Publication, Book, Award, and Grant.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

68) Yudai Kimoto, Masato Hirano, Shinichi Furuya (2021) Adaptation of the corticomuscular and biomechanical systems of pianists . Cerebral Cortex (in press)

67) Kahori Kita, Shinichi Furuya, Rieko Osu, Takashi Sakamoto, Takashi Hanakawa (2021) Aberrant Cerebello-Cortical Connectivity in Pianists With Focal Task-Specific Dystonia. Cerebral Cortex (in press)

66) Shinichi Furuya, Reiko Ishimaru, Noriko Nagata (2021) Factors of choking under pressure in musicians. PLoS One 16(1) e0244082

65) Masato Hirano, Mizuha Sakurada, Shinichi Furuya (2020) Overcoming the ceiling effects of experts' motor expertise through active haptic training. Science Advances 6(47) eabd2558

64) Nobuhiro Takahashi, Shinichi Furuya, Hideki Koike (2020) Soft exoskeleton glove with human anatomical architecture: production of dexterous finger movements and skillful piano performance. IEEE Transaction on Haptics 13(4): 679-690

63) Shinichi Furuya, Oku T, Kimoto Y, Nishioka H, Hirano M (2020) Skillful and pathological movement coordination in musical performance. Advances in Exercise & Sports Physiology 26(2) 23-26

62) Shinichi Furuya*, André Lee*, Takanori Oku, Eckart Altenmüller (2020) Aberrant somatosensory-motor adaptation in musicians' dystonia. Movement Disorders 35(5) 808-815

61) Masato Hirano, Yudai Kimoto, Shinichi Furuya (2020) Specialized somatosensory-motor integration functions in musicians. Cerebral Cortex 30(3) 1148-1158

60) Yudai Kimoto, Takanori Oku, Shinichi Furuya (2019) Neuromuscular and biomechanical functions subserving finger dexterity in musicians. Scientific Reports 9:12224

59) Takanori Oku, Shinichi Furuya (2019) Neuromuscular incoordination in musicians' dystonia. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders 65: 97-104

58) Kazumasa Uehara, Shinichi Furuya, Hidemi Numasawa, Kahori Kita, Takashi Sakamoto, Takashi Hanakawa (2018) Distinct roles of brain activity and somatotopic representation in pathophysiology of focal dystonia. Human Brain Mapping 40(6) 1738-1749 F1000Prime

57) Kahori Kita*, Jaroslav Rokicki*, Shinichi Furuya, Takashi Sakamoto, Takashi Hanakawa (2018) Resting-state basal ganglia connectivity codes a motor musical skill and its disruption due to a disease process. Movement Disorders 33(9) 1472-1480

56) Shinichi Furuya*, Sayuri Yokota* (2018) Temporal exploration in sequential movements shapes efficient neuromuscular control. Journal of Neurophysiology 120(1) 196-210

55) Shinichi Furuya*, Kazumasa Uehara*, Takashi Sakamoto, Takashi Hanakawa (2018) Aberrant cortical excitability explains the loss of hand dexterity in musician’s dystonia. The Journal of Physiology 596(12) 2397-2411

54) Shuntaro Kotani, Shinichi Furuya (2018) State anxiety disorganizes finger movements during musical performance. Journal of Neurophysiology 120(2) 439-451

53) Shinichi Furuya*, Yuta Furukawa*, Kazumasa Uehara, Takanori Oku (2018) Probing sensory-motor integration during musical performance. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1423(1) 211-218

52) Masato Hirano, Shinji Kubota, Shinichi Furuya, Yoshiki Koizume, Shinya Tanaka, and Kozo Funase (2018) The acquisition of skilled finger movements is accompanied by the reorganization of the corticospinal system. Journal of Neurophysiology 119(2):573-584

51) Shinichi Furuya (2018) Individual differences in sensorimotor skills among musicians. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 20: 61-66

50) Yuta Furukawa, Kazumasa Uehara, Shinichi Furuya (2017) Expertise-dependent motor somatotopy of music perception. Neuroscience Letters 650: 97-102

49) Sarah Pirio Richardson, Eckart Altenmüller, Katharine Alter, Ron L. Alterman, Robert Chen, Steven Frucht, Shinichi Furuya, Joseph Jankovic, H. A. Jinnah, Teresa J. Kimberley, Codrin Lungu, Joel S. Perlmutter, Cecília N. Prudente, Mark Hallett (2017) Research Priorities in Limb and Task-specific Dystonias. Frontiers in Neurology 8: 170

48) Eckart Altenmüller, Shinichi Furuya (2017) Apollos Gift and Curse: Making music as a model for adaptive and maladaptive plasticity. Neuroforum 23(2) 57-75 PDF

47) Takanori Oku*, Shinichi Furuya* (2017) Skillful force control in expert pianists. Experimental Brain Research 235(5): 1603-1615 *: equally-contributed first authors

46) Eckart Altenmüller, Shinichi Furuya (2016) Brain plasticity and the concept of metaplasticity in skilled musicians. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 957:197-208

45) Moe Hosoda, Shinichi Furuya (2016) Shared somatosensory and motor functions in musicians. Scientific Reports 6: 37632

44) Kenta Tominaga, Andre Lee, Eckart Altenmüller, Fumio Miyazaki, Shinichi Furuya (2016) Kinematic origins of motor fluctuation in expert pianists. PLoS One 11(8):e0161324

43) Christos Ioannou, Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller (2016) The impact of stress on motor performance in skilled musicians suffering from focal dystonia: Physiological and psychological characteristics. Neuropsychologia 85:226-236

42) Andre Lee, Jacob Voget, Shinichi Furuya, Masanori Morise, Eckart Altenmüller (2016) Quantification of sound instability in embouchure tremor based on the time varying fundamental frequency. Journal of Neural Transmission 123(5):515-521

41) Christos Ioannou, Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller (2016) Objective evaluation of performance stress in musicians with dystonia: A feasibility study. Journal of Motor Behavior 48(6) 562-572

40) Shinichi Furuya, Takashi Hanakawa (2016) The curse of motor expertise: use-dependent focal dystonia as manifestation of maladaptive changes in body representation. Neuroscience Research 104: 112-119

39) Shinichi Furuya, Takanori Oku, Fumio Miyazaki, Hiroshi Kinoshita (2015) Secrets of virtuoso: neuromuscular attributes of motor virtuosity in expert musicians. Scientific Reports 5:15750 PDF

38) Shinichi Furuya, Kenta Tominaga, Fumio Miyazaki, Eckart Altenmuller (2015) Losing the dexterity: patterns of impaired coordination of finger movements in musician's dystonia. Scientific Reports 5:13360 PDF

37) Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller (2015) Acquisition and reacquisition of motor coordination in musicians. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1337: 118–124

36) Sara Winges, Shinichi Furuya (2015) Distinct digit kinematics by professional and amateur pianists. Neuroscience 284: 643–652

35) André Lee, Kenta Tominaga, Shinichi Furuya, Fumio Miyazaki, Eckart Altenmüller (2015) Electrophysiological characteristics of task-specific tremor in 22 instrumentalists. Journal of Neural Transmission 122(3): 393-401

34) Shinichi Furuya, Matthias Klaus, Michale Nitsche, Walter Paulus, Eckart Altenmüller (2014) Ceiling effects prevent further improvement of transcranial stimulation in skilled musicians. The Journal of Neuroscience 34(41):13834 - 13839 PDF

33) André Lee, Kenta Tominaga, Shinichi Furuya, Fumio Miyazaki, Eckart Altenmüller (2014) Quantification of a Secondary Task-Specific Tremor in a Violinist after a Temporal Lobectomy. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:559 (4 pages)

32) Floris van Vugt, Shinichi Furuya, Henning Vauth, Hans-Christian Jabusch, Eckart Altenmüller (2014) Playing beautifully when you have to be fast: spatial and temporal symmetries of movement patterns in skilled piano performance at different tempi. Experimental Brain Research 232(11): 3555-3567

31) André Lee*, Shinichi Furuya*, Masanori Morise, Peter Iltius, Eckart Altenmüller (2014) Quantification of instability of tone production in embouchure dystonia. Parkinsonism & RelatedDisorders 20(11):1161-1164 *: co-first author and equally contributed

30) Shinichi Furuya, Ayumi Nakamura, Noriko Nagata (2014) Acquisition of individuated finger movements through musical practice. Neuroscience 275C: 444-454 PDF

29) André Lee, Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller (2014) Epidemiology and treatment of 23 musicians with task specific tremor. Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders 1:5 (8 pages)

28) Shinichi Furuya, Ayumi Nakamura, Noriko Nagata (2014) Extraction of finger coordination pattern associated with motor learning in piano practice using principal component analysis. Neuroscience Letters 577(C) 38-44

27) Shinichi Furuya, Michale Nitsche, Walter Paulus, Eckart Altenmüller (2014) Surmounting retraining limits in musicians’dystonia by transcranial stimulation. Annals of Neurology 75(5): 700-707 F1000Prime

26) Marieke van der Steen, Eva Molendijk, Eckart Altenmüller, Shinichi Furuya (2014) Expert pianists do not listen: the expertise-dependent influence of temporal perturbation on the production of sequential movements. Neuroscience 269C: 290-298 PDF

25) André Lee, Kenta Tominaga, Shinichi Furuya, Fumio Miyazaki, Eckart Altenmüller (2014) Coherence of coactivation and acceleration in task-specific primary bowing tremor. Journal of Neural Transmission 121(7):739-742

24) Shinichi Furuya, Ayumi Nakamura, Noriko Nagata (2013) Transfer of piano practice in fast performance of skilled finger movements. BMC Neuroscience 14 (133) PDF

23) Andre Lee, Kenta Tominaga, Shinichi Furuya, Fumio Miyazaki, Eckart Altenmüller (2013) Task-specific tremor in violinists: evidence of coactivation in the 3-8 Hz frequency range.Movement Disorders 28(13): 1890-1892 LINK

22) Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller (2013) Finger-specific loss of independent control of finger movements in musician's dystonia. Neuroscience 247C: 152-163 PDF

21) Sara Winges, Shinichi Furuya, Nathaniel Faber, Martha Flanders (2013) Patterns of muscle activity for digital coarticulation. Journal of Neurophysiology 110(1): 230-242 LINK

20) Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller (2013) Flexibility of movement organization in piano performance. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7:173 PDF

19) André Lee, Shinichi Furuya, Matthias Karst, Eckart Altenmüller (2013) Alteration in predictability of sensory outcome of motor action in focal hand dystonia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7:172 PDF

18) Shinichi Furuya, Michael Nitsche, Walter Paulus, Eckart Altenmüller (2013) Early optimization in finger dexterity of skilled pianists: implication of transcranial stimulation. BMC Neuroscience 14:35 PDF

17) Rebecca Schaefer, Shinichi Furuya, Leigh Smith, Blair Kaneshiro, Petri Toiviainen (2012) Probing neural mechanisms of music perception, cognition, and performance using multivariate decoding. Psychomusicology 22(2): 168-174 LINK

16) Shinichi Furuya, John Soechting (2012) Speed invariance of independent control of finger movements in pianists. Journal of Neurophysiology 108(7): 2060-2068 PDF

15) Shinichi Furuya, Tomoko Aoki, Hidehiro Nakahara, Hiroshi Kinoshita (2012) Individual differences in the biomechanical effect of loudness and tempo on upper-limb movements during repetitive piano keystrokes. Human Movement Science 31(1):26-39 PDF

14) Shinichi Furuya, Martha Flanders, John Soechting (2011) Hand kinematics of piano playing. Journal of Neurophysiology 106(6): 2849-2864 PDF

13) Hidehiro Nakahara, Shinichi Furuya, Tsutomu Masuko, Peter Francis, Hiroshi Kinoshita (2011) Performing music can induce greater modulation of emotion-related psychophysiological responses than listening to music. International Journal of Psychophysiology 81(3):152-158

12) Shinichi Furuya, Tatsushi Goda, Haruhiro Katayose, Hiroyoshi Miwa, Noriko Nagata (2011) Distinct interjoint coordination during fast alternate keystrokes in pianists with superior skill. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 5:50 PDF

11) Shinichi Furuya, Eckart Altenmüller, Haruhiro Katayose, Hiroshi Kinoshita (2010) Control of multi-joint arm movements for the manipulation of touch in keystroke by expert pianists. BMC Neuroscience 11(1):82 PDF

10) Shinichi Furuya, John Soechting (2010) Role of auditory feedback in the control of successive keystrokes during piano playing. Experimental Brain Research 204(2) 223-237 PDF

9) Hidehiro Nakahara, Shinichi Furuya, Peter Francis, Hiroshi Kinoshita (2010) Psycho-physiological responses to expressive piano performance. International Journal of Psychophysiology 75(3): 268-276 LINK

8) Shinichi Furuya, Rieko Osu, Hiroshi Kinoshita (2009) Effective utilization of gravity during arm downswing in keystroke by expert pianists. Neuroscience 164(2) 822-831 PDF

7) Hidehiro Nakahara, Shinichi Furuya, Obata S, Masuko T, Hiroshi Kinoshita (2009) Emotion-related changes in heart rate and its variability during perception and performance of music. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1169(1): 359-362 PDF

6) Shinichi Furuya, Hiroshi Kinoshita (2008) Expertise-dependent modulation of muscular and non-muscular torques in multi-joint arm movements during piano keystroke. Neuroscience 156(2): 390-402 PDF

5) Shinichi Furuya, Hiroshi Kinoshita (2008) Organization of the upper limb movement for piano key-depression differs between expert pianists and novice players. Experimental Brain Research 185 (4): 581-593 PDF

4) Shinichi Furuya, Hiroshi Kinoshita (2007) Roles of proximal-to-distal sequential organization of the upper limb segments in striking the keys by expert pianists. Neuroscience Letters 421(3): 264-269 PDF

3) Hiroshi Kinoshita, Shinichi Furuya, Tomoko Aoki, Eckart Altenmüller (2007) Loudness control in pianists as exemplified in keystroke force measurements at different touches. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 121(5 Pt1): 2959-2969 PDF

2) Shinichi Furuya, Hidehiro Nakahara, Tomoko Aoki, Hiroshi Kinoshita (2006) Prevalence and causal factors of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity and trunk among Japanese pianists and piano students. Medical Problems of Performing Artists 21(3): 112-117 PDFComment and response (PDF)

1) Tomoko Aoki, Shinichi Furuya, Hiroshi Kinoshita (2005) Finger tapping ability in male and female pianists and nonmusician control. Motor control 9(1): 23-39 PDF

Book Chapter

5) Eckart Altenmüller, Shinichi Furuya, Daniel S. Scholz, and Christos I. Ioannou (2019) "Brain Research in Music Performance" The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Brain (edited by Michael H. Thaut and Donald A. Hodges), Oxford University Press.

4) Eckart Altenmüller, Shinichi Furuya (2018) Chapter 47 "Experimental Occupational and Brain Stimulation therapies for musician’s dystonia" Treatment of Dystonia (edited by Dressler, Altenmüller, Kraus), Cambridge University Press.

3) Eckart Altenmüller, Shinichi Furuya (2018) Chapter 29 "Brain Changes Associated with Acquisition of Musical Expertise" Cambridge Handbook on Expertise and Expert Performance Cambridge University Press.

2) Eckart Altenmüller, Shinichi Furuya (2016) "Brain Plasticity and the Concept of Metaplasticity in Skilled Musicians" Progress in Motor Control: Theories and Translations Springer. pp 197-208.

1) Eckart Altenmüller, Shinichi Furuya (2016) Chapter 31 “Planning and Performance” Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology (edited by Susan Hallam, Ian Cross, Michael H Thaut), Oxford University Press. pp. 529-545.


10) Susanne Klein-Vogelbach-Prize for the Research of Human Movement (2019)

9) Leading Initiative for Excellent Young Researchers (LEADER), MEXT (2016)

8) Heisenberg Fellowship, DFG (2013)

7) Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2012) 2 yrs salary & research funding

6) Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2011) 18 months salary & research/equipment/travel funding

5) Research Fellowship for Young Scientists, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2010) 18 months salary & research/equipment/travel funding

4) Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM): Scholarship Winner (2009)

3) The Japanese Society for Music Perception and Cognition: Young Investigator Award (2008)

2) Award for JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) Scholarship: Honored by JASSO as having achieved particularly outstanding results during PhD program (2008)

1) International Society of Biomechanics: ISB Young Investigation Award, Top 7 Finalists (2007)

Book Translation

1) What every pianist needs to know about the body. Thomas Mark (Author), Shinichi Furuya (Translator), Hitomi Ono (Supervised Translator), 2006 >> Link


Since 2014, our research continues to be financially supported by a number of domestic grants in Japan (e.g. JSPS KAKENHI, JST CREST). So far, 11 grants as a PI and 5 grants as a collaborator, from 2014 till 2020. Currently more than 10 Japanese grants (JST, JSPS) support our research, development, and deployment.

Until 2014 (i.e. during the Ph.D. and postdoc period)

6) Research budget for Research Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2011-2012) 9600 EUR/year

5) JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (2010-2011) 1,920,000 JPY (~23,000 USD)

4) NAKATOMI Foundation (2009) 500,000 JPY (~5,600 USD)

3) Travel award for participating in Neurosciences and Music III (2008)

2) JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (2008-2010) $2,821,000 JPY (~35,000 USD)

1) HAYAO NAKAYAMA Foundation for Science & Technology and Culture (2008-2009) 920,000 JPY (~11,000 USD)

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