​Keynote Speakers

Dr. Brosnan's research focuses on the evolution of decision-making behavior. She uses an experimental economic approach to compare responses across multiple species, primarily in non-human primates and human adults and children. Her work sheds light on how individuals decide with whom to cooperate and in what situations, particularly in situations in which they receive a different outcome from a social partner. She is a Fellow of the APA and SESP and has published in Nature, Science, PNAS, and Current Biology. She is funded by NSF, NIH, the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) and the Templeton Foundation.

​- Professor, Departments of Psychology & Philosophy, Neuroscience Institute,      

  Georgia State University

​- Director of the Comparative Economics and Behavioral Studies Laboratory

  (CEBUS Lab)

​Sarah Brosnan

Dr. Nagy is a biological physicist working on collective behavior, primarily of bird flocks. He applies physical analyses to individual trajectory data in order to find the principal rules driving collective behavior in flocks. He greatly contributes to the academic field of collective behavior by bringing new insights including leader-follower relationship, hierarchical structure, and the synchronization individual movements.

- Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Department of Collective Behaviour

   & Department of Biology, Konstanz University, Germany

- MTA-ELTE Statistical and Biological Physics Research Group, Budapest,


Máté Nagy

Dr. McCarthy is a post-doctoral researcher in the Pan African Programme: The Cultured Chimpanzee (PanAf) at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Her research focuses on using camera traps to study demographic variation in chimpanzee populations as a means to understand broad patterns of behavioral diversity. In addition, she is also a research collaborator with the Bulindi Chimpanzee and Community Project, a research and conservation program focused on studying and conserving chimpanzees in a fragmented forest landscape in Uganda.

- Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Maureen McCarthy 

​Special Talk

​Dr. Matsuzawa studies chimpanzees both in the laboratory and in the wild since 1977. His laboratory work is known as the "Ai-project" at the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University. This project sheds light on the mind of chimpanzees and began in 1977. Additionally,  Prof. Matsuzawa has performed field research in Bossou-Nimba, Guinea, since 1986 with a focus on chimpanzee tool use. He tries to synthesize field and lab work to understand the mind of chimpanzees and its relevance to the evolutionary origins of the human mind.

- Distinguished Professor, Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study
- Professor, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
- Coordinator, Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science,    Kyoto University
- General Director, Japan Monkey Centre

Tetsuro Matsuzawa

​Workshop speaker

​Dr. Kano studies the psychology of great apes (and recently also birds), particularly emotion and cognition. He is working with all species of great apes including bonobos, chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas, human infants, children, and adults (and recently with pigeons). His basic approach is to use cutting-edge technologies to study traditional questions in comparative psychology and animal behavior.

- Program-Specific Associate Professor, Kumamoto Sanctuary, Kyoto

  University, Kumamoto, Japan

Fumihiro Kano

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