Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences
Tohoku University


Rui Nouchi

Tenure in FRIS 2015.4-2017.8

Rui Nouchi

Assistant ProfessorHuman and Society

Mentor Information
Ryuta Kawashima (Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer)
Research Fields Psychology, neuroscience, and health science
Research Subjects
  • To clarify adaptive functions of human mental processes
  • Development a tool to improve cognitive functions and mental health
Academic Society Membership Japanese psychological association, Japanese cognitive psychological association, and society for neuroscience
Research Outline  

Beneficial effects of cognitive and exercise training on cognitive functions in the elderly

Cognitive function is variety mental processes that include perception, attention, memory, decision making, and language comprehension. Cognitive function has a critical role in everyday behavior and social behavior. Our cognitive function decline with age. In elderly people, the decline typically engenders difficulty in performing basic activities of daily living. It is also a risk factor of dementia. Consequently, many people are interested in methods that can engender improvement of cognitive functions. The purpose of my study is to investigate the long term beneficial effects of cognitive and exercise training on cognitive functions. To clarify the mechanism of improvements of cognitive functions, I use an interdisciplinary approach (e.g. neuroscience, psychology, and nutrition). In the future, I will develop a systems to offer order-made intervention program for improvement of cognitive function. 

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