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

Call, J, Hare, B, Carpenter, M, and Tomasello, M. "'Unwilling' versus 'unable': chimpanzees' understanding of human intentional action." Developmental science 7.4 (September 2004): 488-498. Full Text

Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Chimpanzees are more skilful in competitive than in cooperative cognitive tasks." Animal Behaviour 68.3 (September 2004): 571-581. Full Text

Tomasello, M, Call, J, and Hare, B. "Chimpanzees understand psychological states – the question is which ones and to what extent." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7.4 (April 2003): 153-156. Full Text

Tomasello, M, Call, J, and Hare, B. "Chimpanzees versus humans: It's not that simple." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7.6 (2003): 239-240. Full Text

Hare, B, Addessi, E, Call, J, Tomasello, M, and Visalberghi, E. "Do capuchin monkeys, Cebus apella, know what conspecifics do and do not see?." Animal Behaviour 65.1 (January 2003): 131-142. Full Text

Hare, B, Brown, M, Williamson, C, and Tomasello, M. "The domestication of social cognition in dogs." Science (New York, N.Y.) 298.5598 (November 2002): 1634-1636. Full Text

Tomasello, M, Hare, B, and Fogleman, T. "The ontogeny of gaze following in chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes, and rhesus macaques, Macaca mulatta." Animal Behaviour 61.2 (February 2001): 335-343. Full Text

Hare, B, Call, J, and Tomasello, M. "Do chimpanzees know what conspecifics know?." Animal Behaviour 61.1 (January 2001): 139-151. Full Text

Agnetta, B, Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Cues to food location that domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) of different ages do and do not use." Animal Cognition 3.2 (December 1, 2000): 107-112. Full Text

Hare, B, Call, J, Agnetta, B, and Tomasello, M. "Chimpanzees know what conspecifics do and do not see." Animal Behaviour 59.4 (April 2000): 771-785. Full Text