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Atsushi Iriki

Atsushi lriki

Appointment

  • Fellow
  • Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness

Institution

  • RIKEN Brain Science Institute
Laboratory for Symbolic Cognitive Development

Country

  • Japan

Education

DDS, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
PhD, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
DMSc, Toho University

About

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.

Awards

Lee Wee Nam Lecturer, 2013

Otto Creutzfeldt Lecturer, 2009

Creative Research Award, 2008

Golden Brain Award, 2004






Relevant Publications

Ferrari, P.F., Tramacere, A., Simpson, E.A., Iriki, A. (2013). Mirror neurons through the lens of epigenetics. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17(9): 450–57. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2013.07.003

Iriki, A., & Taoka, M. (2012). Triadic (ecological, neural, cognitive) niche construction: A scenario of human brain evolution extrapolating tool-use and language from control of the reaching actions. Philosophical Transactions B, 367, 10–23. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1098%2Frstb.2011.0190

Yoshida, K., Saito, N., Iriki, A., Isoda, M. (2012). Social error monitoring in macaque frontal cortex. Nature Neurosci, 15(9), 1307–1312. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.3180

Quallo, M.M. Price, C.J., Ueno, K.,…Iriki, A. (2009). Gray and white matter changes associated with tool-use learning in macaque monkeys. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 106(43), 18379–18384. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0909751106

Maravita, A., & Iriki, A. (2004). Tools for the body (schema). Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 8(2), 79–86. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2003.12.008