Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University


Department of Comparative Study of Cognitive
Development (funded by Benesse Corporation),
Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University




Japanese version

Last Update: April 5, 2010


Staff
IMURA Tomoko, Assistant Professor Personal HP
SATO Wataru, Ex-Associate Professor Personal HP (Transferred to The Hakubi Project to Foster and Support Young Researchers on April 1, 2010)
HAYASHI Misato, Ex-Assistant Professor Personal HP (Transferred to Section of Language and Intelligence on December 1, 2008)

Research
This department aims to understand the cognitive development in primates. We adopt comparative approach, and investigate the infants, children, and adults of human and non-human primates. We utilize various methodologies, including behavioral and neurophysiological experiments, and field observations.

Our focusing area is spatial cognitive skills. We investigate the development of 3D shape and distance perception in humans and chimpanzees from the comparative-developmental perspective.

Publications
Fujimura, T., Sato, W., & Suzuki, N. (in press). Facial expression arousal level modulates facial mimicry. International Journal of Psychophysiology.
Ushitani, T., Imura, T., & Tomonaga, M. (in press). Object-based attention in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Vision Research.
Shirai, N., Imura, T., Hattori, Y., Adachi, I., Ichihara, S., Kanazawa, S., Yamaguchi, M.K., & Tomonaga, M. (in press). Asymmetric perception of radial expansion/contraction in Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) infants. Experimental Brain Research.
Sato, W., Uono, S., Okada, T., & Toichi, M. (in press). Impairment of unconscious, but not conscious, gaze-triggered attention orienting in Asperger's disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Yoshikawa, S. (in press). Automatic attentional shifts by gaze, gestures, and symbols. Psychologia.
Hayashi, M., & Inoue-Nakamura, N. (chapter; in press). The mind of the chimpanzee: Ecological and experimental perspectives. Ross, S. R. & Lonsdorf, E. V. (eds.).
Hayashi, M. (chapter; in press). The mind of the chimpanzee: Ecological and experimental perspectives. Ross, S. R. & Lonsdorf, E. V. (eds.).
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Yoshikawa, S. (2010). Amygdala integrates emotional expression and gaze direction in response to dynamic facial expressions. Neuroimage, 50, 1658-1665.
Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2010). Detection of emotional facial expressions and anti-expressions. Visual Cognition, 18, 369-388.
Uono, S., Sato, W., & Toichi, M. (2010). Brief report: Representational momentum for dynamic facial expressions in pervasive developmental disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40, 371-377.
Tomonaga, M., & Imura, T. (2010). Visual search for human gaze direction by a chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes). PLoS ONE, 5, e9131. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009131
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., & Yoshikawa, S. (2010). Amygdala activity in response to forward versus backward dynamic facial expressions. Brain Research, 1315, 92-99.
Adams, R. B. Jr., Rule, N. O., Franklin, R. G. Jr., Wang, E., Stevenson, M. T., Yoshikawa, S., Nomura, M., Sato, W., Kveraga, K., & Ambady, N. (2010). Cross-cultural reading the mind in the eyes: An fMRI investigation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 97-108.
Uono, S., Sato, W., & Toichi, M. (2009). Dynamic fearful expressions enhance gaze-triggered attention orienting in high and low anxiety individuals. Social Behavior and Personality, 37, 1313-1326.
Uono, S., Sato, W., Michimata, C., Yoshikawa, S., & Toichi, M. (2009). Facilitation of gaze-triggered attention orienting by a fearful expression and its relationship to anxiety. Psychologia, 52, 188-197.
Uono, S., Sato, W., & Toichi, M. (2009). Dynamic fearful gaze does not enhance attention orienting in individuals with Asperger's disorder. Brain and Cognition, 71, 229-233.
Sato, W., Uono, S., Matsuura, N., & Toichi, M. (2009). Misrecognition of facial expressions in delinquents. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 3, 27.
Hayashi, M., Sekine, S., Tanaka, M., & Takeshita, H. (2009). Copying a model stack of colored blocks by chimpanzees and humans. Interaction Studies, 10, 130-149.
Potì, P., Hayashi, M., & Matsuzawa, T. (2009). Spatial construction skills of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and young human children. Developmental Science, 12, 536-548.
Tomonaga, M., & Imura, T. (2009). Faces capture the visuospatial attention of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): Evidence from a cueing experiment. Frontiers in Zoology, 6, 14.
Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2009). Anti-expressions: Artificial control stimuli for emotional facial expressions regarding visual properties. Social Behavior and Personality, 37, 491-502.
Crast, J., Fragaszy, D., Hayashi, M., & Matsuzawa, T. (2009). Dynamic hand movements in adult and young juvenile chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 138, 274-285.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Yoshikawa, S. (2009). Commonalities in the neural mechanisms underlying automatic attentional shifts by gaze, gestures, and symbols. Neuroimage, 45, 984-992.
Sato, W., Fujimura, T., & Suzuki, N. (2008). Enhanced facial EMG activity in response to dynamic facial expressions. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 70, 70-74.
Sato, W., Kochiyama, T., Uono, S., & Yoshikawa, S. (2008). Time course of superior temporal sulcus activity in response to eye gaze: A combined fMRI and MEG study. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 3, 224-232.
Sato, W. (chapter; 2008). Affective computing: Emotion modelling, synthesis and recognition. Jimmy, O. (ed.)
Yoshikawa, S., & Sato, W. (2008). Dynamic facial expressions of emotion induce representational momentum. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience. 8, 25-31.
Okada, T., Sato, W., Kubota, Y., Usui, K., Inoue, Y., Murai, T., Hayashi, T., & Toichi, M. (2008). Involvement of medial temporal structures in reflexive attentional shift by gaze. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 3, 80-88.
Sato, W., Okada, T., & Toichi, M. (2007). Attentional shift by gaze is triggered without awareness. Experimental Brain Research, 183, 87-94.
Sato, W., Noguchi, M., & Yoshikawa, S. (2007). Emotion elicitation effect of films in a Japanese sample. Social Behavior and Personality, 38, 863-874.
Hayashi, M. (2007). A new notation system of object manipulation in the nesting-cup task for chimpanzees and humans. Cortex, 43 308-318.
Hayashi, M. (2007). Stacking blocks by chimpanzees: developmental processes and physical understanding. Animal Cognition, 10, 89-103.
Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2007). Spontaneous facial mimicry in response to dynamic facial expressions. Cognition, 104, 1-18.
Sato, W., & Yoshikawa, S. (2007). Enhanced experience of emotional arousal in response to dynamic facial expressions. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 31, 119-135.

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Section of Language and Intelligence, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
Section of Cognition and Learning, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University




(liaison: IMURA Tomoko )