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Michael Tomasello, James F. Bonk Distinguished Professor

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. Schäfer, M; B M Haun, D; Tomasello, M (2023). Children's consideration of collaboration and merit when making sharing decisions in private.. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 228, 105609. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Colle, L; Grosse, G; Behne, T; Tomasello, M (2023). Just teasing! - Infants' and toddlers' understanding of teasing interactions and its effect on social bonding.. Cognition, 231, 105314. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Hepach, R; Engelmann, JM; Herrmann, E; Gerdemann, SC; Tomasello, M (2023). Evidence for a developmental shift in the motivation underlying helping in early childhood.. Developmental Science, 26(1), e13253. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Tomasello, M (2023). Social cognition and metacognition in great apes: a theory.. Animal Cognition, 26(1), 25-35. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Li, L; Tomasello, M (2022). Disagreement, justification, and equitable moral judgments: A brief training study.. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 223, 105494. [doi]  [abs]

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