Our goal is to reveal how our brain enables imaginations for future and others

Kentaro Miyamoto, Ph.D.

Team Leader, Imagination and Executive Functions
kentaro.miyamoto.wg [at] riken.jp

Research Overview

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 Field

Related Research Fields


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)

Lab Members

Principal investigator

Kentaro Miyamoto
Team Leader

Core members

Mingming Lin
Research Scientist
Taku Hasegawa
Research Scientist
Mika Baba
Research Scientist
Zonghao Xin
Postdoctoral Researcher
Daniel James Fehring
Postdoctoral Researcher
Akane Nagano
Visiting Researcher
Shiho Tanaka
Junior Research Associate
Han Zhang
Junior Research Associate
Tomomi Watanabe
Technical Staff I