Professor / Head of Division of Experimental and Applied Psychology

Hirohito M. Kondo, PhD

Biography

Hirohito Kondo conducted research on the nature of working memory and attentional control while a PhD student. He obtained his PhD (Experimental Psychology) from Kyoto University in 2002 and spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow. His interest in conscious awareness has led him to investigate where and how meaningful perceptual objects are formed in the human brain. He took up a Research Scientist at NTT Communication Science Laboratories in 2003. He was also a Visiting Scholar, United Graduate School of Child Development, Osaka University from 2014 to 2016. He came to Chukyo University at Nagoya in 2017, where he is currently a Professor of School of Psychology.

Research Interests

A major goal of his research is to understand the neural mechanisms that enable people to see and hear meaningful perceptual objects in ambiguous sensory inputs. He is also interested in temporal dynamics of attentional fluctuation because the reduction of attentional levels can cause mental distraction, cognitive errors, and even serious accidents. His particular focus concerns individual differences in perceptual organization and sustained attention. He combines various approaches to these aims, such as psychophysical, neuroimaging (fMRI/MRS), and genotyping methods.

Service to Scientific Community

Editorial Board Member Scientific Reports
Executive Board Member Japanese Psychonomic Society
Lead Guest Editor Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
Theme: "Auditory and Visual Scene Analysis"
Organizer CNRS-NTT Joint Seminar 2016
Theme: "Theoretical and Experimental Approaches towards Auditory Scene Analysis"

Graduate Students

Ryuju Hasegawa Keywords: auditory illusion, verbal transformation, auditory sensory memory
Kanae Tada Keywords: autonomous sensory meridian response, finger plethysmogram

Research Assistant

Manami Ueda Clinical Psychologist
Keywords: sensory-processing sensitivity, highly sensitive person (HSP)