Duncan Wilson

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow

Center for Human Evolution Modelling Research


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)




Current Projects

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'.

Selected Publications

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


Kyoto University Primate Research Institute
41-2 Kanrin, Inuyama, Aichi, 484-8506, Japan
E-mail: duncan [dot] wilson [dot] 76x [at] st [dot] kyoto-u [dot] ac [dot] jp