自治医科大学 医学部 先端医療技術開発センター 脳機能研究部門


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  • Hirai, M.*, Muramatsu, Y., Nakamura, M., (in press) Developmental Changes in Orienting Towards Faces: A Behavioral and Eye-tracking Study, International Journal of Behavioral Development
  • Sakurada T, Goto A, Tetsuka M, Nakajima T, Morita M, Yamamoto SI, Hirai M, Kawai K.(2019) Prefrontal activity predicts individual differences in optimal attentional strategy for preventing motor performance decline: a functional near-infrared spectroscopy study., Neurophotonics. 2019 Apr;6(2):025012. doi: 10.1117/1.NPh.6.2.025012. Epub 2019 Jun 13.


  • Hirai M.*, Kanakogi, Y. (accepted) Communicative Hand-Waving Gestures Facilitate Object Learning in Preverbal Infants, Developmental Science
  • Sakurada*, T.,Hirai M., Watanabe, E. (in press) Individual optimal attentional strategy during implicit motor learning boosts frontoparietal neural processing efficiency: A functional near-infrared spectroscopy study, Brain and Behavior
  • Hirai M.*, Sakurada T, Muramatsu SI. (in press) , Face-to-trait inferences in patients with Parkinson's disease, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
  • Ikeda T, Hirai M.*, Sakurada, T, Monden Y, Tokuda T, Nagashima M, Shimoizumi H, Dan I, Yamagata T. (in press) Atypical neural modulation in the right prefrontal cortex in autism spectrum disorder revealed by functional near-infrared spectroscopy, Neurophotonics.
  • Hirai M.*, Muramatsu, Y., Nakamura, M., (in press) Role of the embodied cognition process in perspective-taking ability during childhood, Child Development
  • Ikeda T, Tokuda T, Monden Y, Hirai M., Mizushima S, Nagashima M, Kyutoku Y, Tanighichi T, Shimoizumi H, Dan I, Yamagata T (in press) Hypoactivation of the Right Prefrontal Cortex Underlying Motor Related Inhibitory Deficits in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Japanese Psychological Research.
  • Sakurada T, Knoblich G, Sebanz N, Muramatsu SI, Hirai M.* (2018) Probing links between action perception and action production in Parkinson's disease using Fitts' law, Neuropsychologia,


  • Sakurada T., Nakajima T., Morita M., Hirai M.*, Watanabe E. (in press) Improved motor performance in patients with acute stroke using the optimal individual attentional strategy, Scientific Reports
  • Hirai M.*, Muramatsu Y., Mizuno S., Kurahashi N., Kurahashi H., Nakamura M. (in press) Preserved search asymmetry in the detection of fearful faces among neutral faces in individuals with Williams syndrome revealed by measurement of both manual responses and eye tracking, Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders


  • Hirai M.*, Muramatsu Y., Mizuno S., Kurahashi N., Kurahashi H., Nakamura M. (in press) Typical visual search performance and atypical gaze behaviors in response to faces in Williams syndrome, Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Hirai M.*, Muramatsu Y., Mizuno S., Kurahashi N., Kurahashi H., Nakamura M. (in press) Intact attentional orienting toward inverted faces revealed by both manual responses and eye-movement measurement in individuals with Williams syndrome, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
  • Sakurada T.,Hirai M.*, Watanabe E. (in press) Optimization of a motor learning attention-directing strategy based on an individual's motor imagery ability, Experimental Brain Research
  • Watanabe E., Satoh M., Konno T., Hirai M., Yamaguchi T. (in press) The Trans-Visible Navigator: a see-through neuronavigation system using augmented reality, World Neurosurgery


  • Hirai M.*, Gunji A., Inoue Y., Kita Y., Hayashi T., Nishimaki K., Nakamura M., Kakigi R., Inagaki M. (2014) Differential electrophysiological responses to biological motion in children and adults with and without autism spectrum disorders
  • Hashimoto N, Toyomaki A, Hirai M., Miyamoto T, Narita H, Okubo R, Kusumi I,Absent activation in MPFC and TPJ but not STS during the perception of biological motion in schizophrenia: A functional MRI study, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 2014


  • Hirai,M.*, Muramatsu Y, Mizuno S, Kurahashi N, Kurahashi H, Nakamura M Developmental changes in mental rotation ability and visual perspective-taking in children and adults with Williams Syndrome Front. Hum. Neurosci. (in press) | doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00856
  • Hirai, M.*, Watanabe S, Honda Y, Kakigi R (in press) Developmental changes in point-light walker processing during childhood: a two-year follow-up ERP study. Dev Cogn Neurosci 2013 Jul;5:51-62. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2013.01.002. Epub 2013 Jan 14.
  • Nakamura M, Watanabe S, Inagaki M, Hirai M, Miki K, Honda Y, Kakigi R (2012) Electrophysiological study of face inversion effects in Williams syndrome. Brain Dev(in press)


  • Hirai, M., Chang, D. H. F., Saunders, D. R., Troje, N. F.* Body configuration modulates the usage of local cues to direction in biological motion perception. Psychol Sci. 2011 Dec;22(12):1543-9. doi: 10.1177/0956797611417257
  • Hirai M, Saunders DR, Troje NF.* Allocation of attention to biological motion: local motion dominates global shape. J Vis. 2011 Mar 7;11(3).
  • Miki K, Watanabe S, Teruya M, Takeshima Y, Urakawa T, Hirai M, Honda Y, Kakigi R. The development of the perception of facial emotional change examined using ERPs. Clin Neurophysiol. 2011 Mar;122(3):530-8.
  • Watanabe M, Hirai M, Marino RA, Cameron IG. Occipital-parietal network prepares reflexive saccades. J Neurosci. 2010 Oct 20;30(42):13917-8.
  • Fukushima H, Hirata S, Ueno A, Matsuda G, Fuwa K, Sugama K, Kusunoki K, Hirai M, Hiraki K, Tomonaga M, Hasegawa T.Neural correlates of face and object perception in an awake chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) examined by scalp-surface event-related potentials. PLoS One. 2010 Oct 12;5(10):e13366.
  • Hirai M*, Nakamura M, Kaneoke Y, Kakigi R. Intact point-light walker processing in Williams syndrome: a magnetoencephalography study. Neuroreport. 2009 Feb 18;20(3):267-72.
  • Hirai M*, Watanabe S, Honda Y, Kakigi R. Developmental changes in point-light walker processing during childhood and adolescence: an event-related potential study. Neuroscience. 2009 Jun 16;161(1):311-25
  • Hirai M*, Kakigi R. Differential orientation effect in the neural response to interacting biological motion of two agents. BMC Neurosci. 2009 Apr 27;10:39.
  • Kaneoke Y, Urakawa T, Hirai M, Kakigi R, Murakami I. Neural basis of stable perception of an ambiguous apparent motion stimulus. Neuroscience. 2009 Mar 3;159(1):150-60. Epub 2008 Dec 16.
  • Hirai M*, Kakigi R. Differential cortical processing of local and global motion information in biological motion: an event-related potential study. J Vis. 2008 Dec 15;8(16):2.1-17.
  • Hirai M*, Kaneoke Y, Nakata H, Ryusuke Kakigi. Neural responses related to point-light walker perception: a magnetoencephalographic study. Clin Neurophysiol. 2008 Dec;119(12):2775-84. Epub 2008 Oct 18.
  • Hirai M*, Watanabe S, Honda Y, Miki K, Kakigi R. Emotional object and scene stimuli modulate subsequent face processing: an event-related potential study. Brain Res Bull. 2008 Nov 25;77(5):264-73. Epub 2008 Sep 13.
  • Nakata H, Tamura Y, Sakamoto K, Akatsuka K, Hirai M, Inui K, Hoshiyama M, Saitoh Y, Yamamoto T, Katayama Y, Kakigi R.Evoked magnetic fields following noxious laser stimulation of the thigh in humans.Neuroimage. 2008 Aug 15;42(2):858-68. Epub 2008 May 20.
  • Hirai M*, Hiraki K.* Differential neural responses to humans vs. robots: an event-related potential study.Brain Res. 2007 Aug 24;1165:105-15. Epub 2007 Jul 4.
  • Hirai M*, Hiraki K.* Visual search for biological motion: an event-related potential study. Neurosci Lett. 2006 Aug 7;403(3):299-304. Epub 2006 May 23.
  • Hirai M*, Hiraki K. The relative importance of spatial versus temporal structure in the perception of biological motion: an event-related potential study. Cognition. 2006 Feb;99(1):B15-29. Epub 2005 Jul 26.
  • Hirai M*, Senju A, Fukushima H, Hiraki K. Active processing of biological motion perception: an ERP study. Brain Res Cogn Brain Res. 2005 May;23(2-3):387-96. Epub 2005 Jan 21.
  • Hirai M*, Hiraki K. An event-related potentials study of biological motion perception in human infants. Brain Res Cogn Brain Res. 2005 Feb;22(2):301-4.
  • Fukushima H, Hirai M, Arita A, Kamewari K, Hiraki K. Neural dynamics in human imitation revealed by ERP surface topography. Neuroreport. 2004 Sep 15;15(13):2129-32.
  • Hirai M*, Fukushima H, Hiraki K. An event-related potentials study of biological motion perception in humans. Neurosci Lett. 2003 Jun 19;344(1):41-4.