J-GLOBAL         Last updated: Apr 26, 2019 at 09:56
Kyoto University
Primate Research Institute Department of Behavioral & Brain Sciences,Cognition & Learning Section
Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Literature

Research Interests


Research Areas



Graduate School, Division of Human Science, Osaka University
Faculty of Human Science, Osaka University

Published Papers

Neurodiversity and Artistic Performance Characteristic of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
frontiers in Psychology   02594   Dec 2018   [Refereed]
Physics of Life Reviews   20 85-108   Mar 2017   [Refereed]
T. Atsumi, H. Koda, N. Masataka
Scientific Reports      Feb 2017   [Refereed]
M. Grandgeorge and N. Masataka,
Frontiers in Psychology   7    Dec 2016   [Refereed]
N. Kawai, K. Kubo, N. Masataka & S. Hayakawa
Animal Cognition   19(3) 655-660   May 2016   [Refereed]
S. Ogawa, M. Shibasaki, T. Isomura & N. Masataka
Frontiers in psychology   7    May 2016   [Refereed]
R. Sawada, H. Doi & N. Masataka
Brain Research   1642(1) 287-297   Mar 2016   [Refereed]
A. Lemasson, R. Jubin, N. Masataka & M. Arlet
Scientific Reports   6 21289   Feb 2016   [Refereed]
Vocal flexibility in nonhuman primates and the origins of human language.
H. Bouchet, H. Koda, N. Masataka & A. Lemasson
Revue de primatologie   7    2016   [Refereed]
M. Arlet, R. Jubin, N. Masataka & A. Lemasson
Biology Letters   11    Jul 2015   [Refereed]
T. Isomura, S. Ogawa, M. Shibasaki, & N. Masataka.
Frontiers in Psychology   6 241   Mar 2015   [Refereed]
T. Isomura, H. Ito, S. Ogawa & N. Masataka.
Scientific Report   4 7525   Dec 2014   [Refereed]
M. Shibasaki & N. Masataka
Scientific Reports   4 5899   Jul 2014   [Refereed]
T. Isomura, S. Ogawa, S. Yamada, M. Shibasaki, & N. Masataka.
Journal of Psychological Abnormalities in Children   3 117   May 2014   [Refereed]
T. Isomura, S. Ogawa, S. Yamada, M. Shibasaki, & N. Masataka.
Frontiers in Psychology   5 461   May 2014   [Refereed]
K. Tsunemi, A. Tamura, S. Ogawa, T. Isomura, H. Ito, M. Ida, N. Masataka
Frontiers in Psychology   5 2   Jan 2014   [Refereed]
H. Koda, A. Lemasson, C. Oyakawa, Rizaldi, J. Pamungkas, N. Masataka
PLoS ONE   8 8   Aug 2013   [Refereed]
N. Masataka, L. Perlovsky
Scientific Reports   3 2028   2013   [Refereed]
N. Kawai, N. Kubo-Kawai, K. Kubo, T. Terazawa, N. Masataka
NeuroReport   23(14) 819-824   Oct 2012   [Refereed]
H. Koda, C. Oyakawa, S. Nurulkamilah, Rizaldi, H. Sugiura, A. Bakar, N. Masataka
Primates   53(4) 327-332   Oct 2012   [Refereed]
N. Masataka, L. Perlovsky
Scientific Reports   2 694   Sep 2012   [Refereed]
H. Koda, T. Nishimura, I.T. Tokuda, C. Oyakawa, T. Nihonmatsu, N. Masataka
American Journal of Physical Anthropology   149(3) 347-355   Aug 2012   [Refereed]
Variation of Characteristics of Reading and Writing Difficulties in Japanese Children with Learning Disabilities
Ogawa S., Fukushima-Murata M., Kubo-Kawai N., Asai T., Taniai H., Masataka N
proceedings of the34th Annual Meeting   2109-2114   Aug 2012   [Refereed]
A. Sato,H. Koda, A. Lemasson, S. Nagumo, N. Masataka
PLoS ONE   7 5   May 2012   [Refereed]
N. Masataka, M. Shibasaki
Scientific Reports   2 307   Mar 2012   [Refereed]
S. Hayakawa, N. Kawai, N. Masataka
Scientific Reports   1 80   Sep 2011   [Refereed]
Ito, H., Kubo-Kawai, N. & Masataka, N.
Creative Education   2(3) 276-278   Aug 2011   [Refereed]
Frontiers in Psychology   2 101   May 2011   [Refereed]
M. Wakita, M. Shibasaki, T. Ishizuka, J. Schnackenberg, M. Fujiawara, N. Masataka
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience   4 31   Apr 2010   [Refereed]
Physics of Life Reviews   7(1) 28-29   Mar 2010   [Refereed]
A. Lemasson, H. Koda, A. Kato, C. Oyakawa, C. Blois-Heulin, N. Masataka
Behavioural Brain Research   208(1) 286-289   Mar 2010   [Refereed]
Fukushima, M., Ito, H., Kubo-Kawai, N., Sugasawara, H., Yamamoto, J., Masataka,N.
Cognitive studies : bulletin of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society   16(3) 377-389   Sep 2009   [Refereed]
N. Masataka, H. Koda, N. Urasopon, K. Watanabe
PLoS ONE   4 3   Mar 2009   [Refereed]
Physics of Life Reviews   6(1) 11-22   2009   [Refereed]
Psychologia   52(4) 221-223   2009   [Refereed]
Y. Kiyonaga., H. Ito., N. Masataka
Psychologia,   52(4) 267-276   2009   [Refereed]
S. Ogawa., H. Ito., N. Masataka
Psychologia   52(4) 261-266   2009   [Refereed]
H. Doi., A. Kato., A. Hashimoto., N. Masataka
Perception   37(9) 1399-1411   2008   [Refereed]
H. Ito., N. Kubo-Kawai., M. Fukushima.,R. Sawada., N. Masataka
Psychologia   51(4) 280-289   2008   [Refereed]
Future rice is discounted less steeply than future money in Thailand
M. Takahashi., N. Masataka., S. Malaivijitnond., S. Wongsiri
Psychological Record   58(2) 175-190   2008   [Refereed]
H. Doi., R. Sawada., N. Masataka
Brain Research   1183 83-90   Dec 2007   [Refereed]
H. Koda., C. Oyakawa., A. Kato., N. Masataka
Behaviour   144 681-692   Jun 2007   [Refereed]
N. Masataka., T. Ohnishi., E. Imabayashi., M. Hirakata., H. Matsuda
Brain and Language   100(3) 276-282   Mar 2007   [Refereed]
Developmental Science   10(1) 35-39   Jan 2007   [Refereed]
C. Zitzer-Comfort., T. Doyle., N. Masataka., J. Korenberg, U. Bellugi
Developmental Science   10(6) 755-762   2007   [Refereed]
Developmental Science   9(1) 46-50   Jan 2006   [Refereed]
H. Sugiura., T. Tanaka., N. Masataka
Behaviour   143(8) 993-1012   2006   [Refereed]
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education   11(2) 139-143   2006   [Refereed]
N. Masataka., T. Ohnishi., E. Imabayashi., M. Hirakata., H. Matsuda
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education   11(2) 144-152   2006   [Refereed]
Advances in the Spoken Language Development of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children   42-63   2005   [Refereed]
S. Kajikawa., N. Masataka
74(3) 244-252   2003   [Refereed]
To what extent is the language competence module-specific?
Proceedings of the society of Cognitive Linguistics   3 296-311   2003
Journal of Child Language   29(4) 939-951   Nov 2002   [Refereed]
Low anger-aggression and anxiety-withdrawal characteristic to preschoolers in Japanese society where 'hikikomori' is becoming a major social problem
Early Education & Development   13(2) 187-200   2002   [Refereed]
A pattern of acoustic modification that commonly exists when human mothers attempt to gain the attention of their infants and when macaques attempt to gain the attention of others in their group
Koda H., Masataka N.
Psychological Reports   91 421-422   2002   [Refereed]
The importance of reading picture books to infants
Asian/Pacific Book Development   32 5-6   2002   [Refereed]
A pattern of common acoustic modification by human mothers to gain attention of a child and by macaques of others in their group.
H. Koda., N. Masataka
Psychological Reports   91(2) 421-422   2002   [Refereed]
Why early linguistic milestones are delayed in children with williams syndrome: Late onset of hand banging as a possible rate-limiting constraint on the emergence of canonical babbling
Developmental Science   4(2) 158-164   May 2001   [Refereed]
Cognitive studies : bulletin of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society   8(1) 25-36   Mar 2001   [Refereed]
Co-occurrence of preverbal vocal behavior and motor action in early infancy
K. Ejiri, N. Masataka
Developmental Science   4(1) 40-48   Mar 2001   [Refereed]
How infants become articulate: Introduction
Developmental Science   4(1) 38-39   Mar 2000   [Refereed]
Cognitive studies : bulletin of the Japanese Cognitive Science Society   7(1) 37-51   Mar 2000   [Refereed]
Preference for infant-directed singing in 2-day-old hearing infants of deaf parents.
Developmental psychology   35(4) 1001-1005   Jul 1999   [Refereed]
Possible self as parent in Canadian, Italian, and Japanese young adults
K. Bloom., P. Delmore-Ko., N. Masataka., L. Carli
Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science   31(3) 198-207   1999   [Refereed]
Y. Ikeda., N. Masataka
Japanese Psychological Research   41(4) 203-208   1999   [Refereed]
K. Bloom., K. Moore-Schoenmakers., N. Masataka
Journal of Nonverbal Behavior   23(3) 219-236   1999   [Refereed]
The role of modality and input in the earliest stage of language acquisition: Studies of Japanese Sign Language
Language Acquisition by Eye   3-24   1999   [Refereed]
Perception of motherese in Japanese sign language by 6-month-old hearing infants
Developmental psychology   34(2) 241-246   Mar 1998   [Refereed]
Possible characteristics of baby-sitting behavior of Japanese women who have grown up as only children
Elementary and Early Childhood Education Digests   18 1-10   1997   [Refereed]
Perception of motherese in a signed language by 6-month-old deaf infants
Developmental Psychology   32(5) 874-879   Sep 1996   [Refereed]
Japanese and Canadian Impressions of Vocalising Infants
K. Bloom., N. Masataka
International Journal of Behavioral Development   19(1) 89-99   1996   [Refereed]
Interspecific responses of ringtailed lemurs to playback of antipredator alarm calls given by Verreaux's sifakas
R. Oda., N. Masataka
Ethology   102(6) 441-453   1996   [Refereed]
The relation between index-finger extension and the acoustic quality of cooing in three-month-old infants
Journal of child language   22(2) 247-257   Jun 1995   [Refereed]
Absence of mirror-reversal tendency in cutaneous pattern perception and acquisition of a signed language in deaf children
British Journal of Developmental Psychology   13 97-106   Mar 1995   [Refereed]
Function of copulatory vocalizations in mate choice by females of Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata)
R. Oda., N. Masataka
Folia primatologica   64(3) 132-139   1995   [Refereed]
Acoustic properties that determine adult's preferences for 3-month-old infant vocalizations
N. Masataka., K. Bloom
Infant Behavior and Development   17(4) 461-464   1994   [Refereed]
Lack of correlation between body size and frequency of vocalizations in young female Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata)
Folia Primatologica   63(2) 115-118   1994   [Refereed]
Animal Behaviour   46(4) 741-746   1993   [Refereed]
Relation between pitch contour of prelinguistic vocalizations and communicative functions in japanese infants
Infant Behavior and Development   16(3) 397-401   1993   [Refereed]
N. Masataka., B. Thierry
Primates   34(2) 169-180   1993   [Refereed]
Effects of contingent and noncontingent maternal stimulation on the vocal behaviour of three- to four-month-old Japanese infants.
Journal of Child Language   20(2) 303-312   1993   [Refereed]
Pitch characteristics of Japanese maternal speech to infants
Journal of Child Language   19(2) 213-223   Jun 1992   [Refereed]
人類科学雑誌   99(3) 363-370   1992   [Refereed]
Motherese in a signed language
Infant Behavior and Development   15(4) 453-460   1992   [Refereed]
Functional significance of female Japanese macaque copulatory calls
R. Oda., N. Masataka
Folia Primatologica   58(3) 146-149   1992   [Refereed]
Early ontogeny of vocal behavior of Japanese infants in response to maternal speech.
Child development   63(5) 1177-1185   1992   [Refereed]
Attempts by animal caretakers to condition Japanese macaque vocalizations result inadvertently in individual specific calls. In: NishidaT, McGrewWC, MarlerP, PickfordM, deWaalFBM, editors.
Topics in primatology   1 271-278   1992   [Refereed]
Cross-generational continuity of hand-use preferences in marmosets
M. Matoba., N. Masataka., Y. Tanioka
Behaviour   117(3-4) 281-286   1991   [Refereed]
Handedness of capuchin monkeys.
Folia Primatologica   55(3-4) 189-192   1990   [Refereed]
Vocal learning of Japanese and rhesus monkeys
N. Masataka., K. Fujita
Behaviour   109 191-199   Jun 1989   [Refereed]
Population-level asymmetry of hand preference in lemurs
Behaviour   110(1-4) 244-247   1989   [Refereed]
Ethology   80(1-4) 265-273   1989   [Refereed]
The response of red-chested moustached tamarins to long calls from their natal and alien populations
Animal Behaviour   36(1) 55-61   1988   [Refereed]
Primate play vocalizations and their functional significance.
N. Masataka, M. Kohda
Folia Primatologica   50(1-2) 152-6   1988   [Refereed]


Attentional Sensitivity to Features of Angry Faces and Domain-General Cognitive Characteristics
T. Isomura, S. Ogawa and N. Masataka
2015 International Meeting for Autism Research(14 May 2015, Salt Lake City, UT)      May 2015
Snake detection and red snake effect
国際霊長類学会      Aug 2014
Characteristics of reading and writing difficulties in Japanese Children with Learning Disabilities-from the viewpoint of the Japanese feature-
Ogawa S, Fukushima-Murata M, Kubo-Kawai N, Asai T, Taniai H, Masataka N.
IDA Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference      Nov 2013
Introduction of e-learning software program to the elemently school in Japan
Ogawa S, Ito H, Fukushima-Murata M, Kiyonaga Y, Ida M, Fukuda Y & Masataka N.
4th All-European Dyslexia Conference of the European Dyslexia Association      Sep 2013
Finding a face in the crowd: Developmental Change of Sensitivity to Threatening Faces in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Isomura T, Masataka N
IMFAR2013      May 2013
L.I. Perlovsky, N. Masataka, M. Cabanac
Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks      2013
Finding a face in the crowd: The anger superiority effect in children with and without autism spectrum disorders.
Isomura T, Masataka N
IIAS Research Conference 2012 “Evolutionary Origins of Human Mind”      Dec 2012
Developmental Change of Sensitivity to Threatening Faces in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Isomura T, Masataka N
43rd NIPS International Symposium “Face Perception and Recognition”      Nov 2012
Preference for infantile physical images in two primate species
Sato A, Koda H, Lemasson A, Nagumo S, Masataka N
International Primatology Society XXIV Congress      Aug 2012
The Anger Superiority Effect in Children with and without Autism
Isomura T, Ito H, Ogawa S, Fukushima M, Shibasaki M, Masataka N
COGSCI2012      Aug 2012
The response patterns of children with developmental disorders in interpersonal conflict situations
Tamura A, Ogawa S, Ito H, Yoshikawa S, Masataka N
15th European Conference in Developmental Psychology      Aug 2011
Changes in Reading and Writing Aspects of Japanese Children with Learning Difficulties through Individual Learning Support.
Fukushima M, Ogawa S, Tamura A, Ito H, Masataka N
15th European Conference in Developmental Psychology      Aug 2011
The role of colour vision in the development of rapid snake detection in human children (Homo sapiens)
Hayakawa S, Kawai N, Masataka N
The 4th International Symposium of the Global COE Project      Sep 2010
Oyakawa C, Koda H, Tanaka T, Murai T, Nurulkamilah S, Rizaldi Bakar A, Pamungkas J, Han KH, Masataka N
International Primatological Society XXIII Congress      Sep 2010
Development of cognitive skills and brain function in students with developmental disorders from the viewpoint of multiple intelligences
Fukushima, M., Msataka, N
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting      May 2010
An ERP study on the emotional processing of handwritten and printed words.
Sawada R, Masataka N
The 17th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society      Apr 2010
Cerebral dominance for self information in handwritten shapes: An ERP study
Sawada R, Miura Y, Masataka N
The 31st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society      Aug 2009
Koda H, Hayakawa S, Oyakawa C, Mootnick A, Masataka N
第31回国際動物行動学会会議      Aug 2009
Changes in Brain Activation Effected by Improvement of Reading Performance on Children with Learning Difficulties
Fukushima M, Sugasawara H, Hiraishi H, Kubo-Kawai N, Yamamoto J, Masataka N
International Mind Brain and Education 2ndconference      May 2009
Self perception in handwriting -An ERP study
Sawada R, Doi H, Masataka N
The 16th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society      Mar 2009   [Invited]
Comparative research on singing behavior of four species of immature gibbons
Hayakawa, S, Koda H, Mootnick A, Masataka N
第11回SAGAシンポジウム      Nov 2008
Geographic variation of species-specific call in wild agile gibbons
Oyakawa C, Koda H, Tanaka T, Murai T, Nulukamilah S, Rizaldi, Bakar A, Masataka N
The 2nd International Symposium of the Biodiversity and Evolution Global COE project "from Genome to Ecosystem"      Nov 2008
The Effect of Training for Children with Learning Difficulties on Hemodynamic Changes in the Posterior Temporal Lobe
Fukushima M, Sugasawara H, Yamamoto J, Masataka N
International Mind Brain and Education Conference      Nov 2007
The possibility of cognitive bottleneck in learning at school that is caused by the delay of early language acquisition : Behavioral and brain-imaging evidence
1st conference of the International Society of Mind, Brain & Education      Nov 2007
Image Motion Processing in Perception of Biological Motion ? An ERP study.
Doi H., Sawada R., Masataka N.
The Forth Asian Conference on Vision 2006      Jul 2006
The role of Broca's area and mirror system for language learning
International Symposium for the "Origins of Language" Reconsidered      Dec 2003   [Refereed][Invited]
Implication of the evolution of laughter for language acquisition
Linguistics & Phonetics      Sep 2002
Functional significance of swaddling as traditional infant-care practiced by Native South Americans
Symposium of the 14th Biennial Conference of the Society for Human Ethology   44   Aug 1998
Implications of the evolution of laughter for language acquisition.
Symposium of the 14th Biennial Conference of the Society for Human Ethology.   26   Aug 1998
Significance of synchornization between vocalizations and motor action for spoken language acquisition
Max-Planck Workshop on Pointing Gestures   8   Jun 1997
Significance of synchornization between vocalizations and motor action for spoken language acquisition.
paper presented at the 2nd european research conference on the development of sensory, Motor and Cognitive Abilities in early infancy: Antecedents of language and the symbolic function      Apr 1996

Books etc

The Knowledge Instinct, Cognitive Functions of Music and Cultural Evolution
Leonid I. Perlovsky (Northeastern University, USA), Nobuo Masataka (Kyoto University, Japan) and Michel Cabanac (Laval University, Canada) (Part:Joint Work, Chapter 2)
IGI Global.   2016   
Evolution of music ability has been considered a mystery from Aristotle to Darwin and as no adaptive purpose has been identified yet, making music is still a puzzle for evolutionary biologists. This chapter considers a new theory of music origin a...
The orisings of language
MASATAKA Nobuo (ed) (Part:Contributor, The gestural theory of and the vocal theory of language origins are not incompatible with one another of language. / Implication of the human musical faculty for evolution of language. pp59-73)
Springer   2008   ISBN:978-431-79101-0
The Origins of Language, Heidelberg
Masataka, N.
Springer   2008   
Creativity and the Brain
World Scientific Publishing Company   Mar 2007   ISBN:978-9812700193
Pointing: Where Language, Culture, and Cognition Meet
S. Kita(ed.) (Part:Contributor, From index-finger extension to index-finger pointing: ontogenesis of pointing in preverbal infants)
Psychology Press   Dec 2003   ISBN:978-0805840148
The Onset of Language
正高 信男
Cambridge University Press,   Oct 2003   ISBN:978-0521593960
Current Topics in Primate Vocal Communication
Sugiura, H., Masataka, N. (Part:Contributor, Temporal and Acoustic Flexibility in Vocal Exchanges of Coo Calls In Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata))
Current Primatology Volume II, Social Development, Learning and Behaviour
Sugiura, H., Masataka, N. (Part:Contributor, Flexibility in vocal behaviour (coo calls) in Japanese macaques)
University of Louis Pasteur   1994   
Origin of Language
正高 信男
,   1991   

Conference Activities & Talks

Snake detection and red snake effect
14 Aug 2014   
Origins of "Motionese" [Invited]
Invited lecture at international congress of Intermodel Action Structuring (2008/07, Bielefeldt, Germany).   2008   
IT ization and Japonese society
the 10th BATJ Annual Conference   Sep 2007   
Japanese language education and e-learning
the 12th European Symposium on Japanese Language Education in Europe   Sep 2007   
The role of mirror system for language learning. [Invited]
4th Sony CSL Workshop.   26 Apr 2005   
Vocal-motor coordination in infancy and ontogeny and phylogeny of language [Invited]
the 15th International Conference of Phonetic Science   Aug 2003   
What cognitive neuroscience research reveals about evolution of language? [Invited]
the 4th International Conference of Cognitive Science   Jul 2003   


Non-invasive study of brain function for linguistic perception

Research Grants & Projects

Comparative study of vocal ontogeny in humans and nonhuman primates