Professor Jiro Okuda

Area and Subject Taught Human Information Processing
Research Theme(s) Functional neuroimaging of higher brain functions in humans
Academic Degrees Doctor (Disability Science), Tohoku University
Keywords for Research Field Cognitive Neuroscience, Functional Neuroimaging
Office Phone Number 81-75-705-1520
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Research Overview

We human have various capacities for seeing, hearing, moving, speaking, understanding, memorizing, envisioning, communicating, and many more. How are these higher cognitive functions in humans realised? I’m working on understanding of cognitive and neural mechanisms of the higher brain functions in humans and its application to engineering, human communication, industry, and social systems. My main approach to these issues is functional neuroimaging techniques including positron emission tomography, functional magnetic resonance imaging, near infra-red spectroscopy, and electrophysiological recordings using electroencephalography. I’m also interested in data acquisition and analysis methods for these noninvasive recordings of brain activities.

Notable Publications and Works in the Last Three Years

  1. Jiro Okuda (2016) Two strategies for interactive planning. Advances in Cognitive Neurodynamics (V), Springer, 207-210.
  2. Guanhong Li, Takeshi Konno, Jiro Okuda, Takashi Hashimoto (2016) An EEG study of human mirror neuron system activities during abstract symbolic communication. Advances in Cognitive Neurodynamics (V), Springer, 565-571.
  3. Ichiro Tsuda, Yoko Yamaguchi, Takashi Hashimoto, Jiro Okuda, Masahiro Kawasaki, Yasuo Nagasaka (2015) Study of the neural dynamics for understanding communication in terms of complex hetero systems. Neuroscience Research, 90:51-55.

Funding:
“Oscillology”, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (2015-2019), MEXT, Japan.
http://www.nips.ac.jp/oscillology
“The study on the neural dynamics for understanding communication in terms of complex hetero systems”, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (2009-2013), MEXT, Japan.
https://dynamicbrain.neuroinf.jp/hetero

Social activity:
Core member of Neuroimaging Platform Committee, International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility, Japan Node.
https://nimg.neuroinf.jp