Sakai Lab, The University of Tokyo

Review papers

Perlovsky, L. & Sakai, K. L.: Language and cognition. Front. Behav. Neurosci. 8, 436, 1-2 (2014). DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00436.

Ohta, S., Fukui, N. & Sakai, K. L.: Computational principles of syntax in the regions specialized for language: Integrating theoretical linguistics and functional imaging. Frontiers Behav. Neurosci. 7, 204, 1-13 (2013). DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00204.

Sakai, K. L.: A sense of presentation: Hotta’s maxims. J. Neurogenetics 26, 15-21 (2012). DOI: 10.3109/01677063.2011.642036.

Sakai, K. L.: Language Acquisition and Brain Development. Science 310, 815-819 (2005). DOI: 10.1126/science.1113530.
Sakai, K. L., Homae, F. & Hashimoto, R.: Sentence processing is uniquely human. Neurosci. Res. 46, 273-279 (2003). DOI: 10.1016/S0168-0102(03)00122-6.
Sakai, K. L., Homae, F., Hashimoto, R. & Suzuki, K.: Functional imaging of the human temporal cortex during auditory sentence processing. Am. Lab. 34, 34-40 (2002).

Sakai, K. L., Hashimoto, R. & Homae, F.: Sentence processing in the cerebral cortex. Neurosci. Res. 39, 1-10 (2001). DOI: 10.1016/S0168-0102(00)00205-4.

Original papers

Tanaka, K., Nakamura, I., Ohta, S., Fukui, N., Zushi, M., Narita, H. & Sakai, K. L.: Merge-generability as the key concept of human language: Evidence from neuroscience. Front. Psychol. 10, 2673, 1-16 (2019). DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02673.

Tanaka, K., Ohta, S., Kinno, R. & Sakai, K. L.: Activation changes of the left inferior frontal gyrus for the factors of construction and scrambling in a sentence. Proc. Japan Acad., Ser. B 93, 511-522 (2017). DOI: 10.2183/pjab.93.031.

Yamamoto, K. & Sakai, K. L.: Differential signatures of second language syntactic performance and age on the structural properties of the left dorsal pathway. Front. Psychol. 8, 829, 1-13 (2017). DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00829.
Ohta, S., Koizumi, M. & Sakai, K. L.: Dissociating effects of scrambling and topicalization within the left frontal and temporal language areas: An fMRI study in Kaqchikel Maya. Front. Psychol. 8, 748, 1-14 (2017). DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00748.
Yamamoto, K. & Sakai, K. L.: The dorsal rather than ventral pathway better reflects individual syntactic abilities in second language. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 10, 295, 1-18 (2016). DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00295.
Saito, T., Muragaki, Y., Maruyama, T., Tamura, M., Nitta, M., Tsuzuki, S., Konishi, Y., Kamata, K., Kinno, R., Sakai, K. L., Iseki, H. & Kawamata, T.: Difficulty in identification of the frontal language area in patients with dominant frontal gliomas that involve the pars triangularis. J. Neurosurg. 125, 803-811 (2016). DOI: 10.3171/2015.8.JNS151204. (2015)
Kinno, R., Ohta, S., Muragaki, Y., Maruyama, T. & Sakai, K. L.: Left frontal glioma induces functional connectivity changes in syntax-related networks. SpringerPlus 4, 317, 1-6 (2015). DOI: 10.1186/s40064-015-1104-6.
Shimizu, Y. & Sakai, K. L.: Visualization of gray matter myelin and fiber bundles critical for relative pitch: A role of the left posterior long insular cortex. Brain and Nerve 67, 1147-1155 (2015).
Iijima, K. & Sakai, K. L.: Subliminal enhancement of predictive effects during syntactic processing in the left inferior frontal gyrus: An MEG study. Front. Syst. Neurosci. 8, 217, 1-14 (2014). DOI: 10.3389/fnsys.2014.00217.
Nakai, T. & Sakai, K. L.: Neural mechanisms underlying the computation of hierarchical tree structures in mathematics. PLOS ONE 9, e111439, 1-13 (2014). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0111439.
Saito, T., Tamura, M., Muragaki, Y., Maruyama, T., Kubota, Y., Fukuchi, S., Nitta, M., Chernov, M., Okamoto, S., Sugiyama, K., Kurisu, K., Sakai, K. L., Okada, Y. & Iseki, H.: Intraoperative cortico-cortical evoked potentials for the evaluation of language function during brain tumor resection: Initial experience with 13 cases. J. Neurosurg. 121, 827-838 (2014). DOI: 10.3171/2014.4.JNS131195.
Kinno, R., Ohta, S., Muragaki, Y., Maruyama, T. & Sakai, K. L.: Differential reorganization of three syntax-related networks induced by a left frontal glioma. Brain 137, 1193-1212 (2014). DOI: 10.1093/brain/awu013.
Inubushi, T. & Sakai, K. L.: Functional and anatomical correlates of word-, sentence-, and discourse-level integration in sign language. Frontiers Hum. Neurosci. 7, 681, 1-13 (2013). DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00681.
Ohta, S., Fukui, N. & Sakai, K. L.: Syntactic Computation in the Human Brain: The Degree of Merger as a Key Factor. PLOS ONE 8, e56230, 1-16 (2013). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056230.
Inubushi, T., Iijima, K., Koizumi, M. & Sakai, K. L.: Left Inferior Frontal Activations Depending on the Canonicity Determined by the Argument Structures of Ditransitive Sentences: An MEG Study. PLOS ONE 7, e37192, 1-11 (2012). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037192.
Kinno, R., Muragaki, Y. & Sakai, K. L.: Gray or white? - The contribution of gray matter in a glioma to language deficits. Advances in the Biology, Imaging, and Therapies for Glioblastoma, InTech pp.107-122 (2011)
Kinno, R., Muragaki, Y., Hori, T., Maruyama, T., Kawamura, M. & Sakai, K. L.: Agrammatic comprehension caused by a glioma in the left frontal cortex. Brain Language 110, 71-80 (2009). DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2009.05.001.
Nauchi, A. & Sakai, K. L.: Greater leftward lateralization of the inferior frontal gyrus in second language learners with higher syntactic abilities. Hum. Brain Mapp. 30, 3625-3635 (2009). DOI: 10.1002/hbm.20790.
Iijima, K., Fukui, N. & Sakai, K. L.: The cortical dynamics in building syntactic structures of sentences: An MEG study in a minimal-pair paradigm. NeuroImage 44, 1387-1396 (2009). DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2008.10.041 (2008).
Sakai, K. L., Nauchi, A., Tatsuno, Y., Hirano, K., Muraishi, Y., Kimura, M., Bostwick, M. & Yusa, N.: Distinct roles of left inferior frontal regions that explain individual differences in second language acquisition. Hum. Brain Mapp. 30, 2440-2452 (2009). DOI: 10.1002/hbm.20681 (2008).
Yasui, T., Kaga, K. & Sakai, K. L.: Language and music: Differential hemispheric dominance in detecting unexpected errors in the lyrics and melody of memorized songs. Hum. Brain Mapp. 30, 588-601 (2009). DOI: 10.1002/hbm.20529 (2008).

Momo, K., Sakai, H. & Sakai, K. L.: Syntax in a native language still continues to develop in adults: Honorification judgment in Japanese. Brain Language 107, 81-89 (2008). DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2007.12.003 (2007).

Kinno, R., Kawamura, M., Shioda, S. & Sakai, K. L.: Neural correlates of non-canonical syntactic processing revealed by a picture-sentence matching task. Hum. Brain Mapp. 29, 1015-1027 (2008). DOI: 10.1002/hbm.20441 (2007).
Mochizuki, H., Ugawa, Y., Terao, Y. & Sakai, K. L.: Cortical hemoglobin-concentration changes under the coil induced by single-pulse TMS in humans: A simultaneous recording with near-infrared spectroscopy. Exp. Brain Res. 169, 302-310 (2006). DOI: 10.1007/s00221-005-0149-0.
Sakai, K. L., Tatsuno, Y., Suzuki, K., Kimura, H. & Ichida, Y.: Sign and speech: Amodal commonality in left hemisphere dominance for comprehension of sentences. Brain 128, 1407-1417 (2005). DOI: 10.1093/brain/awh465.
Tatsuno, Y. & Sakai, K. L.: Language-related activations in the left prefrontal regions are differentially modulated by age, proficiency, and task demands. J. Neurosci. 25, 1637-1644 (2005). DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3978-04.2005.
Sakai, K. L., Miura, K., Narafu, N. & Muraishi, Y.: Correlated functional changes of the prefrontal cortex in twins induced by classroom education of second language. Cereb. Cortex 14, 1233-1239 (2004). DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhh084.
Hashimoto, R. & Sakai, K. L.: Learning letters in adulthood: Direct visualization of cortical plasticity for forming a new link between orthography and phonology. Neuron 42, 311-322 (2004). DOI: 10.1016/S0896-6273(04)00196-5.
Homae, F., Yahata, N. & Sakai, K. L.: Selective enhancement of functional connectivity in the left prefrontal cortex during sentence processing. NeuroImage 20, 578-586 (2003). DOI: 10.1016/S1053-8119(03)00272-6.
Hashimoto, Y. & Sakai, K. L.: Brain activations during conscious self-monitoring of speech production with delayed auditory feedback: an fMRI study. Hum. Brain Mapp. 20, 22-28 (2003). DOI: 10.1002/hbm.10119.
Noguchi, Y., Watanabe, E. & Sakai, K. L.: An event-related optical topography study of cortical activation induced by single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation. NeuroImage 19, 156-162 (2003). DOI: 10.1016/S1053-8119(03)00054-5.
Suzuki, K. & Sakai, K. L.: An event-related fMRI study of explicit syntactic processing of normal/anomalous sentences in contrast to implicit syntactic processing. Cereb. Cortex 13, 517-526 (2003). DOI: 10.1093/cercor/13.5.517.
Sakai, K. L., Noguchi, Y., Takeuchi, T. & Watanabe, E.: Selective priming of syntactic processing by event-related transcranial magnetic stimulation of Broca's area. Neuron 35, 1177-1182 (2002). DOI: 10.1016/S0896-6273(02)00873-5.
Hashimoto, R. & Sakai, K. L.: Specialization in the left prefrontal cortex for sentence comprehension. Neuron 35, 589-597 (2002). DOI: 10.1016/S0896-6273(02)00788-2.
Noguchi, Y., Takeuchi, T. & Sakai, K. L.: Lateralized activation in the inferior frontal cortex during syntactic processing: Event-related optical topography study. Hum. Brain Mapp. 17, 89-99 (2002). DOI: 10.1002/hbm.10050.
Homae, F., Hashimoto, R., Nakajima, K., Miyashita, Y. & Sakai, K. L.: From perception to sentence comprehension: The convergence of auditory and visual information of language in the left inferior frontal cortex. NeuroImage 16, 883-900 (2002). DOI: 10.1006/nimg.2002.1138.
Hashimoto, R., Homae, F., Nakajima, K., Miyashita, Y. & Sakai, K. L.: Functional differentiation in the human auditory and language areas revealed by a dichotic listening task. NeuroImage 12, 147-158 (2000). DOI: 10.1006/nimg.2000.0603.
Embick, D., Marantz, A., Miyashita, Y., O'Neil, W. & Sakai, K. L.: A syntactic specialization for Broca's area. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 97, 6150-6154 (2000). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.100098897.
Sato, H., Takeuchi, T. & Sakai, K. L.: Temporal cortex activation during speech recognition: An optical topography study. Cognition 73, B55-B66 (1999). DOI: 10.1016/S0010-0277(99)00060-8.

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