Studying about Emotion, Pain and Stress
We are working day and night to elucidate neural mechanisms underlying emotion, memory and social interaction in mammals including us humans. We are especially interested in understanding how the sensory information is processed and integrated into emotional behavior. Our primary target is the limbic system which includes the hippocampus, amygdala, thalamus and the prefrontal cortex, areas known to be crucial for in cognition, emotion, and memory formation. Recently the area of our interest is expanding to less explored regions in the brain as well. We believe our research is vital to understand the pathology of neuronal disorders including autism, schizophrenia and dementia.
The other important research area of our interest is the mechanisms of pain and developing effective methods for pain relief as well as mental stress. We are currently carrying out projects utilizing electroencephalogram (EEG) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in human subjects to reach this goal.
International and Heterogeneous
This department has always been an international lab. Currently we have students from Brazil, Mongolia, Russia and Vietnam as well as Japan. Although we are part of the Medical faculty, current members include physiotherapists, judo-therapists, acupuncturists, pharmacists and medical doctors. Some of us even have a degree in psychology, history, agriculture and engineering. Such diversity makes our daily work and research more interesting.