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

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 (February 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 (January 2010): e12438-. 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 (January 2010): 102-110. Full Text

Melis, AP, Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Chimpanzees coordinate in a negotiation game." Evolution and Human Behavior 30.6 (November 2009): 381-392. Full Text

Melis, AP, Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Do chimpanzees reciprocate received favours?." Animal Behaviour 76.3 (September 2008): 951-962. Full Text

Herrmann, E, Call, J, Hernández-Lloreda, MV, Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Response [3]." Science 319.5863 (February 1, 2008): 569-. (Letter)

Herrmann, E, Call, J, Hernandez-Lloreda, MV, Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Comparing social skills of children and apes - Response." SCIENCE 319.5863 (February 1, 2008): 570-570.

Herrmann, E, Call, J, Hernàndez-Lloreda, MV, Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Humans have evolved specialized skills of social cognition: the cultural intelligence hypothesis." Science (New York, N.Y.) 317.5843 (September 2007): 1360-1366. Full Text

Warneken, F, Hare, B, Melis, AP, Hanus, D, and Tomasello, M. "Spontaneous altruism by chimpanzees and young children." PLoS biology 5.7 (July 2007): e184-. Full Text