Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS)Waseda University








Assistant Professor



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fMRI studies reveal brain function that is the basis for autism spectrum disorders

Research Topic

Elucidation of cognitive neuroscientific mechanisms involved in group behavior using functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Autism spectrum disorder have difficulties in communication and sensory-motor difference. I have reported that some brain regions are commonly involved in motor and sensory characteristics and difficulty of interpersonal communication by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Based on these findings, I will try to investigate how problems arise in a social group, to extend application for education. I was also involved in consulting on fMRI research of various scientific fields. Currently, I conduct collaborative research with researchers specializing in education and sports. I would also like to assist researchers who want to develop their research using fMRI.

Education and Academic Employment

2020.4: Associate Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University
2018.4 – 2020.3: Researcher, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International
2017.7 – 2020.3: Research Adviser, Researcher, Brain Activity Imaging Center, ATR-Promotions
2017.7 -: Researcher, Research Center for Child Mental Development,  University of Fukui
2017.10 – 2018.3: Part-time Lecturer, United Graduate School of Child Development, Osaka University, Kanazawa University, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Chiba University and University of Fukui
2014.5 – 2017.6: Assistant Professor, United Graduate School of Child Development, Osaka University, Kanazawa University, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Chiba University and University of Fukui
2014.4 – 2017.6: Assistant Professor, Research Center for Child Mental Development, University of Fukui
2013.4 – 2014.3: Tottori University, Faculty of Regional Sciences, Postdoctoral Researcher
2010.4 – 2013.3: Research Fellowship for Young Scientists(DC1)
2008.4 – 2013.3: Department of Physiological Sciences, School of Life Science, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies
2004.4 – 2008.3: Department of Sports Science, Faculty of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University

Fields of Research Interests

fMRI, Children, Development, Neurodevelopmental disorders

Academic Publications
  1. Okamoto et al. Differences between children and adults in functional connectivity between the inferior frontal gyrus and extrastriate body area for gestural interaction. Social neuroscience, in press
  2. Owada et al. Quantitative facial expression analysis revealed the efficacy and time course of oxytocin in autism. Brain. 2019
  3. Amemiya et al. Local-to-distant development of the cerebrocerebellar sensorimotor network in the typically developing human brain: a functional and diffusion MRI study. Brain Structure and Function. 2019
  4. Sasaki et al. Distinct sensitivities of the lateral prefrontal cortex and extrastriate body area to contingency between executed and observed actions. Cortex. 2018
  5. Yamasue et al. Effect of intranasal oxytocin on the core social symptoms of autism spectrum disorder: a randomized clinical trial. Molecular Psychiatry. 2018
  6. Morita et al. Self-Face Recognition Begins to Share Active Region in Right Inferior Parietal Lobule with Proprioceptive Illusion During Adolescence. Cerebral cortex. 2018
  7. Okamoto et al. Altered perspective-dependent brain activation while viewing hands and associated imitation difficulties in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Neuroimage Clinical. 2018
  8. Naito et al. Development of Right-hemispheric Dominance of Inferior Parietal Lobule in Proprioceptive Illusion Task. Cerebral cortex. 2017
  9. Morita et al. Self-face recognition shares brain regions active during proprioceptive illusion in the right inferior fronto-parietal superior longitudinal fasciculus III network. Neurocience. 2017
  10. Okamoto et al. Age-dependent atypicalities in body- and face-sensitive activation of the EBA and FFA in individuals with ASD. Neuroscience research. 2017
  11. Komeda et al. Decision making processes based on social conventional rules in early adolescents with and without autism spectrum disorders. Scientific reports. 2016
  12. Kosaka et al. Oxytocin efficacy is modulated by dosage and oxytocin receptor genotype in young adults with high-functioning autism: a 24-week randomized clinical trial. Translational psychiatry. 2016
  13. Fujioka et al. Gazefinder as a clinical supplementary tool for discriminating between autism spectrum disorder and typical development in male adolescents and adults. Molecular autism. 2016
  14. Okamoto et al. The potential of nasal oxytocin administration for remediation of autism spectrum disorders. CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets. 2016
  15. Arai et al. Altered frontal pole development affects self-generated spatial working memory in ADHD. Brain & development. 2015
  16. Takiguchi et al. Ventral striatum dysfunction in children and adolescents with reactive attachment disorder: functional MRI Study. British Journal of Psychiatry Open. 2015
  17. Masuya et al. Sex-different abnormalities in the right second to fourth digit ratio in Japanese individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Molecular autism. 2015
  18. Okamoto et al. Attenuation of the contingency detection effect in the extrastriate body area in autism spectrum disorder. Neuroscience research. 2014
  19. Kitada et al. Role of the precuneus in the detection of incongruency between tactile and visual texture information: A functional MRI study. Neuropsychologia. 2014
  20. Miyahara M, Kitada R, Sasaki AT, Okamoto Y, Tanabe HC, Sadato N. From gestures to words: spontaneous verbal labeling of complex sequential hand movements reduces fMRI activation of the imitation-related regions. Neuroscience research. 2013
  21. Kitada et al. Early visual experience and the recognition of basic facial expressions: involvement of the middle temporal and inferior frontal gyri during haptic identification by the early blind. Frontiers in human neuroscience. 2013
  22. Okamoto et al. The neuroimaging of brain diseases: structural and functional advances. Chapter10. pp233-244 2018 Springer
Other Interests

Affiliated Academic Organizations

Japan Human Brain Mapping Society,
The Japanese Psychological Association,
The Japan Neuroscience Society


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