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)

Hepach, R, Vaish, A, and Tomasello, M. "Children's Intrinsic Motivation to Provide Help Themselves After Accidentally Harming Others." Child development 88.4 (July 2017): 1251-1264. Full Text Open Access Copy

Schmelz, M, Grueneisen, S, Kabalak, A, Jost, J, and Tomasello, M. "Chimpanzees return favors at a personal cost." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114.28 (July 2017): 7462-7467. Full Text Open Access Copy

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

Sánchez-Amaro, A, Duguid, S, Call, J, and Tomasello, M. "Chimpanzees, bonobos and children successfully coordinate in conflict situations." Proceedings. Biological sciences 284.1856 (June 2017). Full Text Open Access Copy

Hardecker, S, and Tomasello, M. "From imitation to implementation: How two- and three-year-old children learn to enforce social norms." British Journal of Developmental Psychology 35.2 (June 2017): 237-248. Full Text Open Access Copy

Rapp, DJ, Engelmann, JM, Herrmann, E, and Tomasello, M. "The impact of choice on young children’s prosocial motivation." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 158 (June 2017): 112-121. Full Text Open Access Copy

Tomasello, M, and Gonzalez-Cabrera, I. "The Role of Ontogeny in the Evolution of Human Cooperation." Human nature (Hawthorne, N.Y.) (May 18, 2017). 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 18.2 (March 15, 2017): 163-188. 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

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.