about Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Akiyoshi Kitaoka is a professor of psychology at the College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. He received a BSc from the Department of Biology, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan in 1984, and received a PhD degree from the Institute of Psychology, University of Tsukuba in 1991. He received the "Gold Prize" of the 9th L'ORÉAL Art and Science of Color Prize in 2006, and the "Award for Original Studies" from the Japanese Society of Cognitive Psychology in 2007. He extensively studies visual illusions including geometrical (shape) illusions, lightness illusions, color illusions, motion illusions and other visual phenomena including visual completion or perceptual transparency. He also produces a variety of "illusion works" and exhibits them in his webpages. The most popular illusion work is "Rotating snakes", which was created in 2003 as an image of the optimized Fraser-Wilcox illusion. Before he started to investigate visual illusions, he studied animal psychology (burrowing behavior in rats and mice) in the University of Tsukuba and electrophysiology (neuronal activity of the inferotemporal cortex in Macaque monkeys) in the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neuroscience. He wrote more than ten books of visual illusions or illusion designs.

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Akiyoshi Kitaoka, Professor, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University, 56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8577, Japan --- facebook


@Bremen, Germany, August 2013



Akiyoshi KITAOKA

Born in 1961 (August 19th), in Kochi City, Japan.
1991: Ph.D., Institute of Psychology, University of Tsukuba in 1991. 1991-2001: Staff Scientist, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Neuroscience. 2001-2006: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University. 2006-present: Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University.

2006: The 9th L'ORÉAL Art and Science of Color Prize, the Gold Prize winner --- Related article
2007: Award for Original Studies from the Japanese Society of Cognitive Psychology --- Related article



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