DepartmentThe Center for Meta-Learning
Specialized Fieldscognitive science, language processing
Subjects in ChargeCognitive Science
Media Studies
History and Philosophy of Science
Academic BackgroundUniversity of Tsukuba / Nara Institute of Science and Technology
DegreePh.D. (Cognitive Science)
Personal HistoryEdson T. Miyamoto received his Ph.D. in cognitive science at MIT in 1999. He was a postdoctoral fellow for two years at the University of Tokyo supported by a fellowship from the MIT International Science & Technology Initiatives (MISTI). He then worked as an assistant professor at the Nara Insitute of Science and Technology, and as a lecturer and associate professor at the University of Tsukuba.
Starting Time of EmploymentApril 2018

Research Contents

I conduct experiments to collect people's reaction times in order to build models of human cognition.

Attractive Factors of My Research

Forecasting the weather involves understanding the past so that future events can be predicted. Similarly, language research, and the humanities at large, should go beyond explaining what has already been encountered, and strive to understand what was hitherto unimaginable.


Major Books and Papers

・Miyamoto, E. T. (2016). Working memory fails to explain subject-extraction advantages (and object-extraction advantages) in relative clauses in Japanese.  Proceedings of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences 18th Annual International Conference (JSLS2016), June 4-5 (p. 25-28). University of Tokyo, Komaba.

・Asahara, M., Ono, H., & Miyamoto, E. T. (2016). Reading time annotation for the ‘Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese’. Proceedings of COLING 2016, the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (pp. 684-694).

Message to Students

Language has been investigated by linguists, philosophers, psychologists, computer scientists, neuro scientists. The goal is to obtain a better understanding of human cognition. For example, right now you are looking at a bunch of squeegles and somehow transforming them into letters, words, sentences, abstract concepts. Come join us explore what makes it all possible!