Michael Tomasello

James F. Bonk Professor

External address: 
247 Soc Psych Bldg, Box 90086, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 660-8752

Overview

Major research interests in processes of social cognition, social learning, cooperation, and communication from developmental, comparative, and cultural perspectives. Current theoretical focus on processes of shared intentionality. Empirical research mainly with human children from 1 to 4 years of age and great apes.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia at Athens 1980

  • B.A., Duke University 1972

Cross-Cultural Patterns in the Ontogeny of Cooperation awarded by Max Planck Institute (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021

The Ontogeny of Cooperation awarded by Max Planck Institute (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Tomasello, M. A Natural History of Human Morality. January 4, 2016.

Tomasello, M. A Natural History of Human Thinking. Harvard University Press, February 2014. (Edited Book)

Kanngiesser, P, Köymen, B, and Tomasello, M. "Young children mostly keep, and expect others to keep, their promises." Journal of experimental child psychology 159 (July 2017): 140-158. Full Text Open Access Copy

Ulber, J, Hamann, K, and Tomasello, M. "Young children, but not chimpanzees, are averse to disadvantageous and advantageous inequities." Journal of experimental child psychology 155 (March 2017): 48-66. Full Text Open Access Copy

Grueneisen, S, and Tomasello, M. "Children coordinate in a recurrent social dilemma by taking turns and along dominance asymmetries." Developmental psychology 53.2 (February 2017): 265-273. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hepach, R, Vaish, A, and Tomasello, M. "The fulfillment of others' needs elevates children's body posture." Developmental psychology 53.1 (January 2017): 100-113. Full Text Open Access Copy

Buttelmann, D, Buttelmann, F, Carpenter, M, Call, J, and Tomasello, M. "Great apes distinguish true from false beliefs in an interactive helping task." PloS one 12.4 (January 2017): e0173793-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hepach, R, Kante, N, and Tomasello, M. "Toddlers Help a Peer." Child development (December 7, 2016). Full Text Open Access Copy

Hardecker, S, Schmidt, MFH, and Tomasello, M. "Children’s Developing Understanding of the Conventionality of Rules." Journal of Cognition and Development (November 2, 2016): 1-26. Full Text Open Access Copy

Vaish, A, Carpenter, M, and Tomasello, M. "The Early Emergence of Guilt-Motivated Prosocial Behavior." Child development 87.6 (November 2016): 1772-1782. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hepach, R, Vaish, A, Grossmann, T, and Tomasello, M. "Young Children Want to See Others Get the Help They Need." Child development 87.6 (November 2016): 1703-1714. Full Text Open Access Copy

Schmidt, MFH, and Tomasello, M. "How chimpanzees cooperate: If dominance is artificially constrained." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113.44 (November 2016): E6728-E6729. (Letter) Full Text Open Access Copy

Pages

Wobber, V, Herrmann, E, Hare, B, Wrangham, R, and Tomasello, M. "Species differences in the rate of cognitive ontogeny among humans, chimpanzees, and bonobos." 2011.