Yosuke Morishima, MD, PhD

Department of Psychiatric Neurophysiology

University Hospital of Psychiatry

Bolligenstrasse 111, 3000 Bern

Phone: +41 31 930 87 05

Fax: +41 31 930 99 61
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Short CV

Employment & Education

2014-Present Group leader at University Hospital of Psychiatry, University of Bern

2013 Senior research associate at University Hospital of Psychiatry, University of Bern
2009-2013 Postdoc researcher at University of Zurich
2007-2009 Research assistant professor at the University of Tokyo
2005-2007 Postdoc researcher at the University of Tokyo
2005 Ph.D. degree, Kyoto University (Advisor: Prof. Shigetada Nakanishi)
2001 M.D. degree, Kyoto University


Research interests

My fundamental question as a neuroscientist is "how does the brain create actions?"

In particular, I'm interested in executive functions, because our cognitive capacity and flexibility make us human beings. How to address the neural mechanisms of executive function? What do we need to understand brain function?

In the past twenty years, brain imaging methods, especially fMRI, has elucidated neural correlates of our cognitive processes. However, accumulated evidence suggests that a single brain area represents a variety of information and cognitive processes. Is that all? Brain imaging is just a replacement of phrenology?

The brain consists of tremendously complicated networks. We are now getting a picture of the neural computation in local circuits, but the mechanism of inter-regional interactions is still elusive.

Therefore, my research focuses followings.

  • Understand how brain regions interact wtih other areas to process information in neural networks.
  • Constructive approach to understand brain function
  • Establish a methodological framework to regulate functional interactions


Selected Publications

Yosuke Morishima (Corresonding author), Daniel Schunk, Adrian Bruhin, Christian Ruff, Ernst Fehr
Linking brain structure and activation in the temporoparietal junction to explain the neurobiology of human altruism
Neuron, Vol 75, No.1, pp. 73-79 [Link to Pubmed]

Yosuke Morishima (corresponding author), Jiro Okuda, Katsuyuki Sakai
Reactive mechanism of cognitive control system
Cerebral Cortex, Vol.20, No.11, pp. 2675-2683 [Link to Pubmed]

Rei Akaishi, Yosuke Morishima, Vivian P. Rajeswaren, Shigeki Aoki, Katsuyuki Sakai
Stimulation of the Frontal Eye Field Reveals Persistent Effective Connectivity after Controlled Behavior
Journal of Neuroscience Vol.30, No.12, pp4295-4305, 2010
[Link to Pubmed]

Yosuke Morishima, Rei Akaishi, Yohei Yamada, Jiro Okuda, Keiichiro Toma, Katsuyuki Sakai
Task-specific signal transmission from prefrontal cortex in visual selective attention
Nature Neuroscience Vol.12, No.1, pp85-91, 2009 [Link to Pubmed]


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