25th Oct, 2009
An Open Lecture, "Developmental Research on Chimps and their
Daily Lives", was held in Primate Research Institute (PRI).
The 19th Annual PRI Open Lectures took place on 25th Oct, 2009 with
an audience of 60 people, mainly neighboring inhabitants of PRI.
After introductory greetings by Pr. Matsuzawa, Director of PRI, this
year's lecture was entitled "Developmental Research on Chimps and
their Daily Lives" by Instructor Misato Hayashi, Section of
Language & Intelligence, and was about the chimps' substantial
learning performances in PRI. The audience actively asked questions such
as "how long can they live?"
After the lecture, the audience visited the chimps' 15 m high Triple
Tower, Japanese macaques held in cages, and the PRI primate museum and
Information Center, consisting of fossil and skeletal collections, for
each of which detailed explanations were provided by Instr. Hayashi, Pr.
Takeshi Furuichi, Section of Social systems Evolution, and Instr. Toshio
Mouri, Section of Evolutionary Morphology. Many children and adults also
had their first experience with the Touch Panel used in the chimps'
learning challenges during the experiments conducted in the Department
of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. It looked like they were by turns glad
and sad with their results, compared to the chimps'.