• Welcome to "Musical Dynaformics" lab!

    Science and Technology for Musical Expertise & Musicians' Disorders

  • What's new?

    recent updates

    News

    • Our new paper on "choking-under-pressure" in pianists was accepted by Communications Biology.
    • Our new paper on the finger dexterity of pianists was published on Cerebral Cortex (1st author: Mr. Yudai Kimoto)
    • Our new paper on musicians' dystonia was published on Cerebral Cortex. (1st author: Dr. Kahori Kita)

    Acknowledgement

    Our projects are supported by the following grants.

  • Our Pipeline circulating Research, Development, Deployment

    Musical Dynaformics is a discipline for surmounting limits of musical expression through understanding neurophysiological, biomechanical, and psychological principles governing acquisition, sophistication, loss, and restoration of musical expertise and excellence. The goals of "Musical Dynaformics" are thus both to support for musicians to produce a variety of musical expression in their mind and to prevent development of injuries triggered by practicing (e.g. musician's dystonia). To achieve these two key goals requires elucidating and developing the optimal ways of creating one's desired musical expression, through a cross-disciplinary approach making a synergy between neuroscience, biomechanics, robotics, psychology, cognitive science, informatics, and physiology,

     

    Outcomes of the research and development on Musical Dynaformics are compiled into our physical education program; "PEAC" (Physical Education for Artists Curriculum). This educational package consists of lectures, physical coaching, and technology-based supports for musicians. Both lectures and coaching are based on evidences derived from research and scientific theories, whereas tech-based physical supports make use of our states-of-art sensing & training systems developed by our group and others.

     

    The PEAC program is deployed into our academy program hosted by Sony CSL and others, which is our educational platform for young promising pianists. Also, a part of the PEAC program has been and will be provided to music conservatories in different countries (e.g. HMTM Hannover).

     

    Further details of our pipeline circulating research, development, and deployment are summarized here.

    Our Pipeline

    Circulating Research, Development, Education

    Virtuosity Science

    Sensorimotor skills for musical excellence

    Optimal Musical Practice

    Neural, Biomechanical, & Cognitive Mechanisms

    Body-Machine-Computer Interface

    probing & Boosting Musicians' expertise

    Dark-Side of Music Practice

    Pathophysiology &Pathology of musicians' disorders

    Neuro-rehabilitation

    Rehab. & Retraining for musicians' disorders

    Performance Anxiety

    Mechanism & Training for Choking Under Pressure of musicians

  • Research Topics

    Extremes of Human Sensory-Motor-Cognitive Skills

    ”Beyond Virtuosity"

    Neuromuscular Skills

    MoCap, Data Glove, EMG, Force & position sensors, Robotics, Data science & Machine learning

    Optimal Practice

    Online & Offline Learning, Transfer, Memory consolidation and interference, Neuroplasticity, Practice regime and scheduling, Supervised/Reinforcement learning, Internal model, Mental rehearsal

    Augmented Biofeedback

    Bio-/Neuro-feedback, Hand exoskeleton (soft and hard), Multimodal biofeedback, Haptic Interface, VR/AR training

    Sensory-Motor Integration

    Psychophysics, Sensory assessment, Multimodal integration, EEG, TMS, peripheral nerve stimulation, Perceptual Learning

    Injury Prevention & Retraining

    Epidemiology, Biomechanics, Intervention, Rehabilitation, Exoskeleton, Haptic device, Machine Learning

    Focal Dystonia, Stage Fright

    tDCS, TMS, EEG, Machine Learning, Multivariate analysis, Hand exo-skeleton

  • Fulltime members

    Scientists and Engineers

    PI

    Sensorimotor control & learning in musical performance

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Bio-educational engineering for boosting musicians' skills

    Postdoctoral Fellow (JSPS PD)

    Overcoming limits of sensory-motor skills

    Expert Engineer and Project Manager

    Hardware/Software for evaluating and enhancing experts' expertise

    Expert Engineer

    Designing and developing sensing and training system

    PhD student (D2) JSPS DC1

    Biomechanics & neurophysiology of finger dexterity

  • Non-fulltime members

    Visiting Researchers, Engineers, Project Staffs with affiliation at Sony CSL

    Visiting Researcher

    Assistant Professor at NIPS

    Visiting Researcher

    Associate Professor at Meiji University

    Engineer & Project Manager

    Sony CSL TPDG engineer

    Sachiko Shiotani

    Music Excellence Project Staff

    Physical Therapist (PT)

    Kaori Kuromiya

    Music Excellence Project Staff

    music pedagogy scholar

    Momoko Shioki

    Music Excellence Project Staff

    pianist

  • Research Assistants (RA) & Interns

    part-time student members

    Development

    Taisuke Matsushiro (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
    Manabu Endo (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

    Yuya Kobayashi (Tokyo Univ.)

    Takaharu Suzuki (Tokyo Univ.)

    Reigo Ban (Tokyo Univ.)
    Keitaro Murakami (Tokyo Univ.)
    Satoshi Takimoto (Tokyo Univ.)

    Akira Kobayashi (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

    Ryo Nakabayashi (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

    Ryodai Kume (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
    Yuli Kamiya (Tokyo Univ.)

    Junya Koguchi (Meiji Univ.)

    Yori Namioka (Tokyo University of the Arts)

    Research

    Erwin Wu (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

    Shu Sakamoto (Keio Univ. SFC)

    Kaito Muramatsu (Tokyo Univ.)

    Kengo Matsuzaka (Waseda Univ.)

    Yosuke Kawasaki (Keio Univ.)

    Nozomi Endo (Tokyo Univ.)

  • Alumni

    Past members (grad students from Sophia University)

    Ryuya TANIBUCHI

    Bachelor & Master (2016~2019)

    Robotics-based training for musicians

    Mizuha SAKURADA

    Bachelor & Master (2016~2019)

    Optimal practice for acquiring musical virtuosity

    Tomohiro

    SAITO

    Bachelor & Master (2016~2019)

    Human interface for musicians

    Yuta

    FURUKAWA

    Bachelor & Master, JSPS DC1 (2015~2019)

    Metaplasticity of auditory-motor system in musicians

    Shuntaro

    KOTANI

    Bachelor & Master (2015~2018)

    Hand motor control under mental pressure

    Moe HOSODA

    Bachelor & Master (2015~2018)

    Sensory-motor coupling in musicians

    Shogo KUWABARA

    Bachelor (2016~2017)

    Exoskeleton for hand motor training

    Hiroshi

    MATSUI

    Bachelor (2016~2017)

    Online visuomotor coordination in musical performance

    Sayuri

    YOKOTA

    Bachelor (2015~2016)

    Impacts of variable practice on muscular synergy in musical performance

    Ami

    SHIMIZU

    Bachelor (2015~2016)

    Hand synergy in musician's dystonia

    Mamoru

    TAYA

    Bachelor (2014~2016)

    Development of piano-embedded sensors

    You

    MURATA

    Bachelor (2014~2015)

    Identification of musician's dystonia using deep neural network and random forest 

    Hiroshi MATSUBAYASHI

    Bachelor (2014~2015)

    Machine learning approach for characterizing musician's dystonia

  • Publication List

    Complete list is here

    International Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)

    *: equally-contributed co-first authors

     

    1. Masato Hirano, Shinichi Furuya: Non-uniform multimodal interactions of auditory and somatosensory information in expert musicians. (under review)
    2. Shinichi Furuya, Reiko Ishimaru, Takanori Oku, Noriko Nagata: Back to feedback: aberrant sensorimotor control in music performance under pressure. Communications Biology (in press)
    3. Yudai Kimoto, Masato Hirano, Shinichi Furuya: Adaptation of the corticomuscular and biomechanical systems of pianists. Cerebral Cortex 2021 (in press)
    4. Kahori Kita, Shinichi Furuya, Rieko Osu, Takashi Sakamoto, Takashi Hanakawa: Aberrant cerebello-cortical connectivity in pianists with focal task-specific dystonia. Cerebral Cortex 2021 (in press)
    5. Shinichi Furuya*, Reiko Ishimaru*, Noriko Nagata: Factors of choking under pressure in musicians. PLoS One 16(1): e0244082, 2021
    6. Masato Hirano, Muzuha Sakurada, Shinichi Furuya: Overcoming the ceiling effects of experts’ motor expertise through somatosensory training. Science Advances 6(47): eabd2558, 2020 (press-release)
    7. Nobuhiro Takahashi, Shinichi Furuya, Hideki Koike: Soft exoskeleton glove with human anatomical architecture: production of dexterous finger movements and skillful piano performance. IEEE Transaction on Haptics 13(49): 679-690, 2020
    8. Shinichi Furuya, Takanori Oku, Yudai Kimoto, Hayato Nishioka, Masato Hirano: Skillful and pathological movement coordination in musical performance. Advances in Exercise & Sports Physiology 26(2): 23-26, 2020
    9. Shinichi Furuya*, André Lee*, Takanori Oku, Eckart Altenmüller: Aberrant somatosensory-motor adaptation in musicians' dystonia. Movement Disorders 35(5): 808-815, 2020
    10. Masato Hirano, Yudai Kimoto, Shinichi Furuya: Specialized somatosensory-motor integration functions in musicians. Cerebral Cortex 30(3): 1148-1158, 2020
    11. Yudai Kimoto, Takanori Oku, Shinichi Furuya: Neuromuscular and biomechanical functions subserving finger dexterity in musicians. Scientific Reports 9: 12224, 2019
    12. Takanori Oku, Shinichi Furuya: Neuromuscular incoordination in musicians' dystonia. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders 65: 97-104, 2019
    13. Kazumasa Uehara, Shinichi Furuya, Hidemi Numasawa, Kahori Kita, Takashi Sakamoto, Takashi Hanakawa: Distinct roles of brain activity and somatotopic representation in pathophysiology of focal dystonia. Human Brain Mapping 40(6): 1738-1749, 2019
    14. Kahori Kita*, Jaroslav Rokicki*, Shinichi Furuya, Takashi Sakamoto, Takashi Hanakawa: Resting-state basal ganglia connectivity codes a motor musical skill and its disruption due to a disease process. Movement Disorders 33(9): 1472-1480, 2018
    15. Shuntaro Kotani, Shinichi Furuya: State anxiety disorganizes finger movements during musical performance. Journal of Neurophysiology 120(2): 439-451, 2018
    16. Shinichi Furuya*, Sayuri Yokota*: Temporal exploration of sequential movements in sequential movements shapes efficient neuromuscular control. Journal of Neurophysiology 120(1): 196-210, 2018
    17. Shinichi Furuya*, Kazumasa Uehara*, Takashi Sakamoto, Takashi Hanakawa: Aberrant cortical excitability explains the loss of hand dexterity in musician's dystonia. The Journal of Physiology 596(12): 2397-2411, 2018
    18. Shinichi Furuya*, Yuta Furukawa*, Kazumasa Uehara, Takanori Oku: Probing sensory-motor integration during musical performance. Annals of the New York Academy of Science 1423(1): 211-218, 2018
    19. Masato Hirano, Shinji Kubota, Shinichi Furuya, Yoshiki Koizume, Shinya Tanaka, and Kozo Funase: The acquisition of skilled finger movements is accompanied by the reorganization of the corticospinal system. Journal of Neurophysiology 119(2): 573-584, 2018
    20. Shinichi Furuya: Individual differences in sensorimotor skills among musicians. Current Opinion in Behavioral Science 20: 61-66, 2018
    21. Yuta Furukawa, Kazumasa Uehara, Shinichi Furuya: Expertise-dependent motor somatotopy of music perception. Neuroscience Letters 650: 97-102, 2017
    22. Eckart Altenmüller. Shinichi Furuya: Apollos Gift and Curse: Making music as a model for adaptive and maladaptive plasticity. Neuroforum 23(2): 57-75, 2017
    23. Sarah Pirio Richardson, Eckart Altenmüller, Katharine Alter, Ron L. Alterman, Robert Chen, Steven Frucht, Shinichi Furuya, Joseph Jankovic, H. A. Jinnah, Teresa J. Kimberley, Codrin Lungu, Joel S. Perlmutter, Cecília N. Prudente, Mark Hallett: Research priorities in limb and task-specific dystonias. Frontiers in Neurology 8:170, 2017
    24. Takanori Oku*, Shinichi Furuya*: Skillful force control in expert pianists. Experimental Brain Research 235(5): 1603-1615, 2017
    25. Eckart Altenmüller. Shinichi Furuya: Brain plasticity and the concept of metaplasticity in skilled musicians. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 957:197-208, 2016
    26. Moe Hosoda, Shinichi Furuya: Shared somatosensory and motor functions in musicians. Scientific Reports 6: 37632, 2016
    27. Kenta Tominaga, Andre Lee, Eckart Altenmüller, Fumio Miyazaki, Shinichi Furuya: Kinematic origins of motor fluctuation in expert pianists. PLoS One 11(8): e0161324, 2016
    28. Christos Ioannou, Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller: Objective evaluation of performance stress in musicians with dystonia: a feasibility study. Journal of Motor Behavior 48(6): 562-572, 2016
    29. Andre Lee, Jacob Voget, Shinichi Furuya, Masanori Morise, Eckart Altenmüller: Quantification of sound instability in embouchure tremor based on the time varying fundamental frequency. Journal of Neural Transmission 123(5): 515-521, 2016
    30. Christos Ioannou, Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller: The impact of stress on motor performance in skilled musicians suffering from focal dystonia: Physiological and psychological characteristics. Neuropsychologia 85: 226-236, 2016
    31. Shinichi Furuya, Takashi Hanakawa: The curse of motor expertise: use-dependent focal dystonia as manifestation of maladaptive changes in body representation. Neuroscience Research 104: 112-119, 2016
    32. Shinichi Furuya, Takayuki Oku, Fumio Miyazaki, Hiroshi Kinoshita: Secrets of virtuoso: neuromuscular attributes of motor virtuosity in expert musicians. Scientific Reports 5: 15750, 2015
    33. Shinichi Furuya, Kenta Tominaga, Fumio Miyazaki, Eckart Altenmüller: Losing dexterity: impaired coordination of finger movements in musician's dystonia. Scientific Reports 5: 13360, 2015
    34. Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller: Acquisition and reacquisition of motor coordination in musicians. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1337: 118–124, 2015
    35. Sara Winges, Shinichi Furuya: Distinct digit kinematics by professional and amateur pianists. Neuroscience 284: 643–652, 2015
    36. Andre Lee, Kenta Tominaga, Shinichi Furuya, Fumio Miyazaki, Eckart Altenmüller: Electrophysiological characteristics of task-specific tremor in 22 instrumentalists. Journal of Neural Transmission 122(3): 393-401, 2015
    37. Shinichi Furuya, Matthias Klaus, Michael Nitsche, Walter Paulus, Eckart Altenmüller: Ceiling effects prevent further improvement of transcranial stimulation in skilled musicians. The Journal of Neuroscience 34(41): 13834-13839, 2014
    38. Andre Lee*, Shinichi Furuya*, Masanori Morise, Peter Iltius, Eckart Altenmüller: Quantification of instability of tone production in embouchure dystonia. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders 20(11): 1161-1164, 2014
    39. Andre Lee, Kenta Tominaga, Shinichi Furuya, Fumio Miyazaki, Eckart Altenmüller: Quantification of secondary task-specific tremor after temporal lobectomy. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:559, 2014
    40. Floris van Vugt, Shinichi Furuya, Henning Vauth, Hans-Christian Jabusch, Eckart Altenmüller. Spatial and temporal symmetries in motor primitives in skilled piano performance at different tempi. Experimental Brain Research 232(11): 3555-3567, 2014
    41. Shinichi Furuya, Ayumi Nakamura, Noriko Nagata: Acquisition of individuated finger movements through musical practice. Neuroscience 275(C): 444-454, 2014
    42. Shinichi Furuya, Ayumi Nakamura, Noriko Nagata: Extraction of finger coordination pattern associated with motor learning in piano practice using principal component analysis. Neuroscience Letters 577(C): 38-44, 2014
    43. Andre Lee, Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller: Epidemiology and treatment of 23 musicians with task specific tremor. Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders 1:5, 2014
    44. Shinichi Furuya, Michael Nitsche, Walter Paulus, Eckart Altenmüller: Surmounting retraining limits in musicians’ dystonia by transcranial stimulation. Annals of Neurology 75(5): 700-707, 2014
    45. Marieke van der Steen, Eva Molendijk, Eckart Altenmüller, Shinichi Furuya: Expert pianists do not listen: the expertise-dependent influence of temporal perturbation on the production of sequential movements. Neuroscience 269(C): 290-298, 2014
    46. Andre Lee, Kenta Tominaga, Shinichi Furuya, Fumio Miyazaki, Eckart Altenmüller. Coherence of coactivation and acceleration in task-specific primary bowing tremor. Journal of Neural Transmission 121(7):739-742, 2014
    47. Shinichi Furuya, Ayumi Nakamura, Noriko Nagata: Transfer of piano practice at submaximal speed in fast performance of skilled finger movements. BMC Neuroscience 14: 133, 2013
    48. Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller: Finger-specific loss of independent control of finger movements in musician's dystonia. Neuroscience 247C: 152-163, 2013
    49. Andre Lee, Shinichi Furuya, Matthias Karst, Eckart Altenmüller: Alteration in predictability of sensory outcome of motor action in focal hand dystonia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7: 172 (7 pages), 2013
    50. Sara Winges, Shinichi Furuya, Nathaniel Faber, Martha Flanders: Patterns of muscle activity for digital coarticulation. Journal of Neurophysiology 110(1): 230-242, 2013
    51. Andre Lee, Kenta Tominaga, Shinichi Furuya, Fumio Miyazaki, Eckart Altenmüller: Task-specific tremor in violinists: evidence of coactivation in the 3-8 Hz frequency range. Movement Disorders 28(13): 1890-1892, 2013
    52. Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller: Flexibility of movement organization in piano performance. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7: 173 (10 pages), 2013
    53. Shinichi Furuya, Michael Nitsche, Walter Paulus, Eckart Altenmüller: Early optimization in finger dexterity of skilled pianists: implication of transcranial stimulation. BMC Neuroscience 14:35 (8 pages), 2013
    54. Rebecca Schaefer, Shinichi Furuya, Leigh Smith, Blair Kaneshiro, Petri Toiviainen: Probing neural mechanisms of music perception, cognition, and performance using multivariate decoding. Psychomusicology 22(2): 168-174, 2012
    55. Shinichi Furuya, John Soechting: Speed invariance of independent control of finger movements in pianists. Journal of Neurophysiology 108(7): 2060-2068, 2012
    56. Shinichi Furuya, Tomoko Aoki, Hidehiro Nakahara, Hiroshi Kinoshita: Individual differences in the biomechanical effect of loudness and tempo on upper-limb movements during repetitive piano keystrokes. Human Movement Science 31(1): 26-39, 2012
    57. Shinichi Furuya, Martha Flanders, John Soechting: Hand kinematics of piano playing. Journal of Neurophysiology 106(6): 2849-2864, 2011
    58. Shinichi Furuya, Tatsushi Goda, Haruhiro Katayose, Hiroyoshi Miwa, Noriko Nagata: Distinct interjoint coordination during fast alternate keystroke in pianists with superior skill. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 5: 50 (13 pages), 2011
    59. Hidehiro Nakahara, Shinichi Furuya, Tsutomu Masuko, Peter Francis, Hiroshi Kinoshita: Performing music can induce greater modulation of emotion-related psychophysiological responses than listening to music. International Journal of Psychophysiology 81(3): 152-158, 2011
    60. Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller, Haruhiro Katayose, Hiroshi Kinoshita: Control of multi-joint arm movements for the manipulation of touch in keystroke by expert pianists. BMC Neuroscience 11(1): 82 (15 pages), 2010
    61. Shinichi Furuya, John Soechting: Role of auditory feedback in the control of successive keystrokes during piano playing. Experimental Brain Research 204(2): 223-237, 2010
    62. Hidehiro Nakahara, Shinichi Furuya, Peter Francis, Hiroshi Kinoshita: Psycho-physiological responses to expressive piano performance. International Journal of Psychophysiology 75(3): 268-276, 2010
    63. Shinichi Furuya, Rieko Osu, Hiroshi Kinoshita: Effective utilization of gravity during arm downswing in keystroke by expert pianists. Neuroscience 164(2): 822-831, 2009
    64. Hidehiro Nakahara, Shinichi Furuya, Tsutomu Masuko, Satoshi Obata, Hiroshi Kinoshita: Emotion-related changes in heart rate and its variability during perception and performance of music. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1169(1): 359-362, 2009
    65. Shinichi Furuya, Hiroshi Kinoshita: Expertise-dependent modulation of muscular and non-muscular torques in multi-joint arm movements during piano keystroke. Neuroscience 156(2): 390-402, 2008
    66. Shinichi Furuya, Hiroshi Kinoshita: Organization of the upper limb movement for piano key-depression differs between expert pianists and novice players. Experimental Brain Research 185(4): 581-593, 2008
    67. Shinichi Furuya, Hiroshi Kinoshita: Roles of proximal-to-distal sequential organization of the upper limb segments in striking the keys by expert pianists. Neuroscience Letters 421(3): 264-269, 2007
    68. Hiroshi Kinoshita, Shinichi Furuya, Tomoko Aoki, Eckart Altenmüller: Loudness control in pianists as exemplified in keystroke force measurements at different touches. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 121(5Pt1): 2959-2969, 2007
    69. Shinichi Furuya, Hidehiro Nakahara, Tomoko Aoki, Hiroshi Kinoshita: Prevalence and causal factors of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity and trunk among Japanese pianists and piano students. Medical Problems of Performing Artists 21(3): 112-117, 2006
    70. Tomoko Aoki, Shinichi Furuya, Hiroshi Kinoshita: Finger tapping ability in male and female pianists and nonmusician control. Motor Control 9(1): 23-39, 2005
  • On Media

    Introduction of "Musical Dynaformics" on Sony Stories

    Musical Dynaformics: R&D for enhancing expertise and preventing injury

    PEAC: Technology-based support for musicians

    PEAC: Physical Education for Artists Curriculum

    Neuro-rehabilitation for Musicians' Dystonia @ RTL (in German)

    Joint Event with Lang Lang @ SONY Explora Science (in Japanese)

    Sony CSL Stories (3oth year anniversary)

    An overview of activities of Sony CSL incl. a brief introduction of our research

    TEDxSophia 2016 "Harmonizing Science with Musicians"

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  • Opportunities to Join MED Lab

    For students and post-docs

    Students & Internship

    Please make sure that currently I'm NOT eligible to formally accept any new undergrad students as a supervisor at Sophia University.

     

    However, I CAN accept some students who get involved in our research projects as a paid project-based part-time member (e.g. RA and internship who assists running experiments and data analysis as well as other activities related to research and development). The part-time members are required to have some expertise (e.g. programming), and will be selected through our formal selection process. Please feel free to contact me about the details. You can join us as a part of our JST CREST project or Sony CSL internship program. I have/had accepted students from Tokyo Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo, pre-med student from the United States, students from University of London Goldsmiths, and a physical therapist (PT). Your workplace will be Sony CSL Tokyo. I will provide financial supports based on your expertise and what projects you get involved in.

     

    If your supervisor formally agrees with my co-supervision of your research, I'm willing to accept it based on mutual consent. I have/had supervised students from different universities in this way (e.g. Kwansei Gakuin University, Hannover Medical University, Sophia University, Tokyo University of the Arts). Currently, I have been supervising 1 PhD student.

     

    If you are an international student/scholar, you can also work with us temporarily (e.g. 3-6 months) as an internship student/scholar. If you are a graduate student, I do recommend you to obtain a permission of your formal mentor. Our company, Sony CSL, has an international internship program covering cost of your flight and accommodation (there's a max. limit of the coverage), which you may want to apply for (email here). Also, Japanese government has some fellowships for temporally-visiting scholars, which can fund your trip and stay (e.g. JSPS).

     

    In any case, we particularly welcome students with basic skills and knowledge of computer programming (e.g. Matlab, R, Python, and/or C++) and statistics.

    Post-docs

    If you are interested in working with us as a post-doc, please get in touch. There are several options.


    First, we are currently seeking for a postdoc researcher who study (1) a novel training for surmounting the limits of expertise of expert pianists, and/or (2) neuro-physiological mechanisms of musical preference. For the project (1), the target expertise includes sensorimotor skills for creating a variety of movement repertories and robust recall of motor memory against choking under pressure, but is not limited to these. For the project (2), the target is to decode music preference from multimodal physiological/neural signals and exploit the decoded information for the reward-based reinforcement learning. If you are interested in, please contact us. The workplace will be Sony CSL Tokyo, and our company will support your moving and finding your living place (e.g. apartment).

     

    In addition, your country may offer fellowships supporting your research activities in Japan (e.g. Alexander von Humboldt, DFG, Marie Curie, Fulbright). Also, the Japanese government (JSPS) provides a fellowship for young foreign researchers (max. 2 yrs, recommended!). A big advantage of German researchers is that I am also eligible to be a host of "Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship" of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (the success rate is ~40%, which is higher than the others).

     

    I have a space, equipment, and projects for post-docs in my lab (SONY CSL at Tokyo), and can provide unique opportunities of investigating a lot of expert musicians and musicians with focal dystonia with neurophysiological, robotic, VR/AR, and psychophysic techniques. Our institute has many international scholars and all of the researchers and staffs communicate in English. You may have opportunities of networking and collaborating with our research colleagues in Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka, because I have some grants collaborating with the other scholars with different expertise.

     

    Post-docs are strongly encouraged to have fundamental knowledge/skill of both statistics (e.g. R) and programming (e.g. Matlab, Python). People with experience of programming (C++, C#, JAVA, Python, and/or Unity), haptic interface, human psychophysics, physiological measurement such as TMS/EEG/EMG, robotics, and/or machine learning are also highly welcomed.

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