Kashino Diverse Brain Research Laboratory

Kashino Diverse Brain Research Laboratory

Makio Kashino, Ph.D.
Makio Kashino, Ph.D.
NTT Fellow, Head of Kashino Diverse Brain Research Laboratory

Human cognition can be characterized by its remarkable flexibility, implicitness, and diversity (“implicitness” refers to the fact that significant processing proceeds without awareness and out of voluntary control). We aim at elucidating the nature and mechanisms of those aspects of cognition. Specifically, we focus on mental and physical skills of top athletes, preference and impression of music, and sensory-motor characteristics of developmental disorder.


2021.2.25Journal article

A research article on a novel rehabilitation method for patients with Parkinson's disease was published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research. This study was a collaborative research project with Showa University School of Medicine on perception of time.
Honma, M., Murakami, H., Yabe, Y., Kuroda, T., Futamura, A., Sugimoto, A., Terao, Y., Masaoka, Y., Izumizaki, M., Kawamura, M.,& Ono, K. (2021). Stopwatch training improves cognitive functions in patients with Parkinson's disease. Journal of Neuroscience Research, 00, 1-12.

February 1st, 2021Journal article

A research article on comfortable and convenient ski-turn skill assessment was published in Sensors.
Matsumura, S., Ohta, K., Yamamoto, S.-I., Koike, Y., & Kimura, T. (2021). Comfortable and Convenient Turning Skill Assessment for Alpine Skiers Using IMU and Plantar Pressure Distribution Sensors. Sensors, 21(3), 834.

December 30th, 2020Journal article

A research article on relationship between release parameters and pitch location in baseball pitching was published in Journal of Sports Sciences.
Nasu D., & Kashino, M. (2020). Impact of each release parameter on pitch location in baseball pitching. Journal of Sports Sciences

December 2nd, 2020Conference

We will give a presentation at LE2020. (Online, from December 2nd to 3rd)
Akemi Kobayashi, Toshitaka Kimura. Motor redundancy affects decision-making behavior.

November 17th, 2020Journal article

A research article on relationship between covariations among joint movements and hand orientation in baseball pitching was published in Frontiers in Sports and Active Living.
Matsuo T., Jinji T., Hirayama D., Nasu D., Katsumata Y., & Morishita Y. (2020). Consistent Hand Dynamics Are Achieved by Controlling Variabilities Among Joint Movements During Fastball Pitching. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 2, 159.

September 8th, 2020Conference

We will give two presentations at the 2020 Yokohama Sport Conference (Online, from Sept. 8th to 22nd)
[W16-PS03] General symposia: Exploring athletic sensorimotor control with advanced techniques (Chair Toshitaka Kimura),Virtual reality-based assessmentof athletic cognitive and motor skills, Toshitaka Kimura, Kei Saito, Katsutoshi Masai, Maki Sugimoto
[Q10ーP0717] Poster: Application of VR system to test ball-strike judgments of softball umpires, Masumi Yamguchi, Toshitaka Kimura, Dan Mikami

July 29th, 2020Conference

We will give three presentations at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society. (Online, from July 29th to August 1st)
[2O10a-2-02] Functional roles of visual motion for hand reaching movement - New lines of evidence dissociate posture related and target related responses - Hiroaki Gomi, Naotoshi Abekawa, Hiroshi Ueda
[3P-114] Effect of game flow and skill level on physiological states of esports players in competition Ken Watanabe, Naoki Saijo, Sorato Minami, Makio Kashino
[1P-112] Sport expertise-dependent differences in cognitive and motor skills on fast hitting performance Akemi Kobayashi, Toshitaka Kimura

June 26th, 2020Journal article

A research article on eye, head, and body coordination in baseball batting was published in Frontiers in Sports and Active Living.
Kishita, Y., Ueda, H., & Kashino, M. (2020). Temporally Coupled Coordination of Eye and Body Movements in Baseball Batting for a Wide Range of Ball Speeds. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 2, 64.

June 11th, 2020 Conference

Presentation videos were posted on YouTube for The 2020 North American Society for the psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) Virtual Conference [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSzVaC2obgjXSwKLwhomM-Q]

June 4th, 2020Research exhibit

Research exhibits were presented at the Open House 2020 of the NTT Communication Science Laboratories: “Special cognitive abilities of esports experts”, “Realizing a harmony in rugby scrum”, and “What is a “straight” ball?“.

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