Program No.17-002 (Joint Research)
Information exchange on bodily imitation in great apes and lecture in
By Myowa Masako (The University of Shiga Prefecture)
Period of visit: 26th April 2005 - 18th May 2005.
1) Burgers' Zoo, Arnhem:
I observed and recorded the social behaviors of the Arnhem Zoo
chimpanzees (gestures, eye-contact, joint attention and so on) over one
week. I met Dr. Jan A.R.A.M. van Hooff and discussed social cognition of
captive chimpanzees, by referring to relevant studies that we have
2) Max Plank Institute, Leipzig:
I visited the Wolfgang Kohler Primate Research Center, where four
species of the great apes are kept and studied. After that, I met Dr.
Michael Tomasello, Dr. Josep Call and other graduate students, and
discussed recent researches on chimpanzee social cognition and several
possible future directions of this study. At the seminar, I talked on our
recent works on the chimpanzees' early social cognition.
3) Lund University:
The International Workshop, "Semiotic Development in
Ontogeny and Phylogeny" was held at the Lund University, Sweden
(organized by the projects "Language, Gestures and Pictures in
the Perspective of Semiotic Development " and "Stages in the
Development and Evolution of Sign Use "). I gave a talk entitled
"Evolutionary foundation and development of bodily imitation".
Dr. Brian MacWhinney, Dr. Jordan Zlatev, and other cognitive scientists,
linguists, developmental psychologists presented a talk on their recent
studies. We discussed the unique human intelligence from evolutionary and