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Dr Ami Sambai

BA Tsukuba, MA Tsukuba, PhD Tsukuba.

Ami Sambai

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Phone : +81 29 853 6802
email : sambai@cc.osaka-kyoiku.ac.jp

External Address

Faculty of Education
Osaka Kyoiku University, Japan

Profile

I obtained my Doctor’s degree of Behavioral Science from Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan in 2012. The title of my doctorial thesis was “Research on the application of the Dual Route Cascaded model to reading processes in Japanese”. I finished my PhD under the supervision of Professor Akira Uno. During my PhD, I worked at MACCS for about one year under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart to investigate whether the framework of the Dual Route Cascaded model in English can be applied to normal reading processes in Japanese.

I started my Postdoctoral Researcher as a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad at the CCD in September 2012. My current research focuses on both empirical and computational investigation into underlying cognitive mechanisms of reading speed deficits in Japanese developmental dyslexia, using the Japanese Dual-Route Cascaded model, which is being configured by Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart, Steven Saunders, and myself. I collaborate with Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart, Professor Akira Uno (University of Tsukuba, Japan) and Steven Saunders.

Recent External Appointments

  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad, Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research Abroad, Japan. (2012 - 2014)
  • Research Assistant, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Japan. (2010 - 2012)
  • Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science DC1, Research Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for Young Scientists, Japan. (2009 - 2012)

Awards

  • Best presentation (The 13th Cognitive Neuropsychology Society) (2010), Effects of length and lexicality on Kana reading in preschool and primary children. (2010), Sambai, A., Uno, A., Haruhara, N., Kaneko, M., Awaya, N., Wydell, T. N., Kozuka, J., Goto, T., Tsutamori, E., and Nakagawa, K.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Hakuho Foundation (2012) "Investigation into underlying mechanisms of reading speed deficits in Japanese." Sambai, A., Inomata, T., & Akashi, N. ($20,500)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Uno, A., & Sambai, A. (2010). Chapter 5 Developmental dyslexia. In Y. Tojo, H. Dairoku, & Y. Tanno (Eds.), Hattatsushougai No Rinshoushinrigaku (pp. 151-171). Tokyo, Japan: University of Toyko Press.

Periodicals

  • Akashi, N., Sambai, A., Uno, A., Kawahara, J., & Coltheart, M. (2014). Word attribute effects on and error analysis of spelling of Kanji words in normal Japanese adults. The Japan Journal of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, 55(2), 162-166. doi:10.5112/jjlp.55.162
  • Akashi, N., Sambai, A., Uno, A., Kawahara, J., & Coltheart, M. (2014). Word attribute effects on and error analysis of spelling of Kanji words in normal Japanese adults. Japan Journal of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, 55(5), 162-166. doi:10.5112/jjlp.55.162
  • Sambai, A., Coltheart, M., Uno, A., & Haruhara, N. (2014). Developmental problems relating to lexical and non-lexical processing in reading aloud of Kana strings in adults with developmental dyslexia: Using effects of length and lexicality as indicators. The Japan Journal of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, 55(1), 8-16. doi:10.5112/jjlp.55.8
  • Sambai, A., Coltheart, M., Uno, A., & Haruhara, N. (2014). Developmental problems relating to lexical and non-lexical processing in reading aloud of kana strings in adults with developmental dyslexia using effects of length and lexicality as indicator. Japan Journal of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, 55(9), 8-16. doi:10.5112/jjlp.55.8
  • Kozuka, J., Uno, A., & Sambai, A. (2012). Investigation of the possible mechanism underlying acquired childhood alexia with agraphia in a reading aloud task: In the framework of the dual-route cascaded model. Higher Brain Function Research, 32(3), 485-496.
  • Tsutamori, E., Uno, A., Haruhara, N., Kaneko, M., Awaya, N., Goto, T., & Sambai, A. (2012). English reading in a junior high school boy who showed disability of visual memory. The Japan Society of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, 53(1), 8-19.
  • Sambai, A., Uno, A., Kurokawa, S., Haruhara, N., Kaneko, M., Awaya, N., Kozuka, J., Goto, T., Tsutamori, E., Nakagawa, K., & Wydell, T.N (2011). An investigation into kana reading development in normal and dyslexic Japanese children using length and lexicality effects. Brain & Development, 34(6), 520-528.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Sambai, A., & Ijuin, M. (2012, August). Controversial: Reading models, DRC vs PDP. Presentation given at the 15th Cognitive Neuropsychology Society, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Sambai, A., Coltheart, M., & Uno, A. (2012, July). The position of atypicality effect on Kanji word reading. Paper presented at the 12th Japan Dyslexia Research Association, Toyama, Japan.
  • Sambai, A., Coltheart, M., & Uno, A. (2012, July). A non-lexical reading processing occurs serially for the Kanji writing system? Poster session presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), Montreal, Canada.
  • Sambai, A. (2012, February). Glossary relating to the dual route cascaded model and empirical phenomenon on normal visual word recognition and reading aloud in English. Paper presented at the Japanese Cognitive Neuropsychology Society Symposium on the Dual-Route Model of Reading, Tokyo, Japan.

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Email : ccd@mq.edu.au
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