I am interested in animal cognition, emotion and welfare, with a focus on non-human primates. My research has explored hemispheric specialization of emotion in capuchin monkeys and attentional bias towards threatening faces in chimpanzees. I am currently working on a project to assess pain in common marmosets using facial expressions.
Doctor of Science (PhD equivalent), Primatology and Wildlife Research, Kyoto University
Master of Science, Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, University of Edinburgh (UK)
Bachelor of Science (Hons), Psychology, University of Hull (UK)
2020-2022: JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship, 'A Novel Method to Assess Pain in Common Marmosets Using Facial Expressions'.
2018-2020: JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Start-up, ‘Comparing emotional attention in humans and chimpanzees: Is the touchscreen dot probe task an effective tool?’
2015-2018: MEXT Postgraduate Scholarship, 'Exploring attentional bias towards threatening faces in chimpanzees'.
Wilson, D. A., Tomonaga, M. (2018). Exploring attentional bias towards threatening faces in chimpanzees using the dot probe task. PLoS ONE 13(11): e0207378. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0207378
Wilson, D. A., Tomonaga, M. (2018). Visual discrimination of primate species based on faces in chimpanzees. Primates. 59, 3, 243-251. doi: 10.1007/s10329-018-0649-8
Wilson, D. A., Tomonaga, M., Vick, S-J. (2016). Eye preferences in capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella). Primates, 57, 3, 433-440. doi: 10.1007/s10329-016-0537-z
Tlauka, M., Donaldson, P., Wilson, D. (2008). Forgetting in spatial memories acquired in a virtual environment. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 22, 1, 69-84. doi: 10.1002/acp.1341
Wilson, P. N., Wilson, D. A., Griffiths, L., Fox, S. (2007). First-perspective spatial alignment effects from real-world exploration. Memory & Cognition, 35, 1432-1444. doi: 10.3758/BF03193613