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
Vaish, A, Hepach, R, and Tomasello, M. "The specificity of reciprocity: Young children reciprocate more generously to those who intentionally benefit them (Accepted)." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 167 (March 1, 2018): 336-353. Full Text
Grocke, P, Rossano, F, and Tomasello, M. "Young children are more willing to accept group decisions in which they have had a voice. (Accepted)" Journal of experimental child psychology 166 (February 2018): 67-78. Full Text
Köymen, B, and Tomasello, M. "Children's meta-talk in their collaborative decision making with peers. (Accepted)" Journal of experimental child psychology 166 (February 2018): 549-566. Full Text
Mammen, M, Köymen, B, and Tomasello, M. "The reasons young children give to peers when explaining their judgments of moral and conventional rules. (Accepted)" Developmental psychology 54.2 (February 2018): 254-262. Full Text
Engelmann, JM, Herrmann, E, and Tomasello, M. "Concern for Group Reputation Increases Prosociality in Young Children." Psychological science (November 2017): 956797617733830-. Full Text
Hepach, R, Vaish, A, Müller, K, and Tomasello, M. "The relation between young children's physiological arousal and their motivation to help others." Neuropsychologia (October 10, 2017). Full Text
Domberg, A, Köymen, B, and Tomasello, M. "Children's reasoning with peers in cooperative and competitive contexts." The British journal of developmental psychology (September 21, 2017). Full Text
Kano, F, Krupenye, C, Hirata, S, Call, J, and Tomasello, M. "Submentalizing Cannot Explain Belief-Based Action Anticipation in Apes." Trends in cognitive sciences 21.9 (September 2017): 633-634. (Letter) Full Text Open Access Copy
Krupenye, C, Kano, F, Hirata, S, Call, J, and Tomasello, M. "Great apes anticipate actions based on agents' (false) beliefs." July 2016.
Wobber, V, Herrmann, E, Hare, B, Wrangham, R, and Tomasello, M. "Species differences in the rate of cognitive ontogeny among humans, chimpanzees, and bonobos." 2011.
Cross-Cultural Patterns in the Ontogeny of Cooperation awarded by Max Planck Institute (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021
The Ontogeny of Cooperation awarded by Max Planck Institute (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017