Michael Tomasello

Michael Tomasello

Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

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

Overview

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

Selected Grants

Cross-Cultural Patterns in the Ontogeny of Cooperation awarded by Max Planck Institute (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021

The Ontogeny of Cooperation awarded by Max Planck Institute (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Tomasello, M. A Natural History of Human Morality. January 4, 2016.

Tomasello, M. A Natural History of Human Thinking. Harvard University Press, February 2014. (Edited Book)

Bohn, M, Zimmermann, L, Call, J, and Tomasello, M. "The social-cognitive basis of infants' reference to absent entities." Cognition 177 (August 2018): 41-48. Full Text

House, BR, and Tomasello, M. "Modeling social norms increasingly influences costly sharing in middle childhood." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 171 (July 2018): 84-98. Full Text

Kachel, G, Moore, R, and Tomasello, M. "Two-year-olds use adults' but not peers' points." Developmental science (March 12, 2018). Full Text

Vaish, A, Hepach, R, and Tomasello, M. "The specificity of reciprocity: Young children reciprocate more generously to those who intentionally benefit them." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 167 (March 2018): 336-353. Full Text Open Access Copy

Domberg, A, Köymen, B, and Tomasello, M. "Children's reasoning with peers in cooperative and competitive contexts." The British journal of developmental psychology 36.1 (March 2018): 64-77. Full Text Open Access Copy

Tomasello, M, and Call, J. "Thirty years of great ape gestures." Animal cognition (February 21, 2018). Full Text Open Access Copy

Mammen, M, Köymen, B, and Tomasello, M. "The reasons young children give to peers when explaining their judgments of moral and conventional rules." Developmental psychology 54.2 (February 2018): 254-262. Full Text Open Access Copy

Grocke, P, Rossano, F, and Tomasello, M. "Young children are more willing to accept group decisions in which they have had a voice." Journal of experimental child psychology 166 (February 2018): 67-78. Full Text Open Access Copy

Köymen, B, and Tomasello, M. "Children's meta-talk in their collaborative decision making with peers." Journal of experimental child psychology 166 (February 2018): 549-566. Full Text Open Access Copy

Halina, M, Liebal, K, and Tomasello, M. "The goal of ape pointing." Plos One 13.4 (January 2018): e0195182-null. Full Text

Pages

Krupenye, C, Kano, F, Hirata, S, Call, J, and Tomasello, M. "Great apes anticipate actions based on agents' (false) beliefs." July 2016.

Wobber, V, Herrmann, E, Hare, B, Wrangham, R, and Tomasello, M. "Species differences in the rate of cognitive ontogeny among humans, chimpanzees, and bonobos." 2011.