GUNJI Atsuko


College of Education, Department of School Education, Specialization in Special Education for Disabled Children


Associate Professor

The Best Research Acheivement as Researcher Life 【 display / non-display

  • 【Published Thesis】 Facial identity recognition in children with autism spectrum disorders revealed by P300 analysis: A preliminary study.  2012

    【Published Thesis】 Rhythmic brain activities related to singing in humans.  2007

    【Academic Awards Received】 Event-related potentials of self-face recognition in children with pervasive developmental disorders.  2009.05

External Career 【 display / non-display

  • 2011.08

    NCNP   IBIC   Head  

  • 2004.07

    NCNP   NIMH, DDD   Head  

  • 2001.10

    Rotman Research Institute for Neuroscience, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care (University of Toronto)   Academic Fellow  

  • 2001.04

    NINS   NIPS   Research Fellowship for Young Scientists of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  

Academic Society Affiliations 【 display / non-display

  • 2017

    International Organization of Psychophysiology

  • 2007

    Society for Neuroscience

Field of expertise (Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research classification) 【 display / non-display

  • Neurophysiology / General neuroscience

  • Special needs education


Books 【 display / non-display

  • Electrical Neuroimaging

    (Part: Joint Translation , Range: 10. Integration of electrical neuroimaging with other functional imaging methods )

    2017.05 ISBN: 9784890134762


  • Clinical Neurophysiology for Rehabilitation

    (Part: Contributor )

    2015.05 ISBN: 9784498076785


Thesis for a degree 【 display / non-display

  • Vocalization-associated magnetic fields in humans

    Atsuko GUNJI 


    No Setting   Single Work

Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Interference effect of personality characteristics on language processing with background music: An event related potential study.

    Masaoka S, Kataoka Y, Masuda M, Gunji A.

    Clinical Neurophysiolog   129 ( 5 )   2018  [Refereed]

    Joint Work

  • Role of facial expression and emotional prosody in reading aloud:

    Yoshie KATAOKA, Shiori MASAOKA, Megumi MASUDA, Atsuko GUNJI

    Journal of the College of Education, Yokohama National University. The educational sciences ( Yokohama National University College of Education )  1 ( 0 )   23 - 32   2018

    Joint Work

    DOI CiNii

  • Proposal for an accurate TMS-MRI co-registration process via 3D laser scanning.

    Hironaga N, Kimura T, Mitsudo T, Gunji A, Iwata M.

    Neuroscience Research     2018  [Refereed]

    Joint Work


  • Training Attention to the Other’s Need Improves Helping Behaviors in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Behavioral Analysis Using a Two-dimensional Motion Capture System

    Kita Y, Gunji A, Sakuma R, Goto T, Okumura Y and Inagaki M

    Frontiers in Education ( Frontiers )  2   50   2017.09  [Refereed]

    Joint Work


  • Alpha band event-related desynchronization underlying social situational context processing during irony comprehension: A magnetoencephalography source localization study.

    Akimoto Y, Takahashi H, Gunji A, Kaneko Y, Asano M, Matsuo J, Ota M, Kunugi H, Hanakawa T, Mazuka R, Kamio Y.

    Brain and Language ( Elsevier )  175   42 - 46   2017.09  [Refereed]

    Joint Work

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    Irony comprehension requires integration of social contextual information. Previous studies have investigated temporal aspects of irony processing and its neural substrates using psychological/electroencephalogram or functional magnetic resonance imaging methods, but have not clarified the temporospatial neural mechanisms of irony comprehension. Therefore, we used magnetoencephalography to investigate the neural generators of alpha-band (8–13 Hz) event-related desynchronization (ERD) occurring from 600 to 900 ms following the onset of a critical sentence at which social situational contexts activated ironic representation. We found that the right anterior temporal lobe, which is involved in processing social knowledge and evaluating others’ intentions, exhibited stronger alpha ERD following an ironic statement than following a literal statement. We also found that alpha power in the left anterior temporal lobe correlated with the participants’ communication abilities. These results elucidate the temporospatial neural mechanisms of language comprehension in social contexts, including non-literal processing.

    DOI PubMed

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Review Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Face recognition in children with autism spectrum disorders : a review and future prospects

    Journal of mental health ( National Institute of Mental Health, NCNP, Japan )  ( 60 ) 63 - 71   2014.03

    Introduction and explanation (bulletin of university, research institution)   Joint Work


Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research 【 display / non-display

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(C)

    Project Year: 2019.04  -  2022.03 

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(C)

    Project Year: 2018.04  -  2021.03 

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(C)

    Project Year: 2016.04  -  2019.03 

  • Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists(A)

    Project Year: 2013.04  -  2016.03 

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(C)

    Project Year: 2012.04  -  2016.03 

Presentations 【 display / non-display

  • Interference effect and character tendency to language processing by BGM using event related potential

    Masaoka S, Kataoka Y, Masuda M, Gunji A.


  • The relation of brain oscillation during audio-visual speech integration

    Gunji A


  • An object-free algorithm to generate biological motion stimulus from natural movies.

    Suzuki W, Ichinohe N, Takeichi H, Gunji A, Inagaki M.

    The 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics.   (Denki Building (Fukuoka, Japan))  2017.10.22  

  • Comparison of voice-specific oscillatory response

    Takeichi H, Gunji A, Inagaki M, Suzuki K, Kobayashi T, Kokubo N, Yasumura A, Yamamoto H, Inoue Y, Kaga M

    INternational Autism Conference Tokyo 2017 -Bridging the Gap between Advances in Research and Social Challenges-  (Hitotsubashi Hall, Tokyo, Japan)  2017.10.15  

  • Neural oscillations in the temporal pole for an audio-visual speech matching task reflect late neuronal maturation in adolescence.

    Ohki T, Gunji A, Takei T, Sakuma R, Takahashi H, Kaneko Y, Inagaki M, Hanakawa T, Hiraki K

    the 20th International Conference on Biomagnetism (BIOMAG2016)  (Seoul, Korea)  2016.10.01  

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