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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
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Office Location:  Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, 247 Reuben-Cooke Building, Durham, NC
Office Phone:  (919) 660-8752
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Ph.D.University of Georgia1980
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. Tomasello, M (2022). What is it like to be a chimpanzee?. Synthese, 200(2). [doi]  [abs]
  2. Grueneisen, S; Tomasello, M (2022). How fairness and dominance guide young children's bargaining decisions.. Child Development. [doi]  [abs]
  3. O'Madagain, C; Helming, KA; Schmidt, MFH; Shupe, E; Call, J; Tomasello, M (2022). Great apes and human children rationally monitor their decisions.. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 289(1971), 20212686. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Hepach, R; Engelmann, JM; Herrmann, E; Gerdemann, SC; Tomasello, M (2022). Evidence for a developmental shift in the motivation underlying helping in early childhood.. Developmental Science, e13253. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Vasil, J; Tomasello, M (2022). Effects of "we"-framing on young children's commitment, sharing, and helping.. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 214, 105278. [doi]  [abs]

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