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RIKEN Center for Brain Science Laboratory for Imagination and Executive Functions

Team Leader: Kentaro Miyamoto (Ph.D.)

Research Summary

Kentaro Miyamoto (Ph.D.)

In our daily life, we repeat decision making for future actions under continuously changing environments and human relationships. For a better decision making, conscious evaluation of one's own thought (introspection) and understanding of others' will (sympathy) are essential. Our team investigates brain mechanisms for prospective decision making in primates including humans and aims to reveal how our "self-awareness" and "imagination for others" are generated.

Main Research Fields

  • Biological Sciences

Related Research Fields

  • Informatics
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Biology
  • Neurophysiology / General neuroscience
  • Experimental psychology
  • Cognitive science


  • Decision making
  • Imagination
  • Metacognition
  • Primate
  • Functional neuroimaging

Selected Publications

Papers with an asterisk(*) are based on research conducted outside of RIKEN.

  • 1. *Miyamoto K., Trudel N., Kamermans K., Lim M.C., Lazari A., Verhagen L., Wittmann M.K., Rushworth M.F.:
    "Identification and disruption of a neural mechanism for accumulating prospective metacognitive information prior to decision-making."
    Neuron 109(8), pp.1396-1408.e7 (2021)
  • 2. Setsuie R., Tamura K., Miyamoto K., Watanabe T., Takeda M., Miyashita Y.:
    "Off-Peak 594-nm Light Surpasses On-Peak 532-nm Light in Silencing Distant ArchT-Expressing Neurons In Vivo."
    iScience 23(7), 101276 (2020)
  • 3. *Saito, M., Miyamoto, K., Uchiyama, Y., and Murakami, I.:
    "Invisible light inside the natural blind spot alters brightness at a remote location."
    Scientific Reports, 8, 7540 (2018)
  • 4. *Miyamoto, K., Setsuie, R., Osada, T., and Miyashita, Y.:
    "Reversible silencing of the frontopolar cortex selectively impairs metacognitive judgment on non-experience in primates."
    Neuron, 97(4), pp.980–989.e6 (2018)
  • 5. *Tamura, K., Takeda, M., Setsuie, R., Tsubota, T., Hirabayashi, T., Miyamoto, K., and Miyashita, Y.:
    "Conversion of object identity to object-general semantic value in the primate temporal cortex."
    Science, 357(6352), pp.687-692 (2017)
  • 6. *Miyamoto, K., Osada, T., Setsuie, R., Takeda, M., Tamura, K., Adachi, Y., and Miyashita, Y.:
    "Causal neural network of metamemory for retrospection in primates."
    Science, 355(6321), pp.188-193 (2017)
  • 7. *Miyamoto, K. and Murakami, I.:
    "Pupillary light reflex to light inside the natural blind spot."
    Scientific Reports, 5, 11862 (2015)
  • 8. *Miyamoto, K., Osada, T., and Adachi, Y.:
    "Remapping of memory encoding and retrieval networks: insights from neuroimaging in primates."
    Behavioural Brain Research, 275, pp.53-61 (2014)
  • 9. *Miyamoto, K., Adachi, Y., Osada, T., Watanabe, T., Kimura, H.M., Setsuie, R., and Miyashita, Y.:
    "Dissociable memory traces within the macaque medial temporal lobe predict subsequent recognition performance."
    The Journal of Neuroscience, 34, pp.1988-1997 (2014)
  • 10. *Miyamoto, K., Osada, T., Adachi, Y., Matsui, T., Kimura, H.M., and Miyashita, Y.:
    "Functional differentiation of memory retrieval network in macaque posterior parietal cortex."
    Neuron, 77(4), pp.787-799 (2013)

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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Kentaro Miyamoto
Team Leader

Core members

Mingming Lin
Research Scientist
Taku Hasegawa
Research Scientist
Mika Baba
Research Scientist
Akane Nagano
Special Postdoctoral Researcher
Zonghao Xin
Visiting Researcher
Han Zhang
Junior Research Associate
Tomomi Watanabe
Technical Staff I
Kei Hagiya
Technical Staff I

Contact Information

Brain Science East Bldg., 2F, 203
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
Email: kentaro.miyamoto.wg [at] riken.jp