Dr Hakuei Fujiyama


About me

After obtaining my PhD from University of Tasmania, I worked as a full-time Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (APD) on a Discovery Project between 2010-2013, investigating the functional significance of age differences in brain activation patterns in the Human Motor Control Laboratory (HMCL) and its subgroup the Cognitive and Motor Ageing Laboratory (CAMAL)(directed by Prof Summers), at the School of Psychology, UTAS.

After completing my PhD and conducting research as an APD, I moved to Belgium and worked as a Belgian Flemish government funded postdoctral reserach fellow (Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen, FWO).  The fellowship enabled me to relocate to KU Leuven, Belgium acquiring mentorship from Prof Stephan Swinnen.

During my APD (UTAS) and FWO (KU Leuven) fellowships, I developed expertise in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), elecrtoencephalograhy (EEG), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), diffusion imaging based cortical fibre tracking using an advanced diffusion weighted imaging approach (constrained spherical deconvolution, CSD).

In January 2016, I started my  appointment as a lecturer at Murdoch University. My research goal is to develop theoretical underpinning of decline in motor functioning in older adults, which can contribute to the functional independence of older adults and further intervention programs.

Teaching area

January 2016 Present

Lecturer – Level B: Full Time

Murdoch University


PSY311: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods


July 2013  December 2015

Research funds Flounder (FWO) funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Full Time 100% Research

Department of Kinesiology

KU Leuven, Belgium


L004a: Motorische controle en leren practicum

L01A6A: Neuro-anatomie, neurophysiologie en motorisch leren

L09I5A: Research seminars in motor control and learning

January 2010  June 2013

Australian Research Council funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow (APD): Full Time 100% Research

School of Psychology

University of Tasmania


KHA314: Learning and skilled performance

KHA201: Research Methods

KHA111: Psychology A

KHA112: Psychology B


Research areas

My research focuses on action control and learning with a special emphasis on the brain mechanisms underlying the age-related decline in cognitive and motor function. To explore my research interests, I use several neurophysiological techniques including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate human cortical function, repetitive TMS (rTMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to induce neuroplastic changes in the brain, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to capture special characteristics of the human brain.

Awards and grants

Het Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO, The Research Foundation – Flanders), Belgium

CIA: H. Fujiyama

Conference Support Funding


Total: € 645

Funded: 2014


‘Broaden your Horizon’ KU Leuven

CIA: H. Fujiyama

Conference Support Funding


Total: € 500

Funded: 2014


(FWO, The Research Foundation – Flanders), Belgium

CIA: H. Fujiyama

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from Het Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen


Total: € 67,000pa

Funded: 2013 – 2016


KU Leuven, Belgium

CIA: H. Fujiyama

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship


Total: € 28,800

Funded: July to Sep 2013


University of Tasmania

CIA: H. Fujiyama

Conference Support Funding


Total: $1,300AUD

Funded: 2012



University of Tasmania

CIA: H. Fujiyama

Conference Support Funding


Total: $2,270AUD

Funded: 2011


Australian Research Council (ARC)

CIA: JJ Summers, R Varleger, H Fujiyama

Discovery Projects nominated Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellow (APD)


Total: $100,000AUD (PA)

Funded: 2010-2012

Doctoral and masters supervisions

Honours: 2 (Psychology)


Professional Masters: 3 (Motor Control & Neurophysiology)


Masters by Research: n/a


Professional Doctorate: n/a


PhD: 1 – (Psychology)



  1. Fujiyama, H., Hinder, M.R., Barzideh, A., Van de Vijver, C., Badache, A.C., Manrique-C, M.N., Reissig, P., Zhang, X., Levin, O., Summers, J. J., Swinnen, S.P. (in press) Application of cathodal tDCS to primary motor cortex enhances the effect of anodal tDCS on skill acquisition in older adults. Neurobiology of Aging (ISI impact factor in 2015: 5.15)
  2. Vancleef, K., Meesen, R., Swinnen, S.P., & Fujiyama H. (2016). tDCS over left M1 or DLPFC does not improve learning of a bimanual coordination task. Scientific Reports. 6, 35739 (ISI impact factor in 2015: 5.228)
  3. Heise, K-F., Kortzorg, N., Saturnino, G. B., Fujiyama, H., Cuypers, K., Thielscher, A., & Swinnen, S.P. (2016) Evaluation of a modified high-definition electrode montage for transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) of pre-central areas, Brain Stimulation (ISI impact factor in 2014: 4.538)
  4. Fujiyama, H., Van Soom, J., Rens, G., Cuypers, K., Heise, K-F., Levin, O., & Swinnen, S.P. (2016). Performing two different actions simultaneously: the critical role of interhemispheric interactions during the preparation of bimanual movement, Cortex. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2016.02.007 (ISI impact factor in 2015:5.128)
  5. Fujiyama, H., Van Soom, J., Rens, G., Gooijers, J., Leunissen, I., Levin, O., & Swinnen, S.P. (2016). Age-related changes in frontal network structural and functional connectivity in relation to bimanual movement control, Journal of Neuroscience, 36.1808-1822 (ISI impact factor in 2014: 6.344)
  6. Puri, R., Hinder, M. R., Fujiyama, H., Gomez, R., Carson, R.G., & Summers, J. J. (2015). Duration-dependent effects of the BDNF Val66Met polymorphism on anodal tDCS induced motor cortex plasticity in older adults: a group and individual perspective. Front. Aging Neurosci. (ISI impact factor in 2015: 2.8).
  7. Fujiyama, H., Hyde, J., Hinder, M.R., Kim, S., Mccormack, G.H., Vickers, J.C., & Summers, J.J. (2014). Delayed plastic responses to anodal tDCS in older adults. Front. Aging Neurosci. 6:115. doi:10.3389/fnagi.2014.00115. (ISI impact factor in 2014: 5.2)
  8. Levin, O.*, Fujiyama, H.*, Boisgontier, M.P., Swinnen, S.P., & Summers, J.J. (2014). Aging and motor inhibition: a converging perspective provided by brain stimulation and imaging approaches, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 43C, 100-17. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2014.04.001. *co-first authors. (ISI impact factor in 2014: 10.284)
  9. Boisgontier, M., Wittenberg, G., Fujiyama, H., Levin, O., Swinnen, S. (2014). Complexity of central processing in simple and choice multilimb reaction-time tasks. PLoS One, 9 (2), art.nr. e90457. (ISI impact factor in 2014: 3.534)
  10. Hinder, M. R., Goss, E.L., Fujiyama, H., Canty, A. J., Garry, M. I., Rodger, J., & Summers, J.J. (2014). Inter- and intra-individual variability following intermittent theta burst stimulation: implications for rehabilitation and recovery. Brain Stimulation. 1197, 123-34. (ISI impact factor in 2014: 5.432)
  11. Hinder, M. R., Reissig, P. & Fujiyama, H. (2014). Non-invasive brain stimulation can elucidate and interact with the mechanisms underlying motor learning and retention: implications for rehabilitation. Journal of Neurophysiology. DOI: 10.1152/jn.00766.2013  (ISI impact factor in 2014: 3.041)
  12. Fujiyama, H., Hinder, M. R., & Summers, J. J. (2013). Functional role of left PMd and left M1 during preparation and execution of left hand movements in older adults. Journal of Neurophysiology. 110 , 1062-1069. DOI, 10.1152/jn.00075.2013 (ISI impact factor in 2013: 3.041)
  13. Fujiyama, H., Hinder, M. R., Garry, M. I., & Summers, J. J. (2013). Slow and steady is not as easy as it sounds: Interlimb coordination at slow speed is associated with elevated attentional demand especially in older adults. Experimental Brain Research. 227, 289-300. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-013-3511-7. (ISI impact factor in 2013: 2.168)
  14. Hinder, M. R., Fujiyama, H., Summers, J. J. (2012). Premotor-motor interhemispheric inhibition is released during movement initiation in older but not young adults. PLOS ONE, DOI, 10.1371/journal.pone.0052573. (ISI impact factor in 2012: 3.73)
  15. Fujiyama, H., Hinder, M.R., Schmidt, M. W., Tandonnet, C., Garry, M. I., & Summers, J. J. (2012). Age-related differences in corticomotor excitability and inhibitory processes during a visuomotor reaction time task. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 24, 1253–1263. (ISI impact factor in 2012: 4.493)
  16. Fujiyama, H., Hinder, M. R., Schmidt, M. W., Garry, M. I., & Summers, J. J. (2012). Age-related differences in corticospinal excitability and inhibition during coordination of upper and lower limbs. Neurobiology of Aging, 33(7), 1484.e1481-1484.e1414. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2011.12.019. (ISI impact factor in 2012: 6.166)
  17. Beamish, N., Cannan, P., Fujiyama, H., Matthews, A., Spiranovic, C., Briggs, K., et al. (2011). Evaluation of an Online Youth Ambassador Program to Promote Mental Health. Youth Studies Australia, 30(2), 41-47.
  18. Pridmore, S., Batt, G., & Fujiyama, H. (2011). ECT seizure duration: Database information, German Journal of Psychiatry. 14, 35-39.
  19. Fujiyama, H., Tandonnet, C., & Summers, J. J. (2011). Age-Related Differences in Corticospinal Excitability during a Go/NoGo Task, Psychophysiology. 48, 1448-1455. (ISI impact factor in 2011: 3.29)
  20. Fujiyama, H., Garry, M. I., Martin, F. H., & Summers, J. J. (2010). An ERP Study of Age-related Differences in the Central Cost of Interlimb Coordination, Psychophysiology.47, 501-511. (ISI impact factor in 2010: 3.263)
  21.  Fujiyama, H., Garry, M. I., Martin, F. H., & Summers, J. J. (2010). An ERP Study of Age-related Differences in the Central Cost of Interlimb Coordination, Psychophysiology.47, 501-511. (ISI impact factor in 2010: 3.263)
  22. Summers, J. J., Lewis, J., & Fujiyama, H. (2010).Aging effects on event and emergent timing in bimanual coordination, Human Movement Science, 29, 820-830. (ISI impact factor in 2010: 1.967)
  23. Pridmore, S., & Fujiyama, H. (2009). Suicide in the Northern Territory, 2001-2006, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43, 1126-30. (ISI impact factor in 2009: 2.253)
  24. Coombes, S. A., Tandonnet, C., Fujiyama, H., Janelle, C. M., Cauraugh, J. H., & Summers, J. J. (2009). Emotion and motor preparation: A transcranial magnetic stimulation study of corticospinal motor tract excitability. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 9, 380-388. (ISI impact factor in 2009: 4.051)
  25. Fujiyama, H., Garry, M. I., Levin, O., Swinnen, S. P., & Summers, J. J. (2009). Age-related differences in inhibition during interlimb coordination, Brain Research, 1262, 38-47. (ISI impact factor in 2014: 2.463)