Michael Tomasello

Michael Tomasello

James F. Bonk Professor

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia at 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

Grueneisen, Sebastian, and Michael Tomasello. “Children coordinate in a recurrent social dilemma by taking turns and along dominance asymmetries..” Developmental Psychology, vol. 53, no. 2, Feb. 2017, pp. 265–73. Epmc, doi:10.1037/dev0000236. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hepach, Robert, et al. “The fulfillment of others' needs elevates children's body posture..” Developmental Psychology, vol. 53, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 100–13. Epmc, doi:10.1037/dev0000173. Full Text Open Access Copy

Buttelmann, David, et al. “Great apes distinguish true from false beliefs in an interactive helping task..” Plos One, vol. 12, no. 4, Jan. 2017. Epmc, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0173793. Full Text Open Access Copy

Krupenye, Christopher, et al. “A test of the submentalizing hypothesis: Apes' performance in a false belief task inanimate control..” Communicative & Integrative Biology, vol. 10, no. 4, Jan. 2017. Epmc, doi:10.1080/19420889.2017.1343771. Full Text Open Access Copy

Schmidt, Marco F. H., and Michael Tomasello. “How chimpanzees cooperate: If dominance is artificially constrained..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 113, no. 44, Nov. 2016, pp. E6728–29. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1614378113. Full Text Open Access Copy

Vaish, Amrisha, et al. “The Early Emergence of Guilt-Motivated Prosocial Behavior..” Child Development, vol. 87, no. 6, Nov. 2016, pp. 1772–82. Epmc, doi:10.1111/cdev.12628. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hepach, Robert, et al. “Young Children Want to See Others Get the Help They Need..” Child Development, vol. 87, no. 6, Nov. 2016, pp. 1703–14. Epmc, doi:10.1111/cdev.12633. Full Text Open Access Copy

Schmidt, Marco F. H., et al. “Young Children See a Single Action and Infer a Social Norm.” Psychological Science, vol. 27, no. 10, SAGE Publications, Oct. 2016, pp. 1360–70. Crossref, doi:10.1177/0956797616661182. Full Text Open Access Copy

Krupenye, Christopher, et al. “Great apes anticipate that other individuals will act according to false beliefs..” Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 354, no. 6308, Oct. 2016, pp. 110–14. Epmc, doi:10.1126/science.aaf8110. Full Text Open Access Copy

Tomasello, Michael. “In Memoriam: Jerome Seymour Bruner [1915–2016].” Cognition, vol. 155, Elsevier BV, Oct. 2016, pp. iii–iv. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2016.07.013. Full Text Open Access Copy

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