Laboratory for Cognitive Brain Mapping
Keiji Tanaka, PhD
RIKEN Center for Brain Science
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama 351-0198, JAPAN


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Welcome to the Laboratory for Cognitive Brain Mapping

To reveal the mechanisms of higher brain functions such as recognition and decision making, we are conducting experiments with non-human primates and functional MRI on normal human subjects. In the research with non-human primates, the animals are trained with various behavioral paradigms, and single-cell recordings are conducted from the prefrontal and inferotemporal association cortical areas during the task performance. We are focusing on the mechanisms of visual object recognition in the inferotemporal cortex and those of goal-directed behavior in the prefrontal cortex. To relate research results in human subjects with those in experimental animals, we are also making efforts to increase the spatial resolution of fMRI with human subjects.