Minerva Logo
Minerva Research Group

Human Origins of Self-Regulation



Engelmann, J. M., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2015). Chimpanzees trust conspecifics to engage in low-cost reciprocity (advance online). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282: 20142803. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2803
Wobber, V., & Herrmann, E. (2015). The influence of testosterone on cognitive performance in bonobos and chimpanzees. Behaviour, 152(3-4), 407-423. doi: 10.1163/1568539X-00003202


Waller, B. M., Misch, A., Whitehouse, J., & Herrmann, E. (2014). Children, but not chimpanzees, have facial correlates of determination. Biology Letters, 10(3): 20130974. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.0974
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. doi: 10.1002/dev.21125


Engelmann, J. M., Over, H., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Young children care more about their reputation with ingroup members and potential reciprocators. Developmental Science, 16(6), 952-958. doi: 10.1111/desc.12086
Herrmann, E., Keupp, S., Hare, B., Vaish, A., & Tomasello, M. (2013). Direct and indirect reputation formation in nonhuman great apes (Pan paniscus, Pan troglodytes, Gorilla gorilla, Pongo pygmaeus) and human children (Homo sapiens). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 127(1), 63-75. doi: 10.1037/a0028929
Rosati, A. G., Herrmann, E., Kaminski, J., Krupenye, C., Melis, A. P., Schroepfer, K., Tan, J., Warneken, F., Wobber, V., & Hare, B. (2013). Assessing the psychological health of captive and wild apes: A response to Ferdowsian et al. (2011). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 127(3), 329-336. doi: 10.1037/a0029144


Engelmann, J. M., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2012). Five-year olds, but not chimpanzees, attempt to manage their reputations. PLoS One, 7(10): e48433. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048433
Download: [engelmann_2012.pdf]
Herrmann, E. (2012). 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 (pp. 3064-3067 ). Berlin [u.a.]: Springer.
Herrmann, E., & Call, J. (2012). Are there geniuses among the apes? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 367(1603), 2753-2761. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0191
Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2012). Human cultural cognition. In J. C. Mitani, J. Call, & P. M. Kappeler (Eds.), The Evolution of Primate Societies (pp. 701-714). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
MacLean, E. L., Matthews, L. J., Hare, B. A., Nunn, C. L., Anderson, R. C., Aureli, F., Brannon, E. M., Call, J., Drea, C. M., Emery, N. J., Haun, D. B. M., Herrmann, E., Jacobs, L. F., Platt, M. L., Rosati, A. G., Sandel, A. A., Schroepfer, K. K., Seed, A. M., Tan, J., Van Schaik, C. P., & Wobber, V. (2012). How does cognition evolve? Phylogenetic comparative psychology. Animal Cognition, 15, 223-238. doi: 10.1007/s10071-011-0448-8
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, 53(6), 673-692. doi: 10.1086/668207


Herrmann, E., Hare, B., Cissewski, J., & Tomasello, M. (2011). A comparison of temperament in nonhuman apes and human infants. Developmental Science, 14(6), 1393-1405. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01082.x
Pettersson, H., Kaminski, J., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Understanding of human communicative motives in domestic dogs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 133(3-4), 235-245. doi: 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.05.008


Herrmann, E., Hare, B., Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2010). Differences in the cognitive skills of bonobos and chimpanzees. PLoS ONE, 5(8): e12438. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0012438
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(1), 102-110. doi: 10.1177/0956797609356511
Download: [Herrmann_2010.pdf]
Tomasello, M., & Herrmann, E. (2010). Ape and human cognition: What's the difference? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(1), 3-8. doi: 10.1177/0963721409359300
Download: [Tomasello_2010.pdf]


McIntyre, M. H., Herrmann, E., Wobber, V., Halbwax, M., Mohamba, C., de 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(4), 361-365. doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2008.12.004


Herrmann, E., Call, J., Hernández-Lloreda, M. V., Hare, B., & Tomasello, M. (2008). Comparing social skills of children and apes: response. Science, 319(5863), 569-570.
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(2), 220-230. doi: 10.1037/0735-7036.122.2.220


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(5843), 1360-1366. doi: 10.1126/science.1146282


Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2006). Apes' and children's understanding of cooperative and competitive motives in a communicative situation. Developmental Science, 9(5), 518-529. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2006.00519.x
Herrmann, E., Melis, A. P., & Tomasello, M. (2006). Apes' use of iconic cues in the object-choice task. Animal Cognition, 9(2), 118-130. doi: 10.1007/s10071-005-0013-4