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Professor Katsumi Watanabe

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Biography

I obtained my PhD in Computation and Neural Systems from California Institute of Technology (USA). I was a research scientist at National Institute of Health (USA) and at the National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (Japan), and an Associate Professor at University of Tokyo. I am currently Professor at Waseda University (Department of Intermedia Art and Science) and at University of New South Wales (Department of Art and...view more

I obtained my PhD in Computation and Neural Systems from California Institute of Technology (USA). I was a research scientist at National Institute of Health (USA) and at the National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (Japan), and an Associate Professor at University of Tokyo. I am currently Professor at Waseda University (Department of Intermedia Art and Science) and at University of New South Wales (Department of Art and Design). 

 

 

 


My Grants

  • ‘Intelligent Information Processing Systems based on Implicit Ambient Surface Information’, Core Research for Evolutionary Science and Technology (CREST) from Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST, PI, 2014 - 2020).
  • ‘Construction of Face-Body studies in Transcultural Conditions’, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (JSPS, PI and co-PI, 2017-2021)
  • ‘Behavioral changes in cross-modal virtual environments’, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (JSPS, PI, 2017-2021)
  • ‘Tracing cultural diversity for the decoding of facial expressions of emotion: From visual intake to neural signatures’ (JSPS, PI, 2017-2021)
  • ‘Implicit Interpersonal Information’, CREST from JST (Team Leader, 2009 - 2015).
  • ‘Shimojo Implicit Brain Functions Project’, Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology (ERATO) from JST jointly with Caltech (Group Leader, 2004 - 2009).
  • ‘Integrated System for Diagnosis and Treatment of Developmental Disorders’, MEXT Regional Innovation Cluster Program, Toyama/Ishikawa Region from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan (co-PI, 2009 - 2013).
  • Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research from JSPS and MEXT (PI 3 times and co-PI 4 times, 2006 - 2017)
     

My Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Computational and Neural Systems (Experimental Psychology): Cross-modal interaction in humans (California Institute of Technology, USA) 
  • M.A. in Experimental Psychology (University of Tokyo, Japan) 
  • B.A. in Experimental Psychology (University of Tokyo, Japan)
     

My Awards

  • 2010: Finalist, 6th Annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest
  • 2008: Top Reviewer, Vision Research
  • 2006: International Incentive Award, Japanese Psychological Association
  • 1997: Sloan Foundation Fellowship for Theoretical Neurobiology
  • 1997, 2001: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • 1997: Graduated with highest honors from the University of Tokyo
     

My Research Activities

I am interested in perception, cognition, action, decision-making, social perception, individual difference, brain functions, and affective science. The main themes include: 1) scientific investigations on explicit and implicit processes in human perception, cognition and action, 2) interdisciplinary approaches to cognitive sciences, and 3) practical applications of the knowledge of cognitive science, neuroscience and affective sciences. Recent projects include perceptual bias in space and time, three-dimensional space perception, psychophysical investigations on cross-modal interaction, automation process of learnt sequential actions, implicit processes for decision making based on preference, cognitive analysis of media content, eye movement study on visual cognition and attention, implicit learning of visual context, implicit behavioral assimilation, digital media and children, developmental disorders, postdictive decision making, face perception, social cognition, human-robot interaction, and emotion regulation and manipulation, behavioral modulation.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Through research, teaching and the supervision of research students, I let my students and postgraduate students explore any mind-related and/or brain-related areas that intrigue or affect them. This keeps them inquisitive and motivated to learn. I also prefer to use a project-based active learning approach as I have seen it to be quite effective. Any areas of expertise and keywords will cover my areas of supervision: perception, attention, cross-modal interaction, action, learning, plasticity, motivation, emotion, development, decision making, brain imaging, human-computer and human-machine interaction, creativity in interaction, culture, behavioral change. 


My Teaching

At both undergraduate and graduate levels, my teaching interests include mental, behavioral and neural processes of perception, cognition, attention and decision making with particular focus on implicit and explicit processes and their implications in everyday life. I try to have students appreciate that subjective experiences vary among individuals, but are undeniably real and, therefore, are subjects of scientific inquiry, and that even more amazingly, we can scientifically study our subjective feelings and behaviors.

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