Shuntaro Sasai, PhD


Shuntaro Sasai is an Honorary Fellow at the Center for Sleep and Consciousness, University of Wisconsin—Madison. He received his Ph.D. in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Tokyo in 2013. Since 2020, he holds an appointment as a Team Leader of the Neurotechnology R&D unit at Araya Inc. His research interests are in understanding the brain-consciousness relationship and developing brain-computer interface techniques enabling cross-brain communications. Currently, he focuses on modeling the brain’s wiring architectures supporting conscious experience and cognitive functions.

Research Interests: consciousness, computational neuroscience, artificial intelligence, brain-computer interface.

Selected Publications

Sasai S, Koike T, Sugawara SK, Hamano YH, Sumiya M, Okazaki S, Takahashi HK, Taga G, Sadato N (2021) Frequency-specific task modulation of human brain functional networks: a fast fMRI study. Neuroimage, 224:117375.

Cohen D, Sasai S, Tsuchiya N, Oizumi M (2020) A general spectral decomposition of causal influences applied to integrated information. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 330, 108443.

Honjoh S, Sasai S, Schiereck S, Nagai H, Tononi G, Cirelli C (2018) Regulation of cortical activity and arousal by the matrix cells of the ventromedial thalamic nucleus. Nature Communications, 2100.

Sasai S, Boly M, Mensen A, Tononi G (2016) Functional split brain in a driving/listening paradigm. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 50:14444–14449.

De Domenico M*, Sasai S*, Arenas A (2016) Mapping multiplex hubs in human functional brain networks. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10:326. (* co-first authors)

Boly M, Sasai S, Gosseries O, Oizumi M, Casali A, Massimini M, Tononi G (2015) Stimulus set meaningfulness and neurophysiological differentiation: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study. PLoS One, 10(5): e0125337.

Sasai S, Homae F, Watanabe H, Sasaki AT, Tanabe HC, Sadato N, Taga G (2014) Frequency-specific network topologies in the resting human brain. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 8:1022.

Sasai S, Homae F, Watanabe H, Sasaki AT, Tanabe HC, Sadato N, Taga G (2012) A NIRS–fMRI study of resting state network. Neuroimage, 63:179–193.

Sasai S, Homae F, Watanabe H, Taga G (2011) Frequency-specific functional connectivity in the brain during resting state revealed by NIRS. Neuroimage, 56:252–257.