Yukiko Hirabayashi

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Edo, Tōkyō, Japan

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Publications (4)13.94 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Considerable knowledge on neural development related to speech perception has been obtained by functional imaging studies using near-infrared spectroscopy (optical topography). In particular, a pioneering study showed stronger left-dominant activation in the temporal lobe for (normal) forward speech (FW) than for (reversed) backward speech (BW) in neonates. However, it is unclear whether this stronger left-dominant activation for FW is equally observed for any language or is clearer for the mother tongue. We hypothesized that the maternal language elicits clearer activation than a foreign language in newborns because of their prenatal and/or few-day postnatal exposure to the maternal language. To test this hypothesis, we developed a whole-head optode cap for 72-channel optical topography and visualized the spatiotemporal hemodynamics in the brains of 17 Japanese newborns when they were exposed to FW and BW in their maternal language (Japanese) and in a foreign language (English). Statistical analysis showed that all sound stimuli together induced significant activation in the bilateral temporal regions and the frontal region. They also showed that the left temporal-parietal region was significantly more active for Japanese FW than Japanese BW or English FW, while no significant difference between FW and BW was shown for English. This supports our hypothesis and suggests that the few-day-old brain begins to become attuned to the maternal language. Together with a finding of equivalent activation for all sound stimuli in the adjacent measurement positions in the temporal region, these findings further clarify the functional organization of the neonatal brain.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2012 · Human Brain Mapping
  • Yukiko Hirabayashi · Hiroki Sato · Mariko Uchida-Ota · Akio Nakai · Atsushi Maki
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    ABSTRACT: We have developed an effective technique for aiding the design and evaluating the performance of the probe caps used to perform optical topography (OT) on infants. To design and evaluate a probe cap, it is necessary to determine the measurement positions for conducting OT on the brain surface of subjects. One technique for determining these positions on the brain surface is to find their three-dimensional (3D) coordinates using a 3D magnetic space digitizer, which consists of a 3D magnetic source and a 3D magnetic sensor. The problem with this technique is that it takes a long time to determine all the measurement points on the subject's head and it is difficult to use with infants. It is a particular problem with infants who cannot support their own heads. Therefore, we have developed a real model of an infant subject's head based on 3D magnetic resonance (MR) images. The model is made from an optical-curable resin using 3D computer-aided-format coordinate data taken from 3D MR image-format coordinate data. We have determined the measurement positions on the surface of the model corresponding to a scalp using a 3D magnetic space digitizer and displayed the positions on a 3D MR image of the infant's brain. Using this technique, we then determined the actual 72 measurement positions located over the entire brain surface area for use with our new whole-head probe cap for neonates and infants. This method is useful for evaluating the performance of and designing probe caps.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2008 · Review of Scientific Instruments
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    ABSTRACT: We have developed a wavelet-based method of detecting body-movement artifacts in optical topography (OT) signals. Although OT, which is a noninvasive imaging technique for measuring hemodynamic response related to brain activation, is particularly useful for studying infants, the signals occasionally contain undesirable artifacts caused by body movements, so data corrupted by body-movement artifacts must be eliminated to obtain reliable results. For this purpose, we applied a wavelet transform to automatically detect body-movement artifacts in OT signals. We measured OT signals from nine healthy infants in response to speech stimuli. After the continuous signals had been divided into blocks (a block is a time series of OT signal in a 30-s period including a 10-s stimulation period), they were classified into two groups (movement blocks and non-movement blocks) according to whether the participants moved or not by video judgment. Using those data, we developed a wavelet-based algorithm for detecting body-movement artifacts at a high discrimination rate being consistent with the actual body-movement state. The wavelet method has two parameters (scale and threshold), and a Monte Carlo analysis gave the mean optimal parameters as 9+/-1.9 (mean+/-standard deviation) for the scale and as 42.7+/-1.9 for the threshold. Our wavelet method with the mean optimal parameters (scale=9, threshold=43) achieved a higher discrimination rate (mean+/-standard deviation: 86.3+/-8.8%) for actual body movement than a previous method (mean+/-standard deviation: 80.6+/-8.7%) among different participants (paired t test: t(8)=2.92, p<0.05). These results demonstrate that our wavelet method is useful in practice for eliminating blocks containing body-movement artifacts in OT signals. It will contribute to obtaining reliable results from OT studies of infants.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2006 · NeuroImage
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    ABSTRACT: A new neuro-imaging technique based on near-infrared spectroscopy has been developed in Japan. The technique comes into usage in order to elucidate and diagnose the brain function in baby to adult.
    No preview · Conference Paper · Jan 2005

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54 Citations
13.94 Total Impact Points


  • 2006
    • Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan