Graduate School Human and Environmental Studies/Cognitive, Behavioral and Health Sciences
Undergraduate School Cognitive, Behavioral and Health Sciences (Division of Cognitive and Information Sciences)
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Email komura.yutaka.6a_at_kyoto-u.ac.jp (Replace _at_ with @-mark.)
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Research areas systems neuroscience, comparative cognition, computational behaviour
Keywords consciousness and inference, neuroinformatics, complex system
Themes Biological constrain of (un)consciousness
The rhythm and self-organization in the brain
Predictive inference, embodiment
Meta-learning and exploration


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”

Fujimoto, S., Noguchi, M., Komura, Y., Artificial Intelligence 33, 468-471, 2018, “Biology for consciousness from the viewpoint of metacognition”

Chinen, K., Kawabata, A., Tanaka, H., Komura, Y. iScience 26,108208, 2023, “Inaccessible time to visual awareness during attentional blinks in macaques and humans”
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 Brain and Life Sciences I, II
    Systems Neuroscience
  • 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 Brain and Machine
    Systems biology for 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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