In-Press/Under Review

Langenhoff, A., Srinivasan, M., Engelmann, J.M. (under review). Disagreement Reduces Overconfidence and Prompts Curiosity in Young Children.

Yang, F., Dunham, Y., Engelmann, J.M. (under review). Standing out, Not Fitting in: Children in the US and China Value Unique Skills.

Haux, L., Engelmann, J.M., Herrmann, E., Hertwig, R. (under review) Adaptive Exploration in Chimpanzees.

Zhu, R., Pitchik, H., Nduku, T., Engelmann, J.M., Fernald, L., and Gopnik, A. (in-principle acceptance). The development of picture comprehension across early environments: Evidence from urban and rural toddlers in Western Kenya. Registered Report at Developmental Science.

Ritov, O., Völter, C., Raihani, N., Engelmann, J.M. (under review). Fairness in Non-Human Animals: A Meta-Analysis. [preprint]


Knofe, H., Engelmann, J.M., Grüneisen, S., Herrmann, E. (2024) Instrumental Helping and Short-Term Reciprocity in Chimpanzees and Human Children. Ethology.


Confer, J., Schleihauf, H., Engelmann, J.M. (2023). Children and adults’ intuitions of what people can believe. Child Development.

Engelmann, J.M., Völter, C.J., Goddu, M., Call, J., Rakoczy, H. & Herrmann, E. (2023) Chimpanzees prepare for alternative possible outcomes. Biology Letters.

Schleihauf, H., Zhang, Z., Gomez, A., & Engelmann, J.M. (2023) From outcome to process: A developmental shift in judgments of rational reasoning. Cognition.

Haux, L., Engelmann, J.M., Arslan, R., Hertwig, R., Herrmann, E. (2023) Chimpanzee and human risk preferences show key similarities. Psychological Science.

Langenhoff, A., Engelmann, J.M.*, & Srinivasan, M.* (2023) Children’s developing ability to adjust their beliefs reasonably in response to disagreement. Child Development.


Engelmann, J.M, Haux, L., Schleihauf, H., Völter, C., Call, J., Rakoczy, H. & Herrmann, E. (2022). Do Chimpanzees Reason Logically? Child Development.

Hepach, R.*, Engelmann, J.M.*, Herrmann, E., Gerdemann, S., & Tomasello, M. (2022) Evidence for a developmental shift in the motivation underlying helping in early childhood. Developmental Science.

Engelmann, J.M., Herrmann, E., Proft, M., Keupp, S., Dunham, Y.+, & Rakoczy, H.+ (2022) Chimpanzees consider freedom of choice in their evaluation of social action. Biology Letters. 18(2).

Köymen, B. & Engelmann, J.M. (2022) Young children rely on gossip when jointly reasoning about whom to believe. Developmental Psychology.

Schleihauf, H., Herrmann, E., Fischer, J., & Engelmann, J.M. (2022) How Children Revise Their Beliefs in Light of Reasons. Child Development.

Gerdemann S.C., Tippmann J., Dietrich B., Engelmann J.M., Hepach R. (2022) Young children show negative emotions after failing to help others. PLoS ONE 17(4): e0266539


Engelmann, J.M., Völter, C.J., O’Madagain, C., Proft, M., Haun, D.B.M., Rakoczy, H. & Herrmann, E. (2021) Chimpanzees consider alternative possibilities. Current Biology.

Engelmann, J.M., Zhang, Z., Zeidler, H., Dunham, Y., & Herrmann, E. (2021) The influence of friendship and merit on children’s resource allocation in three societies. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 208. 105149.

Haux, L.M., Engelmann, J.M., Herrmann, E. + & Hertwig, R.+ (2021) How chimpanzees decide in the face of social and nonsocial uncertainty. Animal Behaviour. 173. 177-189.


Knofe, H., Engelmann, J.M., Tomasello, M., Herrmann, E. (2019) Chimpanzees monopolize and children take turns in a limited resource problem. Scientific Reports. 9. 7597.

Engelmann, J. M., & Tomasello, M. (2019). Children’s Sense of Fairness as Equal Respect. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 23(6), 454–463.

• Comment: McAuliffe, K., Warneken, F., & Blake, P. (2019). Children’s Sense of Fairness: Respect Isn’t Everything. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 23(9), 715–716.

• Reply to comment: Engelmann, J. M., & Tomasello, M. (2019). Respect Defended. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 23(9), 716–717.

Engelmann, J.M., Haux, L.M., & Herrmann, E. (2019) Helping in young children and chimpanzees is partial toward friends. Evolution and Human Behavior.

Herrmann, E., Haux, L.M., Zeidler, H., & Engelmann, J.M. (2019) Human children but not chimpanzees make irrational decisions driven by social comparison. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

Herrmann, E., Engelmann, J.M., Tomasello, M. (2019) Children engage in competitive altruism. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 179. 176-189.

Confer, J.A., & Chopik, W.J. (2019). Behavioral explanations reduce retributive punishment but not reward: The mediating role of conscious will. Consciousness and Cognition, 75, 102808.


Rapp, D.J., Engelmann, J.M., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello,M. (2018) Young children’s reputational strategies in a peer group context. Developmental Psychology

Engelmann, J.M., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2018) Concern for group reputation increases prosociality in young children. Psychological Science. 29(2). 181-190

Melis, A.P., Engelmann, J.M., & Warneken, F. (2018) Correspondence: Chimpanzee helping is real, not a byproduct. Nature Communications. 9.

Engelmann, J.M. & Rapp, D.J. (2018) The influence of reputational concerns on children’s prosociality. Current Opinion in Psychology. 20. 92-95.


Engelmann, J.M., Clift, J., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2017) Social disappointment explains chimpanzees’ behavior in the inequity aversion task. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 284(1861). 20171502.

Rapp, D.J., Engelmann, J.M., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2017) The impact of free choice on young children’s prosocial development. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 158. 112-121.


Haux, L.M., Engelmann, J.M., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2016) Do young children trust gossip or their own observations? Social Development. doi: 10.1111/sode.12225.

Engelmann, J.M., Herrmann, E., Rapp, D.J., & Tomasello, M. (2016) Young children (sometimes) do the right thing even if their peers do not. Cognitive Development. 39. 86-92.

Engelmann, J.M., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2016) Preschoolers affect others’ reputations through prosocial gossip. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 34(3). 447-460.

Engelmann, J.M., & Herrmann, E. (2016). Chimpanzees trust their friends. Current Biology. 26(2). 252-256.

Engelmann, J.M., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2016) The effects of being watched on resource acquisition in chimpanzees and human children. Animal Cognition. 19(1), 147-151.


Engelmann, J.M., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2015) Chimpanzees trust conspecifics to engage in low-cost reciprocity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 282(1801). 20142803.


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.


Engelmann, J.M., Herrmann, E., & Tomasello, M. (2012) Five-year-olds, but not chimpanzees, attempt to manage their reputations. PLoS ONE. 7(10). E48433.

Book Chapters

Engelmann, J.M., & Tomasello, M. (2018) The middle step: joint intentionality as human-unique form of second-personal engagement. In Jankovic, M., & Ludwig, K., (eds.) The Routledge Handbook on Collective Intentionality. Routledge.

Engelmann, J.M., & Tomasello, M. (2017) Prosociality and morality in children and chimpanzees. In Helwig, C. (ed.) New Perspectives on Moral Development.

Engelmann, J.M., & Zeller, C. (2017) Doing the right thing for the wrong reason: reputation and moral behavior. In Julian Kiverstein (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of the Social Mind. Routledge. 247-261.