Publications

The following is a listing of recent scholarly publications and academic presentations by the members of our lab. Most items also contain links to a PDF of the article.

Selected Publications

  • Shibata, K., Sasaki, Y., Bang J.W.,  Walsh, E.G., Machizawa, M.G., Tamaki, M., Chang, L.H. & Watanabe, T. (2017) Overlearning hyperstabilizes a skill by rapidly making neurochemical processing inhibitory-dominant. Nature Neuroscience, 20(3):470-475.
  • Sasaki, Y. & Watanabe, T. (2017) What is a role of decision making in perceptual learning? Nature Human Behavior, in press.
  • Shibata, K., Kawato, M., Watanabe, T. & Sasaki, Y. (2016) Differential activation patterns in the same brain region led to opposite emotional states. PLOS Biology, 14(9):e1002546.
  • Amano, K., Kawato, M., Shibata, K., Sasaki, Y., & Watanabe, T.  (2016) Learning to associate orientation with color in early visual areas by associative decoded fMRI neurofeedback, Current Biology, 26(14):1861-6.
  • Sasaki Y., & Watanabe, T. (2016) Perceptual training on a visual motion task promotes job swapping in the brain, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(22):6092-3.
  • Yahata, N. et al (2016) A small number of abnormal brain connections predicts adult autism spectrum disorder. Nature Communications, 7:11254.
  • Tamaki, M., Bang, J., Watanabe T., & Sasaki, Y. (2016) Night Watch in One Brain Hemisphere during Sleep Associated with the First-Night Effect in Humans,Current Biology, 9;26(9), 1190-4 (Top 4 in Altmetric score of all papers in  biological science in 2016).
  • Watanabe T, Sasaki Y. (2015) Perceptual learning: toward a comprehensive theory. Annual Review of Psychology, 3;66:197-221.
  • Imai H, Kim D, Sasaki Y, Watanabe T.  (2014) Reward eliminates retrieval-induced forgetting. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in USA, 111(48):17326-9
  • Chang LH, Shibata K, Andersen GJ, Sasaki Y, Watanabe T. (2014) Age-related declines of stability in visual perceptual learning. Current Biology, 24(24):2926-9.
  • Yotsumoto Y, Chang LH, Ni R, Pierce R, Andersen GJ, Watanabe T, Sasaki Y. (2014) White matter in the older brain is more plastic than in the younger brain. Nature Communications, 5:5504.
  • Choi, H, Chang, LH, Shibata, K., Sasaki, Y, Watanabe T.(2012) Resetting capacity limitations: long-lasting elimination of attentional blink through training. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in USA, 109(30):12242-7
  • Shibata, K., Kawato, M., Sasaki, Y, Watanabe, T.(2012) Monocular deprivation boosts long-term visual plasticity. Current Biology, 22(2):R291-292
  • Shibata, K., Watanabe, T*., Sasaki, Y. & Kawato, M.(2011) Perceptual learning incepted by decoded fMRI neurofeedback without stimulus presentation. Science, 334(6061):1413-1415. (*Corresponding Author)
  • Sasaki, Y., Gold, J., & Watanabe, T. (2010). Perceptual Learning: Cortical Changes When Cats Learn a New Trick, Current Biology, 20(13):R557-8
  • Gold, J.I., & Watanabe, T. (2010). Perceptual Learning. Current Biology, 20(2):R46-8
  • Sasaki, Y., Nanez, J., & Watanabe, T. (2010) Advances in visual perceptual learning and plasticity. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 11(1):53-60.
  • Roelfsema, P., Van Ooyen, A., and Watanabe, T. (2010) Perceptual learning rules based on reinforcers and attention. Trends in Cognitive Science, 14(2):64-71
  • Seitz AR, Kim, D., & Watanabe, T. (2009) “Rewards Evoke Learning of Unconsciously Processed Visual Stimuli in Adult Humans”, Neuron, 61(5):700-707.
  • Yotsumoto, Y., Sasaki, Y., Chan, P., Vasios, C.E., Bonmassar, G., Ito, N., Náñez, Sr., J.E., Shimojo, S. & Watanabe, T. (2009) Location-specific cortical activation changes during sleep after training for perceptual learning. Current Biology, 19(15):1278-82.
  • Yotsumoto, Y. & Watanabe, T. (2008) “Defining a link between perceptual learning and attention”, PLoS Biology, 6(8):e221
  • Tsushima Y, Seitz, A, & Watanabe, T. (2008) “Task-irrelevant learning occurs only when the irrelevant feature is weak”, Current Biology, Vol 18, No 12, R516-517
  • Yotsumoto, Y., Watanabe, T., & Sasaki, Y. (2008) “Different dynamics of performance and brain activation in the time course of perceptual learning”,Neuron, Mar 27;57(6):827-33.
  • Tsushima, Y., Sasaki, Y. & Watanabe, T. (2006) “Greater Disruption Due to Failure of Inhibitory Control on an Ambiguous Distractor”, Science, 314, 1786-1788.
  • Koyama, S., Sasaki, Y., Tootell, R.B.H., Andersen, G.J., Matsuura, M., & Watanabe, T. (2005) “Separate processing of different global-motion structures in visual cortex is revealed by fMRI”, Current Biology, Nov 22, 2027-2032.
  • Seitz, A., Yamagishi, N., Werner, B., Goda, N., Kawato, M., Watanabe, T. (2005) “Task specific disruption of perceptual learning”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102, 14895-14900.
  • Seitz, A R., Lefebvre, C., Watanabe, T., & Jolicoeur, P. (2005) “Requirement of high-level processing in subliminal learning”, Current Biology, Sep 20, 15(18):R753-5.
  • Seitz, A R., Nanez, J., Holloway, S, Koyama, S., & Watanabe, T. (2005) “Seeing what is not there shows the costs of perceptual learning”, Proceedings of the National
    Academy of Sciences
    , 102, 9080-9085.
  • Seitz, A R. & Watanabe, T. (2005) “A unified model for perceptual learning”, Trends in Cognitive Science, 9, 329-334.
  • Sasaki, Y. & Watanabe T (2004) “The primary visual cortex fills in color”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 101, 18251-18256.
  • Seitz, A.R. & Watanabe, T. (2003) “Is subliminal learning really passive?” Nature, 422, 36.
  • Watanabe, T. et al. (2002) “Greater plasticity in lower-level than higher-level visual motion processing in a passive perceptual learning task”, Nature Neuroscience, 5(10):1003-9
  • Watanabe, T., Sasaki, Y. & Nanez, J. (2001) “Perceptual learning without perception”, Nature,413, 844-848.
  • Watanabe, T. et al. (1998) “Task-dependent influences of attention on the activation of human primary visual cortex”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci, 95, 11489-11492.
  • Redies, C. & Watanabe, T. (1993) “Illusion and view stability”, Nature, 363, 119-120.

Other Publications

  • Shibata, K., Sasaki, Y., Kawato, M., & Watanabe, T. (2016) Neuroimaging evidence for two types of plasticity in association with visual perceptual learning. Cerebral Cortex, in press.
  • Žarić, G., Yazdanbakhsh, A ., Nishina, S ., De Weerd, P., & Watanabe, T. (2015) Perceived temporal asynchrony between sinusoidally modulated luminance and depth, Journal of Vision 15 (15), 13-13
  • Kim, D, Ling, S & Watanabe, T. (2015) Dual mechanisms governing reward-driven perceptual learning, f1000 Research, 4:764 .
  • Kim YH, Kang, DW, Kim D, Kim HJ, Sasaki Y, & Watanabe, T. (2015) Real-Time Strategy Video Game Experience and Visual Perceptual LearningThe Journal of Neuroscience, 35 (29), 10485-10492
  • DeLoss DJ, Watanabe T, Andersen GJ. (2015) The effect of aging on noise reduction in perceptual learning. Psychological Science, 26 (4), 456-466.
  • DeLoss DJ, Watanabe T, Anderson GJ. (2015) Behavioral training to improve collision detection. Journal of Vision, in press.
  • Kim D, Seitz A, Watanabe T. (2015) Visual perceptual learning by operant conditioning training follows rules of contingency. Visual Cognition, 1-14.
  • Berard AV, Cain MS, Watanabe T, Sasaki Y. (2015) Frequent Video Game Players Resist Perceptual Interference. PLoS ONE, (10)-3.
  • Chang LH, Yotsumoto Y, Salat DH, Andersen GJ, Watanabe T, Sasaki Y. (2015) Reduction in the retinotopic early visual cortex with normal aging and magnitude of perceptual learning. Neurobiology of  Aging, 36(1):315-22.
  • Kawato M, Lu ZL, Sagi D, Sasaki Y, Yu C, Watanabe T. (2014) Perceptual learning–the past, present and future. Vision Research, 99:1-4.
  • Choi, H, Watanabe, T. (2014) Can attenuation of attentional blink also evoke removal of repetition blindness? Vision Research, 99:141-7.
  • Tamaki M, Bang JW, Watanabe T, Sasaki. (2014) The first-night effect suppresses the strength of slow-wave activity originating in the visual areas during sleep. Vision Research, 99:154-161.
  • Shibata, K., Sagi, D., Watanabe, T. (2014) Two stage model of perceptual learning, the Year in Cognitive Neuroscience, Annual Review of New York Academy of Sciences, 1316:18-28.
  • DeLoss DJ, Watanabe T, Andersen GJ. (2014) Optimization of perceptual learning: effects of task difficulty and external noise in older adults. Vision Research, 99:37-45.
  • Tamaki M, Huang TR, Yotsumoto Y, Hämäläinen M, Lin FH, Náñez JE Sr, Watanabe T, Sasaki Y. (2013) Enhanced spontaneous oscillations in the supplementary motor area are associated with sleep-dependent offline learning of finger-tapping motor-sequence task. Journal of Neuroscience, 1198-13. PubMed Central: PMCID: PMC3755724
  • Bang JW, Khalilzadeh O, Hämäläinen M, Watanabe T, Sasaki Y. (2013) Location specific sleep spindle activity in the early visual areas and perceptual learning. Vision Research, 99:162-71. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24380705
  • Bower, J.,Watanabe, T., & Andersen, J. (2013) Perceptual learning and Aging: Improved performance for low contrast motion discrimination. Frontiers in Perception Science, in Press.
  • Choi, H. & Watanabe, T. (2012) Is perceptual learning associated with changes in a sensory region? F1000 Biology Reports, in Press.
  • Shibata, K., Chang, L-H., Kim, D., Náñez, J.E. Sr., Kamitani, Y., Watanabe, T. & Sasaki, Y. (2012) Decoding Reveals Plasticity in V3A as a Result of Motion Perceptual Learning. PLoS One. 7(8):e44003. Epub 2012 Aug 28. [PMC3429406]
  • Sasaki, S., Náñez, J. E. & Watanabe, T. (2012). Recent progress in perceptual learning research. WIREs Cognitive Science, 3:293-299.
  • Dobres, J. & Watanabe, T. (2012). Response feedback triggers long-term consolidation of perceptual learning independently of performance gains. Journal of Vision, 12(8).
  • Yotsumoto, Y., Seitz, A. R., Shimojo, S., Sakagami, M., Watanabe, T. & Sasaki, Y. (2012). Performance dip in motor response induced by task-irrelevant weaker coherent visual motion signals. Cerebral Cortex, Sep 21. [Epub ahead of print]. [PMC3388893]
  • Shibata, K. & Watanabe, T. (2012). Preference suppression caused by misattribution of task-irrelevant subliminal motion. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279(1742):3443-3448. Epub 2012 Jun 13. [PMC3396910]
  • Huang, T. & Watanabe, T. (2012). Task attention facilitates learning of task-irrelevant stimuli. PLoS ONE, 7(4):e35946. Epub 2012 Apr 26. [PMC3338559]
  • Choi, H. & Watanabe, T. (2012). Perceptual learning solely induced by feedback. Vision Research, Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print]. [PMC3352973]
  • Liu, C. C. & Watanabe, T. (2012). Accounting for speed-accuracy tradeoff in perceptual learning. Vision Research, Sep 19. [Epub ahead of print]. [PMC3288618]
  • Yotsumoto, Y., Seitz, A. R., Shimojo, S., Sakagami, M., Watanabe, T. & Sasaki, Y. (2012). Performance dip in motor response induced by task-irrelevant weaker coherent visual motion signals. Cerebral Cortex, Sep 21. [Epub ahead of print]. [PMC3388893]
  • Batson, M. A., Beer, A. L., Seitz, A. R. & Watanabe, T. (2011). Spatial Shifts of Audio-Visual Interactions by Perceptual Learning Are Specific to the Trained Orientation and Eye. Seeing and Perceiving, 11(1):1-12. [PMC in Process]
  • Shibata, K. & Watanabe, T. (2011). Perceptual learning, consciousness, and Psychiatry. Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 40(4):135-41.
  • Seitz, A. R., Protopapas, A., Tsushima, Y., Viahou, E. L., Gori, S., Grossberg, S. & Watanabe, T. (2010). Unattended exposure to components of speech sounds yields same benefits as explicit auditory training. Cognition, 115(3):435-43.
  • Lu, Z.L., Yu, C., Watanabe, T., Sagi, D. & Levi, D. (2010). Perceptual learning: functions, mechanisms, and applications, No. 2. Vision Research, 50(4):365-7.
  • Ito, N., Sasaki, Y. & Watanabe, T. (2010). Recent advancement in study of perception. Vision, 22(2):115-21.
  • Beer, A., Batson, B., & Watanabe, T. (2010). Multisensory perceptual learning reshapes both fast and slow mechanisms of crossmodal processing. Cog, Affect, Behav Neurosci,11(1):1-12. [PMC3085990].
  • Andersen, J., G, Ni, R., Bower, J., D, & Watanabe, T., Perceptual learning, aging, and improved visual performance in early stages of visual processing.(2010) Journal of Vision, 10(13). pii: 4. doi: 10.1167/10.13.4. [PMC3136086].
  • Nomoto, K., Schultz. W., Watanabe, T., & Sakagami, M. (2010) Temporally extended dopamine responses to perceptually demanding reward-predictive stimuli. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(32):10692-702.
  • Lu, Z.L., Yu, C., Watanabe, T., Sagi, D. & Levi, D. (2009) Perceptual learning: functions, mechanisms, and applications. Vision Research, 49(21):2531-4.
  • Yotsumoto, Y., Chang, L., Watanabe, T., Sasaki Y. “Interference and feature specificity in visual perceptual learning”, Vision Research, 49(21):2611-23.
  • Seitz, A. R. & Watanabe, T. W. (2009) The Phenomenon of Task-Irrelevant Perceptual Learning. Vision Research, 49(21):2604-10.
  • Nishina, S., Kawato, M. & Watanabe, T. (2009) Perceptual learning of global pattern motion occurs on the basis of local motion. Journal of Vision, 9(9):15.1-6.
  • Beer, A.L., Watanabe, T., Ni, R., Sasaki, Y. & Andersen, G.J. (2009) 3D surface perception from motion involves a temporal-parietal network. European Journal of Neuroscience, 30(4)703-13.
  • Choi, H., Seitz, A.R. & Watanabe, T. (2009) When Attention Interrupts Learning: Inhibitory Effects of Attention on TIPL. Vision Research, 49(21):2586-90.
  • Beer, A. & Watanabe, T. (2009) “Specificity of auditory-guided visual perceptual learning suggests crossmodal plasticity in early visual cortex”, Experimental Brain Research, 198(2-3):353-61.
  • Tsushima, Y. & Watanabe, T. (2009) Roles of attention in perceptual learning from perspectives of psychophysics and animal learning. Learning & Behavior, 37(2):126-132.
  • Choi, H., & Watanabe, T. (2009) “Selectiveness of the exposure-based perceptual learning: what to learn and what not to learn”, Perception & Learning. 1, 89-98
  • Seitz, A. & Watanabe, T. (2008) “Is task-irrelevant learning really task-irrelevant?”, PLoS One,3(11):e3792. Epub 2008 Nov 24.
  • Sasaki, Y. & Watanabe, T. (2008) “Types of Learning Curve”, Ed. T. Ono, in Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, Springer-verlag, in press
  • Nishina, S., Seitz, A., Kawato, M., & Watanabe, T. (2007)”Effect of spatial distance to the task stimulus on task-irrelevant perceptual learning of static Gabors”, Journal of Vision, Oct 12;7(13):2.1-10.
  • Nishina, S., Yazdanbakhsh, A., Watanabe, T. & Kawato, M. (2007) “Depth Propagation Across an Illusory Surface”, Journal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics, Image Science, and Vision, Apr;24(4):905-10.
  • Seitz, A., Nanez, J., Hollaway, S. & Watanabe, T. (2006) “Perceptual Learning of Motion Leads to Faster Flicker Perception”, PLoS ONE, Dec 20;1:e28
  • Seitz, A., Nanez, J., Holloway, S., Tsushima, Y. & Watanabe, T. (2006). “Two cases requiring external reinforcement in perceptual learning”, Journal of Vision, 6(9), 966-973
  • Seitz A.R. & Watanabe, T. (2005) “Visual experience can substantially alter critical flicker fusion thresholds”, Human Neuropharmacology, 20, 55-60.
  • Koyama, S., Harner, A., & Watanabe, T. (2004) “Task-dependent changes of the psychophysical motion-tuning functions in the course of perceptual learning”, Perception, 33, 1139-1147
  • Mukai, I & Watanabe, T. (2004) Vision Research and Neuroscience. In Modern Psychology (Ed. Haruhiko Shimoyama), Tokyo University Press.
  • Yazdanbakhsh A & Watanabe T (2004) “Disparity and illusory contours”, Vision Research, 44, 2621-7.
  • Nishida S, Sasaki Y, Murakami I, Watanabe T, Tootell RB. (2003) “Neuroimaging of direction-selective mechanisms for second-order motion” J Neurophysiol, 90, 3242-3254.
  • Howe, P.D.L. & Watanabe, T. (2003) The energy model versus psychophysics: a conflict resolved. Perception, 32, 415-421.
  • Mukai, I. & Watanabe, T. (2001)Differential effect of attention to translation and expansion on motion aftereffects (MAE). Vision Res, 41, 1107-17.
  • Mukai, I. & Watanabe, T. (1999). The influence of structure from motion on motion correspondence. Perception, 28, 331-340.
  • Watanabe, T. et al. (1998). Attention-Regulated Activity in Human Primary Visual Cortex. J. Neurophysiology
  • Watanabe, T. & Miyauchi, S. (1998). Interactions in visual motion processing: Psychophysical and brain imaging studies. In High-level motion processing- Computational, biophysiological and psychological approaches (Ed. Takeo Watanabe), MIT Press, pp95-114.
  • Bressan, P., Spillmann, L., Mingolla, E. & Watanabe, T. (1998). Neon color spreading: a review, Perception, 26, 1353-1366.
  • Watanabe, T. (1997) Velocity decomposition and surface decomposition, Vision Research, 37, 2879-2889.
  • Watanabe, T. & Cavanagh, P. (1996). Texture laciness, Perception, 25, 293-303.
  • Miyauchi, S., Watanabe, T., Sasaki, Y., Takino, R. & Putz, B. (1996). Voluntary attention to the motion of visually perceived object scan specifically activate either V1 or MT. Visualization of Information Processing in the Human Brain, 47, 155-160.
  • Watanabe, T. & Nanez, J. E. Sr. (1995). Depth release of illusory contour shape. Vision Research, 35, 2845-2851.
  • Watanabe, T. & Cole, R. (1995). Constraint propagation of apparent motion, Vision Research, 35, 2853-2861.
  • Watanabe, T. (1995) Orientation and color processing for partially occluded objects. Vision Research, 35, 647-655.
  • Watanabe, T. & Cavanagh, P. (1993). Transparent surfaces defined by implicit X junctions. Vision Research, 33, 2339-2346.
  • Watanabe, T. & Cavanagh, P. (1993). Surface decomposition accompanying the perception of transparency. Spatial Vision, 7, 95-111.
  • Watanabe, T. & Cavanagh, P. (1992). The role of transparency in perceptual grouping and pattern recognition. Perception, 21,131-139.
  • Takeichi, H., Watanabe, T. & Shimojo, S. (1992). Illusory occluding contours and surface formation by depth propagation. Perception, 21, 177-184.
  • Takeichi, H., Shimojo, S. & Watanabe, T. (1992). Processing levels of neon flank, illusory contours & neon color spreading. Perception, 21, 313-324.
  • Watanabe, T., Zimmerman, G.L & Cavanagh, P. (1992). Orientation-contingent color aftereffects mediated by subjective transparent structures. Perception & Psychophysics, 52, 161-166.
  • Watanabe, T. & Cavanagh, P. (1992). Depth capture of regions bounded by illusory, chromatic, and texture contours. Vision Research, 32, 527-532.
  • Watanabe, T. (1992). Modularity of visual system – interdisciplinary approach. Imago, 3, 322-333.
  • Watanabe, T. & Cavanagh, P. (1991). Texture and motion spreading, transparency and the aperture problem. Perception & Psychophysics, 50, 459-464.
  • Watanabe, T. & Nagase, E. (1990). The mechanism for illusory contours. The Japanese Journal of Psychonomic Science, 7, 223-236.
  • Watanabe, T. & Takeichi, H. (1990). The relation between color spreading and illusory contours. Perception & Psychophysics, 47, 457-467.
  • Watanabe, T. & Sato, T. (1989). Effects of luminance contrast on color spreading and illusory contour in the neon color spreading effect. Perception & Psychophysics, 45, 427-430.
  • Watanabe, T. (1988). Effect of irrelevant differences as a function of the relationships between relevant and irrelevant dimensions in the Same-Different task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 14, 132-142.
  • Watanabe, T. & Oyama, T. (1988). Are illusory contours a cause or a consequence of apparent differences in brightness and depth in the Kanizsa square? Perception, 17, 513-521.
  • Watanabe, T. (1988). Effect of the amount of the irrelevant disparity on different reaction times. Japanese Psychological Research, 30, 132-142.
  • Watanabe, T. (1988). Attention to visual dimensions. Mathematical Science, 297, 15-21.
  • Watanabe, T. (1987). The mechanism for a visual surface. ITEJ Technical Report, 11, 31-35.
  • Watanabe, T. (1984). Model of parallel distributed associative memory. The Japanese Journal of Psychonomic Science, 3, 31-40.
  • Oyama, T. Watanabe, T. & Funakawa, M. (1983). Effect of test-mask similarity on forward and backward masking of patterns by patterns. Psychological Research, 45, 303-313.

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