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Assistant Professor
Department of Integrated Neuroscience


I use non-invasive techniques such as fMRI and event-related potentials (ERP) to study higher human brain functions, with particular interest in the neurobiological foundations of music. I have also conducted some behavioral experiments with non-human primates in earlier years of my graduate school.

Education and academic appointments

1995 B.S., Biological Sciences, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
2000 Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
1997—2000 Research Fellow (Doctor Course), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2000—2002 Research Fellow (Postdoctoral), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2002— Assistant Professor, University of Niigata


Human brain functions

  1. Itoh, K., Nakada, T. Human brain detects short-time nonlinear predictability in the temporal fine structure of deterministic chaotic sounds. Physical Review E (in press)
  2. Itoh, K., Okumiya-Kanke, Y., Nakayama, Y., Kwee, I.L., Nakada, T. Effects of musical training on the early auditory cortical representation of pitch transitions as indexed by change-N1. European Journal of Neuroscience Dec;36(11):3580-92, 2012
  3. Tateuchi, T., Itoh, K., Nakada, T. Neural mechanisms underlying the orienting response to subject’s own name: an event related potential study. Psychophysiology 49(6):786-91, 2012.
  4. Izumi, S., Itoh, K., Matsuzawa, H., Takahashi, S., Kwee, I.L., Nakada, T. Functional asymmetry in primary auditory cortex for processing musical sounds: temporal pattern analysis of fMRI time series. Neuroreport Jul 13;22(10):470-3, 2011.
  5. Itoh, K., Suwazono, S., Nakada, T. Central auditory processing of noncontextual consonance in music: an evoked potential study. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 128(6), 3781-3787, 2010.
  6. Itoh, K., Kitamura, H., Fujii, Y., Nakada, T. Neural substrates for visual pattern recognition learning in igo. Brain Research 1227, 162-1173, 2008.
  7. Kobayashi, N., Itoh, K., Suzuki, K., Kwee, I.L., Nakada, T. Natural preference in luminosity for frame composition. Neuroreport. 18(11), 1137-1140, 2007.
  8. Itoh, K., Fujii, Y., Kwee I.L., Nakada, T. MT+/V5 activation without conscious motion perception: a high-field fMRI study. Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences 4(2), 69-74, 2005.
  9. Itoh, K., Suwazono, S., Arao, H., Miyazaki, K., Nakada, T. Electrophysiological correlates of absolute pitch and relative pitch. Cerebral Cortex 15(6), 760-769, 2005.
  10. Huang, K., Itoh, K., Suwazono, S., Nakada, T. Electrophysiological correlates of grapheme-phoneme conversion. Neuroscience Letters 366(3), 254-258, 2004.
  11. Itoh, K., Suwazono, S., Nakada, T. Cortical processing of musical consonance: an evoked potential study. Neuroreport 14(18), 2303-2306, 2003. `
  12. Itoh, K., Miyazaki, K., Nakada, T. Ear advantage and consonance of dichotic pitch intervals in absolute-pitch possessors. Brain and Cognition 53(3), 464-471, 2003.
  13. Itoh, K., Fujii, Y., Suzuki, K., Nakada, T. Asymmetry of parietal lobe activation during piano performance: a high field functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Neuroscience Letters 309(1), 41-44, 2001.

Non-human primate behavior

  1. Itoh, K. Izumi A. Affiliative bonding as a dynamical process: a view from ethology (invited commentary). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28(3), 355-356, 2005.
  2. Itoh, K. Personality research with non-human primates: theoretical formulation and methods. Primates 43(3), 249-261, 2002.
  3. Itoh, K. Assessment of individual differences in the preferred proximity to a human feeder by partitioned raisin test, with two species of macaque monkeys. Primates 42(1), 47-56, 2001.
  4. Itoh, K., Izumi, A., Kojima, S. Object discrimination learning in aged Japanese monkeys. Behavioral Neuroscience 115(2), 259-270, 2001.

Abstract presentations

  1. Itoh, K., Suwazono, S., Nakada, T. Two-stage auditory processing of non-contextual consonance in music: Peripheral and central mechanisms. Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, U.S.A., 2009.10.19.
  2. Nakada, T., Itoh, K., Suzuki, K., Terumitsu, M., Kwee, I.L. One-shot real-time functional MRI: Next generation fMRI. American Academy of Neurology 61st Annual Meeting, Seattle, U.S.A., 2009.4.30.
  3. Itoh, K., Suwazono, S., Nakada, T. Cortical processing of consonance of pure-tone dyads: an evoked potential study. The 10th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Sapporo, Japan, 2008.8.27.
  4. Kobayashi, N., Itoh, K., Suzuki, K., Nakamura. Y., Nakada, T. Natural preference in luminosity for scene schema definition. Society for Neuroscience, Atlanta, U.S.A., 2006, October.
  5. Itoh,K., Fujii, Y., Kwee IL, Nakada, T. MT+/V5 activation is necessary but insufficient for conscious motion perception: subliminal perception? Program No. 200.5, Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, U.S.A., 2004, October.
  6. Itoh, K., Fujii, Y., Suzuki, K., Nakada, T. Left parietal lobe dominance during piano performance: an fMRI study. International Symposium on the Neuroscience of Music 1999, Niigata, Japan, 1999, October.
  7. Itoh, K. Development of theater-box test to assess sensation seeking in monkeys. The Seventh Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, Aarhus, Denmark, 1997, July.

Other activities

I play principal clarinet in Niigata Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1931. We regularly participat in la Folle Journee de Niigata.

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