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February 10, 2019 General lecture (in a symposium on Wisdom for happy living in middle and old ages) at Kyoto Learning Center, the Open University of Japan
December 22, 2018 Invited talk (title: Neuroprotection and physical/motor practice in healthy aging) at ISMRM-JPC annual meeting, Nagoya University
November 6, 2018 Dr. Maki Suzuki (Project-appointed Lecturer at Osaka University, our colleague for KAKENHI projects) published an article in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. This article reports enhanced over-activation of the brain with advanced aging.
September 27, 2018 Organized a symposium on “Lifestyle and brain function” at the 82nd annual meeting of the Japanese Psychological Association, Sendai International Center
September 5, 2018 Invited talk (title: Useful leisure activities for rejuvenation by 10 years) at Osaka Prefectural Office
March 20, 2018 Invited talk (title: lifestyle that extends healthy life expectancy) at Doshisha Neesima Kaikan
January 10, 2018 Seminar (invited speaker: Professor Lars Nyberg, Departments of Radiation Sciences & Integrative Medical Biology in Umeå University) at Higashiichijokan
Title: "Challenges of Neuroscience in the era of global super-aging"
See https://www.gsais.kyoto-u.ac.jp/blog/2018/01/10/20180109-2(in Japanese)
January 6, 2018 Xia Guo (2-year master course student at Kumamoto University) published an article in Frontiers in Psychology. This article reports the effect of short-term instrumental training on working memory in 6-8 year-old children.


“Investigate the plasticity of cognitive functions”

  • image_Plasticity of embodied spatial cognition

    Plasticity of embodied spatial cognition

    When body image does not work well because of reversing prism spectacles, how do people adapt themselves to that situation? For more detail

  • image_Language-specific speech perception

    Language-specific speech perception

    Listening to speech is based on the auditory information processing, and this processing is specific to people’s own native language. Does listening to speech while watching speaker’s face is also influenced by their own native language? For more detail

  • image_Development and plasticity of cognitive functions in children

    Development and plasticity of cognitive functions in children

    How do “embodied spatial cognition” and “language-specific speech perception” develop in children? For more detail

  • imagr_Maintenance of cognitive functions in elderly people

    Maintenance of cognitive functions in elderly people

    Recently, a lot of research have suggested that physical activity is beneficial to prevention of dementia. However, what aspect of the activity has such benefit? For more detail

Principle investigater

Kaoru Sekiyama

Kaoru Sekiyama

Professor, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Kyoto University
Research areas: psychology, cognitive neuroscience, life-span development
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I have studied plasticity of the human cognitive system. From my studies investigating how people adapt to reversed visual field over a long period, I have been amazed by human remarkable ability to adapt to such a radical environmental change. I have also noticed negative consequences of disuse of the brain. In addition, many of my studies have suggested that different native languages will create different neural systems in the brain especially for speech processing. In recent years, I have been engaged in transdisciplinary research examining what types of lifestyle or intervention have anti-aging effects on the brain. As Japan is the most advanced aged society in the world, our research finding will contribute to what are needed in the future globe. Would you join us and investigate this problem together?

Educational background

June 1995 phD
March, 1986 Psychology Major, Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences, Osaka City University, Doctor Course Completed
March, 1980 Educational Psychology Major, School of Education, Waseda University
March, 1976 Senior High School attached to Ochanomizu University

Professional Experience

May 2017 - now Professor, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Kyoto University
October 2006 – April 2017 Professor, Faculty of Letters, Kumamoto University
April 2000 –September 2006 Professor, School of Systems Information Science, Future University Hakodate
(June 1993 – December 1994) Visiting Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
May 1989 – March 2000 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Letters, Kanazawa University

Affiliated academic organizations

  • The Japanese Psychological Association
  • The Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology
  • The Acoustical Society of Japan
  • Japanese Cognitive Science Society
  • The Japanese Society of Baby Science
  • Japan Human Brain Mapping Society
  • Japanese Association of Clinical Geropsychology
  • Society for Neuroscience(SfN)
  • American Psychological Associsation (APA)
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)
  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA)