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Hironori Akechi, Ph.D.



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, Pragmatic reasoning



Education


2011
2008
2006

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



Employment


2016.04-

Assistant professor

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



Honours, Awards, and Fellowships


2014-2016
2011-2014
2009
2008-2011

Overseas Research Fellowship, JSPS
Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (PD), JSPS
Student Award, 8th International Meeting for Autism Research
Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (DC1), JSPS



Publications


Akechi, H., Kikuchi, Y., Tojo, Y., Hakarino, K., & Hasegawa, T. (in press).
Mind perception and moral judgment in autism.
Autism Research.

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.