Michael Tomasello

James F. Bonk Professor

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


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

Grosse, G, Scott-Phillips, TC, and Tomasello, M. "Three-year-olds hide their communicative intentions in appropriate contexts." Developmental psychology 49.11 (November 2013): 2095-2101. Full Text Open Access Copy

Herrmann, E, Keupp, S, Hare, B, Vaish, A, and Tomasello, M. "Direct and indirect reputation formation in nonhuman great apes (Pan paniscus, Pan troglodytes, Gorilla gorilla, Pongo pygmaeus) and human children (Homo sapiens)." Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983) 127.1 (February 2013): 63-75. Full Text Open Access Copy

Tomasello, M, and Vaish, A. "Origins of Human Cooperation and Morality." Annual Review of Psychology 64.1 (January 3, 2013): 231-255. Full Text Open Access Copy

Herrmann, E, Hare, B, Cissewski, J, and Tomasello, M. "A comparison of temperament in nonhuman apes and human infants." Developmental science 14.6 (November 2011): 1393-1405. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hare, B, Rosati, A, Kaminski, J, Bräuer, J, Call, J, and Tomasello, M. "The domestication hypothesis for dogs' skills with human communication: a response to Udell et al. (2008) and Wynne et al. (2008)." Animal Behaviour 79.2 (February 2010): e1-e6. Full Text Open Access Copy

Herrmann, E, Hare, B, Call, J, and Tomasello, M. "Differences in the cognitive skills of bonobos and chimpanzees." PloS one 5.8 (January 2010): e12438-. Full Text Open Access Copy

Herrmann, E, Hernández-Lloreda, MV, Call, J, Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "The structure of individual differences in the cognitive abilities of children and chimpanzees." Psychological science 21.1 (January 2010): 102-110. Full Text

Melis, AP, Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Chimpanzees coordinate in a negotiation game." Evolution and Human Behavior 30.6 (November 2009): 381-392. Full Text

Melis, AP, Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Do chimpanzees reciprocate received favours?." Animal Behaviour 76.3 (September 2008): 951-962. Full Text