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Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology

Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig
GERMANY

link website  Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology (http://www.eva.mpg.de/psycho/)

 
     
 
Phone +49 341 3550 400
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Email mail  tomas at eva.mpg.de
 
     
 
 
   
         
 

Description of 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.


For your reading enjoyment:

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

Tomasello, M. (2009). Why We Cooperate. MIT Press

Tomasello, M. (2008). Origins of Human Communication. MIT Press.

Tomasello, M. (2003). Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition. Harvard University Press.

Tomasello, M. (1999). The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition. Harvard University Press.

Tomasello, M. & Call, J. (1997). Primate Cognition. Oxford University Press.

 

Some recent publications (downloadable):

Tomasello, M. (2014). The ultra-social animal. Invited Horizon article for European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 187-194. [pdf]

Buttelmann, D., Over, H., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2014). Eighteen-month-olds understand false beliefs in an unexpected-contents task. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 119, 120-126. [pdf]

Hamann, K., Bender, J., & Tomasello, M. (2014). Meritocratic sharing is based on collaboration in 3-year-olds. Developmental Psychology, 50(1), 121-128. [pdf]

Moll, H., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2014). Two- and three-year-olds know what others have and have not heard. Journal of Cognition and Development, 15(1), 12-21. [pdf]

van der Goot, M., & Tomasello, M., & Liszkowski, U. (2014). Differences in the nonverbal requests of great apes and human infants. Child Development, 85(2), 444-455. [pdf]

Wobber, V., Herrmann, E., Hare, B., Wrangham, R., & Tomasello, M. (2014). Differences in the early cognitive development of children and great apes. Developmental Psychobiology, 56(3), 547-573. [pdf]

Buttelmann, D., Carpenter, M., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) recognize successful actions, but fail to imitate them. Animal Behaviour, 86(4), 755-761. [pdf]

Engelmann, J. M., Over, H., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Young children care more about their reputation with ingroup members and possible reciprocators. Developmental Science, 16(6), 552-558. [pdf]

Gräfenhain, M., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Three-year-olds' understanding of the consequences of joint commitments. PLoS One 8(9), e73039. [pdf]

Grosse, G., Scott-Phillips, T., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Three-year-olds hide their communicative intentions in appropriate contexts . Developmental Psychology, 49(11), 2095-2101. [pdf]

Halina, M., Rossano, F., & Tomasello, M. (2013). The ontogenetic ritualization of bonobo gestures. Animal Cognition, 16, 653-666. [pdf]

Hepach, R., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Young children sympathize less in response to unjustified emotional distress. Developmental Psychology, 49(6), 1132-1138. [pdf]

Moll, H., Meltzoff, A., Merzsch, K.,  & Tomasello, M. (2013). Taking versus confronting perspectives in preschool children. Developmental Psychology, 49(4), 646-654. [pdf]

Schmidt, M. F.H., Rakoczy, H., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Young children understand and defend the entitlements of others. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116(4), 930-944. [pdf]

Warneken, F. & Tomasello, M. (2013). The emergence of contingent reciprocity in young children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116(2), 338-350. [pdf]

Wittig, M., Jensen, K., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Five-year-olds understand fair as equal in a mini-ultimatum game. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116(2), 324-337. [pdf]

Bullinger, A., Melis. A., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Bonobos, chimpanzees, and marmosets prefer to feed alone.  Animal Behavior, 85, 51-60. [pdf]

Kaminski, J., Pitsch, A., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Dogs steal in the dark. Animal Cognition, 16, 385-394. [pdf]

Liebal, K. , Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Young children’s understanding of cultural common ground. British J. of Developmental Psychology, 31, 88–96. [pdf]

Melis, A., Altricher, K., Schneider, A, Tomasello, M. (2013).  Allocation of resources to collaborators and free-riders by 3-year-olds. J. of Experimental Child Psychology, 114, 364-370. [pdf]

Melis, A. & Tomasello, M. (2013). Chimpanzees’ strategic helping in a collaborative task. Biology Letters, 9, 20130009. [pdf]

Schmelz, M., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Chimpanzees predict that a competitor’s preference will match their own. Biology Letters. 9, 1-5. [pdf]

Tomasello, M.  & Vaish, A. (2013). Origins of human cooperation and morality.  Annual Review of Psychology, 64, 231–55. [pdf]

Engelmann, J., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2012). Five-year olds, but not chimpanzees, attempt to manage their reputations. PLoS ONE (10), e48433.doi:10.1371. [pdf]

Hamann, K., Warneken, F., & Tomasello, M. (2012). Children's developing commitments to joint goals. Child Development, 83, 137-145. [pdf]

Haun, D., Rekers, Y., & Tomasello, M. (2012). Majority-Biased Transmission in Chimpanzees and Human Children, but Not Orangutans. Current Biology, 22, 727-731. [pdf]

Hepach, R., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2012). Young children are intrinsically motivated to see others helped. Psychological Science, 23, 967-72. [pdf]

Matthews, D., Behne, T., Lieven, E., Tomasello, M. (2012). Origins of the human pointing gesture: A training study.  Developmental Science, 15,  817-29. [pdf]

Moll, H. & Tomasello, M. (2012). Three-year-olds understand appearance and reality - Just not about the same object at the same time. Developmental Psychology, 48, 1124-1132. [pdf]

Riedl, K., Jensen, K., Call, J., Tomasello, M. (2012). No third-party punishment in chimpanzees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 14824-14829. [pdf]

Rossano, F., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2012). One-year-old infants follow others’ voice direction. Psychological Science, 23, 1298-1302. [pdf]

Schmidt, M. , Rakoczy, H., & Tomasello, M. (2012). Young children enforce social norms selectively depending on the violator’s group affiliation. Cognition, 124, 325-33. [pdf]

Schmidt, M., & Tomasello, M. (2012). Young children enforce social norms. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21, 232-236. [pdf]

Schneider, A., Melis, A., & Tomasello, M. (2012). How chimpanzees solve collective action problems. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 279 (2012): 4946-4954. [pdf]

Tomasello, M., Melis, A., Tennie, C., & Herrmann, E. (2012). Two key steps in the evolution of human cooperation: The interdependence hypothesis. Current Anthropology, 56, 1-20. [pdf]

Bullinger, A., Wyman, E., Melis. A., & Tomasello, M. (2011) Chimpanzees coordinate in a Stag Hunt game. International Journal of Primatology, 32, 1296-1310. [pdf]

Callaghan, T., Moll, H., Rakoczy, H., Warneken, F, Liszkowski, U. Behne, T. & Tomasello, M. (2011).  Early social cognition in three cultural contexts. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 76(2), 1-142. [pdf]

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

Melis, A., Schneider, A.  & Tomasello, M. (2011). Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) share food in the same way after individual and collaborative acquisition. Animal Behaviour, 82, 485-93. [pdf]

Rossano, F., Rakoczy, H., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Young children’s understanding of violations of property rights. Cognition, 121, 219-227. [pdf]

Schmelz, M., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Chimpanzees know that others make inferences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, 17284-17289. [pdf]

Schmidt, M.F.H., Rakoczy, H., Tomasello, M. (2011). Young children attribute normativity to novel actions without pedagogy or normative language. Developmental Science, 14(3), 530-539. [pdf]

Tomasello, M. & Call, J. (2011). Methodological challenges in the study of primate cognition. Science, 334, 1227-28. [pdf]

Tomasello, M. (2011). Human culture in evolutionary perspective.  In M. Gelfand (Ed.), Advances in Culture and Psychology. Oxford U. Press. [pdf]

Warneken, F., Lohse, K., Melis, A., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Young children share the spoils after collaboration. Psychological Science, 22, 267-73. [pdf]

Herrmann, E., Call, J., Hernández-Lloreda, M., Hare, B., & Tomasello, M. (2010). The structure of individual differences in the cognitive abilities of children and chimpanzees. Psychological Science, 21, 102-110. [pdf]

Moll, H., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2010). Social engagement leads 2-year-olds to overestimate others' knowledge. Infancy, 1-18 [pdf]

Tomasello, M. & Herrmann, E. (2010). Ape and human cognition: What's the difference?  Current Directions in Psychological Research, 19, 3-8. [pdf]

Bannard, C., Lieven, E., & Tomasello, M. (2009). Modeling children's early grammatical knowledge. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106,17284-17289. [pdf]

Buttelmann, D., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2009). Eighteen-month-olds show false belief understanding in an active helping paradigm.  Cognition, 112, 337-42. [pdf]

Gräfenhain, M., Behne, T., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2009). Young children’s understanding of joint commitments.  Developmental Psychology, 45, 1430-43. [pdf]

Liebal, K.., Behne, T., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2009). Infants use shared experience to interpret pointing gestures. Developmental Science, 12, 264-71. [pdf]

Liszkowski, U., Schäfer, M., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2009). Prelinguistic infants, but not chimpanzees, communicate about absent entities. Psychological Science, 20(5), 654-660. [pdf]

Vaish, A., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2009). Sympathy through affective perspective taking and its relation to prosocial behavior in toddlers. Developmental Psychology, 45(2), 534–543. [pdf]

Warneken, F. & Tomasello, M. (2009).  Varieties of altruism in children and chimpanzees. Trends in Cognitive Science, 13, 397-402. [pdf]

Call, J. & Tomasello, M. (2008). Does the chimpanzee have a theory of mind? 30 years later. Trends in Cognitive Science, 12, 187-192. [pdf]

Kaminski, J, Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2008). Chimpanzees know what others know, but not what they believe. Cognition, 109, 224-234. [pdf]

Liszkowski, U. , Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2008). Twelve-month-olds communicate helpfully and appropriately for knowledgeable and ignorant partners. Cognition, 108, 732-739. [pdf]

Rakoczy, H., Warneken, F., & Tomasello, M. (2008). The sources of normativity: Young children’s awareness of the normative structure of games. Developmental Psychology, 44, 875-81. [pdf]

Tomasello, M. (2008). How are humans unique? New York Times Magazine, May 25, 2008. [online]

Tomasello, M. & Warneken, F. (2008). Share and share alike. Nature, 454, 1057-58. [pdf]

Warneken, F. & Tomasello, M. (2008). Extrinsic Rewards Undermine Altruistic Tendencies in 20-Month-Olds. Developmental Psychology,  44 (6), 1785–1788. [pdf]

Tomasello, M. (2007). For human eyes only. New York Times Op-Ed, January 13, 2007. [online]

Tomasello, M., Carpenter, M., & Lizskowski, U., (2007).  A new look at infant pointing. Child Development, 78, 705-22. [pdf]

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

Jensen, K., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2007).  Chimpanzees are rational maximizers in an ultimatum game.  Science, 318, 107-109. [pdf]

Jensen, K., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2007). Chimpanzees are vengeful but not spiteful. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104, 13046-13050. [pdf]

Moll, H., & Tomasello, M. (2007). How 14- and 18- month-olds know what others have experienced.  Developmental Psychology, 43, 309-317. [pdf]

Moll, H., & Tomasello, M. (2007). Co-operation and human cognition: The Vygotskian intelligence hypothesis.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 362, 639-648. [pdf]

Hare, B., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2006). Chimpanzees deceive a human competitor by hiding. Cognition, 101, 495-514. [pdf]

Melis, A., Hare, B., & Tomasello, M. (2006). Chimpanzees recruit the best collaborators. Science, 31 ,1297 - 1300. [pdf]

Tomasello, M. (2006). Acquiring linguistic constructions. In D. Kuhn & R. Siegler (Eds.), Handbook of Child Psychology. New York: Wiley. [pdf]

Warneken, F., Chen. F., & Tomasello, M. (2006). Cooperative activities in young children and chimpanzees. Child Development, 3, 640-663. [pdf]

Warneken, F. & Tomasello, M. (2006). Altruistic helping in human infants and young chimpanzees. Science, 31, 1301 - 1303. [pdf]

Behne, T., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2005). One-year-olds comprehend the communicative intentions behind gestures in a hiding game. Developmental Science, 8, 492 - 499. [pdf]

Hare, B., & Tomasello, M. (2005). Human-like social skills in dogs? Trends in Cognitive Science, 9, 439-444. [pdf]

Tomasello, M., Carpenter, M., Call, J., Behne, T., & Moll, H. (2005). Understanding and sharing intentions: The origins of cultural cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28, 675 - 691. [pdf]

 

 
 
updated June, 2014