Saito Atsuko

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Saito Atsuko
Sophia University
Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psycology
Job title
Associate Professor
Research funding number

Research Areas


Published Papers

Cats match voice and face: cross-modal representation of humans in cats (Felis catus).
Takagi, S., Arahori, M., Chijiiwa, H., Saito, A., Kuroshima, H., & Fujita, K.
Animal Cognition      2019   [Refereed]
Color perception in protanomalous female Macaca fascicularis.
Widayati, K. A., Saito, A., Suryobroto, B., Mikami, A., Koida, K.
i-Perception      2019   [Refereed]
Domestic cats (Felis catus) discriminate their names from other words.
Saito, A., Shinozuka, K., Ito, Y., Hasegawa, T.
Scientific Reports   9 5394   Apr 2019   [Refereed]
Body image in autism: evidence from body size estimation.
Asada, K., Tojo, Y., Hakarino, K, Saito, A., Hasegawa, T., Kumagaya, S
Journal of Autism Developmental Disorder   48 611-618   2017   [Refereed]
Cats beg for food from the human who looks at and calls to them: Ability to understand humans' attentional states.
Ito, Y., Watanabe, A., Takagi, S., Arahori, M., Saito, A.
Psychologia   59 112-120   2016   [Refereed][Invited]
Takagi, S., Tsuzuki, M., Chijiiwa, H., Arahori, M., Watanabe, A., Saito, A., Fujita, K.
Behavioural Processes   141 267-272   Aug 2016   [Refereed][Invited]
The marmoset as a model for the study of primate parental behavior.
Saito Atsuko
Neuroscience Research   93 99-109   2015   [Refereed][Invited]


Asada, K., Tojo, Y., Osanai, H., Saito, A., Hasegawa, T., Kumagaya, S.
Plos One   11(1)    2016   [Refereed]
Maintaining an appropriate distance from others is important for establishing effective communication and good interpersonal relations. It is thus worth examining whether individuals with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) maintain typical or atypical...
Konno, A., Romero, T., Inoue-Murayama, M., Saito, A., Hasegawa, T.
PLoS One   11(10)    2016   [Refereed]
Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) have developed a close relationship with humans through the process of domestication. In human-dog interactions, eye contact is a key element of relationship initiation and maintenance. To test the genetic basis fo...
Sugiura, A., Aoki, R., Murayama, K., Yomogida, Y., Haji, T., Saito, A., Hasegawa, T., Matsumoto, K.
NeuroReport   27(18) 1350-1353   Dec 2016   [Refereed]
Arahori, M., Hori, Y., Saito, A., Chijiiwa, H., Takagi, S., Ito, Y., Watanabe, A., Inoue-Murayama, M., Fujita, K.
Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research   11 109-112   2015   [Refereed]
We examined the relationships between owner-assessed personality and oxytocin receptor gene polymorphisms in cats.We analyzed the exon1 region of OXTR in 94 DNA samples and found 3 single nucleotide polymorphisms. Questionnaires were completed by ...
Passersby attracted by infants and mothers' acceptance of their approaches: A proximate factor for human cooperative breeding
Nishiyama, K., Oishi, K., Saito, A.
Evolutionary Psychology   13(2) 470-491   Jun 2015   [Refereed]
Humans have engaged in unique cooperative breeding as multiple in-group members help mothers.Two psychological-proximate factors maintain such a breeding system-various individuals'interest in infats and mothers' positive reactions toward individu...

Books etc

Model animals in neuroendocrinology: From worm to mouse to man. "The Marmoset as a Model for Primate Parental Behavior."
Saito Atsuko
Wiley-Blackwell   Aug 2018   
Monkeys: Biology, Behavior and Disorders
Saito Atsuko (Part:Joint Work, Parent-Infant Relationship in Marmosets)
Nova Science Publishers, Inc.   Aug 2011   
Males take an active role in rearing infants among callitrichid species. Callitrichid species could be a suitable model for research on paternal behavior as well as maternal behavior and the relationship between parents and infants. In this review...

Conference Activities & Talks

Beliefs and expectations of early childhood care and education among first-year college students in a preschool teacher preparation program.
Atsuko Saito
The 40th ISPA Conference   28 Jul 2018   
Selecting appropriate picture books for children: Implementation of ''Pitarie'', a search system for picture books at a pre-school teacher preparation program.
Saito, A., Hattori, T., Fujita, S., Watanabe, N., Fujimoto, Y., Kobayashi, T., Okumura, Y.
27th EECERA Conference   30 Aug 2017   
Cats (Felis catus) beg for food from the human who looks at and calls to them
Ito, Y., Watanabe, A., Takagi, S., Arahori, M., Tsuzuki, M., Hyuga, A., Fujita, K., Saito, A.
49th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology   15 Sep 2015   
Influences of genetic polymorphisms in oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) on affiliative sociality of Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata)
Onishi, K., Yamada, K., Nakamichi, M., Inoue, E., Saito, A., Hasegawa, T., Inoue-Murayama, M.
10 Sep 2015   
Inequity aversion in horses (Equus caballus)
Takimoto, A., Proops, L., Saito, A., Hasegawa, T.
Behaviour 2015   Aug 2015   


The marmoset as a model for the study of primate parental behavior.
The Others   Apr 2015
This article reviews parental behavior and its endocrinological mechanisms in marmosets and tamarins, both cooperative breeders in the callitrichid family, and compares these findings with studies of macaque monkeys. The paper examines the similar...

Research Grants & Projects

Cognitive process of children: Comparison between parents and non-parents considering environmental effects
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2022    Investigator(s): Atsuko Saito