Brain/ Society/ IT
Q What was your motivation for joining the program, and what about the program appeals to you?
I joined this program out of the motivation that I would deeply understand interdisciplinary study. In near future, innovative technology which enables us to extend our own ability will be realized in the field of interdisciplinary between brain and information science. Beside my own research in brain science, I had wanted to get an opportunity to think about such future beforehand. That’s why I decided to participate in this program. Indeed, I spent many precious times in which I could frankly discussed with other students studying in different fields through this program.
Q What is your expertise and how do you want to develop it with the program?
My expertise is computational social neuroscience. In this field, I want to reveal the mechanism of social decision making using functional neural activity analysis and mathematical model of individual decision. Particularly, I’m interested in computation and neural basis involved in “instrumental aggression”, goal-oriented type of aggression conducted as a means. In other words, my curiosity is the cause of diversity in morality. Through this program, I pursue the possibility of social application which is based on the knowledge about instrumental aggression.
Q What are your future dreams and goals?
To realize flexible society which enable us to determine our own life style from individual-specific view of stress management. For example, it is stressful for me to live this “morning type” life in current society, just because I’m a “night person”. Unfortunately, night persons who forcibly living night type life might be considered as a social non-compliant person. Then, what if “society for night person” existed? Night persons will improve their mental health and work more efficiently. Furthermore, commuter rushes in morning will disappear, night crime rate will decrease, and whole society get recovered by activation of night type of economy. From such an idea, my mission of life is to establish an IT infrastructure by which we can easily create new type society or business community based on the daily stress which individuals have.