I'm interested in comparative cognitive science. I'm working with captive chimpanzees in Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University. My recent research is about their understanding of a circular relationship, the rule of the rock-paper-scissors game. During the generalization test, we found interesting reactions towards body part stimuli from the chimpanzees, and that inspired me to study about their perception for bodies. There have been many studies on face perception, but how chimpanzees perceive bodies is not clear. Now I'm focusing on this topic, starting with the investigation of the body inversion effect.
Gao, J., Tomonaga, M. (2018) The body inversion effect in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). PLoS ONE 13(10): e0204131. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0204131
Gao, J., Su, Y., Tomonaga, M., Matsuzawa, T. (2017). Learning the rules of the rock–paper–scissors game: chimpanzees versus children. Primates 59(1), 7-17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10329-017-0620-0
Chen, T., Gao, J., Tan, J., Tao, R., Su, Y. (2017). Variation in gaze-following between two Asian colobine monkeys. Primates 58(4), 525-534. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10329-017-0612-0
Chimpanzee rock-paper-scissors game:
Reader's digest: https://www.rd.com/culture/chimpanzees-play-rock-paper-scissors/
Discover Magazine: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/inkfish/2017/08/11/chimps-understand-r...
Section of Language and Intelligence,
Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University,
41-2 Kanrin, Inuyama, Aichi, Japan, 484-8506