Webinar in May 2021

Speaker: Dr. Ken Kihara (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)

Title: Psychology and Autonomous Driving

Webinar in Oct 2020

Speaker: Prof. Hideyuki Ando (Osaka University of Arts and Osaka University)

Title: Media Art and Psychology

TV Appearance in Sep 2020

Lab members, Hirohito Kondo, Kanae Tada, and Ryuju Hasegawa, were interviewed for the BS Fuji TV program "GALILEO X". The title of the program is "What is Sound to Us ?" We demonstrated the preliminary results of our study on autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) and misophonia. Dr. Manabu Honda and Dr. Masahiro Kumeta also appeared. The trailer is below.

Behind Scenes

Special Talks in Dec 2019 and Jan 2020

Speaker: Dr. I-Fan Lin (Taipei Medical Universtiy and Shuang Ho Hospital)

Title: Psychological Research on ASD People


Speaker: Dr. Takahiro Ezaki (JST and Universtiy of Tokyo)

Title: Energy Landscape Analysis of Neuroimaging Data


Special Issue: Auditory and Visual Scene Analysis

The special issue of Phil Trans R Soc B covers advances on scene-analysis research with a combination of psychophysics, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, and computational modelling and presents new directions in empirical and theoretical approaches. For an integrative understanding of scene analysis beyond sensory modalities, we have collected contributing articles from 20 Principal Investigators (research topics). The collection of articles compares recent findings in auditory and visual scene analysis. The issue was edited by Hirohito Kondo, Jun Kawahara, Anouk van Loon, and Brian Moore and published in February 2017.

Discipline Auditory Science Visual Science
Behavior Elhilali (attention)
Shamma & Oxenham (temporal coherence)
Pressnitzer (music)
Hillstrom (visual search)
Neuroimaging Chait & Friston (attention)
Gutschalk (consciousness)
Baker (scene recognition)
Muckli (contextual modulation)
Neuropharmacology Kondo & Winkler (multistability) Takeuchi (visual motion)
Neurophysiology Itatani & Klump (auditory streaming) Yoshida & Hafed (salience)
Clinical Lin & Kashino (autistic spectrum disorder)
Modeling Cichy (neurodynamics)

Scene Analysis of Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto

Photo by Chie Miki

Joint Seminar 2016

The seminar, entitled "Theoretical and Experimental Approaches Towards Auditory Scene Analysis", was held at the Château de Bourron-Marlotte Fontainebleau in France. The closed meeting was organized by Daniel Pressniter (CNRS) and Hirohito Kondo (NTT) in June 2016 and supported by JSPS Bilateral Programs. More than twenty researchers, including postdocs and PhD students, participated in this seminar to build an integrated theory of auditory scene analysis from findings of different disciplines. Each participant gave a 30-min presentation on his/her research theme. The presentations covered a wide range of topics including psychophysical, neuroimaging, neurophysiological, and mathematical modeling studies. The lectures contained unpublished data, which led to a lively question and answer session. The participants spent all three days in a suburban facility outside the bustle of Paris, which fostered in-depth discussion outside of the scheduled program. We will continue to actively support young researchers and promote information exchange for collaborative research.