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

Hare, B, Call, J, and Tomasello, M. "Chimpanzees deceive a human competitor by hiding." Cognition 101.3 (2006): 495-514. Full Text

Melis, AP, Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Chimpanzees recruit the best collaborators." Science 311.5765 (2006): 1297-1300. Full Text

Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Human-like social skills in dogs?." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 9.9 (2005): 439-444. Full Text

Call, J, Hare, B, Carpenter, M, and Tomasello, M. "'Unwilling' versus 'unable': Chimpanzees' understanding of human intentional action." Developmental Science 7.4 (2004): 488-498. Full Text

Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Chimpanzees are more skilful in competitive than in cooperative cognitive tasks." Animal Behaviour 68.3 (2004): 571-581. Full Text

Tomasello, M, Call, J, and Hare, B. "Chimpanzees understand psychological states - The question is which ones and to what extent." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7.4 (2003): 153-156. Full Text

Hare, B, Addessi, E, Call, J, Tomasello, M, and Visalberghi, E. "Do capuchin monkeys, Cebus apella, know what conspecifics do and do not see?." Animal Behaviour 65.1 (2003): 131-142. Full Text

Tomasello, M, Call, J, and Hare, B. "Chimpanzees versus humans: It's not that simple." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7.6 (2003): 239-240. Full Text

Hare, B, Brown, M, Williamson, C, and Tomasello, M. "The domestication of social cognition in dogs." Science 298.5598 (2002): 1634-1636. Full Text

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