• Kusumi Lab
  • Manalo Lab
  • Saito Lab (MDM)
  • Nomura Lab
  • Takahashi Lab

Kusumi Lab

In the Kusumi Lab, there are currently twelve graduate students and three researchers carrying out researches on metaphor and story understanding, spatial perception, decision making and emotion, critical thinking, social cognition, self-control, culture, etc.
The Kusumi Lab meets regularly on Wednesdays at noon for a brownbag seminar in which the members have the chance to engage in intellectual discussions about the latest scientific journal articles and in an internal exchange of ideas about the planning, development, and evaluation of their research activities.

Lab Alumni

  • Ken Matsuda (Yamaguchi University)
  • Takatsugu Kojima (Shiga University of Medical science)
  • Keiko Nakamoto (Bunkyo University)
  • Eriko Sugimori (Waseda University)
  • Hidetsugu Komeda (Kyoto University)
  • Masashi Nakanishi
  • Takahiro Hattoroi (Hamamatsu Ohiradai High school)
  • Rumi Hirayama (Osaka College of Music)
  • Yuuko Tanaka (National Institute of Informatics)
  • Tomohiro Nabeta (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Yuuko Morimoto (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
  • Asuka Komiya (University of Virginia)
  • Ryta Iseki (RIKEN BSI-TOYOTA Collaboration Center)
  • Kohei Tsunemi (Iwaki College)
  • Keisuke Inohara (University of Fukui, Faculty of Medical Sciences)
  • Yasunori Okada (Railway Technical Research Institute)
  • Tokika Kurita(Nagoya University)


Manalo Lab

The primary concern of researchers in the Manalo Lab is how we can promote more effective learning in various educational contexts. To this end, members of the Lab pursue research on a wide range of learning and instruction topics, from reading and foreign language learning, to critical evaluation and use of visual representations (diagrams). The Lab meetings are held early on Friday mornings, during which members take turns at reporting and discussing progress they have made in their research projects, and attempt to help each other in solving any problems that have been encountered. According to member needs, various pertinent issues are also discussed during the meetings, including writing and publication of research, presentation at conferences, and development of effective research collaborations. The Lab meetings are conducted in English.


Saito Lab

The Saito Laboratory of “Memory Science” is a research group formed of two postdoctoral researchers and four postgraduate students. We examine the cognitive functions that underpin human flexibility by exploring the functions and mechanisms of human memory. One of the most important psychological constructs in this context is Working Memory (WM), which supports the temporary storage of task relevant information and which constitutes an integral component in the functioning of executive control. The Lab group holds Memory Discussion Meeting or MDM regularly in the late afternoon on Monday, which is preceded by the closed weekly Lab meeting. Topics in MDM cover issues centered (but not exclusively) around memory and executive control.


  • Aiko Morita (Hiroshima University)
  • Miki Yuzawa (Notre Dame Seishin University)
  • Yukio Maehara (Nagasaki University)
  • Satoko Yokoo (RIKEN)
  • Hideki Kidoguchi (Matsuyama University)
  • Taiji Ueno (Takachiho University)
  • Ryo Ishibashi (Tohoku University)
  • Ryoko Honma (WillWay)
  • Alexander Soemer (University of Potsdam, Germany)
  • Azumi Tanabe-Ishibashi (Tohoku University)
  • Matthew H. Iveson (University of Edinburgh, U.K.)
  • Masataka Nakayama (Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A.)
  • Yuki Tanida (Osaka University)
  • Erina Saeki (Kobe Yamate University)
  • Kenta Utsumi (Tops Isen)
  • Teppei Tanaka (Osaka Seikei College)


Nomura Lab

Whether and how a wide range of factors such as developmental, genetic, socio-environmental, and all of these interactive mechanisms are involved in psychological processes underlying emotion and self-regulative process?

Nomura Laboratory addresses these questions employing a variety of methods such as brain imaging (fMRI, NIRS), genotyping and behavioral paradigms. In addition to bridge the gaps between psychology, neuroscience and molecular biology, overall goal of the lab is to create a new research field in human sciences. The lab runs the meeting for Social Life Science (SLS) regularly in the late morning on Wednesday.


Takahashi Lab

Under Construction