Kazuhiro Goto

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Kazuhiro Goto
Sagami Women's University
Faculty of Human Society Department of Human Psychology
Job title
Associate Professor
PhD(University of Exeter)


My research interests are in the general area of cognitive science. One focus of my current research is to examine the mechanisms of visual cognition. Birds and primates are visually dominant despite their phylogenetic distance. I investigate similarities and differences regarding aspects of visual cognition to uncover phylogenetic and adaptive characteristics of the two. Another focus is on left-right asymmetry (aka laterality). Left-right asymmetry is a fundamental feature of brain function, and a group of molecular biologists identified structural and functional asymmetries in the circuitry of the mouse hippocampus based on the asymmetrical distribution of NMDA receptor NR2B subunits. I collaborate with them to study effects of this asymmetry defect on learning and memory.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2017
Associate Professor, Sagami Women's University
Apr 2012
Mar 2017
Lecturer, Sagami Women's University
May 2010
Postdoc Fellow, Career-Path Promotion Unit for Young Life Scientists, Kyoto University
May 2009
Mar 2010
Postdoc Fellow, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University
Apr 2006
Mar 2009
Postdoc Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; Keio University

Committee Memberships

Mar 2018
Animal Cognition  Associate Editor
Feb 2018
Japanese Journal of Psychonomic Science  Reviewing Editors
Jan 2018
Japanese Journal of Animal Psychology  Advisory Board
Aug 2017
Japanese Psychological Association  Editorial board member in Psychology World
Feb 2013
Dec 2017
Japanese Journal of Animal Psychology  Managing Editor

Awards & Honors

Aug 2018
Japanese Journal of Animal Psychology Award, Japanese Society for Animal Psychology
Winner: Hisashi Nakao, Kazuhiro Goto
Mar 2011
Young Investigator Award (Coauthor), Japanese Psychonomic Society
Winner: Otaki, S., Goto, K., & Watanabe, S.
Mar 2010
Poster Presentation Award, HOPE-GM International Symposium "HOPE-GM LECTURES ON PRIMATE MIND and SOCIETY"
Winner: Goto, K., & Watanabe, S.
Sep 2009
Young Investigator Award (Coauthor), Japanese Society for Animal Psychology
Winner: Otaki, S., Goto, K., & Watanabe, S.
Apr 2003
Experimental Fellowship, Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA)
Winner: Goto, K.

Published Papers

Goto, K., & Ito, I.
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory   139(C) 50-55   Mar 2017   [Refereed]
Yamamoto, E., Goto, K., & Watanabe, S.
Animal Cognition   18(5) 1187-1191   Sep 2015   [Refereed]
Nakao, H., & Goto, K.
Japanese Journal of Animal Psychology   65(1) 45-58   Jun 2015   [Refereed]
Sawa, K., & Goto, K.
Japanese Journal of Animal Psychology   64(2) 47-49   Dec 2014   [Refereed]
Altmann C. F. , Terada, S., Kashino, M., Goto, K., Mima, T., Fukuyama, H., & Furukawa, S.
Hearing Research   312 121-127   Jun 2014   [Refereed]


Work-life balance and Childcare leave
Kazuhiro Goto
Psychology World   82 44-45   Jul 2018
Directions of species comparison in comparative cognition studies
Kazuhiro Goto
The 21st Proceedings of Japanese Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior      2014
Kazuhiro Goto
Japanese Journal of Psychonomic Science   30 145-146   Sep 2011
Span of attentional spotlight in pigeon visual search
Goto, K., Otaki, S., & Watanabe, S.
IEICE Technical Report   111(96) 73-77   Jun 2011
Diversity in mind
Goto, K.
Kokoro no Mirai   6 24-27   Apr 2011   [Invited]
Conspecific recognition in video images in Java sparrows (Padda oryzivora)
Goto, K., Ohara, M., & Watanabe, S.
Philosophy   121 133-145   Mar 2009   [Invited]
Chocolate as a mood modulator - Experimental analysis -
Watanabe, S., Furuya, I., Yamazaki, Y., Fujisaki, T., Kusayama, T., Goto, K., Nishiwaki, R., & Suzuki, T.
Studies in sociology, psychology and education   54 13-22   Sep 2002

Books etc

Different animals, different solutions: comparative views on animal parenting
Kazuhiro Goto (Part:Contributor, Chapter 5 Mechanisms of reproduction and parental behaviors in rats)
University of Tokyo Press   Oct 2019   
Introduction to Developmental Psychology
Kazuhiro Goto (Part:Contributor, Chapter 12 Learning theories)
University of Tokyo Press   Jan 2018   

Research Grants & Projects

Comparative cognition of metacognition using information-seeking paradigms
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
Project Year: Apr 2017 - Mar 2020    Investigator(s): Kazuhiro Goto
Discrimination of relative numerosity and assessment of the SNARC effect
Japan Science Society: Travel grant for international conferences
Project Year: Apr 2019       Investigator(s): Kazuhiro Goto
Comparative developmental studies on emergent Gestalts
Japan Society for Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)
Project Year: Apr 2013 - Mar 2015    Investigator(s): Kazuhiro Goto
Understanding difference in vision between birds and primates
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B)
Project Year: Oct 2010 - Mar 2013
Phylogenetic analysis of perceptual organization
Japan Science Society: Sasagawa Science Grant
Project Year: Apr 2012 - Feb 2013    Investigator(s): Kazuhiro Goto