Center for Human Culture and Behavior {Psychology Department}

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Center for Human Culture and Behavior

The Center for Human Culture and Behavior brings together some of the world's leading researchers to form a collaborative nexus of scientists dedicated to the study of human culture and behavior. The researchers will form a coalition of scientists from government and academia who will be networked in a virtual work environment, all with the hope of illuminating the scientific basis of human culture and behavior.

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Center Director: Dr. David Matsumoto

Dr. David Matsumoto, is a renowned expert in the field of microexpressions, gesture, nonverbal behavior, culture and emotion.

Matsumoto is also a Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University. He is the Founder and Director of SFSU’s Culture and Emotion Research Laboratory. The laboratory focuses on studies involving culture, emotion, social interaction and communication.

In 2009, Matsumoto was one of the select few to receive the prestigious Minerva Grant; a $1.9 million grant from the US Department of Defense to examine the role of emotions in ideologically-based groups.

Matsumoto is also the owner and head instructor of the East Bay Judo Institute in El Cerrito, California. He holds a 7th degree black belt and well as class A Coaching and Referee Licenses.

Note: Page last updated March 16, 2010

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