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1 March 2020 - 28 February 2021
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The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Osaka University published between 1 March 2020 - 28 February 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.
Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.
Highlight of the month
Humans quite literally do not see eye to eye
© Wachira Khurimon/EyeEm/Getty Images
Each person has a unique visual fingerprint to which they have to adapt their actions accordingly.
Accurate visual perception is critical for many extremely risky tasks, from performing surgery to flying planes, and for making line calls in several sports. People assume that what they see is a perfect reflection of the real world on the retina.
Three researchers, including one at Osaka University in Japan, tested nine people’s perceived location of circle on a screen (experiment 1), as well as their ability to determine the displacement between two very close lines — a common test for visual acuity (experiment 2).
They found consistent differences between participants’ location perception in experiment 1, which appeared to be connected to each individual’s visual acuity demonstrated in experiment 2.
Three participants went on to estimate the sizes of a series of arcs, which revealed that the perceived size of an arc varied according to its position in the observer’s field of vision.
- Proc. Roy. Soc. B 287, 20200825 (2020). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2020.0825
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International vs. domestic collaboration by Share
- 55.84% Domestic
- 44.16% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (273 total)
- Osaka University, Japan
- Domestic institution
The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan
Kyoto University, Japan
Tohoku University, Japan
Hokkaido University, Japan
Nagoya University, Japan
Kyushu University, Japan
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
Center for Spintronics Research Network (CSRN) - Osaka University, Japan
Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan
Top 10 international collaborators by Share (1555 total)
- Osaka University, Japan
- Foreign institution
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
Harvard University, United States of America (USA)
Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), United States of America (USA)
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany
University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK)
Max Planck Society, Germany
University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA)
National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA)
Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- AIST-Osaka University Advanced Photonics and Biosensing Open Innovation Laboratory (PhotoBIO-OIL), Japan
- Assembling Galaxies of Resolved Anatomy (AGORA), United States of America (USA)
- Belle Collaboration, Japan
- Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), Japan
- Center for Spintronics Research Network (CSRN) - Osaka University, Japan
- Daikin Research Alliance Laboratories, Japan
- ERATO Ito Glycotrilogy Project, Japan
- Functional Annotation of the Mammalian Genome (FANTOM), Japan
- Genetic Study Group of Investigation Committee on Ossification of the Spinal Ligaments, Japan
- International Consortium for Blood Pressure (ICBP), United States of America (USA)
- JEOL YOKOGUSHI Research Alliance Laboratories, Japan
- KamLAND-Zen Collaboration, Japan
- Kaneka Fundamental Technology Research Alliance Laboratories, Japan
- Keihanshin Consortium for Fostering the Next Generation of Global Leaders in Research (K-CONNEX), Japan
- Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA), New Zealand
- Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI), Japan
- Nippon Shokubai Research Alliance Laboratories at Osaka University Suita Campus, Japan
- Osaka University - Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corportation Joint Research Chair for Neuro-Medical Science, Japan
- Osaka University-Panasonic Science Research Alliance Laboratories, Japan
- RIKEN-ISIR Department of Disease Glycomics (Alliance Laboratory), Japan
- The ATLAS Collaboration, Switzerland
- The MOA Collaboration, Japan
- The Super-Kamiokande Collaboration, Japan
- ULVAC-Osaka University Joint Research Laboratory for Future Technology, Japan
- United Graduate School of Child Development (UGSCD), Japan
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