Dr. David Matsumoto, Director of Humintell, is a renowned expert in the field of microexpressions. Prior to his work at Humintell, Matsumoto worked with The Ekman Group, where he provided unique training in the fields of facial expression, gesture, nonverbal behavior, emotion and deception to private and public companies as well as various government agencies.

Since 1989 Matsumoto has been a Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University. He is also 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. 

In addition to his work at Humintell and San Francisco State University, Matsumoto is the author of numerous books and articles. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and is an Editor of the Culture and Diversity Section for the Social and Personality Psychology Compass. Matsumoto is also an Editorial Board Member for Personality and Social Psychology ReviewAsian Journal of Social Psychology, Asian Psychologist, Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Motivation and Emotion, Cognition and Emotion, Human Communication, Journal of Comparative Family Studies and Archives of Budo.

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. He has won countless awards, including the US Olympic Committee’s Coach of the Year Award 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. 

Matsumoto first began studying psychology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he received his Bachelors Degree. He obtained his Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.



Additional biographical information on Dr. Matsumoto can be found on his wikipedia page