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

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.

Hare, B, and Tomasello, M. "Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) use human and conspecific social cues to locate hidden food." Journal of Comparative Psychology 113.2 (1999): X173-X177.

Tomasello, M, Call, J, and Hare, B. "Five primate species follow the visual gaze of conspecifics." Animal Behaviour 55.4 (1998): 1063-1069. Full Text

Byrne, RW, Russon, AE, Bauer, PJ, Chen, M, Chartrand, TL, Lee-Chai, AY, Bargh, JA, Colman, AM, Cummins, DD, Decety, J, Grezes, J, Waal, FBMD, Fishbein, HD, Gardner, M, Heyes, C, Gattis, M, Bekkering, H, Wohlschlager, A, Hayne, H, Heimann, M, Huber, L, Jorion, PJM, II, SAK, Gory, JD, Jr, XMJ, Aogain, EM, Matheson, MD, Fragaszy, DM, Midford, PE, Miklosi, A, Mitchell, RW, Motomora, N, Roitblat, HL, Todt, D, Tomasello, M, Vereijken, B, Whiting, HTA, Vogt, S, Carey, D, Want, SC, and Harris, PL et al. "Learning by imitation: A hierarchical approach." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21.5 (1998): 667-721. 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