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Prof. Tetsuro Matsuzawa

Primate Research Institute – Kyoto University – Japan


Tetsuro Matsuzawa

Title: The evolutionary origins of human cognition viewed from the study of chimpanzees


Biography: Tetsuro Matsuzawa is a Professor at the Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan. Matsuzawa studies chimpanzee cognition both in the laboratory and in the wild. The Ai project began in 1978 with research on language-like skills and number concepts in a female chimpanzee named Ai. The focus is now on the cultural transmission of knowledge, skills, and values, across generations, in a group of chimpanzees living in a semi-natural setting. Matsuzawa has achieved parallel progress in both laboratory work and fieldwork. Research on the behavior of wild chimpanzees in their natural habitat has been carried out in Bossou-Nimba, Guinea, West Africa, since 1986. Matsuzawa’s many publications include: “Primate origins of human cognition and behavior” (2001), “Cognitive development in chimpanzees” (2006), “The mind of the chimpanzee” (2010), “Chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba” (2011). He received the Jane Goodall Award in 2001, the Purple Ribbon Medal of Honor, and the Person of Cultural Merit in 2013 (awarded by the Government of Japan for exceptional academic contribution). He is the current President of the International Primatological Society.

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Deadlines:

   April 30th, 2014 - paper submission

   July 15th, 2014 - author notification

   Sept 7th, 2014 - final version

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   July 20th, 2014 - Registration opens

   October 13th-16th, 2014