Tomoko Imura


Curriculum Vitae

Last Update: 18/09/2009

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Present position

Department of Comparative Study of Cognitive Development (funded by Benesse Corporation),  

Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University

 

Correspondance 

41-2 Kanrin, Inuyama, Aichi 484-8506, Japan

Tel/Fax: +81-568-63-0549

E-mail: imura[@]pri.kyoto-u.ac.jp   *please remove"[" and "]".

 

Research Interest

Evolutional and developmental origins of pictorial depth perception

 

Education

Kwansei Gakuin University, B.A., 2001 (Psychology)

 

Kwansei Gakuin University, M.A., 2003 (Psychology)

 

Kwansei Gakuin University, Ph.D., 2006 (Psychology)

 

Experience 

April, 2001-March, 2007:

Member of Cooperative Research Program, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University

 

April, 2004-March, 2007:

Research Fellow, Chuo University

 

April, 2005-March, 2006:

Research Fellow for Ph.D. students, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

 

April, 2006-March, 2007: 

Posdoc Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

 

April, 2007- April, 2009:

Posdoc Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

 

January, 2008-September, 2008:

Honorary Research Associate, Developmental Psychology, University College London

 

May, 2009-

Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Study of Cognitive Development (funded by Benesse 

Corporation), Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University

 

 

Articles

[Peer Reviewed papers]

Imura, T., & Tomonaga, M. (2003). Perception of depth from shading in infant chimpanzees (Pan

        troglodytes). Animal Cognition, 6, 253-258. [PubMed]

 

Imura, T., Yamaguchi, M.K., Kanazawa, S., Shirai, N., Otsuka, Y., Tomonaga, M., & Yagi, A.

        (2006). Perception of motion trajectory of object from the moving cast shadow in infants.

        Vision Research, 46, 652-657. [PubMed]

 

Tomonaga, M., Imura, T., Mizuno, Y., & Tanaka, M. (2007). Gravity bias in young and adult

        chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): tests with a modified opaque-tubes task. Developmental

        Science, 10, 411-421.[PubMed]

 

Imura, T., Tomonaga, M., & Yagi, A. (2008). The effects of linear perspective on relative size

        discrimination in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and humans (Homo sapiens). Behavioural

        Processes, 77, 306-312. [PubMed]

 

 Imura, T., Yamaguchi, M.K., Kanazawa, S., Shirai, N., Otsuka, Y., Tomonaga, M., & Yagi, A.

        (2008). Infants’ sensitivity to shading and line junctions. Vision Research, 48, 1420-1426.

        [PubMed]

 

Imura, T., Tomonaga, M., Yamaguchi, M. K., & Yagi, A (2008). Asymmetry in the detection of

        shapes from shading in infants. Japanese Psychological Research, 50, 128-136. 

 

Imura, T., Shirai, N., Tomonaga, M., Yamaguchi, M. K., & Yagi, A. (2008). Asymmetry in the 

        perception of motion in depth induced by moving cast shadows. Journal of Vision, 8(13),  

        1-8.[PubMed]

 

Imura,T., & Tomonaga, M.(2009). Moving shadows contribute to the corridor illusion in a

        chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes). Journal of Comparative Psychology. 123, 280-286.[PubMed]

 

Tomonaga, M., & Imura, T. (2009). Faces capture the visuospatial attention of chimpanzees (Pan 

        troglodytes): Evidence from a cueing experiment. Frontiers in Zoology, 6, 14.

 

 

Chapter

Imura, T., Tomonaga, M. , & Yagi, A. (2006). Processing of shadow information in Chimpanzee

        (Pan troglodytes) and human (Homo sapiens) infants. Matsuzawa, T., Tomonaga, M., &

        Tanaka, M. (Eds). Cognitive Development in Chimpanzees, Springer, pp.305-315.

 

Proceedings

Imura,T., Tomonaga, M., Yamaguchi, M.K., & Yagi, A. (2006). Perception of object's motion

        trajectory from moving cast shadow in human and Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata)

        infants, and an adult chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes). The Japanese Journal of Psychonomic

        Science, 25, 121-122.

 

Imura, T., Shirai, N., Tomonaga, M., Yamaguchi, M. K., & Yagi, A. (2006). Asymmetry on the

        perception of approaching or receding objects defined by moving cast shadows. The

        Japanese Journal of Psychonomic Science, 25, 267-268.

 

Presentations

[Peer Reviewed Presentations]

Imura, T., Tomonaga, M., Yamaguchi, M. K., and Yagi, A. (2004). Perception of depth from

        shading in chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and human (Homo sapiens) infants. 14th Biennial

        International Conference on Infant Studies, Chicago, USA, May 2004.

 

Imura, T., Tomonaga, M., Yamaguchi, M. K., & Yagi, A. (2005). Perception of motion trajectory

        from moving cast shadow in human infants. Vision Sciences Society 2005 Annual Meeting,

        Sarasota, USA, May, 5, 2005.

 

Imura, T., Tomonaga, M., & Yagi, A. (2005). The effect of cast shadow for shape perception

        from attached shadow on visual search in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and humans (Homo

        sapiens). 28th European Conference on Visual Perception, A Coruna, Spain, August, 24,

        2005.

 

Imura, T., Yamaguchi, M.K., Kanazawa, S., Shirai, N., Otsuka, Y., Tomonaga, M., & Yagi, A.

        (2006). Perception of 3-D shape from moving cast shadow in human infants. Vision Sciences

        Society 2006 Annual Meeting, Sarasota, USA, May, 4, 2006. Abstracts, p.152.

 

Imura,T., Yamaguchi, M. K., Tomonaga, M., and Yagi, A. (2006). Perception of motion trajectory

        from moving cast shadow in humans and Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata). 15th

        Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Kyoto, Japan, June 21th, 2006.

        Program, p.49.

 

Imura, T., Shirai, N., Yamaguchi, M. K., Tomonaga, M., and Yagi, A. (2006). Asymmetry on the

        perception of motion in depth by moving cast shadows. 29th European Conference on Visual

        Perception, St. Peteresburg, Russia, August, 21, 2006.

 

Imura, T., & Tomonaga, M.(2007). Visual search on the ground-like surface defined by texture

        gradients in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and humans (Homo sapiens). Vision Sciences

        Society 2007 Annual Meeting, Sarasota, USA, May, 12, 2007.

 

Imura, T., Yamaguchi, M.K., Kanazawa, S., Shirai, N., Otsuka, Y., Tomonaga, M., & Yagi, A.

        (2007). Perception of shape from shading and line junctions in infants. 30th European

        Conference on Visual Perception, Arezzo, Italy, August, 28, 2007.

 

Imura, T., & Tomonaga, M.(2008). Visual search on the ground-like surface defined by pictorial

        depth cues in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and humans (Homo sapiens). International

        Primatological Society XXII Congress, Edinburgh, UK, August, 4, 2008.

 

Imura, T., Tomonaga, M., Yonas, A. (2008). Perception of depth from linear perspective and

        binocular information in a chimpanzee. 31th European Conference on Visual Perception,

        Utrecht, Netherlands, August, 28, 2008.

 

Awards

December, 2005:

The best presentation award, 35th annual meeting of the Japanese Psychonomic Society

 

June, 2006:

The best presentation award, 36th annual meeting of the Japanese Psychonomic Society