Michael Tomasello, Ph.D.

Duke Department of Psychology &  Neuroscience
Duke University

Contact Information:
Email: michael.tomasello@duke.edu
Website: https://sites.duke.edu/tomasellolabduke

Research Interests & Goals:
Dr. Tomasello’s major research interests include processes of social cognition, social learning, cooperation, and communication from developmental, comparative, and cultural perspectives. His current theoretical focus is on processes of shared intentionality. Dr. Tomasello’s empirical research focuses mainly on human children from 1 to 4 years of age and great apes.


Herrmann, E., Call, J., Hernández-Lloreda, M., Hare, B., & Tomasello, M. (2007). Humans have evolved specialized skills of social cognition: The cultural intelligence hypothesis. Science, 317, 1360-1366.

Hamann, K., Warneken, F., Greenberg, J., & Tomasello, M.  (2011). Collaboration encourages equal sharing in children but not chimpanzees. Nature, 476, 328-331.

Tomasello, M. (2014). A Natural History of Human Thinking. Harvard University Press.

Tomasello, M. (2016). A Natural History of Human Morality. Harvard University Press.