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Michael Tomasello, James F. Bonk Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Linguistics

Michael Tomasello
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Office Location:  247 Soc Psych Bldg, Box 90086, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-8752
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Ph.D.University of Georgia, Athens1980
B.A.Duke University1972
Research Interests:

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.

Curriculum Vitae
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  1. Gopnik, A; Frankenhuis, WE; Tomasello, M (2020). 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, 375(1803), 20190489. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Tomasello, M (2020). The adaptive origins of uniquely human sociality.. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 375(1803), 20190493. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Grueneisen, S; Tomasello, M (2020). The development of coordination via joint expectations for shared benefits.. Developmental Psychology, 56(6), 1149-1156. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Bohn, M; Kordt, C; Braun, M; Call, J; Tomasello, M (2020). Learning Novel Skills From Iconic Gestures: A Developmental and Evolutionary Perspective.. Psychological Science, 956797620921519. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Schmelz, M; Grueneisen, S; Tomasello, M (2020). The psychological mechanisms underlying reciprocal prosociality in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 134(2), 149-157. [doi]  [abs]

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