NAKATA, Takayuki

DepartmentDepartment of Complex and Intelligent Systems
Specialized FieldsMusic and speech perception and production, auditory development, speech and music during communicative interaction
Subjects in ChargeCognitive Systems I
Academic BackgroundPh.D. Texas Christian University (General Experimental Psychology)
DegreePh.D. in General Experimental Psychology
Personal HistoryAfter receiving my doctoral degree in psychology from Texas Christian University, I held Lecturer position at Okayama University, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, and was an Associate Professor of Psychology at Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University before joining the FUN faculty in 2007.
Starting Time of Employment2007

Research Contents

My main focus of research concerns how different features of music and prosodic speech influence the way people perceive sound, communicate, and acquire new skills using both behavioral and neurophysiological (EEG) techniques. Questions we investigate include:

1) Effects of timing expression on perceptual processing and social evaluation during musical interaction.

2) Musicality in caretaker-infant interaction

3) Music and speech perception and production by users of cochlear implants

4) Effects of music on auditory perception and social perception

5) Music training to enhance sound perception for users of cochlear implants

Attractive Factors of My Research

Understanding how people communicate by ‘musical’ sounds is an effective way to investigate how human cognition and emotion operate.


We have shown that infants show preference for music over language. This finding is considered as one important empirical evidence to support the idea that music is an integral part of human development.

With researchers in otolaryngology, speech therapy, and audiology, we have shown that child users of cochlear implants are very musical. Children with cochlear implants typically enjoy singing songs and they can identify familiar songs. We have developed several new testing procedures for music and prosody perception and production for children with cochlear implants. By using these test procedures, we have shown that children with cochlear implants are good at producing rhythmic patterns of familiar songs and imitating speech prosody.

Major Books and Papers

1. Nakata, T. (2013). Cochlear implants and music. In H. Takahashi (Ed.). Cholesteatoma and Ear Surgery: An Update. (pp. 155-157). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Kruger Publications.
2. Nakata, T., Trehub, S. E., & Kanda, Y. (2012). Effect of cochlear implants on children's perception and production of speech prosody. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131, 1307-1314.

3. Nakata, T., & Trehub, S. E. (2012). Expressive timing and dynamics in infant-directed and non-infant-directed singing. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, 21, 45-53.

4. Trehub, S. E., Vongpaisal, T., & Nakata, T. (2009). Music in the lives of deaf children with cochlear implants. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1169, 534-542.

5. Trehub, S. E., G., S. E., & Nakata, T. (2008). Cross-cultural perspectives on pitch memory. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 100, 40-52.

6. Mitani, C., Nakata, T., Trehub, S. E., Kanda, Y., Kumagami, H., Takasaki, K., Miyamoto, I., & Takahashi, H. (2007). Music recognition, music listening, and word recognition by deaf children with cochlear implants. Ear and Hearing, 28, 29S-33S.

7. Schellenberg, G. E., Nakata, T., Hunter, P. G., & Tamoto, S. (2007). Exposure to music and cognitive performance: Tests of children and adults. Psychology of Music, 35, 5-19.

8. Nakata, T., Trehub, S. E., Mitani, C., & Kanda, Y. (2006). Pitch and timing in the songs of deaf children with cochlear implants. Music Perception, 24, 147-154.

9. Nakata, T., & Mitani, C. (2005). Influences of temporal fluctuation on infant attention. Music Perception, 22, 204-248.

10. Nakata, T., Trehub, S. E., Mitani, C., Kanda, Y., Shibasaki, S., & Schellenberg, E. G. (2005). Music recognition by Japanese children with cochlear implants. Journal of Physiological Anthropology and Applied Human Science, 24, 29-32.

11. Nakata, T., & Trehub, S. E. (2004). Infants' responsiveness to maternal speech and singing. Infant Behavior and Development, 27, 455-464.

12. Schenfield, T., Trehub, S. E., & Nakata, T. (2003). Maternal singing modulates infant arousal. Psychology of Music, 31, 365-375.

13. Trehub, S. E., & Nakata, T. (2002). Emotion and music in infancy. Musicae Scientiae, Special Issue 2001-2002, 37-61.

Message to Students

Music is not only for your enjoyment. Music perception and production can also be topics for your future studies.