Ayaka Tsuchiya

Doctoral Researcher
The Mint research group

Main Focus

I am a neuroscientist who is experienced with EEG, fMRI, and TMS. I am interested in neural bases of auditory information (voice, speech, music) process in the human brain. My research is now looking at kinship recognition in human voice and its relationship with cultural backgrounds.
Now I am looking for participants for my project. Please see the flyer: https://ayakatsuchiya.github.io/stimmforschung2021/

Curriculum Vitae

Since October 2019 Doctoral researcher at the International Max Planck Research School for the Science of Human History (IMPRS-SHH) and the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. 

Supervisors: Prof. Stefan Schweinberger and Dr. Olivier Morin

Research topic: Evolution of Nonverbal Communication: Music and the Voice



2019   M.Sc. in Neuroscience at Universität Bonn, Germany

2015   M.Sc. in Chemistry/Molecular biology at Keio University, Japan

2013   B.Sc. in Chemistry at Keio University, Japan

2013   Teacher License in Natural Sciences for Secondary Education at Keio University, Japan



2019   Visiting Researcher at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom 
Supervisor: Asst. Prof. Riikka Mottonen, Research topic: Neural bases of Language learning and turn-taking in conversation

2018   Research Intern at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig Germany
Supervisor: Dr. Daniela Sammler, Research topic: Musical action planning: an EEG study with pianists

2016   Research Intern at University Hospital Bonn, Germany
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dr. med. René Hurlemann and PD. Dr. Johannes Schultz, Research topic: Effects of personality on Neural processing of emotion under stress

2015   Research Intern at University of Tokyo, Japan
Supervisor: Prof. Kuniyoshi Sakai, Research topic: The role of the conductor on piano duo and its influence on music processing and communication

2013-2015    Teaching Assistant in organic chemistry at Keio University, Japan



  • Department of General Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena


  • The Minds & Traditions research group (The Mint)


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