Ryuta Kawashima
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Ryuta Kawashima
Excecutive Director
S.A.R.C.
Tohoku University

Div. Cognitive Neuroscience

The Department of Functional Brain Imaging is made-up of researchers from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, science, life sciences, engineering, pharmacy, linguistics, pedagogy, and the arts. We work on a wide range of brain science studies, from basic brain research in small animals to functional brain imaging for the purpose of social technology studies, where we can apply these findings to the field of education and welfare.

Mainly, we focus on functional brain imaging and social technology. In functional brain imaging research, our interest is the “human mind” where we elucidate the neural underpinnings of cognitive functions, such as perception, memory, motor, linguistic and emotional processes, to reveal the mechanism of the mind that survives the complicated physical and social environment around us. In social technology research, we approach education and social welfare from the viewpoint of brain science in order to improve and maintain brain functions of not only the elderly, but to better foster the healthy development in children.

Research Topics:
• Functional mapping of higher cognitive functions of humans.
• Neuroimaging study for brain plasticity in performing cognitive intervention in humans.
• Decoding of higher cognitive activities of humans.
• Neuroimaging study for analyzing the correlation between brain and genome in humans.
• Analysis of temporospatial pattern of human brain activity by non-invasive brain measurements.