list 5 sequences
assignment Level : Introductory
chat_bubble_outline Language : English
card_giftcard 80 points
Logo My Mooc Business

Top companies choose Edflex to build in-demand career skills.

Get started
Users' reviews
0 reviews

Key Information

credit_card Free access
verified_user Fee-based Certificate
timer 10 hours in total

About the content

The human mind is an evolutionary product, just like the body. However, the mind does not remain in fossil form like bones and teeth. Therefore, to better study and understand our minds their evolutionary origins we need to compare our cognitive features with those of different living primates. This approach is called "Comparative Cognitive Science (CCS)". CCS is a unique combination of Psychology and Primatology. CCS tries to give answers to the fundamental questions such as "what is uniquely human?", "where did it come from?”, "how did we get here?”, and "where do we go?" This intensive course focuses on chimpanzees, the closest relatives of humans.

This course covers selected areas of current research on CCS. We focus on behavioral studies of nonhuman animals, especially chimpanzees. Since the chimpanzee and the human share the latest common ancestor, only about five million years ago, this great ape provides the key to understanding our nature.

  • The latest methodology of Comparative Cognitive Science
  • Similarities and differences between human and non-human primates
  • The current state of wild chimpanzees in Bossou

more_horiz Read more
more_horiz Read less


Week 1: Introduction to Primate World

  • How Special is the Japanese Monkeys?
  • Animal Culture: Conspicuous Behaviors in Japanese Monkeys and Their Background
  • Why We Have to Study Chimpanzees to Understand Human Unique Nature?

Week 2: Matsuzawa Methodology

  • Synthesizing Lab Work & Field Work
  • Participant Observation
  • Field Observation

Week 3: Imitation and Language

  • Imitation 1: Chimpanzee Nut-cracking
  • Imitation 2: Imitation with an Object
  • Language 1: Recognition and Memory of Number System
  • Language 2: Cognitive Association between Colors and Symbols

Week 4: Stable Supine Posture and Imagination

  • Stable Supine Posture
  • Imagination

Week 5 Green Corridor Project as a Conservation Practice

  • Research Site and Bossou Chimpanzees
  • Threats to Chimps 1: Deforestation
  • Threats to Chimps 2: Poaching
  • Threats to Chimps 3: Contagious Disease
  • Environmental Education


Tetsuro Matsuzawa
Distinguished Professor of Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study
Professor of Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University


Content Designer

Kyoto University
Kyoto University



Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley, are just some of the schools that you have at your fingertips with EdX. Through massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the world's best universities, you can develop your knowledge in literature, math, history, food and nutrition, and more. These online classes are taught by highly-regarded experts in the field. If you take a class on computer science through Harvard, you may be taught by David J. Malan, a senior lecturer on computer science at Harvard University for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. But there's not just one professor - you have access to the entire teaching staff, allowing you to receive feedback on assignments straight from the experts. Pursue a Verified Certificate to document your achievements and use your coursework for job and school applications, promotions, and more. EdX also works with top universities to conduct research, allowing them to learn more about learning. Using their findings, edX is able to provide students with the best and most effective courses, constantly enhancing the student experience.

You are the designer of this MOOC?
What is your opinion on this resource ?