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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. 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]
  2. Köymen, B; Tomasello, M (2020). The Early Ontogeny of Reason Giving. Child Development Perspectives, 14(4), 215-220. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Wolf, W; Tomasello, M (2020). Human children, but not great apes, become socially closer by sharing an experience in common ground.. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 199, 104930. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Sánchez-Amaro, A; Duguid, S; Call, J; Tomasello, M (2020). Do 7-year-old children understand social leverage?. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 199, 104963. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Li, J; Hou, W; Zhu, L; Tomasello, M (2020). The development of intent-based moral judgment and moral behavior in the context of indirect reciprocity: A cross-cultural study. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 44(6), 525-533. [doi]  [abs]

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