Former Department of
Developmental and Comparative Psychology
The Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology existed from 1998 to 2018 under the leadership of Michael Tomasello. It investigated cognitive and social-cognitive processes in humans and their nearest primate relatives. Of special interest were the uniquely human cognitive, social-cognitive, and symbolic processes involved in cultural learning and creation. The department had three main areas of research: the Ontogeny of Human Social Cognition, the Acquisition of Language, and Primate Cognition.