Fumito KAWAKAMI

Program-specific Assistant Professor, Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University

Why are human smiles unique? Neonates show spontaneous smiling (smiling during irregular sleep without external stimuli) and the frequency of social smiling increases at around two-months old in both humans and chimpanzees. Two-year-old human children show smiling in a range of different situations, even unpleasant ones. Do other species show “unpleasant smiling” in their lives? I mainly observe chimpanzees and humans to understand smiling behavior.

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Professional History
  • Dec 2016-
    Program-Specific Assistant Professor, Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University
  • 2016
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
  • 2013
    JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University)
  • 2011
    JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow (The University of Tokyo)
Selected publications
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