Professor Tomoko Matsui, Director of the Communication & Learning Lab, Center for Research in International Education, Tokyo Gakugei University
Prof. Matsui graduated from Waseda University, Tokyo, and earned her PhD in Linguistics from University College London. She subsequently taught at International Christian University, Tokyo, and The Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University, before the current position at Tokyo Gakugei University. She has also conducted research on sabbatical at the Max Plank Institute in Leipzig and Stanford University.
Prof. Matsui’s primary research interest is in the development and disorders of pragmatic ability, i.e. the ability to understand the communicator’s intentions, attitudes and emotions in verbal communication. Her current research investigates young children’s understanding of speaker’s degree of confidence and its relation to development of theory of mind and epistemic vigilance. In addition, her joint project at the Japanese National Institute for Physiological Sciences explores the role of prosody in sarcasm comprehension.
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW
Yufuko Takashima, PhD
LAB ALUMNI Graduate Students