Kenichiro Mogi

It is my ultimate goal to solve the problem of how consciousness arises from the neural activities in the brain. It is the holy grail of not only neuroscience, but also indeed the whole of science. Qualia, free will, memory, and temporality are among the subjects studied. Along the way, it is necessary to take a good look into various aspects of the functions of the brain. The recent development of artificial intelligence has provided interesting new challenges for neuroscience. The structure of evaluation function, which is excellently optimized by recent models of AI, reveals a multifaceted, robust, and distributed nature in the case of the brain. Specifically, it is interesting to ask how the brain develops personality, characterized by the "Big Five" factors (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism). I pursue a game theoretic approach where personalities evolve as the result of interaction among agents.
Other topics studied include emotion, embodiment, interaction, attachment, and mechanisms of learning as an open-ended process. I investigate how ikigai would affect the health and wellness of people.

Consciousness / Qualia / Personality / Intelligence/Ikigai



Selected Publications

Hoshino, E. and Mogi, K. (2017) Multiple processes in two-dimensional visual statistical learning. PLoS ONE 12(2): e0172290. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0172290

Herai, T. and Mogi, K. (2014) Perception of temporal duration affected by automatic and controlled movements. Consciousness and Cognition 29, 23–35

Mogi, K. (2013) Cognitive factors correlating with the metacognition of the phenomenal properties of experience. Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 3354 doi:10.1038/srep03354

Sekine, T. and Mogi, K. (2009) Distinct neural processes of bodily awareness in crossed fingers illusion. Neuroreport 20, 467-472.

Tokoro, M. and Mogi, K. eds. (2007) Brain and creativity. World Scientific.

Onzo, A. and Mogi, K. (2005) Dynamics of betting behavior under flat reward condition. International Journal of Neural Systems 15, 93-99.

Mogi, K. (1999) Response Selectivity, Neuron Doctrine, and Mach's Riegler, A. & Peschl, M. (eds.) Understanding Representation in the Cognitive Sciences. New York: PlenumPress. 127-134.


Ken Mogi conducts research into the origin of consciousness from the approach of cognitive neurosciences. The research themes covered include, but are not limited to, qualia, attention, decision-making, temporal perception, memory, body image, emotion. Efforts are made to construct a consistent model of consciousness from the cell to the brain, with emphasis on the role of sensory overflow as a constraint on the evolution of consciousness. In addition, such aspects of brain’s cognition as communication, creativity, and social interactions are investigated.