Katsumi Watanabe

Professor (Cognitive Science) at Waseda University and Adjunct Professor (Art & Design), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 

He received BA in experimental psychology and MA in life sciences from the University of Tokyo and his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems from California Institute of Technology, for his work in cross-modal interaction in humans. He was a research fellow at National Institute of Health (USA) and a researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (Japan). His laboratory research focuses on perception, cognition, action, decision making, social perception, individual difference, brain functions, and affective science. The main themes include:scientific investigations on explicit and implicit processes in human perception, cognition and action, interdisciplinary approaches to cognitive sciences, practical applications of knowledge of cognitive, neuro and affective sciences.




Empathy in Cognitive Science: Implicit Behavioral/Affective Contagion

Perception, action, and decision making of humans are products of complex interactions between explicit and implicit processes and between self and others. In this talk, I will illustrate how empathy and sympathy have been studied in cognitive sciences. I will also present some recent works, where we used several methods to examine implicit processes that often lead to contagion in cognition, behavior, and affective states of individuals and groups, and and introduce our current project "Implicit ambient surface information based on Implicit Ambient Surface Information", where wearable sensors are used to measure and enhance performance and experience.