Naohide Yamamoto, Ph.D.
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Psychology
 Office: FH 219
 Phone: 216-687-3816
 Fax: 216-687-9294
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. FH 219, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Spatial perception, spatial memory, spatial cognition, navigation, wayfinding, aging, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, medial temporal lobe, urban planning, environmental psychology
Ph.D., Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 2007
M.A., Psychology, Johns Hopkins University, 2004
M.Eng., Urban Engineering (Urban Planning), University of Tokyo, 2001
B.Eng., Urban Engineering (Urban Planning), University of Tokyo, 1999
Brief Bio:
Dr. Yamamoto first studied urban planning and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He developed scientific interest in human spatial cognition and navigation through his urban planning research, and decided to pursue an academic career in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. He obtained an M.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. in psychological and brain sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the CSU faculty in 2009, he spent two years at the George Washington University as a post-doctoral researcher.
Honors and Awards:
Graduate Faculty Travel Award, Cleveland State University, 2013
Faculty Merit Recognition Award, Cleveland State University, 2012 and 2013
J. Brien Key Graduate Student Assistance Fund, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
Conference Grant, Johns Hopkins Graduate Representative Organization, 2006
Graduate Fellowship, The Nakajima Foundation, 2002–2007
Fulbright Award for Graduate Study, Japan-U.S. Educational Commission, 2002
(alternate candidate; declined for the fellowship from the Nakajima Foundation)
Research Interests:
Dr. Yamamoto has been interested in how we remember where things are in space and how we use that knowledge to navigate through an environment. In other words, his research is focused on cognitive and neural mechanisms of human spatial cognition and navigation. His studies involve healthy adults as well as neurological patients who have navigation problems. For more details, please see his recent publications below and visit his lab's website.

Yamamoto, N., & DeGirolamo, G. J. (2012). Differential effects of aging on spatial learning through exploratory navigation and map reading. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 4, 14.

Shelton, A. L., & Yamamoto, N. (2009). Visual memory, spatial representation, and navigation. In J. R. Brockmole (Ed.), The visual world in memory (pp. 140–177). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
Teaching Areas:
Dr. Yamamoto participates in Experimental Research Program (M.A. in Psychology) and Adult Development & Aging Program (Ph.D. in Psychology). (If you are applying for these programs for Fall 2014 admission, please note that he will not be available to supervise students in this cohort.) He generally teaches courses on cognitive psychology and neuroscience, such as Memory & Cognition (PSY 372) and Brain & Cognition (PSY 487).
Professional Affiliations:
Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
Psychonomic Society
Professional Service:
Consulting editor, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
Research Grants:
Space perception across the lifespan
CSU Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievement Award (summer 2013; $9,760)
Role: Principal Investigator

Spatial navigation by patients with Parkinson's disease
CSU Faculty Research and Development Award (2012–2013, $19,964)
Role: Principal Investigator

Roles of afferent and efferent signals in space perception
CSU Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievement Award (summer 2012; $7,177)
Role: Principal Investigator

Schizotypal traits and self-motion sensing: Exploring the role of bodily senses in space perception
CSU Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievement Award (summer 2011; $4,448)
Role: Principal Investigator

Systems analysis of distance perception through self-motion senses
CSU Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievement Award (summer 2010; $6,946.80)
Role: Principal Investigator