Nao Tsuchiya

Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Neural basis of consciousness (psychological, neuroscientific and mathematical projects) a. psychophysical experiments to characterize the structure of consciousness and mathematical analyses (e.g., category theory) to extract its essential characteristics b. neuroimaging experiments (e.g., EEG, MEG, fMRI) that can support project a. f Physical basis of consciousness (computational, engineering, mathematical, neuroscientific projects) c. analysis and simulation of neural data that ties with experiments described in a, from several candidate quantitative theories of consciousness (e.g., integrated information theory)

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Biography

What is consciousness? Can we tell if other animals experience subjectivity, or whether there will be conscious machines or robots? These fundamental philosophical questions are now being explored by neuroscientist Associate Professor Nao Tsuchiya and his team.

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Research interests

Why and how does our subjective conscious experience emerge from physical electrochemical activity in the brain? Why is neuronal activity in the cortex, but not in the cerebellum, responsible for consiousness? Do any other animals experience subjectivity? If so, how can we know? Will there be conscious machines or robots? How can we test it? These are fascinating fundamental questions, which used to be questions for philosophers, but now they are for neuroscientists. In particular, our current projects focus on:

1. Behavioural effects and neuronal correlates of conscious and non-conscious processing.

2. Clarifying the differences and relationship of the neuronal mechanisms of consciousness and attention.

3. Analysis of multi-channel neurophysiological data to understand the neuronal mechanisms of consciousness.

4. Testing and developing quantitative theories of consciousness using empircal neuronal data.

Monash teaching commitment

PSY3280 Neural basis of consciousness

Education/Academic qualification

Computation and Neural Systems, PhD, California Institute of Technology

1 Sep 20001 Jul 2005

Award Date: 1 Jul 2006

Science, Bachelor, Kyoto University

1 Apr 199631 Mar 2000

Award Date: 31 Mar 2000

External positions

Visiting Researcher, Osaka University

1 Dec 2015 → …

Visiting Researcher, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)

1 Nov 2010 → …

Research area keywords

  • Consciousness
  • Neuroscience
  • Attention
  • Decoding
  • Electrophysiological recordings
  • Information

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Projects

Research Output

A general spectral decomposition of causal influences applied to integrated information

Cohen, D., Sasai, S., Tsuchiya, N. & Oizumi, M., 15 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 330, 14 p., 108443.

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Conscious perception of flickering stimuli in binocular rivalry and continuous flash suppression is not affected by tACS-induced SSR modulation

Schauer, G., Ogawa, C. Y., Tsuchiya, N. & Bartels, A., Jul 2020, In : Consciousness and Cognition. 82, 15 p., 102953.

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Evidence accumulation clustering using combinations of features

Wong, W. & Tsuchiya, N., 2020, In : MethodsX. 7, 19 p., 100916.

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General anesthesia reduces complexity and temporal asymmetry of the informational structures derived from neural recordings in Drosophila

Munoz, R. N., Leung, A., Zecevik, A., Pollock, F. A., Cohen, D., van Swinderen, B., Tsuchiya, N. & Modi, K., 22 May 2020, In : Physical Review Research. 2, 2, 14 p., 023219.

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