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Michael Tomasello, James F. Bonk Distinguished Professor

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 2023):

  • Psy 490s.01, Special topics in psychology Synopsis
    Reuben-coo 238, Th 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
  • Psy 890s.01, Special topics in psychology Synopsis
    Reuben-coo 238, Th 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

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. Katz, T; Kushnir, T; Tomasello, M (2024). Children are eager to take credit for prosocial acts, and cost affects this tendency.. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 237, 105764. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Tomasello, M (2023). Differences in the Social Motivations and Emotions of Humans and Other Great Apes.. Hum Nat. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Wolf, W; Tomasello, M (2023). A Shared Intentionality Account of Uniquely Human Social Bonding.. Perspectives on Psychological Science : a Journal of the Association for Psychological Science, 17456916231201795. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Vasil, J; Moore, C; Tomasello, M (2023). Thought and language: association of groupmindedness with young English-speaking children’s production of pronouns. First Language, 43(5), 516-538. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Benozio, A; House, BR; Tomasello, M (2023). Apes reciprocate food positively and negatively.. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 290(1998), 20222541. [doi]  [abs]

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