Mitsuhiko Ishikawa

Associate Research Fellow

Contact

miishika@mail.doshisha.ac.jp

 

Research interests

My main research interest is how infants/adults engage in social interactions. Especially, I'm interested in how humans perceive social partner’s gaze information (e.g., direct gaze, gaze cueing) and respond to it (e.g., gaze following). Currently, I focus on action value calculations in social situations for the decision-making of social behaviours. To examine social and reward processing, I use behavioural (eye-tracking) and neurophysiological (EEG, heart rate, pupil) measurements. 

 

Degree

April 2018 – March 2021  Kyoto University, PhD. Major: Experimental Psychology

April 2016 – March 2018  Kyoto University, M.A. Major: Experimental Psychology

April 2012 – March 2016  Nagoya University, B.A. Major: Cognitive Neuroscience

 

Academic Positions

October 2021 - present  Associate Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London

Host Researcher: Professor Tim Smith

April 2021 - present     JSPS Post-doctoral Fellow (PD), Doshisha University

Host Researcher: Professor Shoji Itakura

April 2018 - March 2021  JSPS Young Fellow (DC1), Kyoto University

Host Researcher: Professor Shoji Itakura

October 2019 - March 2020  Visiting PhD student, Central European University

Host Researcher: Professor. Gergerly Csibra

April 2019 - August 2019   Teaching Assistant (Developmental Science), Kyoto University

September 2018 - March 2019  Visiting PhD student, Birkbeck, University of London

Host Researcher: Dr. Atsushi Senju

April 2017 - August 2017  Teaching Assistant (Cognitive Neuroscience), Kyoto University

April 2016 - March 2018   Office Assistant, Kyoto University

 

Committee Involvement

August 2019 - September 2021  Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus  Campus Representative

 

Grants

2019  Overseas research grant for Graduate students (Kyoto University)

2018  Overseas Challenge Program for Young Researchers (JSPS)

 

Awards and Honors

2021  JSPS Ikushi Prize (endowment from His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus Akihito)

2020  Kyoto University President’s Award

2019  Society for Improvement of Psychological Science Mission Award for improving

psychological science in the face of challenge, as a contributor to the ManyBabies1    Collaboration

2019  The Kyoto University Foundation Travel Award

2016- 2017  Kyoto University Department of Psychology Scholarship for Graduate Student

 

Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

2020

Hamamoto, H., Mizobata, R., Ishikawa, M., & Itakura, S. (2020). Examining the social influence of reputation for partner productivity level on the collaborative task performance of young children. Infant and Child Development, e2213. https://doi.org/10.1002/icd.2213

Haensel, X. J., Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., Smith, T. J., & Senju, A. (2020). Cultural influences on face scanning are consistent across infancy and adulthood. Infant Behavior and Development. 61, 101503.

Ishikawa, M., Haensel, X. J., Smith, T. J., Senju, A., & Itakura, S. (2020). Affective priming enhances gaze cueing effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000880

Manzi, F., Ishikawa, M., Di Dio, C., Itakura, S., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, H., & Marchetti, A. (2020). The understanding of congruent and incongruent referential gaze in 17-month-old infants: an eye-tracking study comparing human and robot. Scientific Reports10(1), 1-10.

Ishikawa, M., Senju, A., & Itakura, S. (2020). Learning Process of Gaze Following: Computational Modeling Based on Reinforcement Learning. Frontiers in Psychology11.

ManyBabies Consortium. (2020). Quantifying sources of variability in infancy research using the infant-directed-speech preference. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science3(1), 24-52.

Haensel, J., Danvers, M., Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., Tucciarelli, R., Smith, T. J., & Senju, A.

(2020). Culture modulates face scanning during dyadic social interactions. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-11.

 

2019

Ishikawa, M., & Itakura, S. (2019). Physiological arousal predicts gaze following in infants. Proc. R. Soc. B 20182746. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.2746

Ishikawa, M., Yoshimura, M., Sato, H., & Itakura, S. (2019). Effects of attentional behaviours

on infant visual preferences and object choice. Cognitive Processing. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10339-019-00918-x

 

2018

Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., & Tanabe, C, H. (2018). Effects of autistic traits and context use on

social cognitions a mediation analysis. Neurophysiology Research, 1(1).

Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S. (2018). Observing others’ gaze direction affects infants’ preference for looking at gazing- or gazed-at faces. Frontiers in Psychology, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01503

 

2017

Ishikawa, M., Park, Y. H., Kitazaki, M., & Itakura, S., (2017) Social information affects adults’ 

evaluation of fairness in distributions: An ERP approach. PloS one, 12(2), e0172974.

Ishikawa, M., & Itakura, S. (2017) Familiarity of Actors Affects Eye Gaze Processing During

Observation of Goal-Directed Actions. Psychol Behav Sci Int J.; 2(4) : 555592. https://doi.org/10.19080/PBSIJ.2017.02.555592.

Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., & Tanabe, C. H. (2017) Autistic Traits Affect P300 Response to Unexpected Events, regardless of Mental State Inferences, Autism Research and Treatment, vol. 2017, Article ID 8195129, 10 pages. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8195129.

 

Conference Presentations

2021

Ishikawa, M., & Itakura, S., Eye Contact Induces Over-evaluation of Expected Reward Value in Reinforcement Learning, Psychonomic Society Virtual Annual Meeting 2021, Poster session 1066, November, 4-6, 2021

Ishikawa, M., & Itakura, S., PUPIL DILATION TO DIRECT GAZE PREDICTS OVER-ESTIMATION OF EXPECTED BEHAVIOURAL VALUE DURING EYE CONTACT, Society for Psychophysiology Research Virtual Annual Meeting 2021, Poster session 1-9, October, 10-18, 2021

Manzi, F., Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, H., Di Dio, C., Massaro D., & Marchetti. Adults' use of the referential nature of gaze to infer preference in human and robot. Poster presented at Human-like Behavior and Cognition in Robots Workshop at IROS2021, Prague, September 27 - October 2, 2021.

Manzi, F., Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, H., Di Dio, C., Massaro, D., & Marchetti, A., Can humanoid robots be intentional agents like humans?: An eye-tracking study on infants’ understanding of goal-directed action, Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, A-0098, Budapest, Hungary, January 4-8, 2021

 

2020

Ishikawa, M., Senju, A., Kato, M., & Itakura, S., Heart rate mediates contextual modulation of infant gaze following, ICIS online, Glasgow, UK, July 6-9, 2020

Ishikawa, M., Senju, A., Kato, M., & Itakura, S., Heart rate partially explains contextual modulation of infant gaze following, Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, PB-07, Budapest, Hungary, January 8-10, 2020

Manzi, F., Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, H., Di Dio, C., Massaro, D., & Marchetti, A., Can humanoid robots be informative partners like humans?: An eye-tracking study on infants’ gaze understanding, Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, PB-6, Budapest, Hungary, January 8-10, 2020

 

2019

Manzi, F., Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, S., Massaro D., & Marchetti, A., Agency is not a problem: A study on the action understanding in infants comparing human and robot., 19th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, #24, Athens, Greece, August 29- September 1, 2019

Ishikawa, M., & Itakura, S., The method to predict infant behaviour: A study of Artificial Neural Networks, 4th Lancaster Conference on Infant and Early Child Development, Lancaster, UK, August 21-23, 2019

Haensel, X. J., Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., Neesgaard, N., Tucciarelli, R., Smith, J, T., Senju, A., A cross-cultural comparison of face scanning strategies in infancy: screen-based paradigms and live dyadic interactions, VSS, 53.305, Florida, USA, May 19, 2019

Ishikawa, M., & Itakura, S., How machine learning can be used in social cognitive science? A challenge to predict infant social behaviour, Understanding Others-Integration of Social Cognitive and Affective Processes, #5, Munich, Germany, March 28, 2019

Ishikawa, M., & Itakura, S., Physiological Arousal changes dynamically before infants show gaze following, Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, PB-07,

Budapest, Hungary, January 3, 2019

Manzi, F., Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, S., Massaro D., & Marchetti, A., Agency is not a problem: A study on the action understanding in infants comparing human and robot., 19th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, #24, Athens, Greece, August 29- September 1, 2019

Manzi, F., Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., Kanda, T., Ishiguro, S., & Di Dio, C. The role of the gaze as a social signal in early childhood: a comparative Eye-Tracker study between humans and robots in 16-month-old Japanese children., Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Psychology, Italy, 2019

 

2018

Ishikawa, M., & Itakura, S., The effects of eye contact on infant heart rate: A study in the context of gaze following, British Psychological Society Developmental Section, Liverpool, UK, September 12-September14, 2018

Ishikawa, M., & Itakura, S., Preference for Gaze-Shifters in infants: in the triadic relation between Self-Other-Environment, ISSBD, Gold Coast, Australia, July 15-July19, 2018

Haensel, X. J., Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., Smith, J. T., Senju, A., Cultural differences in the development of face scanning, ICIS, Philadelphia, USA, June 30-July 3, 2018

Haensel. X. J., Danvers, M., Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., Smith, J. T., Senju, A., Examining cultural differences in naturalistic face scanning: A data-driven approach to analysing head-mounted eye-tracking data, VSS, Florida, USA, May 18-23, 2018

 

2017

Ishikawa, M., & Itakura, S., Observing gaze interaction affects facial preferences in infants, 18th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Utrecht, Netherlands, August 29-September 1, 2017

Ishikawa, M., & Itakura, S., Actors’ familiarity affects eye gaze processing during observing goal-directed actions, International Convention of Psychological Science, III-013, Vienna, Austria, March 24, 2017 

Ishikawa, M., Yoshimura, M., Sato, H., & Itakura, S., Gaze cuing affects the object choices in infants: I choose what you look at, Budapest CEU Conference on Cognitive Development, PB-008, Budapest, Hungary, January 6, 2017

 

2016

Ishikawa, M., Itakura, S., & Tanabe, C, H., Effects of autistic traits and the context use on social cognitions: A mediation analysis, 31st International Congress of Psychology, RC-11-220, Yokohama, Japan, July 24-29, 2016

 

External TALK/Lecture

27/June/2021 Doshisha University Center for Baby Science, Guest speaker for Baby Science cafe, Japan, “Importance of other’s gaze information in infants”

26/September/2020 Doshisha University Center for Baby Science, Guest speaker for Baby Science colloquium, Japan, “Development of gaze perception: A Series of Physiological Studies”

1/Feburuay/2019 Catholic Milan University. Short Lecture for PhD students. Italy. “Why we follow other’s gaze direction? The Mechanism of Gaze Following”

12/February/2019 Birkbeck, University of London, CBCD Seminar, UK. “Physiological arousal predicts gaze following in infants”

21/February/2019 Neuchatel University. Guest speaker for the lecture of Psychology. Switzerland. “My heart is beating fast: The effects of eye contact on infant physiological states and social behaviour”

21/November/2018 Lancaster University, Psychology seminar. UK. “The Neurophysiological Mechanism of Eye Contact Effects on Gaze Following”