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David Matsumoto (born August 2, 1959) is an author, psychologist. His areas of expertise include culture, emotion, facial expressions, nonverbal behavior and microexpressions. Matsumoto is a professor at San Francisco State University and also the Director of Humintell[1] - a company that provides "unique training in the fields of facial expression of emotion, nonverbal behavior, detecting deception and cultural adaptation." In addition, he is a 7th degree black belt in judo and the owner and head instructor of the East Bay Judo Institute in El Cerrito, California.[2]


Matsumoto was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1981 with High Honors in Psychology and Japanese. Matsumoto proceeded to obtain his Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983 and 1986, respectively.

Since 1989, Matsumoto has been a Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University, where he received a distinguished faculty award in 2009.[3]

He is also the founder and director of the Culture and Emotion Research Laboratory (CERL) at San Francisco State.

In January 2009, Matsumoto received a $1.9 million Minerva Award research grant from the US Department of Defense to examine the role of emotions in ideologically-based groups.[4]


Matsumoto has collaborated with many other psychologists, including Dr. Paul Ekman and Dr. Mark Frank, both acclaimed psychologists in the study of facial expressions and emotions.

In addition to conducting extensive research, Matsumoto, Ekman and Frank created the Microexpression Training Tool (METT 1), the first training tool developed to improve one's ability to read microexpressions.[5] Ekman and Matsumoto then proceeded to create a proceeding version of the training tool, METT2 [6]

Both Matsumoto and Ekman now have their own versions of the microexpression training tool, which is available on their websites.

In 2009, Matsumoto and Bob Willingham conducted a study examining spontaneous facial expressions in blind judo athletes. They discovered that many facial expressions are innate and not visually learned.[7]

Matsumoto says that “Spontaneously produced facial expressions of emotion of both congenitally and non-congenitally blind individuals are the same as for sighted individuals in the same emotionally evocative situations. We also see that blind athletes manage their expressions in social situations the same way sighted athletes do.” [8]


He is the series editor for Cambridge University Press's Culture and Psychology series. He is also Editor for the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and the Culture and Diversity Section of Social and Personality Psychology Compass.


He is the recipient of many awards and honors in the field of psychology, including being named a G. Stanley Hall lecturer by the American Psychological Association.


Matsumoto is the current owner and head instructor of the East Bay Judo Institute located in El Cerrito, California. In addition, he has served as an official researcher for the International Judo Federation as well as past Director of Development for USA Judo. He holds Class A Coaching and Referee Licenses.

Matsumoto has won countless awards, including the US Olympic Committee’s Coach of the Year Award for Judo in 2003. In addition to holding various positions within the United States Judo Federation and USA Judo, Matsumoto served as the head coach of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Judo Team and was the Team Leader for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Judo Team.

His personal students have distinguished themselves by obtaining medals in national and international competition over 200 times in the past 20 years under his tutelage, including a silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Judo Championships by his daughter, 2008 Olympian, Sayaka Matsumoto.


Matsumoto is the author of numerous books, including:

The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat (2007)

Culture and Psychology-4th Edition (2007)

Judo in the U.S.: A Century of Dedication (2005)

The New Japan: Debunking Seven Cultural Stereotypes (2002)

The Handbook of Culture and Psychology (2001)

のあともう一言:話が弾む英会話 (2000)

日本人の国際適応力 (1999)

Judo: A Sport and a Way of Life (1999)

これだけ!トラベル英会話 (1999)

これで通じる!一言英会話 (1998)

Culture and Modern Life (1997)

日本人の感情世界 (1996)

Introduction to Kodokan Judo: History and Philosophy (1996)

Unmasking Japan: Myths and Realities about the Emotions of the Japanese (1996)

Cultural Influences on Research Methods and Statistics (1994)

People: Psychology From a Cultural Perspective (1994)

See also

External links


  1. "Humintell Website" Viewed on July 10, 2009.
  2. "EBJI Instructors" Viewed on July 10, 2009.
  3. "SFSU Campus Memo-Academic Senate", Vol. 56, Num 36. May 18, 2009.
  4. Ninle, Elaine. "Matsumoto Study Attracts Pentagon Support", January 22, 2009. Viewed on July 10, 2009.
  5. 4)Ekman, P., Matsumoto, D., & Frank, M. G. (2001). The Micro-Expression Training Tool, v. 1. (METT1). [CD Rom]. Available at [1]
  6. 2) Ekman, P., & Matsumoto, D. (2007). The Micro-Expression Training Tool, v. 2. (METT2). Available at [2]
  7. Matsumoto, D., & Willingham, B. (2009). Spontaneous facial expressions of emotion of blind individuals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96(1), 1-10
  8. Hamilton, Audrey. "Certain Facial Expressions Innate, Not Visually Learned" American Psychological Association, December 29, 2008. Viewed July 10, 2009.

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