Centre for Behaviour and Evolution

Staff Profile

Dr Yuki Kikuchi

Research Associate


The brain is equipped with a system that can incorporate the external world. The statistics relating to natural signals are known to share many similarities to those of brain signals. The interaction between the brain and the external environment facilitates the emergence of new capacities and novel behaviours due to optimisation of the brain’s systems.

My research interest is to gain a better understanding of such complex adaptive systems at the neural and behavioural levels in higher auditory functions.

I'm especially interested in understanding what impact temporal statistical structures of sounds can make on our cognitions and behaviours and have applied a variety of methods including electrophysiology, psychophysics, microstimulations, neuroanatomy, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and electroencephalography (EEG).

I'm also developing Python-based open-source learning and teaching resources to help to improve our cognitions and perceptions through sounds.






2002-2011 National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Health, USA

2007-2011 Georgetown University, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, USA

2007 Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Germany

2011-Present Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University Medical School, UK


Kikuchi Y, Rhone AE, Nourski KV, Gander PE, Attaheri A, Kovach C, Kawasaki H, Griffiths TD , Howard III MA, Petkov CI (2015). Rule-based sequences of nonsense words elicit comparable nested neuronal oscillations in human and monkey auditory cortex,  Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 41.

Kikuchi Y, Ip J, Mossom J, Barraclough N, Petkov CI, Vuong Q (2014). Attentional modulation of repetition suppression effects in human voice and face-sensitive cortex. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 40.

Kikuchi Y, Attaheri A, Milne A, Wilson B, Petkov CI (2013). Cortical oscillations and spiking activity associated with Artificial Grammar Learning in the monkey auditory cortex. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 39.

Kikuchi Y, Kumar S, Baumann S, Overath T, Griffiths T, and Petkov CI (2012). Neuronal representation of temporal regularity associated with pitch perception in macaque auditory cortex. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 38. 366.22.

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Selected Lectures:

  • "Rhythmic Brain. How rhythms can help our perception and learning?": Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.  (June 2017)
  • "Music, Language, Syntax? Sequence Learning and Neurological Disorders": Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.  (Dec 2016)
  • "Rhythms of your brain. Keys to train your brain through sounds": Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. (January 2016)
  • "Is Music Just for Us? Searching for the origins of musicality through neural symphony": Joseph Cowen Lifelong Learning Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. (May - June 2016)
  • "Interaction between cortical responses and natural sounds in the primate auditory system using MRI-guided electrophysiology'': Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg, Germany (June 2013)
  • "Human Brain Function and Behaviour": Kyoto University, Graduate School of Engineering, Japan. Neuroscience, Mental Health (Summer course, 2013)

Recent public engagement:

  • BBC Radio 3: Music Matters: Music in the Time of Our Lives}  (17-18 March, 2017)