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

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.

Byrne, RW, and Russon, AE. "Learning by imitation: a hierarchical approach." The Behavioral and brain sciences 21.5 (October 1998): 667-684. (Review)

TOMASELLO, MICHAEL, CALL, JOSEP, and HARE, BRIAN. "Five primate species follow the visual gaze of conspecifics." Animal Behaviour 55.4 (April 1998): 1063-1069. Full Text

Melis, A, Grocke, P, Kalbitz, J, and Tomasello, M. "One for you, one for me: Humans' unique turn-taking skills." Psychological Science 27.7: 987-996. Full Text Open Access Copy