Michio Nomura, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Educational Psychology
Kyoto University, Graduate School of Education

Email: nomura.michio.8ukyoto-u.ac.jp

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About the 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.

Graduate students

    Kazuki Sawada, MS
    Jimpei Hitsuwari, MS
    Yushin Yun, MS

    Hirohito Okano, BS
    Hikaru Koike, BS

    Kota Syoji, BS
    Takechika Hayashi, BS



  • Koike, H., & Nomura, M. (in press) Development and validation of Japanese versions of the Interoceptive Accuracy Scale and Interoceptive Attention Scale. Sage Open.
  • Okano, H., & Nomura, M. (2023) Examining social anxiety and dual aspects of social comparison orientation: The moderating role of self-evaluation of social skills. Frontiers in Psychology, doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1270143
  • Hitsuwari, J., & Nomura, M. (2023) Interaction between Creation and Appreciation: How Linguistic Art Creation Impacts the Aesthetic Evaluation of Haiku Poetry and Ink Paintings. International Journal of Psychology. doi: 10.1002/ijop.12959.
  • Hitsuwari, J., & Nomura, M. (2023) Developing and validating a Japanese version of the Plymouth Sensory Imagery Questionnaire. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1166543
  • Miyasaka, M., & Nomura, M. (2023) Effect of financial and non-financial reward and punishment for inhibitory control in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities,134, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2023.104438
  • Takano, R., & Nomura, M. (2023) A strengthened social ties in disasters: Threat-awe encourages interdependent worldviews via powerlessness. PLOS ONE, doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0285049
  • Hitsuwari, J. Ueda, Y., Yun, Y., & Nomura, M. (2023) Does human–AI collaboration lead to more creative art? Aesthetic evaluation of human-made and AI-generated haiku poetry. Computers in Human Behavior, 107502. doi. org/10.1016/j.chb.2022.107502
  • Hitsuwari, J., & Nomura, M. (2022) Ambiguity tolerance can improve through poetry appreciation and creation. The Journal of creative behavior, https://doi.org/10.1002/jocb.574
  • Ayabe, H., Emmanuel, M., Fujita, H., & Nomura, M. (2022) Brain imaging provides insights about the interaction between instruction and diagram use for mathematical word problem solving. Frontiers in Education, DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2022.893829.
  • Hitsuwari, J., & Nomura, M. (2022) Ambiguity and beauty: Japanese-German cross-cultural comparisons on aesthetic evaluation of Haiku poetry. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, doi.org/10.1037/aca0000497
  • Sawada, K., & Nomura, M. (2022) Developing and validating the Japanese version of the Situational Awe Scale (SAS-J). Current Psychology.
  • Sakata, C., Ueda, Y., & Nomura, M. (2022) The effect of topic importance on irritation toward audio- and video-presented communication in attitude persistence. Psychologia, 64, 
  • Shiota, S., & Nomura, M. (2022) Role of fantasy in emotional clarity and emotional regulation in empathy: A preliminary study. Frontiers in Psychology, section Personality and Social Psychology. doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.912165
  • Takano, R., & Nomura, M. (2022) Relationships Between Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Spirituality in Japan. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
  • Hitsuwari, J., & Nomura, M. (2022) Developing and validating a Japanese version of the multidimensional attitude toward ambiguity scale (MAAS). Psychology, 12, 477-497. doi: 10.4236/psych.2021.124030.
  • Hiraoka, D., Nomura, M., & Kato, M. (2021) Effect of postpartum experience and infant temperament on maternal beliefs about infant crying. Frontiers in Psychology,
  • Ooishi, Y., Fujino, M., Inoue, V., Nomura, M., & Kitagawa, N. (2021) Differential effects of focused attention and open monitoring meditation on autonomic cardiac modulation and cortisol secretion. Frontiers in Physiology, doi: 10.3389/fphys.2021.675899.
  • Himichi, T., Osanai, H., Goto, T., Fujita, H., Kawamura, Y., Smith, A. R., & Nomura, M. (2021) Exploring the Multidimensional Links between Trait Mindfulness and Trait Empathy. Frontiers in Psychiatry, doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.498614.
  • Kashima E. S., Guggolz1, L., Bowden-Dodd1, J., Giummarra-Vocale, L., & Nomura, M. (2021) 5-HTTLPR Polymorphism and Impulsivity under Punishment: A Gene × Culture Interaction. Culture and Brain.
  • Hitsuwari, J., & Nomura, M. (2021) How individual states and traits predict aesthetic appreciation of haiku poetry. Empirical Studies of the Arts.
  • Takano, R., & Nomura, M. (2020) Awe liberates the feeling that “My body is mine”. Cognition and Emotion, doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2020.1862765
  • Miyasaka, M., & Nomura, M. (2020) The effect of ADHD and ASD symptoms on the mental health of college students: A longitudinal study conducted in Japan. Journal of American College Health,
  • Hiraoka, D., Ooishi, Y., Mugitani, R., & Nomura, M. (2020) Relationship between oxytocin and maternal approach behaviors to infants’ vocalizations. Comprehensive Psychoneuroendocrinology, doi.org/10.1016/j.cpnec.2020.100010
  • Takano, R., & Nomura, M. (2020). Neural representations of awe: Distinguishing common and distinct neural mechanisms. Emotion.
  • Sawada, K., & Nomura, M. (2020) Influence of positive and threatened Awe on the attitude toward norm violations. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 
  • Hiraoka, D., & Nomura, M. (2020) The influence of cognitive load on maternal postural sway and heart rate response to infant vocalizations. Developmental Psychobiology.
  • Miyasaka, M., & Nomura, M. (2019) Asymmetric developmental change regarding the effect of reward and punishment on response inhibition. Scientific Reports,9,
  • Shiota, S., & Nomura, M. (2019) Short-term stress enhances individuals’ adaptive behaviors A near-infrared spectroscopy study. NeuroReport,
  • Hiraoka, D., & Nomura, M. (2019) Maternal childhood adversity, OXTR genotype and cognitive load impact on perceptual and behavioral responses to infant crying. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 104, 195-202,
  • Nomura, M(2019)Psychology of “MUSHIN” , Shinshin-henyo Gihou Kenkyu. 8, 243-251.
  • Hiraoka, D., Miyasaka, M., & Nomura, M. (2019) A possible mechanism of stress-relieving effects of spousal presence and implications for future infant crying research. Parenting, 19, 34-38.
  • Hiraoka, D., Miyasaka, M., & Nomura, M. (2019) Spousal support modulates saliva ɑ-amylase responses to infant crying in mothers with high attachment insecurity. Parenting, 19, 5-21.
  • Fujino, M., Ueda, Y., Mizuhara, H., Saiki, J., & Nomura, M. (2018). Open monitoring meditation reduces the involvement of brain regions related to memory function. Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/s41598-018-28274-4
  • Takano, R. & Nomura, M. (2018) Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation of the right temporoparietal junction enhances the self-effacing bias in Japanese individuals, Culture and Brain.
  • Kajimura, S., Kochiyama, T., Abe, N., & Nomura, M. (2018) Challenge to unity: Relationship between hemispheric asymmetry of the default mode network and mind wandering. Cerebral Cortex.
  • Masuda, M., Gosselin, P., & Nomura, M. (2018) Japanese children’s knowledge of the facial components of basic emotions, Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. 42, 253-266
  • Miyasaka, M., Kajimura, S., & Nomura, M. (2018) Biases in understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder in Japan. Frontiers in Psychology: Cultural Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00244.
  • Ueda, Y., Nagoya, K., Yoshikawa S., & Nomura, M. (2017) Forming facial expressions influences assessment of others’ dominance but not trustworthiness. Frontiers in Psychology,
  • Hiraoka, D., & Nomura, M. (2017) Would situational stress be harmful for anyone? The influence of situational factors and trait empathy on women’s response to infant crying. Infant Behavior and Development. 48, 147-156.
  • Yanagisawa, K., Kashima E. S., Moriya, H., Masui, K., Furutani, K., Yoshida, H., Ura, M., & Nomura, M. (2017) Tolerating dissimilar other when primed with death: Neural evidence of self-control engaged by interdependent people in Japan Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12, 910-917.
  • Kajimura, S., & Nomura, M. (2016) When we cannot speak: Eye contact disrupts resources available to cognitive control processes during verb generation, Cognition, 157, 352-357.
  • Hiraoka, D., & Nomura, M. (2016) The Influence of cognitive load on empathy and intention in response to infant crying. Scientific Reports.
  • Nomura, M. (2016) Genes, brain and culture through a 5-HTT lens. In Chiao, J, Shu-Chen, Rebecca, Bob (eds.), Handbook of Cultural Neuroscience: Cultural Neuroscience and Health. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 121-128.
  • Kajimura, S., Kochiyama, T., Nakai, R., Abe, N., & Nomura, M. (2016) Causal relationship between effective connectivity within the default mode network and mind-wandering regulation and facilitation. Neuroimage. 133, 21-30.
  • Yanagisawa, K., Kashima E. S., Abe, N., & Nomura, M. (2016) Self-esteem modulates amygdala-ventrolateral prefrontal cortex connectivity in response to mortality threats. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 145(3) 273-283.
  • Kajimura, S., Kochiyama, T., Nakai, R., Abe, N., & Nomura, M. (2015) Fear of negative evaluation is associated with altered brain function in nonclinical subjects. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 234(3) 362-368
  • Yanagisawa, K., Kashima E. S., Abe, N., & Nomura, M. (accepted) Self-esteem modulates amygdala-VLPFC connectivity in response to mortality threats. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
  • Kajimura, S., & Nomura, M. (2015) Decreasing propensity to mind-wander with transcranial direct current stimulation. Neuropsychologia, 75, 533-537.
  • Kondo, H, M. Nomura, M., Kashino, M. (2015) Different roles of COMT and HTR2A genotypes in working memory subprocesses. PLoS One.
  • Himichi, T., & Nomura, M. (2015) Modulation of empathy in the left ventrolateral prefrontal cortex facilitates altruistic behavior: An fNIRS study. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience. 1-16.
  • Nomura, M., Kaneko, M., Okuma, Y., Nomura, J., Kusumi, I., Koyama, T., Nomura, Y. (2015) Involvement of serotonin transporter gene polymorphisms (5-HTT) in impulsive behavior in the Japanese population. PLoS One.
  • Ueda, Y., Tominaga, A., Kajimura S., & Nomura, M. (2015) Spontaneous eye blinks during creative task correlate to divergent processing. Psychological Research.
  • Himichi, T., Fujita, H., & Nomura, M. (2015) Negative emotions impacts lateral prefrontal cortex activation during Theory of Mind: An fNIRS study. Social Neuroscience.
  • Nakano, T., Kuriyama, C., Himichi R., & Nomura, M. (2015) Association of a nicotinic receptor gene polymorphism with spontaneous eyeblink rates. Scientific Reports. 8, 1-3.
  • Kajimura S., Himichi T., & Nomura, M. (2014) Beautiful Faces Enhance Verbal Working Memory Performance: An NIRS Study. Psychologia: An International Journal of Psychological Sciences. 57, 49-57.
  • Yanagisawa, K., Kashima E. S., Moriya, H., Masui, K., Furutani, K., Nomura, M., Yoshida, H., Ura, M. (2013) Non-conscious neural regulation against mortality concerns. Neuroscience Letters, 552, 35-39. DOI:10.1016/j.neulet. 2013.07.027
  • Ogawa, T., & Nomura, M. (2012) Using NIRS to investigate social relationship in empathic process. Infrared Spectroscopy - Life and Biomedical Sciences Pp67-78, InTech.
  • Masui, K., Nomura, M., Ura, M. (2012) Psychopathy, Reward, and Punishment. (Eds.) Michela Balconi. "The Psychology of Reward" Nova Science Publishers. pp.55-86.
  • Himichi, T., Kaneko, M., Nomura, J., Okuma, Y., Nomura, Y., & Nomura, M. (2012) COMT Val 158 Met influences the perception of other's pain. Psychology Research, 2, 185-195.
  • Yanagisawa, K., Masui, K., Furutani, K., Nomura, M., Yoshida, H., Ura, M. (2012) Family socioeconomic status modulates the coping-related neural response of offspring. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, doi:10.1093/scan/nss039
  • Masui, K., Iriguchi, S., Terada, M., Nomura, M., Ura, M. (2012) Lack of family support and psychopathy facilitates antisocial punishment behavior in college students. Psychology, 284-288.
  • Demoto, Y., Okada, G., Okamoto, Y., Kunisato, Y., Aoyama, S., Onoda, K., Munakata, A., Nomura, M., Saori, T., Schweighofer, N., Doya, K., Yamawaki, S. (2012) Neural and personality correlates of individual differences related to the effects of acute tryptophan depletion on future reward evaluation. Neuropsychobiology, 65, 55-64.
  • Nomura, M. (2011) The interplay of genetic and environmental influences on prefrontal function and self-regulation of impulsivity. Psychologia: An International Journal of Psychological Sciences, 54, 241-151.
  • Masui, K., & Nomura, M. (2011) The effects of reward and punishment on response inhibition in non-clinical psychopathy. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 69-73.
  • Kondo, M. H., Kitagawa, N., Kitamura, M. S., Koizumi, A., Nomura, M., Kashino, M. (2011) Separability and commonality of auditory and visual bistable perception. Cerebral Cortex, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhr266.
  • Masui, K., Iriguchi, S., Nomura, M., Ura, M. (2011) Amount of Altruistic Punishment Accounts for Subsequent Satisfaction in Participants with Primary Psychopathy. Personality and Individual Differences. , 51, 823-828.
  • Yanagisawa, K., Masui, K., Furutani, K., Nomura, M., Ura, M., Yoshida, H. (2011) Imagining the distant future insulates against immediate social pain. Social Neuroscience, 6, 190-197.
  • Yanagisawa, K., Masui, K., Onoda, K., Furutani, K., Nomura, M., Ura, M., Yoshida, H. (2011) The effects of the behavioral inhibition and activation systems on social inclusion and exclusion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 502-505.
  • Kunisato, Y., Okamoto, Y., Okada, G., Aoyama, S., Demoto, Y., Munakata, A., Nomura, M., Onoda, K., Yamawaki, S. (2011) Modulation of default-mode network activity by acute tryptophan depletion are associated with mood changeA resting fMRI study. Neuroscience Research, 6, 129-134.
  • Yanagisawa, K., Masui, K., Furutani, K., Nomura, M., Ura, M., Yoshida, H. (2011) Does higher general trust serve as a psychosocial buffer against social pain? : A NIRS study of social exclusion. Social Neuroscience, 6, 190-197
  • Ohira, H., Ichikawa, N., Nomura, M., Isowa, T., Kimura, K., Kanayama, N., Fukuyama, S., Shinoda, J., Yamada, J. (2010) Brain and autonomic association accompanying stochastic decision-making. Neuroimage, 49, 1024-1037, Neuroimage, 1024-1037.
  • Nomura, Y., Ogawa, T., & Nomura, M. (2010)  Perspective taking associated with social relationships: A NIRS study. Neuroreport, 21, 1100-1105.
  • Ohira, H., Matsunaga,M., Isowa, T., Nomura, M., Ichikawa, N., Kimura, K., Kanayama, N., Murakami,H., Osumi, T., Konagaya,T., Nogimori, T., Fukuyama, S., Shinoda, J., Yamada, J. (2009) Polymorphism of the serotonin transporter gene modulates brain and physiological responses to acute stress in Japanese men. Stress, 533543.
  • Nomura, M. (2009) Psychological and biological basis of impulsive behavior. Nova Science Publishers, 207-215.
  • Masui, K., Kashino, M., & Nomura, M. (2009) Ventrolateral prefrontal cortex activity during reward-punishment Go/Nogo task: A near-infrared spectroscopy study. Psychologia, 52, 137146.
  • Ohira, H., Fukuyama, S., Kimura, K., Nomura, M., Isowa, T., Ichikawa, N., Matsunaga, M., Shinoda, J., Yamada, J. (2009) Regulation of natural killer cell redistribution by prefrontal cortex during stochastic learning. Neuroimage, 47, 897-907.
  • Miyakoshi, M., Kanayama, N., Nomura, M., Iidaka, T., Ohira, H. (2008) ERP Study of Viewpoint-independence in Familiar-face Recognition. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 69, 119-126.
  • Ohira, H., Isowa, T., Nomura, M., Ichikawa, N., Kimura, K., Miyakoshi, M., Iidaka, T., Fukuyama, S., Nakajima, T., Yamada, J. (2007) Imaging brain and immune association accompanying cognitive appraisal of an acute stressor. Neuroimage, 39, 500-514.
  • Miyakoshi, M., Nomura, M., Ohira, H. (2007) An ERP study on self-relevant object recognition. Brain and Cognition, 63, 182-189.
  • Nomura, M., Kusumi, T., Kaneko, M., Masui, T., Daiguji, M., Ueno, T., Koyama, T., Nomura, Y. (2006) Involvement of a polymorphism in the 5-HT2A receptor gene in impulsive behavior. Psychopharmacology, 187, 30-35.
  • Nomura, M., Nomura, Y. (2006) Psychological, neuroimaging and biochemical studies on functional association between impulsive behavior and the 5-HT2A receptor gene polymorphism in humans. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1086,134-143.
  • Tohda, M., Nomura, M., Nomura, Y. (2006) Molecular pathopharmacology of 5-HT2C receptors and the RNA editing in the brain. Journal of Pharmacological Sciences, 100, 427-432.
  • Ohira, H., Nomura, M., Ichikawa, N., Isowa, T., Iidaka, T., Sato, A., Fukuyama, S., Nakajima, T., Yamada, J. (2006) Association of neural and physiological activities during voluntary emotion suppression. Neuroimage, 29, 721-733.
  • Inaba, M., Nomura, M., Ohira, H. (2005) Neural evidence of effects of emotional valence on word recognition. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 57, 165-173.
  • Matsumoto, A., Ohira, H., Nomura, M., Iidaka, T. (2005) Dissociation of conscious and unconscious repetition priming effect on event-related potentials. Neuropsychologia, 43, 1168-1176.
  • Nomura, M., Ohira, H., Haneda, K., Iidaka, T., Sadato, N., Okada, T., Yonekura, Y. (2004) Functional association of the amygdala and ventral prefrontal cortex during cognitive evaluation of facial expressions primed by masked angry faces: An event related fMRI study. Neuroimage, 21, 352-363.
  • Nomura, M., Iidaka, T., Kakehi, K., Tsukiura, T., Hasegawa, T., Maeda, Y., Matsue, T. (2003) Frontal lobe networks for effective processing of ambiguously expressed emotions in humans. Neuroscience Letters, 348, 113-116.
  • Haneda, K., Nomura, M., Iidaka, T., Ohira, H. (2003) Interaction of prime and target in the subliminal affective priming effect. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 96, 695-702.


Editorial Board Membership(Academic Journals):

  • Discover Psychology(Editorial board)
  • Journal of advanced psychology (Editorial Board) 2022-
  • Molecular Psychology(Advisory Board) 2022-
  • Scientific Reports (Editorial Board) 2021-
  • Frontiers in Psychology: Emotion Science (Review editor) 2021-
  • Interdisciplinary Education and Psychology (Editorial Board) 2017-
  • Frontiers in Psychology: Cultural Psychology(Associate editor) 2016-
  • Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychology (Review editor) 2013-
  • Frontiers in Integrative Physiology(Review editor) 2011-
  • Japanese Psychological Research(Editorial board) 2011-2015


Research and professional experience:

  • 2010-present  Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University.
  • 2008-2010    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Science, Hiroshima University.
  • 2007-2008    Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Tokai Gakuin University.
  • 2004-2007    Associate Professor (Lecturer), Department of Psychology, Tokai Womens University.
  • 2002-2004    Post Doctoral Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


  • 2011  AsCNP Presentation Award from the JSNP
  • 2010  CINP Presentation Award from the JSNP
  • 2007  The Japanese Brain science Society Young Investigator Award
  • 2006  The Japanese Society of Neuropsychopharmacology Presentation Award

Membership of academic societies:

  • American psychological society
  • Collegium Internationale Neuro-PsychopharmacologiaCINP(Fellow member)
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • The Japanese Psychological Association 
  • The Japanese Society of Neuropsychopharmacology (Councilor)
  • The Japanese Society of Neuroscience

Last update: 13 Dec.. 2023

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