Kaoru Sekiyama

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Kaoru Sekiyama
Kyoto University


My research methods are based on psychology and cognitive neuroscience. My main research interest is in the plasticity of human cognitive system. One representative research topic of my studies on plasticity is adaptation to reversed vision. I have also investigated the influence of one’s native language on the McGurk effect (the phenomenon in which discrepant visual lip-read information alters auditory speech perception). In recent years, I have been studying cognitive function in older adults, particularly life-style anti-aging factors for the brain. Japan is the top country in the world in the population aging, and I hope to help older adults to maintain their cognitive function in their very old period.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

May 2017
Professor, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Sruvivability, Kyotu University
Oct 2006
Apr 2017
Professor, Faculty of Letters, Kumamoto University
Apr 2000
Sep 2006
Professor, School of Systems Information Science, Future University Hakodate
May 1989
Mar 2000
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Letters, Kanazawa University

Awards & Honors

Award for Outstanding Originality, The Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology
Excellent paper award in the year of 2003, Neuroscience Research
Long-term Fellowship, Human Frontieer Science Program
Young Psychologist, Japanese Psychological Society

Published Papers

Neural correlates of working memory maintenance in advanced aging: Evidence from fMRI
Maki Suzuki, Toshikazu Kawagoe, Shu Nishiguchi, Nobuhito Abe, Yuki Otsuka, Ryusuke Nakai, Kohei Asano, Minoru Yamada, Sakiko Yoshikawa, Kaoru Sekiyama
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience   10 358   Nov 2018   [Refereed]
Guo X, Ohsawa C, Suzuki A, Sekiyama K
Frontiers in Psychology   8    Jan 2018   [Refereed]
© 2018 Guo, Ohsawa, Suzuki and Sekiyama. Previous studies have reported that music training not only improves children's musical skills, but also enhances their cognitive functions. However, there is a disagreement about what domain(s) might be af...
Kawagoe T, Matsushita M, Hashimoto M, Ikeda M, Sekiyama K
Scientific reports   7(1) 14344   Oct 2017   [Refereed]
Teramoto W, Honda K, Furuta K, Sekiyama K
Experimental brain research   235(8) 2391-2405   Aug 2017   [Refereed]
Hisanaga S, Sekiyama K, Igasaki T, Murayama N
Scientific reports   6 35265   Oct 2016   [Refereed]
Shinozaki, J., Hiroe, N., Sato, M-A., Nagamine, T., & Sekiyama, K.
Scientific Reports   6 1-13   2016   [Refereed]
Meng, S. Oi, M. Sekiyama, K. Saito, H
Neuroscience Letters   627 211-215   2016   [Refereed]
Teramoto, W., Nakazaki, Takuyuki., Sekiyama, K., and Mori, S
Frontiers in Psychology   7 1-8   2016   [Refereed]
Kawagoe, T., Suzuki, M., Nishiguchi, S., Abe, N., Otsuka, Y., Nakai, R., Yamada, M., Yoshikawa, S., & Sekiyama, K
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience   7 1-9   2015   [Refereed]
Nishiguchi, S., Yamada, M., Tanigawa, T., Sekiyama, K., Kawagoe, T., Suzuki, M., Yoshikawa, S., Abe N., Otsuka, Y., Nakai, R., Aoyama, T., & Tsuboyama, T
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society   63 1355-1363   2015   [Refereed]