In order to interact successfully with the environment, animals must deduce their surroundings based on sensory information. The visual system plays a particularly critical role in such interactions with the environment. "Why can we see?" This question is fundamental for a thorough understanding of vision-dependent animals, including human beings. In order to better understand the sensory systems of animals, we are researching the visual system by using computer and mathematical modeling. Please see http://www.nibb.ac.jp/neurophys/ for details.
This laboratory is currently recruiting graduate students.
Nakayasu, T., and Watanabe, E., (2014). Biological motion stimuli are attractive to medaka fish. Animal Cognition 17, 559-575.
Matsunaga, W., and Watanabe, E., (2012). Visual motion with pink noise induces predation behaviour. Scientific Reports 2, 219.
Matsunaga, W., and, Watanabe, E. (2010). Habituation of medaka (Oryzias latipes) demonstrated by open-field testing, Behav Processes 85, 142-150
Watanabe, E., Matsunaga, W., and Kitaoka, A. (2010). Motion signals deflect relative positions of moving objects, Vision Res. 50, 2381-2390.
Shimizu, H., Watanabe, E., Hiyama, T.Y., Nagakura, A., Fujikawa, A., Okado, H., Yanagawa, Y., Obata, K., and Noda, M. (2007). Glial Nax channels control lactate signaling to neurons for brain [Na+] sensing, Neuron 54, 59-72.
Watanabe, E., Hiyama, T.Y., Shimizu, H., Kodama, R., Hayashi, N., Miyata, S., Yanagawa, Y., Obata, K., and Noda, M. (2006). Sodiumlevel-sensitive sodium channel Nax is expressed in glial laminate processes in the sensory circumventricular organs, American Journal of Physiology (Regul Integr Comp Physiol) 290, R568-R576
Hiyama, T.Y., Watanabe, E., Okado, H. and Noda, M. (2004). The subfornical organ is the primary locus of sodium-level sensing by Nax sodium channels for the control of salt-intake behavior, Journal of Neuroscience 24, 9276-9281
Hiyama, T.Y., Watanabe, E., Ono, K., Inenaga, K., Tamkun, M.M., Yoshida, S., and Noda, M. (2002). Nax channel involved in CNS sodium-level sensing. Nature Neurosci. 5, 511-512.
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Associate Professor WATANABE, Eiji TEL: +81 564 59 5595 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org