Michael Tomasello

Michael Tomasello

Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

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

Hare, B, Brown, M, Williamson, C, and Tomasello, M. "The domestication of social cognition in dogs." Science 298.5598 (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 (2001): 335-343. Full Text

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

Hare, B, Call, J, Agnetta, B, and Tomasello, M. "Chimpanzees know what conspecifics do and do not see." Animal Behaviour 59.4 (2000): 771-785. 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 (2000): 107-112. Full Text

Itakura, S, Agnetta, B, Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Chimpanzee use of human and conspecific social cues to locate hidden food." Developmental Science 2.4 (1999): 448-456.

Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) use human and conspecific social cues to locate hidden food." Journal of Comparative Psychology 113.2 (1999): X173-X177.

Tomasello, M, Hare, B, and Agnetta, B. "Chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes, follow gaze direction geometrically." Animal Behaviour 58.4 (1999): 769-777. Full Text

Byrne, RW, Russon, AE, Bauer, PJ, Chen, M, Chartrand, TL, Lee-Chai, AY, Bargh, JA, Colman, AM, Cummins, DD, Decety, J, Grezes, J, Waal, FBMD, Fishbein, HD, Gardner, M, Heyes, C, Gattis, M, Bekkering, H, Wohlschlager, A, Hayne, H, Heimann, M, Huber, L, Jorion, PJM, II, SAK, Gory, JD, Jr, XMJ, Aogain, EM, Matheson, MD, Fragaszy, DM, Midford, PE, Miklosi, A, Mitchell, RW, Motomora, N, Roitblat, HL, Todt, D, Tomasello, M, Vereijken, B, Whiting, HTA, Vogt, S, Carey, D, Want, SC, and Harris, PL et al. "Learning by imitation: A hierarchical approach." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21.5 (1998): 667-721. Full Text

Tomasello, M, Call, J, and Hare, B. "Five primate species follow the visual gaze of conspecifics." Animal Behaviour 55.4 (1998): 1063-1069. Full Text