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    Dr Hakuei Fujiyama

    Senior Lecturer

    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.

    In 2013, 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

    BSC302: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

    PSY396: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

    PSY541: Psychology Project

    PSY501/599: Honours/4th year seminar

    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 electrical current stimulation (tES) to induce neuroplastic changes in the brain, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to capture special characteristics of the human brain.

    Awards and grants

    1. Neurotrauma Research Program project grant. (AU$92,706)
    2. MU, Vice-Chancellor’s Small Steps of Innovation Funding Program, Murdoch University (AU$ 5,000)
    3. MU, College of SHEE Small Research Grant, Murdoch University (AU$ 9,500)
    4. Murdoch University conference support scheme 2019, Murdoch University (AU$ 1,500)
    5. Dementia Australia Research Foundation Project Grant 2017, “Entrainment of brain oscillations to improve inhibitory function in people with MCI”. (AU$50,000)
    6. Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme 2017, Universities Australia ($25,000).
    7. FutureHealth WA First Year Initiative 2016: Supporting WA Health and Medical Research Mentoring Program (Western Australia Department of Health) (AU$8,000).
    8. Conference Support Funding 2014, Het Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO, The Research Foundation – Flanders), Belgium (€645).
    9. ‘Broaden your Horizon’ conference support scheme 2014, KU Leuven (€ 500)
    10. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from Het Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO, The Research Foundation – Flanders), Belgium (approx. € 67,000pa), 2013-2016.
    11. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from KU Leuven, Belgium, (approx. € 28,800), July to Sep 2013.
    12. Conference Support Funding 2012, University of Tasmania, (AU$1300).
    13. Conference Support Funding 2011, University of Tasmania, (AU$2270).
    14. Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects nominated Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellow (APD)(AU$100,000pa), 2010-2012.
    15. Denis Glencross Student Award presented for the Most Outstanding Student Poster (AU$400), The 8th Motor Control and Human Skill Conference in Fremantle, Jan 31st – February 3rd, 2007.
    16. International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Australian Government (AU$15, 000pa). Competitive PhD Scholarship to cover course fee, 2004.
    17. School of Psychology Research Scholarship, University of Tasmania (AU$10, 000pa). Competitive scholarship awarded 2004 for PhD study.


    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. Verstraelen, S., Cuypers, K., Depestele, S., van Dun, K., Duque, J., Fujiyama, H., Levin, O., Swinnen, S. P., & Meesen, R. L. J. (2020). Causal involvement of DLPFC during bimanual coordination in older adults ? an rTMS study. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 47. https://doi.org/10.3389/conf.fnins.2019.96.00047
    2. Tan, J., Wansbrough, K., Williams, A. G., Nitsche, M. A., Vallence, A.-M., & Fujiyama, H. (2020). The importance of model-driven approaches to set stimulation intensity for multi-channel transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2020.04.001
    3. Kumar, A., Correia, H., & Fujiyama, H. (2019). A Brief Review of the EEG literature on Mindfulness and Fear Extinction and its Potential Implications for Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms (PTSS), Brain Sciences. 9, 258. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9100258
    4. Vallence, A.-M., Hinder, M. R., & Fujiyama, H. (2019). Data-driven selection of conference speakers based on scientific impact to achieve gender parity. PloS One, 14(7), e0220481. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0220481
    5. Tan, J., Iyer, K. K., Tang, A. T., Jamil, A., Martins, R. N., Sohrabi, H.R., Nitsche, M. A., Hinder, M. R., & Fujiyama, H. (2018). Modulating functional connectivity with non-invasive brain stimulation for the investigation and alleviation of age-associated declines in response inhibition: A narrative review, NeuroImage, 185, 490-512
    6. Hinder, M. R., Puri, R., Kemp, S., Waitzer, S., Reissig, P., Stöckel, T., & Fujiyama, H. (2018). Distinct modulation of interhemispheric inhibitory mechanisms during movement preparation reveals the influence of cognition on action control. Cortex, 99, 13-29. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2017.10.002
    7. Tang, A., Iyer, K., Vallence, A-M., & Fujiyama, H. (2017). Non-linear changes to corticospinal excitability induced with increasing intensities of transcranial direct current stimulation, Journal of Physiology, 595, 1445-1446.
    8. 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. (2017). Application of cathodal tDCS to primary motor cortex enhances the effect of anodal tDCS on skill acquisition in older adults. Neurobiology of Aging, 51, 31-42.
    9. Hinder, M.R., Fujiyama, H., Vallence, A-M. (2016). Response to “Response to Hoy, ‘Gender imbalance and brain stimulation conferences: We have a problem and it is everyone’s problem”. Brain Stimulation, 10, 158-159.
    10. 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.
    11. 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, 9, 700-704.
    12. 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. 77, 141-54. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2016.02.007.
    13. 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.
    14. 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, 7, 107.
    15. 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.
    16. 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.
    17. 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.
    18. 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.
    19. 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, 111, 897-899. DOI: 10.1152/jn.00766.2013
    20. 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
    21. 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.
    22. 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.
    23. 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.
    24. 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, 1484.e1481-1484.e1414. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2011.12.019.
    25. 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, 41-47.
    26. Pridmore, S., Batt, G., & Fujiyama, H. (2011). ECT seizure duration: Database information, German Journal of Psychiatry. 14, 35-39.
    27. Fujiyama, H., Tandonnet, C., & Summers, J. J. (2011). Age-Related Differences in Corticospinal Excitability during a Go/NoGo Task, Psychophysiology. 48, 1448-1455.
    28. 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.
    29. Summers, J. J., Lewis, J., & Fujiyama, H. (2010).Aging effects on event and emergent timing in bimanual coordination, Human Movement Science, 29, 820-830.
    30. Pridmore, S., & Fujiyama, H. (2009). Suicide in the Northern Territory, 2001-2006, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43, 1126-30.
    31. 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.
    32. 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.