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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #62
CE Offered: BACB
Origins of Human Cooperation
Saturday, May 25, 2024
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 108 AB
Area: SCI; Domain: Theory
Chair: Jonathan W. Pinkston (University of Kansas)
CE Instructor: Jonathan W. Pinkston, Psy.D.
Presenting Author: MICHAEL TOMASELLO (Duke University)

Humans are biologically adapted for cooperation and cultural life in ways that other primates are not. Humans have unique motivations and cognitive skills for sharing emotions, experience, and collaborative actions (shared intentionality) that emerge in human ontogeny at around one year of age. Our nearest primate relatives do not seem to have the motivations and cognitive skills necessary to engage in activities involving collaboration, shared intentionality, and, in general, things cultural.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

For Everyone

Learning Objectives: TBD
Michael Tomasello is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, and emeritus director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. His research interests focus on processes of cooperation, communication, and cultural learning in human children and great apes. His recent books include Origins of Human Communication (MIT Press, 2008); Why We Cooperate (MIT Press, 2009); A Natural History of Human Thinking (Harvard University Press, 2014); A Natural History of Human Morality (Harvard University Press, 2016); Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny (Harvard University Press, 2019); and The Evolution of Agency (MIT Press, 2022).



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