Tetsuro Matsuzawa , PhD
Distinguished Professor, Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS)
Professor Matsuzawa got interviewed for a YouTube Premium science documentary program called "Mind Field," which is hosted by educator Mr Michael Stevens. Read More
Professor Matsuzawa's work was featured in the June issue (n°856) of the monthly French magazine "Sciences et Avenir."
Professor Matsuzawa's long interview became available in the February issue titled "WIR AFFEN" of the German language magazine "TERRA MATER," which has been bimonthly published by the Red Bull Media. This journal is also available in e-paper format via the iTunes and the Google Play Store.
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Distinguished Professor, Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study,
Professor, Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University,
Coordinator, Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science, Kyoto University,
General Director, Japan Monkey Centre,
President, Academic Alpine Club of Kyoto
Editorial Board, International Journal of Primatology
Editorial Board, Animal Cognition
Associate Editor, Interaction Studies
Board of Trustees, Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
with Joint Appointment as Professor, Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University
1976: Assistant Professor, 1987: Associate Professor, 1993: Full Professor, 2006-2012: Director
Latest Papers Reviewed Academic Journal Papers
Yoshida-Ushinomiya-Cho, Sakyo, Kyoto, 606-8203, Japan
The Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science, Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University
2-24 Tanaka-Sekiden-cho, Sakyo, Kyoto, 606-8203, Japan
Section of Language and Intelligence, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
41-2, Kanrin, Inuyama, Aichi, 484-8506, Japan
Taken on April 8, 2015
View of the large and complex climbing structures in the outdoor enclosure, just one area of the PRI chimps' living space.
It is here that the PRI chimpanzees spend much of their day, 3 generations in one group - divided into fission-fusion parties. Their living-space contains trees, ground covered in natural vegetation, a stream, and a 15m high three-dimensional climbing structure. Chimpanzees in the wild spend more than half of their day in the trees, as high as 30m above the ground. So, it is highly recommended to build three-dimensional climbing structures in captive chimpanzees' living environments with the aim of facilitating behaviors consistent with the life-style of wild chimpanzees.
Aerial View of PRI chimps' living space
There are three zones, each with different functions: the green cage (to the left of the photo), a silver cage (towards the rear of the photo), and an outdoor enclosure (to the right of the photo). Because all these zones are inter-connected, our PRI chimps are free to choose their "habitat" (cage/enclosure) and to be with several group members (or stay alone if they prefer), like chimpanzees in the wild. At over ten meters above the base of the green cage, we have set up four arrays of touch-screen stations so that our PRI chimps can drop by and do the cognitive tests and get tiny food rewards (e.g. an 8mm cube of apple, for each correct answer). Using the automated face recognition system, we can automatically run tasks of different levels/type for particular chimpanzees. We maintain and accumulate record-logs of all chimpanzees' tasks automatically; Thus, we can figure out the calories consumed according to the exact amount that each chimpanzee ate during their cognitive tasks.
Provided by Misato Hayashi on March 24, 2015
Taken on December 13, 2006
Can you keep up with Ayumu?
Chimpanzee Ayumu performing the cognitive task of memorizing numerals and their positions. After he touches the first number in the sequence, all the displayed numbers are replaced by squares. Watch this video that Ayumu touching the numerals in ascending order with astonishing speed.