YASUKO OKUMURA

Last Updated :2024/02/01

Affiliations, Positions
Hiroshima University, Associate Professor
E-mail
y-okumurahiroshima-u.ac.jp

Basic Information

Major Professional Backgrounds

  • 2022/04, 2023/03, The University of Tokyo, Center for Evolutionary Cognitive Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Project Researcher
  • 2019/04, 2022/03, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Special Postdoctoral Researcher (PD)
  • 2018/05, 2019/03, The University of Tokyo, Center for Research and Development on Transition from Secondary to Higher Education
  • 2017/04, 2018/03, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Developmental Disorder
  • 2014/04, 2017/03, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Developmental Disorders
  • 2011/04, 2014/03, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Special Postdoctoral Researcher (DC1)

Academic Degrees

  • Hokkaido University
  • Hokkaido University
  • Hokkaido University

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2023, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 1Term, Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students
  2. 2023, Undergraduate Education, 2Term, Community-Based Japanese Language Education
  3. 2023, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Introduction to Teaching Japanese to Young Learners
  4. 2023, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Specific Study of Japanese as a Second Language I
  5. 2023, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Specific Study of Japanese as a Second Language II
  6. 2023, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Graduation Thesis
  7. 2023, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 2Term, Educational Sciences and Society
  8. 2023, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 2Term, Teaching Japanese to Young Learners
  9. 2023, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Topics in Teaching Japanese to Young Learners
  10. 2023, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Tutorial Seminar in Special Topics
  11. 2023, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Tutorial Seminar in Special Topics

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. Characteristics of shifting ability in children with mild intellectual disabilities: an experimental study with a task switching paradigm, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 66(11), 853-864, 20220906
  2. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation decreased effortful frontal activity for shifting in patients with major depressive disorder, NeuroReport, 33(11), 470-475, 20220803
  3. ★, Pre-elementary Children With Imperfect Letter-Name Knowledge Are at Great Risk of Reading Difficulty in First Grade: One-Year Longitudinal Study in Japanese Hiragana, Frontiers in Education, 7, 1-9, 20220228
  4. Executive dysfunction in medication-naïve children with ADHD: A multi-modal fNIRS and EEG study., Brain & Development, 42(8), 555-563, 202009
  5. Discrepancy between musical ability and language skills in children with Williams syndrome., Brain & development, 42(3), 248-255, 202003
  6. Assessing Learning Difficulties in a Child with Limited Japanese Proficiency : A Case Report of Academic-Skill and Cognitive Assessments in a Swedish-Speaking Girl, 36(3), 99-112, 201912
  7. Developmental changes in pitch discrimination ability during childhood, Journal of Music Perception and Cognition, 25(1), 3-12, 2019
  8. Predictive factors of success in neurofeedback training for children with ADHD., Developmental neurorehabilitation, 22(1), 3-12, 201901
  9. The relationship between the superior frontal cortex and alpha oscillation in a flanker task: Simultaneous recording of electroencephalogram (EEG) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)., Neuroscience research, 131, 30-35, 201806
  10. Right prefrontal cortex specialization for visuospatial working memory and developmental alterations in prefrontal cortex recruitment in school-age children., Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, 129(4), 759-765, 201804
  11. Applicability of the Movement Assessment Battery for Children-Second Edition (MABC-2) for Japanese Children Aged 3-6 Years: A Preliminary Investigation Emphasizing Internal Consistency and Factorial Validity., Frontiers in psychology, 9, 1452-1452, 2018
  12. Training Attention to the Other’s Need Improves Helping Behaviors in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Behavioral Analysis Using a Two-dimensional Motion Capture System, Frontiers in Education, 2, 20170927
  13. Excessive hemodynamic activity in the superior frontal cortex during the flanker task in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder., Neuroreport, 28(13), 828-832, 20170906
  14. Spatial working memory encoding type modulates prefrontal cortical activity., Neuroreport, 28(7), 391-396, 20170503
  15. Print-specific N170 involves multiple subcomponents for Japanese Hiragana, NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS, 650, 77-81, 201705
  16. Pure and Short-Term Phonics-Training Improves Reading and Print-Specific ERP in English: A Case Study of a Japanese Middle School Girl., Developmental neuropsychology, 42(4), 265-275, 2017
  17. Print-tuning in Early Stages of Visual Word Processing : Toward Elucidation of Reading and Developmental Dyslexia, 49-63, 2016
  18. Attention that covers letters is necessary for the left-lateralization of an early print-tuned ERP in Japanese hiragana., Neuropsychologia, 69, 22-30, 201503
  19. Representational Levels of Bilateral N170 for Japanese Hiragana Strings during Focal Spatial Attention to Letters, Japanese Journal of Physiological Psychology and Psychophysiology, 33(1), 5-17, 2015
  20. Early print-tuned ERP response with minimal involvement of linguistic processing in Japanese Hiragana strings., Neuroreport, 25(6), 410-4, 20140416
  21. Interventions for Students with Difficulties in Learning English Reading and Spelling, 125-129, 2014
  22. A Specific Visual Evoked Response to Illusory Contours is Reduced by Cognitive Load, Japanese Journal of Physiological Psychology and Psychophysiology, 32(1), 11-17, 2014
  23. Reading and Spelling Instructions for English Words Using Phonics and Rhyme Patterns : Case Reports of Two Japanese Students with Reading and Spelling Difficulties, 22(4), 445-456, 201311

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. A role of visual attention in expert word reading: Implications for the cause of developmental dyslexia. In Murohashi, H. & Chiarenza, G. (chairs). Psychophysiology of Developmental Disorder, Okumura, Y; Kasai, T; Murohashi, H, The 17th World Congress of Psychophysiology, 2014/09/24