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Michael Tomasello, James F. Bonk Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Philosophy 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 (Fall 2021):

  • Psy 890s.01, Special topics in psychology Synopsis
    Reuben-coo 238, Th 12:00 PM-02:30 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. 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, 92(4), e635-e652. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Tomasello, M (2021). Response to: Rethinking Human Development and the Shared Intentionality Hypothesis. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 12(2), 465-468. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Tomasello, M (2021). Norms Require Not Just Technical Skill and Social Learning, but Real Cooperation. Analyse Und Kritik, 43(1), 219-223. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Hepach, R; Vaish, A; Kano, F; Albiach-Serrano, A; Benziad, L; Call, J; Tomasello, M (2021). Chimpanzees' (Pan troglodytes) internal arousal remains elevated if they cannot themselves help a conspecific.. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 135(2), 196-207. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Wolf, W; Nafe, A; Tomasello, M (2021). The Development of the Liking Gap: Children Older Than 5 Years Think That Partners Evaluate Them Less Positively Than They Evaluate Their Partners.. Psychological Science, 32(5), 789-798. [doi]  [abs]

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