & Toichi, M. (2012). Temporal profile of amygdala gamma oscillations in response to faces. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24, 1420-1433.
Fujimura, T., Sato, W., & Okanoya, K. (2012). Subcategories of positive emotion. Psychologia, 55, 1-8.
Okada, T., Sato, W., Kubota, Y., Toichi, M., & Murai, T. (2012). Right hemispheric dominance and interhemispheric cooperation in reflexive attentional shift by gaze. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 66, 97-104.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Matsuda, K., Usui, K., Inoue, Y., & Toichi, M. (2011). Rapid amygdala gamma oscillations in response to eye gaze. PLoS One, 6, e28188: 1-6.
Uono, S., Sato, W., & Toichi, M. (2011). The specific impairment of fearful expression recognition and its atypical development in pervasive developmental disorder. Social Neuroscience, 6, 452-463.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., & Yoshikawa, S. (2011). The inversion effect for neutral and emotional facial expressions on amygdala activity. Brain Research, 1378, 84-90.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., Matsuda, K., Usui, K., Inoue, Y., & Toichi, M. (2011). Rapid amygdala gamma oscillations in response to fearful facial expressions. Neuropsychologia, 49, 612-617.
Sato, W., Uono, S., Okada, T., & Toichi, M. (2010). Impairment of unconscious, but not conscious, gaze-triggered attention orienting in Asperger's disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4, 782-786.
Fujimura, T., Sato, W., & Suzuki, N. (2010). Facial expression arousal level modulates facial mimicry. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 76, 88-92.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Yoshikawa, S. (2010). Automatic attentional shifts by gaze, gestures, and symbols. Psychologia, 53, 27-35.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Yoshikawa, S. (2010). Amygdala integrates emotional expression and gaze direction in response to dynamic facial expressions. Neuroimage, 50, 1658-1665.
Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2010). Detection of emotional facial expressions and anti-expressions. Visual Cognition, 18, 369-388.
Uono, S., Sato, W., & Toichi, M. (2010). Brief report: Representational momentum for dynamic facial expressions in pervasive developmental disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40, 371-377.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., & Yoshikawa, S. (2010). Amygdala activity in response to forward versus backward dynamic facial expressions. Brain Research, 1315, 92-99.
Adams, R. B. Jr., Rule, N. O., Franklin, R. G. Jr., Wang, E., Stevenson, M. T., Yoshikawa, S., Nomura, M., Sato, W., Kveraga, K., & Ambady, N. (2010). Cross-cultural reading the mind in the eyes: An fMRI investigation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 97-108.
Uono, S., Sato, W., & Toichi, M. (2009). Dynamic fearful expressions enhance gaze-triggered attention orienting in high and low anxiety individuals. Social Behavior and Personality, 37, 1313-1326.
Uono, S., Sato, W., Michimata, C., Yoshikawa, S., & Toichi, M. (2009). Facilitation of gaze-triggered attention orienting by a fearful expression and its relationship to anxiety. Psychologia, 52, 188-197.
Uono, S., Sato, W., & Toichi, M. (2009). Dynamic fearful gaze does not enhance attention orienting in individuals with Asperger's disorder. Brain and Cognition, 71, 229-233.
Sato, W., Uono, S., Matsuura, N., & Toichi, M. (2009). Misrecognition of facial expressions in delinquents. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 3, 27: 1-7.
Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2009). Anti-expressions: Artificial control stimuli for emotional facial expressions regarding visual properties. Social Behavior and Personality, 37, 491-502.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Yoshikawa, S. (2009). Commonalities in the neural mechanisms underlying automatic attentional shifts by gaze, gestures, and symbols. Neuroimage, 45, 984-992.
Sato, W., Fujimura, T., & Suzuki, N. (2008). Enhanced facial EMG activity in response to dynamic facial expressions. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 70, 70-74.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Yoshikawa, S. (2008). Time course of superior temporal sulcus activity in response to eye gaze: A combined fMRI and MEG study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 3, 224-232.
Yoshikawa, S., & Sato, W. (2008). Dynamic facial expressions of emotion induce representational momentum. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, 25-31.
Okada, T., Sato, W., Kubota, Y., Usui, K., Inoue, Y., Murai, T., Hayashi, T., & Toichi, M. (2008). Involvement of medial temporal structures in reflexive attentional shift by gaze. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 183, 87-94.
Sato, W., Okada, T., & Toichi, M. (2007). Attentional shift by gaze is triggered without awareness. Experimental Brain Research, 183, 87-94.
Sato, W., Noguchi, M., & Yoshikawa, S. (2007). Emotion elicitation effect of films in a Japanese sample. Social Behavior and Personality, 38, 863-874.
Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2007). Spontaneous facial mimicry in response to dynamic facial expressions. Cognition, 104, 1-18.
Sato, W. & Yoshikawa, S. (2007). Enhanced experience of emotional arousal in response to dynamic facial expressions. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 31, 119-135.
Sato, W. & Aoki, S. (2006). Right hemispheric dominance in processing of unconscious negative emotion. Brain and Cognition, 62, 261-266.
Yoshikawa, S. & Sato, W. (2006). Enhanced perceptual, emotional, and motor processing in response to dynamic facial expressions of emotion. Japanese Psychological Research, 48, 213-222.
Okada, T., Sato, W., & Toichi, M. (2006). Right hemispheric dominance in gaze-triggered reflexive shift of attention in humans. Brain and Cognition, 62, 128-133.
Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2005). Emotional elicitation in response to dynamic facial expressions. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Development and Learning, 170-174.
Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2005). Spontaneous facial mimicry in response to dynamic facial expressions. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Development and Learning, 13-18.
Yamada, M., Murai, T., Sato, W., Namiki, C., Miyamoto, T., & Ohigashi, Y. (2005). Emotion recognition from facial expressions in a temporal lobe epileptic patient with ictal fear. Neuropsychologia, 43, 434-441.
Sato, W., & Murai, T. (2004). Characteristics of the involvement of the amygdala in the recognition of emotional expressions: A review of neuropsychological research. Psychologia, 47, 125-142.
Sato, W., Yoshikawa, S., Kochiyama, T., & Matsumura, M. (2004). The amygdala processes the emotional significance of facial expressions: An fMRI investigation using the interaction between expression and face direction. Neuroimage, 22, 1006-1013.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Yoshikawa, S., Naito, E. & Matsumura, M. (2004). Enhanced neural activity in response to dynamic facial expressions of emotion: An fMRI study. Cognitive Brain Research, 20, 81-91.
Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2004). The dynamic aspects of emotional facial expressions. Cognition and Emotion, 18, 701-710.
Okada, T., Sato, W., Murai, T., Kubota, Y., & Toichi, M. (2003). Eye gaze triggers visuospatial attentional shift in individuals with autism. Psychologia, 46, 246-254.
Kubota, Y., Quérel, C., Pelion, F., Laborit, J., Laborit, M F., Gorog, F., Okada, T., Murai, T., Sato, W., Yoshikawa, S., Toichi, M., & Hayashi, T. (2003). Facial affect recognition in pre-lingually deaf people with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 61, 265-270.
Kitagami, S., Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2002). The influence of test-set similarity in verbal overshadowing. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 16, 963-972.
Sato, W., Kubota, Y., Okada, T., Murai, T., Yoshikawa, S., & Sengoku, A. (2002). Seeing happy emotion in fearful and angry faces: Qualitative analysis of the facial expression recognition in a bilateral amygdala damaged patient. Cortex, 38, 727-742.
Kubota, Y., Sato, W., Toich, M., Murai, T., Okada,T., Hayashi, A., & Sengoku, A. (2001). Frontal midline theta rhythm is correlated with cardiac autonomic activities during the performance of an attention demanding meditation procedure. Cognitive Brain Research, 11, 281-287.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Yoshikawa, S., & Matsumura, M. (2001). Emotional expression boosts early visual processing of the face: ERP recording and its decomposition by independent component analysis. Neuroreport, 12, 709-714.
Kubota, Y., Sato, W., Toichi, M., Murai, S., Ikeda, A., & Sengoku, A. (2000). Emotional cognition without awareness after unilateral temporal lobectomy in human. Journal of Neuroscience, 20, RC97: 1-5.
Sato, W.*, & Uono, S.* (* equal contributors) (in press). The atypical social brain network in autism: Advances in structural and functional MRI studies. Current Opinion in Neurology.

Books
Hyniewska, S., & Sato, W. (Chapter; 2017). Reading faces and bodies: Behavioral and neural processes underlying the understanding of, and interaction with, others. Ricciardelli, P., Bayliss, A. P., & Actis-Grosso, R. (eds.).
Sato, W. (chapter; 2008). Affective computing: Emotion modelling, synthesis and recognition. Jimmy, O. (ed.).

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