Dr Chie Takahashi PhD, MSc, BSc

Dr Chie Takahashi

School of Psychology
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Chie Takahashi is a postdoctoral research fellow in Cognitive Psychology and Brain Science at the Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre, and a member of the Selective Attention & Awareness Laboratory (SAAL) directed by Dr Jason Braithwaite. Her current research is to investigate the brain mechanisms of cortical hyperexcitability and the out-of-body experiences in non-clinical populations, supported by the Leverhulme Trust. The project employs diverse techniques, including psychophysiological measurements (electrodermal activity/skin conductance responses, body temperature, facial EMG activities) and brain stimulation (transcranial direct-current stimulation: tDCS).


PhD, MSc (Distinction), BSc (First) in Psychology, Bangor University, Wales

MSc (Distinction), BSc (First) in Physics, Ritsumeikan University, Japan


Dr Chie Takahashi has a multi-disciplinary background (in psychology, physics and engineering) and considerable research experience in both academic and industrial environments. After she graduated Ritsumeikan University with MSc in Physics, she joined Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and worked on the development and design of televisions and computer monitors employing electromagnetic field simulation and ergonomics approaches (1990-1995), and then worked on the development of power electric distribution systems and the protection devices (1995-2002). Through her engineering career, her research interests gradually developed towards human behaviour and brain mechanisms to improve quality of life by combining neuroscience and new technologies; therefore she learned cognitive neuroscience at Bangor University (2003-2012), mainly focusing on human tool use mechanisms employing multisensory integration paradigm and computational (probabilistic) approaches in her PhD. She started her postdoctoral research career at the University of Birmingham in October 2012.


Research interests

Chie is fascinated with brain mechanisms and the computational modelling from both spatial and temporal aspects. Her main research interests encompass various perspectives of vision science and motor control, in particular, understanding how humans perceive the 3D world and respond to the world. Her current research focuses on understanding the mechanism of anomalous perceptions such as hallucinations and anomalous bodily experiences, where some of the phenomena can be considered as dysfunction of sensory integration. Her interests have also expanded to applied scientific fields such as virtual reality and brain-machine interface in collaboration with her multidisciplinary background. 

  • mechanisms of multi-sensory integration and motor control
  • computational neuroscience
  • psychophysics approaches
  • psychophysiological measurements and techniques
  • the virtual reality and brain-machine interface



Braithwaite, J. J., Mevorach, C., & Takahashi, C.(2015). Stimulating the aberrant brain: Evidence for increased cortical hyperexcitability from a transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) study of individuals predisposed to anomalous perceptions. Cortex, 69, 1-13. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2015.03.023.

Braithwaite, J. J., Marchant, R., Takahashi, C., Dewe, H., & Watson, D. (2015). The Cortical Hyperexcitability Index (CHi): A new measure for quantifying correlates of cortical hyper-excitability. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 20 (4), 330-348. doi:10.1080/13546805.2015.1040152.

Takahashi, C., & Watt, S. (2014). Visual-haptic integration with pliers and tongs: signal weights' take account of changes in haptic sensitivity caused by different tools. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:109, 1-14. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00109.

Braithwaite, J.J., James, K., Dewe, H., Medford, N., Takahashi, C., Kessler, K. (2013). Fractionating the unitary notion of dissociation: Disembodied but not embodied dissociative experiences are associated with exocentric perspective-taking. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7:719. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00719.

Braithwaite, J.J., Broglia, E. Brincat, O., Stapley, L., Wilkins, A.J.,& Takahashi, C. (2013). Signs of increased cortical hyperexcitability selectively associated with spontaneous anomalous bodily experiences in a nonclinical population. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 18(6), 549-73. doi: 10.1080/13546805.2013.768176.

Takahashi, C., Diedrichsen, J., & Watt, S. (2009). Integration of vision and haptics during tool use. Journal of Vision, 9 (6):3, 1-13. doi: 10.1167/9.6.3.

Conference Presentations


Takahashi, C. & Braithwaite, J. J. (2014, May). Neuroscience and anomalous experience: cortical hyperexcitability and the out-of-body experience. The British Psychological Society, Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK.

Takahashi, C. & Watt, S. (2012, June). Changes in haptic sensitivity during tool use: implications for optimal design of visual-haptic devices. The 13th International Multisensory Research Forum, Oxford, UK.

Watt, S., Diedrichsen, J., & Takahashi, C. (2011, September). Visual-haptic integration intool use. The 17th Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP), SanSebastian, Spain.

Takahashi, C. & Watt, S. (2010, June). Visual-haptic integration during tool use. The 11th International Multisensory Research Forum, Liverpool, UK.

Takahashi, C., Diedrichsen, J., & Watt, S. (2008, June). Tool use modifies visual-haptic cue integration in size judgements. The sense of body: An Interdisciplinary Summer School on Body Representation, Bologna, Italy.


Takahashi, C., Marchant, R., Dewe, H., Watson, D. G., & Braithwaite, J. J. (2015, July). The Cortical Hyperexcitability Index (CHi): A new measure for quantifying correlates of visually-driven cortical hyperexcitability. The Experimental Psychology Society Meeting, Lincoln, UK.

Takahashi, C. & Braithwaite, J. J. (2014, September). Cortical hyperexcitability is associated with the out-of-body experiences in non-clinical hallucinators: Evidence from a tDCS study. The British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience, York, UK.

Takahashi, C., & Braithwaite, J. J. (2014, June). The presence of aberrant perceptions and hallucination reflects a hyperexcitable cortex: Evidence from a transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) study on non-clinical hallucinators. The British Neuropsychological Society 25th anniversary meeting, Oxford, UK.

Takahashi, C. & Watt, S. (2011, October). Visual-haptic integration: cue weights are varied appropriately, to account for changes in haptic reliability introduced by using a tool. The 12th International Multisensory Research Forum, Fukuoka, Japan.

Takahashi, C. & Watt, S. (2010, August). Visual-haptic integration during tool use: perceived size from haptics is rescaled to take account of tool geometry. The 33rd European Conference on Visual Perception, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Takahashi, C., Diedrichsen, J., & Watt, S. (2009, May). Visual-haptic integration: Evidence for dynamic rescaling of visual and haptic signals during tool use. The 9th Annual Meeting of Vision Science Society, Naples, Florida.

Takahashi, C., Diedrichsen, J., & Watt, S. (2008, May). The brain integrates visual and haptic information from different spatial locations when using a tool. The 8th Annual Meeting of Vision Science Society, Naples, Florida.

Takahashi, C., Diedrichsen, J., & Watt, S. (2008, April). Tool use modifies the integration of information from vision and haptics. Body Representation Workshop at Nottingham University, Nottingham.

Intriligator, J., Tibboel, H., Takahashi, C., & Enns, J.T. (2007, May). Rapid resumption: Temporal asynchrony reveals contents of perceptual hypotheses. The 7th Annual Meeting of Vision Science Society, Florida.