Yuri Kawaguchi

PhD candidate

Language and Intelligence Section




  • Comparative cognition
  • Face recognition
  • Infant care
  • Baby schema = set of physical features of infants that attract others
  • Eye tracker


I finished my bachelor in Department of Psychology, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University, Japan. My undergraduate thesis focused on the age categorization ability in capuchin monkeys. For my Master and PhD, I’ve been studying in the section of Language and Intelligence in Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University. Here I have been studying how humans and apes (chimpanzees and bonobos) recognize adults and infants using eye-tracking, touch panel tasks, and behavioral tasks.

Selected Publications

Kawaguchi, Y., Nakamura, K. & Tomonaga, M.(2020).  Colour matters more than shape for chimpanzees’ recognition of developmental face changes. Scientific Reports, 10, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-75284-2.

Kawaguchi, Y., Kano, F., & Tomonaga, M. (2019). Chimpanzees, but not bonobos, attend more to infant than adult conspecifics. Animal Behaviour, 154, 171–181.

Kawaguchi Y, Kuroshima H, Fujita K. (2019). Age categorization of conspecific and heterospecific faces in capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella). Journal of Comparative Psychology
(in Japanese) 川口ゆり・瀧山拓哉・七五三木環・横山実玖歩・川上文人(2017) 「京都市動物園のチンパンジー・ゴリラ・マンドリル: 毛づくろい,移動,出産前後の群れの行動」岩波書店「科学」20174月号 Vol.87 No.4

(in Japanese)川口ゆり・瀧山拓哉 (2016) 「大学生による『授業』霊長類学初歩実習の取り組み」モンキー 13


Section of Language and Intelligence

Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
41-2 Kanrin, Inuyama, Aichi, Japan, 484-8506