Kenji Ogawa, Ph.D.

   Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Hokkaido University

  • e-mail: ogawa [at]
  • address: Kita 10, Nishi 7, Kita-ku, Sapporo, 060-0810 Japan  
       Visiting Researcher, ATR Cognitive Mechanisms Labs

Research theme

I'm currently using a human neuroimaging (fMRI/MEG) together with a multivariate analysis & neurofeedback to elucidate the neural mechanisms of sensorimotor control & learning. 

Academic positions
  • 2010.11 ‐ 2013.03      Researcher, ATR Cognitive Mechanisms Laboratories/ Research Fellow (PD), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) (2011.04-)
  • 2007.4 ‐ 2010.10      Researcher, ERATO Asada project, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
  • 2006.4 ‐ 2007.3       Research Fellow (DC2), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) / Kyoto University, Graduate School of Informatics

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Kim S, Ogawa K, Lv J, Schweighofer N, Imamizu H(2015) Neural Substrates Related to Motor Memory with Multiple Timescales in Sensorimotor Adaptation. PLoS biology   13(12) e1002312 [PubMed]
  • Ogawa K. & Imamizu H. (2013) Human sensorimotor cortex represents conflicting visuomotor mappings. The Journal of Neuroscience,  33(15), 6412-6422. [PubMed]
  • Shibata H., Inui T., & Ogawa K. (2013) Role of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in understanding hand actions performed in social contexts: An fMRI study. NeuroReport, 24(14), 803-807. [PubMed]  
  • Iwabuchi T., Inui T., Ohba M., & Ogawa K. (2013) An fMRI study of a picture-sentence verification task: evidence of attention shift to the grammatical subject. NeuroReport, 24(6), 298-302. [PubMed]  
  • Ogawa K. & Inui T. (2012) Reference frame of human medial intraparietal cortex in visually guided movements. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(1), 171-182. [PubMed]

  • Ogawa K. & Inui T. (2012) Multiple neural representations of object-directed action in an imitative context. Experimental Brain Research, 216(1), 61-69. [PubMed]
  • Ogawa K. & Inui T. (2011) Neural representation of observed actions in the parietal and premotor cortex. NeuroImage, 56(2), 728-735. [PubMed]
  • Shibata H., Inui T. & Ogawa K. (2011) Understanding interpersonal action coordination: An fMRI study. Experimental Brain Research, 211(3-4), 569-579. [PubMed]
  • Ogawa K., Nagai C., & Inui T. (2010) Brain mechanisms of visuomotor transformation based on deficits in tracing and copying. Japanese Psychological Research. 52(2), 91-106.
  • Ogawa K. & Inui T. (2009) The role of the posterior parietal cortex in drawing by copying. Neuropsychologia. 47(4), 1013-22. [PubMed]
  • Ogawa K., Inui T. & Ohba M. (2008) Syntactic processing of complex sentences in left lateral premotor cortex. NeuroReport. 19(8), 811-815. [PubMed]
  • Ogawa K. & Inui T. (2007) Lateralization of the posterior parietal cortex for internal monitoring of self- versus externally generated movements. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 19(11), 1827-1835. [PubMed]
  • Ogawa K., Ohba M. & Inui T. (2007) Neural basis of syntactic processing of simple sentences in Japanese. NeuroReport. 18(14), 1437-1441. [PubMed]
  • Ogawa K., Inui T., & Sugio T. (2007) Neural correlates of state estimation in visually guided movements: an event-related fMRI study. Cortex. 43(3), 289-300. [PubMed]
  • Inui T., Ogawa K., & Ohba M. (2007) Role of left inferior frontal gyrus in the processing of particles in Japanese. NeuroReport, 18(5), 431-434. [PubMed]
  • Ogawa K., Inui T., & Sugio T. (2006) Separating brain regions involved in internally guided and visual feedback control of moving effectors: an event-related fMRI study. NeuroImage, 32(4), 1760-1770. [PubMed]
  • Sugio T., Ogawa K., & Inui T. (2003) Neural correlates of semantic effects on grasping familiar objects. NeuroReport, 14(18), 2297-2301. [PubMed]

    [All publications in PubMed; Google Scholar]

Research grants

  • 2011-2013: Grants-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows (PD), from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
  • 2010-2011: Grants-in-Aid for Research Activity Start-up, from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
  • 2006-2007: Grants-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows (DC2), from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
  • 2005-2006: Leadership Cultivation Program of The 21st COE "Informatics Research Center for Development of Knowledge Society Infrastructure" Kyoto University, from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Honors and Awards
  • 2009: Distinguished Presentation Award of the Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology

Society memberships
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • The Japanese Society for Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychological Association of Japan
  • Japanese Neural Network Society
  • The Japan Neuroscience Society
  • The Japanese Psychological Association

Ad hoc reviewers

  • Advanced Robotics / Brain and Cognition / Brain and Behavior / Cerebral Cortex / Experimental Brain Research / The Journal of Neuroscience / Neurobiology of Aging / NeuroImage / Neuroscience Research / The Open Medical Imaging Journal / PLoS One / Journal of Human Interface Society


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