Satoshi HIRATA

Satoshi HIRATA, Ph.D.

Professor, Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University
Director of Kumamoto Sanctuary

What are human beings? What are minds that question about human beings? Starting with such questions, I have entered into the academic world to study nonhuman primates from comparative cognitive perspectives. The main target of my research is the chimpanzee, one of the closest living relatives of humans, since my graduate course. I would like to explore the evolution of human mind through the investigation of social intelligence in great apes. I am currently the Director of Kumamoto Sanctuary, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University. I have also started studying non-primate species such as wild horses.

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Professional History
  • Sep 2013-
    Professor, Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University
     Apr 2015-: Director of Kumamoto Sanctuary, Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University
  • Sep 2011 - Aug 2013
    Program-specific Associate Professor, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
  • Apr 2010 - Aug 2011
    Visiting Associate Professor, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
  • Apr 2008 - Aug 2011
    Chief Scientist, Great Ape Research Institute of Hayashibara Inc.
  • May 2002 - Mar 2008
    Head Researcher, Great Ape Research Institute of Hayashibara Inc.
  • Apr 2001 - Apr 2002
    JSPS Research Fellow (PD)
  • Apr 1998 - Mar 2001
    JSPS Research Fellow (DC1)
Educational History
  • 2001
    Ph.D., Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
  • 1998
    M.Sc., Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
  • 1996
    B.Sc., Faculty of Science, Kyoto University
Research Site
Kumamoto Sanctuary

Chimp Noriko Bonobo

Primate Research Institute

Chimp Coo Honey Fishing

Bossou, Guinea, West Africa

Serra D’Arga, Portugal

Selected publications
Original articles (peer-reviewed)
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Book Capter

  • Hirata, S. & Mizuno, Y. (2011) Animal toying. In: T. Matsuzawa, T. Humle, & Y. Sugiyama (eds.) The chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba: A cultural primatology (pp. 137-144). Tokyo: Springer Verlag.
  • Hirata, S. & Hayashi, M. (2011) Emergence of stone tool use by captive chimpanzees. In: T. Matsuzawa, T. Humle, & Y. Sugiyama (eds.) The chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba: A cultural primatology ( pp. 183-191). Tokyo: Springer Verlag.
  • Hirata, S., Morimura, N., & Fuwa, K. (2010) Intentional communication and comprehension of the partner’s role in experimental cooperative tasks. In. E. V. Lonsdorf, S. R. Ross, & T. Matsuzawa (eds.), The mind of the chimpanzees: ecological and experimental perspectives (pp. 251-264). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Hirata, S. (2008) Communication between mother and infant chimpanzees and its role in the evolution of social intelligence In: S. Itakura & K. Fujita.(eds). Origins of social mind: evolutionary and developmental views (pp. 21-38). Tokyo: Springer Verlag.
  • Idani, G., and Hirata, S. (2006) Studies at the Great Ape Research Institute, Hayashibara. In: D. A. Washburn (Ed.), Primate perspectives on behavior and cognition (pp. 29-36). Washington: American Psychological Association.
  • Hirata, S. (2006) Tactical deception and understanding of others in chimpanzees. In: T. Matsuzawa, M. Toimonaga, M. Tanaka (eds.), Cognitive development in chimpanzees (pp. 265-276). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
  • Hirata, S. (2006) Chimpanzee learning and transmission of tool use to fish for honey. In: T. Matsuzawa, M. Toimonaga, M. Tanaka (eds.), Cognitive development in chimpanzees (pp. 201-213). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
  • Takeshita, H., Myowa-Yamakoshi, M., and Hirata, S. (2006) A new comparative perspective on prenatal motor behaviors: Preliminary research with four-dimensional (4D) ultrasonography. In: T. Matsuzawa, M. Toimonaga, M. Tanaka (eds.), Cognitive development in chimpanzees (pp. 37-47). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
  • Inoue-Murayama, M., Hibino, E., Matsuzawa, T., Hirata, S., Takenaka, O., Hayasaka, I., Ito, S., and Murayama, Y. (2006) An application of a human personality test to chimpanzees and survey of polymorphism in genes relating to neurotransmitters and hormones. In: T. Matsuzawa, M. Toimonaga, M. Tanaka (Eds.), Cognitive development in chimpanzees (pp. 113-124). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
  • Foucart, J., Bril, B., Hirata, S., Morimura, N., Houki, C., Ueno, Y., & Matsuzawa, T. (2005) A preliminary analysis of nut-cracking movements in a captive chimpanzee: adaptation to the properties of tools and nuts. In: V. Roux and B. Bril (Eds.), Stone knapping: the necessary conditions for a uniquely hominid behavior (pp. 147-157). Cambride, UK:. McDonald Press.
  • Huffman, M. A., & Hirata, S. (2003) Biological and ecological foundations of primate behavioral tradition. In: D. Fragaszy & S. Perry (Eds.), The biology of traditions: models and evidence (pp. 267-296). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hirata, S., Watanabe, K., & Kawai, M. (2001) “Sweet-Potato Washing Revisited.” In T. Matsuzawa (ed.), Primate Origins of Human Cognition and Behavior (pp. 487-508). Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.

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