Atsushi Iriki’s research focuses on uncovering evolutionary precursors of human higher cognitive functions that are grounded in physical morphologies and patterns of structured bodily actions.
He studies the behaviour and neurophysiology of macaque
monkeys that are trained to use tools and other high-tech apparatus. Iriki is also working
to uncover neurobiological mechanisms of evolutionary and developmental processes
that give rise to symbolic cognitive functions, using experimental marmoset models.
Golden Brain Award, 2004
Creative Research Award, 2008
Otto Creutzfeldt Lecturer, 2009
Lee Wee Nam Lecturer, 2013
Maravita, A., and A. Iriki. "Tools for the body (schema)." Tr Cogn Sci 8 (2004): 79–86.
Quallo, M.M. et al. "Gray and white matter changes associated with tool-use learning in macaque monkeys." Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 106 (2009): 18379–18384.
Iriki, A., and M. Taoka. "Triadic (ecological, neural, cognitive) niche construction: a
scenario of human brain evolution extrapolating tool-use and language from control of the reaching actions." Phil Trans Royal Soc B 367 (2012): 10–23.
Yoshida, K. et al. "Social error monitoring in macaque frontal cortex.” Nat Neurosci 15
Ferrari, P.F. et al. "Mirror neurons through the lens of epigenetics." Tr Cogn Sci 17 (2013): 450–57.