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

Michael Tomasello
Contact Info:
Office Location:  Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, 247 Reuben-Cooke Building, Durham, NC
Office Phone:  (919) 660-8752
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Teaching (Spring 2021):

  • Psy 256.01, Psychology of language Synopsis
    Online on, W 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
  • Psy 690s.01, Special topics Synopsis
    Online on, Th 01:45 PM-04:15 PM

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
Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Li, L; Tomasello, M (2021). On the moral functions of language. Social Cognition, 39(1), 99-116. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Kachel, G; Moore, R; Hepach, R; Tomasello, M (2021). Toddlers Prefer Adults as Informants: 2- and 3-Year-Olds' Use of and Attention to Pointing Gestures From Peer and Adult Partners.. Child Development. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Siposova, B; Grueneisen, S; Helming, K; Tomasello, M; Carpenter, M (2021). Common knowledge that help is needed increases helping behavior in children.. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 201, 104973. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Mammen, M; Köymen, B; Tomasello, M (2021). Young children's moral judgments depend on the social relationship between agents. Cognitive Development, 57. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Domberg, A; Tomasello, M; Köymen, B (2021). Collaborative reasoning in the context of group competition.. Plos One, 16(2), e0246589. [doi]  [abs]

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