Michael Tomasello

Michael Tomasello

James F. Bonk Distinguished Professor

Education & Training

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

  • B.A., Duke University 1972

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.

Expertise

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

Wolf, Wouter, and Michael Tomasello. “Human children, but not great apes, become socially closer by sharing an experience in common ground.Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 199, Nov. 2020, p. 104930. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2020.104930. Full Text

Sánchez-Amaro, Alejandro, et al. “Do 7-year-old children understand social leverage?Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 199, Nov. 2020, p. 104963. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2020.104963. Full Text

Ulber, Julia, and Michael Tomasello. “Young children's prosocial responses toward peers and adults in two social contexts.Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 198, Oct. 2020, p. 104888. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2020.104888. Full Text

Tomasello, Michael. “The adaptive origins of uniquely human sociality.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, vol. 375, no. 1803, July 2020, p. 20190493. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rstb.2019.0493. Full Text

Bohn, Manuel, et al. “Learning Novel Skills From Iconic Gestures: A Developmental and Evolutionary Perspective.Psychological Science, vol. 31, no. 7, July 2020, pp. 873–80. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0956797620921519. Full Text

Gopnik, Alison, et al. “Introduction to special issue: 'Life history and learning: how childhood, caregiving and old age shape cognition and culture in humans and other animals'.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, vol. 375, no. 1803, July 2020, p. 20190489. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rstb.2019.0489. Full Text

Grueneisen, Sebastian, and Michael Tomasello. “The development of coordination via joint expectations for shared benefits.Developmental Psychology, vol. 56, no. 6, June 2020, pp. 1149–56. Epmc, doi:10.1037/dev0000936. Full Text

Hepach, Robert, et al. “Chimpanzees help others with what they want; children help them with what they need.Developmental Science, vol. 23, no. 3, May 2020, p. e12922. Epmc, doi:10.1111/desc.12922. Full Text

Köymen, Bahar, et al. “Preschoolers refer to direct and indirect evidence in their collaborative reasoning.Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 193, May 2020, p. 104806. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2020.104806. Full Text

Schmelz, Martin, et al. “The psychological mechanisms underlying reciprocal prosociality in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).Journal of Comparative Psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983), vol. 134, no. 2, May 2020, pp. 149–57. Epmc, doi:10.1037/com0000200. Full Text

Pages

Call, J., and M. Tomasello. “The gestural repertoire of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).” The Gestural Communication of Apes and Monkeys, 2020, pp. 17–39.

Tomasello, M., and J. Call. “Ape gestures and the origins of language.” The Gestural Communication of Apes and Monkeys, 2020, pp. 221–39.

Tomasello, M., and J. Call. “Introduction: Intentional communication in nonhuman primates.” The Gestural Communication of Apes and Monkeys, 2020, pp. 1–15.

Call, J., and M. Tomasello. “Comparing the gestures of apes and monkeys.” The Gestural Communication of Apes and Monkeys, 2020, pp. 197–220.

Jensen, K., and M. Tomasello. “Punishment.” Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, 2019, pp. 214–21. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.01093-1. Full Text

Tomasello, M. “What did we learn from theape language studies?Bonobos: Unique in Mind, Brain, and Behavior, 2018, pp. 95–104. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oso/9780198728511.003.0007. Full Text

Matthews, D., and M. Tomasello. “Grammar.” The Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology, 2016, pp. 38–50. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-809324-5.05819-3. Full Text

Vaish, A., and M. Tomasello. “The early ontogeny of human cooperation and morality.” Handbook of Moral Development, Second Edition, 2013, pp. 279–98. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203581957. Full Text

Tomasello, M. “Cognitive Linguistics and First Language Acquisition.” The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics, 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199738632.013.0041. Full Text

Wyman, E., and M. Tomasello. “The ontogenetic origins of human cooperation.” Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198568308.013.0017. Full Text

Pages

Call, J., and M. Tomasello. The gestural communication of apes and monkeys. 2020, pp. 1–256. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781003064541. Full Text

Tomasello, M. Introduction: A cognitive-functional perspective on language structure. Vol. 1, 2017, pp. vii–xxiii.

Tomasello, M. The new psychology of language: Cognitive and functional approaches to language structure. Vol. 1, 2017, pp. 1–292. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315085678. Full Text

Tomasello, Michael. A Natural History of Human Morality. 2016.

Tomasello, M. A Natural History of Human Thinking. Harvard University Press, 2014, pp. 1–192.

Tomasello, M. Introduction to the classic edition. 2014, pp. vii–xiii.

Tomasello, M. Introduction to the classic edition. 2014, pp. vii–xiii.

Pages

Krupenye, Christopher, et al. “Great apes anticipate actions based on agents' (false) beliefs.” International Journal of Psychology, vol. 51, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2016, pp. 255–255.

Wobber, Victoria, et al. “Species differences in the rate of cognitive ontogeny among humans, chimpanzees, and bonobos.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 144, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2011, pp. 313–14.

Moll, Henrike, and Michael Tomasello. “Cooperation and human cognition: the Vygotskian intelligence hypothesis.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, vol. 362, no. 1480, 2007, pp. 639–48. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rstb.2006.2000. Full Text

Selected Grants

Cross-Cultural Patterns in the Ontogeny of Cooperation awarded by Jacobs Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2024

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