About Division of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
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In brain science research, we attempt to elucidate the relationship between the human brain and mind using functional brain imaging devices. By combining with pedagogy and cognitive psychology, we will develop a new and practical teaching and learning system to facilitate sound development of children and their growth and to improve their appetite for learning, ability to think logically, creativity, intellectual curiosity, and spirit of inquiry.

We are also looking forward to collaborating with educators.

If you wish to adimission to post graduate school, you have to apply to the department of advanced brain science. After your entrance, you will be assigned to this devision.

Comment from Prof. Kawashima

In this April, Professor Sugiura directs a new department, so that our new department has resized and restarted. Indeed, I believe it is an extremely good opportunity to accelerate outstanding researches, since our laboratory become plenty good size. Although, we are proud of ourselves that the cognitive brain science researches, which investigate neural correlates related to human higher cognitive functions using fMRI, the brain plasticity researches, which investigate changes of brain structures and cognitive functions using structural MRI and animal MRI, and the cognitive development researches, which investigate brain and cognitive development for healthy children as well as for children with developmental disorder, have been progressing satisfactorily. In our brain plasticity and cognitive development researches, we have been using analysis on polymorphism, e.g. BDNF, and proteomics. We also are proud that wide range of researches, from basic molecular to social sciences, has been doing within one laboratory. We hope many students and young researchers will join our team to expand our neuroscience researches.

2015/11/4 The following paper has been published; Sato C. et al., Postoperative Structural Brain Changes and Cognitive Dysfunction in Patients with Breast Cancer, PLoS ONE 10(11): e0140655. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140655
2015/7/2 Doctoral student Mr. Kai WANG win the incentive award of the 17th Japan Human Brain Mapping Society
2015/5/11 The following paper has been published; Sekiguchi A. et al., Resilience after 3/11: Structural brain changes 1 year after the Japanese Earthquake,Molecular Psychiatry,20: 552–554, 2015
2015/1/13 The following paper has been published; Jeong H. et al., Neural correlates of second-language communication and the effect of language anxiety. Neuropsychologia,2015, 66: 182-192.
2015/1/5 Prof. Sekiguchi win the silver prize in the scholarship award of Tohoku university school of medicine
2014/12/24 The following paper has been published; Kawashima et al., SAIDO Learning as a Cognitive Intervention for Dementia Care: A Preliminary Study. JAMDA 16:56-42, 2015
2014/8/19 The following paper has been published; Nouchi & Kawashima. ”Improving cognitive function from children to old age: A systematic review of recent Smart Ageing intervention studies” Advances in Neuroscience. 2014:235479, 2014.
2014/6/23 The following paper has been published; Kawashima et al. ”Cortical Activity while Riding Motorcycles Measured with a Wearable Near Infrared Topography System” International J Automotive Engineering. 5: 77-83, 2014.
2014/6/23 The following paper has been published; Kawashima et al. ”Riding a Motorcycle Affects Cognitive Functions of Healthy Adults -A preliminary controlled study-” International J Automotive Engineering. 5: 73-76, 2014.