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Hironori Akechi, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor


UTokyo Institute for Diversity & Adaptation of Human Mind (UTIDAHM)
University of Tokyo


Address: Center for Evolutionary Cognitive Sciences,
  Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo
  Komaba 3-8-1, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8902, JAPAN
E-mail: akechi(at)darwin.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp





Research interests


Social cognition, Autism spectrum disorder, Demonstrative use



Degrees


2006
2008
2011

B.A. in Liberal Arts, Saitama University, Japan (Supervisor: Yoshihisa Tsukamoto)
M.Sc. Multidisciplinary Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan (Supervisor: Toshikazu Hasegawa)
Ph.D. Multidisciplinary Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan (Supervisor: Toshikazu Hasegawa)



Employment


2016.04-

Assistant professor

University of Tokyo
UTokyo Institute for Diversity & Adaptation of Human Mind (UTIDAHM)



Fellowships and awards


Fellowships
2008-2011

2011-2014

2014-2016

Awards
2009. 5.


Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) DC1, Tokyo, Japan
(Supervisor: Toshikazu Hasegawa)
Research Fellow of the JSPS PD, Tokyo, Japan
(Supervisor: Harumi Kobayashi)
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad
(Host Reseacher: Jari Hietanen)

International Meeting for Autism Research Student Travel Awards



Publications


Akechi, H., Stein, T., Kikuchi, Y., Tojo, Y., Osanai, H., & Hasegawa, T. (2015).
Preferential awareness of protofacial stimuli in autism.
Cognition, 143, 129-134.

Akechi, H., Stein, T., Senju, A., Kikuchi, Y., Tojo, Y., Osanai, H., & Hasegawa, T. (2014).
Absence of preferential unconscious processing of eye contact in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
Autism Research, 7, 590-597.

Akechi, H., Kikuchi, Y., Tojo, Y., Osanai, H., & Hasegawa, T. (2014).
Neural and behavioural responses to face-likeness of objects in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
Scientific Reports, 4, 3874.

Akechi, H., & Kobayashi, H. (2014).
Referential gaze and word mapping in autism spectrum disorders. In V. B. Patel, V. R. Preedy, & C. R. Martin (Eds.).
The Comprehensive Guide to Autism (pp. 503-517). New York: Springer.

Senju, A., Vernetti, A., Kikuchi, Y., Akechi, H., & Hasegawa, T. (2013).
Cultural modulation of face and gaze scanning in young children.
PLoS ONE, 8, e74017.

Usui, S., Senju, A., Kikuchi, Y., Akechi, H., Tojo, Y., Osanai, H., & Hasegawa, T. (2013)
Presence of contagious yawning in children with autism spectrum disorder.
Autism Research and Treatment., 2013, 971686, 8 pages.

Senju, A., Vernetti, A., Kikuchi, Y., Akechi, H., Hasegawa, T., & Johnson, M. H. (2013).
Cultural background modulates how we look at other persons' gaze.
International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37, 131-136.

Akechi, H., Senju, A. Uibo, H. Kikuchi, Y., Hasegawa, T., & Hietanen, J. K. (2013).
Attention to eye contact in the West and East: autonomic responses and evaluative ratings.
PLoS ONE, 8, e59312.

Akechi, H., Kikuchi, Y., Tojo, Y., Osanai, H., & Hasegawa, T. (2013).
Brief report: pointing cues facilitate word learning in children with autism spectrum disorder.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 230-235.

Kikuchi, Y., Senju, A., Akechi, H., Tojo, Y., Osanai, H., & Hasegawa, T. (2011).
Atypical disengagement from faces and its modulation by the control of eye fixation in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 41, 629-645.

Akechi, H., Senju, A., Kikuchi, Y., Tojo, Y., Osanai, H., & Hasegawa, T. (2011).
Do children with ASD use referential gaze to learn the name of an object? An eye-tracking study.
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5, 1230-1242.

Senju, A., Kikuchi, Y., Akechi, H., Tojo, Y., Osanai, H., & Hasegawa, T. (2011).
Atypical modulation of face-elicited saccades in autism spectrum disorder in a double-step saccade paradigm.
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5, 1264-1269.

Akechi, H., Senju, A., Kikuchi, Y., Tojo, Y., Osanai, H., & Hasegawa, T. (2010).
The effect of gaze direction on the processing of facial expressions in children with autism spectrum disorder: An ERP study.
Neuropsychologia, 48, 2841-2851.

Akechi, H., Senju, A., Kikuchi, Y., Tojo, Y., Osanai, H., & Hasegawa, T. (2009).
Does gaze direction modulate facial expression processing in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder?.
Child Development, 80, 1134-1146.

Senju, A., Kikuchi, Y., Akechi, H., Hasegawa, T., Tojo, Y., & Osanai, H. (2009).
Does eye contact induce contagious yawning in children with autism spectrum disorder?.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39, 1598-1602.