Michael Tomasello

Michael Tomasello

James F. Bonk Professor

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia at Athens 1980

  • B.A., Duke University 1972


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.


Children, great apes, social cognition, communication, cooperation, social learning

Tomasello, M, Riedl, K, Jensen, K, Call, and, J. "Restorative justice in young children." Current Biology 25 (2015): 1-5. Open Access Copy

Tomasello, M. "The ultra-social animal." European Journal of Social Psychology 44.3 (April 2014): 187-194. Full Text Open Access Copy

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

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

Wobber, V, Herrmann, E, Hare, B, Wrangham, R, and Tomasello, M. "Differences in the early cognitive development of children and great apes." Developmental Psychobiology (2013). 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 (2011): 1393-1405. 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 (2010): 102-110. Full Text

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 (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 (2010). Full Text Open Access Copy