Division of Sensory and Cognitive Brain Mapping


Structural and functional brain mapping

  The human brain processes various information derived from the environment to support our daily life activities. The human brain comprises several distinct structural properties, including cortical layers, subcortical nuclei, and white matter tracts connecting brain areas. However, it is not yet fully understood how our brain function emerges from these structures. In other words, how the “software” (function) of the brain can be established based on “hardware” (structure)? We investigate the structure-function relationship in brains to address this question.
  Specifically, we combine structural and functional neuroimaging methods using magnetic resonance imaging facilities in the institute, including 7T MRI and 3T MRI with a strong gradient magnetic field, to understand how brain functions are related to brain structure. We also perform psychophysical studies to investigate mechanisms of visual information processing in humans. In addition, through collaborations with other groups, we perform cognitive neuroscience studies on sensory, motor, and language functions, comparative studies on brain structure, and clinical neuroimaging studies to evaluate the impact of retinal disorders on brain structure and function.

Human optic nerve measured by diffusion-weighted MRI (Takemura et al., 2023).

Selected publications

*Takemura H et al. (2023) Magn Reson Imaging 102, 103-114.
*Oishi H et al. (2023) NeuroImage 265, 119777.
*Miyata T et al. (2022) J Neurosci 42(35), 6761-6769.
*Takemura H et al. (2020) eLife, 9, e55444.
*Takemura H et al. (2019) NeuroImage Clin, 23, 101826.