Tsubasa Kawasaki

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This study used functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI) to examine brain activity during clenching, gum chewing, and tapping tasks. It has been considered difficult to obtain sufficient fMRI data during jaw movement because the head motion associated with the jaw movements creates artifacts on the images. To avoid these artifacts, larger pixels were(More)
It has been considered difficult to obtain satisfactory functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI) during jaw movements because the head motion during jaw movements makes artefacts on the images. To avoid these artefacts, we chose clenching task and larger pixels to allow some head motion of the subjects. Further the study discarded all data from subjects(More)
We considered that elucidation of the movements of perioral soft tissue during mastication would be useful in evaluating masticatory movements. However, the evaluation of these movements is difficult because multivariable analysis is needed. In this study, we considered whether principal component analysis (PCA), a form of the multivariate analysis, can(More)
The present study was designed to investigate whether an intervention during which participants were involved in mental rotation (MR) of a foot stimulus would have immediate beneficial effects on postural stability (Experiment 1) and to confirm whether it was the involvement of MR of the foot, rather than simply viewing foot stimuli, that could improve(More)
In a study on postural stability, the authors examined whether the effects of mental rotation (MR) intervention using a foot stimulus would last for a relatively long time (up to 60 min). The participants performed a randomly assigned MR task (using foot stimuli, hand stimuli, or non-body-related stimuli [car]) for 10 min. The amount of body sway during(More)
[Purpose] The intra- and inter-examiner reliabilities of lumbar interspinous process distances measured by ultrasound imaging were examined. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were 10 males who had no history of orthopedic diseases or dysfunctions. Ten lumbar interspinous images from 360 images captured from 10 subjects were selected. The 10 images were(More)
[Purpose] This study aimed to investigate the relatedness, reliability, and validity of isometric muscle strength measurements of hip abduction and abduction with an external hip rotation in a bent-hip position using a handheld dynamometer with a belt. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty healthy young adults, with a mean age of 21.5 ± 0.6 years were included.(More)
[Purpose] To investigate whether for observational learning involving a ball rotation task, an unskilled model showing clumsy finger movements is more effective than a skilled model‏. [Subjects and Methods] Thirty-six young adults were randomly assigned to one of three groups. The unskilled model observation group observed a video of a ball rotation task(More)
Masticatory movements are rhythmically repeated and coordinated movements of the jaw, tongue and facial muscles. Thus, we considered that the elucidation of movements that are specific to perioral soft tissue, as a result of perioral facial muscle activities, should be useful for evaluation of the smoothness of masticatory movements. The aim of this study(More)