Michael Tomasello

Michael Tomasello

James F. Bonk Distinguished 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., et al. “Do capuchin monkeys, Cebus apella, know what conspecifics do and do not see?Animal Behaviour, vol. 65, no. 1, Jan. 2003, pp. 131–42. Scopus, doi:10.1006/anbe.2002.2017. Full Text

Hare, Brian, et al. “The domestication of social cognition in dogs.Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 298, no. 5598, Nov. 2002, pp. 1634–36. Epmc, doi:10.1126/science.1072702. Full Text

Hare, B., et al. “Do chimpanzees know what conspecifics know?Animal Behaviour, vol. 61, no. 1, Jan. 2001, pp. 139–51. Scopus, doi:10.1006/anbe.2000.1518. Full Text

Tomasello, M., et al. “The ontogeny of gaze following in chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes, and rhesus macaques, Macaca mulatta.” Animal Behaviour, vol. 61, no. 2, Jan. 2001, pp. 335–43. Scopus, doi:10.1006/anbe.2000.1598. Full Text

Agnetta, B., et al. “Cues to food location that domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) of different ages do and do not use.” Animal Cognition, vol. 3, no. 2, Dec. 2000, pp. 107–12. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s100710000070. Full Text

Hare, B., et al. “Chimpanzees know what conspecifics do and do not see.” Animal Behaviour, vol. 59, no. 4, Jan. 2000, pp. 771–85. Scopus, doi:10.1006/anbe.1999.1377. Full Text

Hare, B., and M. Tomasello. “Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) use human and conspecific social cues to locate hidden food.” Journal of Comparative Psychology, vol. 113, no. 2, June 1999.

Tomasello, M., et al. “Chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes, follow gaze direction geometrically.” Animal Behaviour, vol. 58, no. 4, Jan. 1999, pp. 769–77. Scopus, doi:10.1006/anbe.1999.1192. Full Text

Itakura, S., et al. “Chimpanzee use of human and conspecific social cues to locate hidden food.” Developmental Science, vol. 2, no. 4, Jan. 1999, pp. 448–56. Scopus, doi:10.1111/1467-7687.00089. Full Text

Byrne, R. W., and A. E. Russon. “Learning by imitation: a hierarchical approach.The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 21, no. 5, Oct. 1998, pp. 667–84. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s0140525x98001745. Full Text