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Research subject

Approach to mental health from the perspective of cognitive functions: for prevention and resilience

Research outline

From the perspective of cognitive functions, we examine schizophrenia by observing changes from puberty to early adulthood and organic brain disease, dementia, and mood disorders in youngsters and adults, particularly until the elderly phase. It is known that cognitive dysfunctions are often found in these disorders, and the problems of cognitive functions are thought to be major factors in the maintenance of daily life and mental functions as well as in rehabilitation. From the perspective of prevention, we investigate the mental health and adaptability of youngsters and healthy people, and examine the effects from the intervention of cognitive reserve and cognitive function activities. In addition, we clarify the damaged and preserved cognitive functions in patients with neurological disorders, brain damage, and mental disorders. Moreover, we examine the relationship between cognitive functions and reserve in these patients, and establish the predicted data for rehabilitation and postoperative recovery ability. Furthermore, we clarify the contribution to neural plasticity by examining the relationship between cognitive function/reserve and brain structure/function. Thereby, we aim to elucidate the mechanisms facilitating the maintenance of brain and mental functions that support the entire living of human beings under a new view of life. (A03 Principal investigator: Mie Matsui)

Members

  • Principal investigator:
    • Mie Matsui, Professor, Institute of Liberal Arts and Science, Kanazawa University
  • Co-investigator:
    • Hiroshi Yoshizawa, Associate professor, Department of Neurology, Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital
    • Mariko Kikutani, Associate Professor, Institute of Liberal Arts and Science, Kanazawa University
  • Collaborator:
    • Mitsutoshi Nakada, Professor, School of Medicine, Kanazawa University
    • Masashi Kinoshita, Lecturer, Kanazawa University Hospital
    • Daisuke Saito, Associate Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Yasuda Women’s University
    • Yuta Takiguchi, Research Fellow, Institute of Liberal Arts and Science, Kanazawa University
    • Kota Ebina, Research Fellow, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, Kanazawa University
  • Graduate Student:
    • Kuniko Sato, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, Kanazawa University
    • Ritsuko Aijo , Laboratory of Neuropsychology, Kanazawa University
    • Yi Zhou, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, Kanazawa University
    • Madoka Harada, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, Kanazawa University

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