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Wobber, V., & Herrmann, E. (submitted). The influence of testosterone on cognitive performance in bonobos and chimpanzees.

Nelson, E., McIntyre, M.H., Rakhovskaya, M., Wobber, V., Herrmann, E., & Hare, B. (submitted). Differences in 2D:4D between captive-born and wild-born/free-born bonobos, chimpanzees and rhesus macaques.


Waller, BM., Misch, A., Whitehouse, J., & Herrmann, E. (2014). Children, but not chimpanzees, have facial correlates of determination. Biol. Lett. 20130974


Engelmann, J., Over, H., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Young children care more about their reputation with ingroup members and potential reciprocators. Developmental Science, 16, 952-958.

Wobber, V., Hare, B., Herrmann, E., Wrangham, R., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Differences in the early cognitive development of children and great apes. Developmental Psychobiology, online first.

Herrmann, E., Keupp, S., Hare, B., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Direct and indirect reputation formation in non-human great apes and human children. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 127, 63-75.


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.

Herrmann, E. & Call, J. (2012). Are there geniuses among the apes? Philosophical Transactions B.

Herrmann, E. & Tomasello, M. (2012). Human cultural cognition. In J. Mitani (Ed.), The evolution of primate societies. U. Chicago Press, 701-714.

Rosati, A.G, Herrmann, E., Kaminski, J., Krupenye, C., Melis, A.P., Schroepfer, K., Tan, J., Warneken, F., Wobber, V., & Hare, B. (2012). Assessing the psychological health of captive and wild apes: A response to Ferdowsian et al. (2011). Journal of Comparative Psychology.

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

MacLean, E., Matthews, L., Hare, B., Nunn, C., Anderson, R., Aureli, F., Brannon, E., Call, J., Drea, C., Emery, N., Haun, D., Herrmann, E., Jacobs, L., Platt, M., Rosati, A., Sandel, A., Schroepfer, K., Seed, A., Tan, J., van Schaik, C., Wobber, V. (2012).  How does cognition evolve? Phylogenetic comparative psychology. Animal Cognition: 15:223–238.


Herrmann, E. (2011). Similarities in and Differences Between Nonhuman Ape and Human Cognition: The Cultural Intelligence Hypothesis.  In N.M Seel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Springer-Verlag, New York.

Pettersson, H., Kaminski, J., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Understanding of human communicative motives in domestic dogs. Applied Animal Behaviour Sciences, 133 (3-4), 235-245.

Herrmann, E., Hare, B., Cissewski, J., &  Tomasello, M. (2011). A comparison of temperament in nonhuman apes and human infants. Developmental Science, 14, 1393–1405.


Herrmann, E., Call, J., Hare, B., & Tomasello, M. (2010). Differences in the cognitive skills of bonobos and chimpanzees. PLoS ONE, 5, e12438.

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

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


McIntyre, M.H., Herrmann, E., Wobber, V., Halbwax, M., Mohamba, C., Sousa, N. Atencia, R., Cox , D., & Hare, B. (2009).Bonobos have a more human-like second-to-fourth finger length ratio (2D:4D) than chimpanzees: a hypothesized indication of lower prenatal androgens. Journal of Human Evolution, 56, 361–365.


Herrmann, E., Call, J., Hernández-Lloreda, M.V., Hare, B., & Tomasello, M. (2008). Response to de Waal et al. Science, 319, 570-571.

Herrmann, E., Wobber, V., & Call, J. (2008). Great apes’ (Pan troglodytes, Pan paniscus, Gorilla gorilla, Pongo pygmaeus) understanding of tool functional properties after limited experience. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 122, 220-230.


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


Herrmann, E. & Tomasello, M. (2006). Apes’ and children’s understanding of cooperative and competitive motives in a communicative situation. Developmental Science, 9, 518–529.

Herrmann, E., Melis A. P., & Tomasello, M. (2006). Apes’ use of iconic cues in the object-choice task. Animal Cognition, 9, 118-130.