Graduate School Department /Course /Field Human Coexistence/Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences/Cognitive Science
Undergraduate School Division of Cognitive and Information Sciences
Other Affiliation Kokoro Research Center
Email komura.yutaka.6a_at_kyoto-u.ac.jp (Replace _at_ with @-mark.)
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Research areas systems neuroscience, animal psychology, computational behaviour
Keywords consciousness and will, self and others, social or collective intelligence, neuroinformatics
Themes Neural basis for subjectivity
Physiology and pathology of metacognition
Social behavior and science
Body, brain and rhythm


Major publications Komura, Y., Tamura, R., Uwano, T., Nishijo, H., Kaga, K. & Ono, T., Nature 412, 546-549, 2001, “Retrospective and prospective coding for predicted reward in the sensory thalamus”

Komura, Y., Tamura, R., Uwano, T., Nishijo, H. & Ono, T., Nature Neuroscience 8 (9), 1203-1209, 2005, “Auditory thalamus integrates visual inputs into behavioral gains”

Komura, Y., Nikkuni, A., Hirashima, N., Uetake, T. & Miyamoto, A., Nature Neuroscience 16 (6), 749-755, 2013, “Responses of pulvinar neurons reflect a subject’s confidence in visual categorization”

Kanai, R., Komura, Y., Shipp, S, Friston, K., Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences 370 (1668), 2015, “Cerebral hierarchies: predictive processing, precision and the pulvinar”

Nikkuni, A., Komura, Y., Numata, K., Journal of Rehabilitation Neurosciences 15, 5-15, 2015, “Different processes of subjective certainty between visual detection and discrimination task”
Professional societies/Research and synergic activities Society for Neuroscience
Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
Japan Neuroscience Society
Physiological Society of Japan
Teaching Areas
  • Undergraduate courses Seminar for Cognitive function A & B
  • Graduate courses (Master's program) Seminar on Cognitive Science 2
  • Graduate courses (Doctor's program) General Seminar on Cognitive and Behavioural Sciences 2
  • Undergraduate courses open to all departments Introduction to Brain Sciences
Background The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine
The University of Tokyo, Graduate school of Medicine
Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
JST, PRESTO
University of Sussex, Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science
Kyoto University (present)


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