The neuronal mechanisms underlying higher brain function, such as judgement, decision making, and language, are largely unknown. Our goal is to elucidate the neuronal mechanisms by using various techniques in neuroscience including functional MRI, psychophysical experiments, and animal experiments.
1. Neural Mechanisms of control of motor behavior.
Research is aimed at understanding the brain mechanisms of execution and control of the motion and behavior of animals and human.
2. Neuronal mechanisms for perception and cognition.
Research is aimed at understanding the brain mechanisms of perception and cognition of objects through vision and tactile senses of animals and human.
1. Lectures of unit "Functions of Nervous Systems I (Introduction to Neurophysiology, Motor Functions)”
Basic knowledge of neurophysiology will be lectured as an introduction together with the motor functions.
2. Lectures of unit "Functions of Nervous Systems II (Perception, Emotion, Instinct, Sleep, Higher functions)”.
A series of lectures will be taught on functions of the sensation, perception, and motion as well as the neural mechanisms of higher brain functions.
3. Lectures of unit "Homeostatic Functions for Life Support".
Lectures will be taught on the structure of the autonomic nervous system and its regulatory mechanisms in the circulation, respiration, digestion/absorption, humor/body temperature, metabolism, excretion, and internal secretion/reproduction.
4. Unit of “Practice of Physiology”
The purpose of the practice is to learn about the physiological mechanisms underlying the normal functions of human body through experiments. The goal is to master the basic experimental procedures, and to experience how to capture and analyze the data in order to draw conclusions.
Lectures & Courses
Students are expected to be voluntarily involved in research activity. Brain is an extremely complicated organ in terms of its morphology and functions. Learning of textbook knowledge is mandatory and is followed by capturing up-to-date scientific information through reading published articles. Once the overview of the field in which graduates/undergraduate students are interested in is completed, they will start to be engaged in on-going research topics under the tutelage of laboratory staff. Through this process, students are encouraged to associate their own research interests with the on-going research topics and will learn practically how data can be captured, rearranged and analyzed through real experiments.