Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology
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.
Cross-Cultural Patterns in the Ontogeny of Cooperation awarded by Jacobs Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021
The Ontogeny of Cooperation awarded by Max Planck Institute (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017
Wolf, Wouter, and Michael Tomasello. “Human children, but not great apes, become socially closer by sharing an experience in common ground.” Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 199, July 2020, p. 104930. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2020.104930. Full Text
Gopnik, Alison, et al. “Introduction to special issue: 'Life history and learning: how childhood, caregiving and old age shape cognition and culture in humans and other animals'.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, vol. 375, no. 1803, July 2020, p. 20190489. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rstb.2019.0489. Full Text
Tomasello, Michael. “The adaptive origins of uniquely human sociality.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, vol. 375, no. 1803, July 2020, p. 20190493. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rstb.2019.0493. Full Text
Bohn, Manuel, et al. “Learning Novel Skills From Iconic Gestures: A Developmental and Evolutionary Perspective.” Psychological Science, vol. 31, no. 7, July 2020, pp. 873–80. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0956797620921519. Full Text
Grueneisen, Sebastian, and Michael Tomasello. “The development of coordination via joint expectations for shared benefits.” Developmental Psychology, vol. 56, no. 6, June 2020, pp. 1149–56. Epmc, doi:10.1037/dev0000936. Full Text
Schmelz, Martin, et al. “The psychological mechanisms underlying reciprocal prosociality in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).” Journal of Comparative Psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983), vol. 134, no. 2, May 2020, pp. 149–57. Epmc, doi:10.1037/com0000200. Full Text
Köymen, Bahar, et al. “Young Children's Ability to Produce Valid and Relevant Counter-Arguments.” Child Development, vol. 91, no. 3, May 2020, pp. 685–93. Epmc, doi:10.1111/cdev.13338. Full Text
Hepach, Robert, et al. “Chimpanzees help others with what they want; children help them with what they need.” Developmental Science, vol. 23, no. 3, May 2020, p. e12922. Epmc, doi:10.1111/desc.12922. Full Text
Köymen, Bahar, et al. “Preschoolers refer to direct and indirect evidence in their collaborative reasoning.” Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 193, May 2020, p. 104806. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2020.104806. Full Text
Krupenye, Christopher, et al. “Great apes anticipate actions based on agents' (false) beliefs.” International Journal of Psychology, vol. 51, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2016, pp. 255–255.
Wobber, Victoria, et al. “Species differences in the rate of cognitive ontogeny among humans, chimpanzees, and bonobos.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 144, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2011, pp. 313–14.