Professor Thomas Suddendorf


School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 58341



  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Auckland
  • Master of Social Sciences, Waik


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Book Chapter

  • Suddendorf, Thomas and Dong, Andy (2013). On the evolution of imagination and design. In Marjorie Taylor (Ed.), Oxford handbook on the development of imagination (pp. 453-467) New York, NY, United States: Oxford University Press.

  • Suddendorf, Thomas, Addis, Donna Rose and Corballis, Michael C. (2011). Mental time travel and the shaping of the human mind. In Moshe Bar (Ed.), Predictions in the brain: using our past to generate a future (pp. 344-354) New York, United States: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395518.003.0121

  • Suddendorf, Thomas (2011). Mirror self-recognition on Earth. In Roger Penrose, Stuart Hameroff and Subhash Kak (Ed.), Consciousness and the universe: quantum physics, evolution, brain & mind (pp. 782-787) Cambridge, MA, United States: Cosmology Science Publishers.

  • Corballis, Michael C. and Suddendorf, Thomas (2010). The evolution of concepts: a timely look. In Denis Marshal, Paul C. Quinn and S. E. G. Lea (Ed.), The making of human concepts (pp. 365-386) New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549221.001.0001

  • Suddendorf, Thomas and Corballis, M. C. (2008). Episodic memory and mental time travel. In Dere, K., Easton, A., Nadel, L. and Huston, J. (Ed.), Handbook of Episodic Memory (pp. 31-42) Netherlands: Elsevier.

  • Whiten, A. and Suddendorf, Thomas (2007). Great Ape Cognition and the Evolutionary roots of human imagination. In Roth, I. (Ed.), Imaginative Minds First ed. (pp. 31-60) United States: Oxford University Press.

  • Corballis, M. and Suddendorf, Thomas (2007). Memory, Time, and Language. In Pasternak, C. (Ed.), What makes us human? First ed. (pp. 17-36) United Kingdom: Oneworld Publications.

  • Nielsen, M G, Suddendorf, T and Dissanayake, C (2006). Imitation and self-recogntion in autism: In search of an explanation. In S.J. Rogers and J.H.G. Williams (Ed.), Imitation and the Social Mind: Autism and Typical Development (pp. 138-197) New York: The Guilford Press.

  • Suddendorf, Thomas and Whiten, Andrew (2003). Reinterpreting the Mentality of Apes. In K. Sterelny and J. Fitness (Ed.), From Mating to Mentality: Evaluating Evolutionary Psychology (pp. 173-196) New York: Psychology Press.

  • Suddendorf, T. (2001). A developmental link between the production of gestural representation and understanding of mental representation. In S. Reifel (Ed.), Theory in Context and Out (pp. 217-231) Westport, Connecticut: Ablex Publishing.

  • Suddendorf, Thomas (1999). The Rise of the Metamind. In Corballis, M. C. and Lea, S. (Ed.), The Descent of Mind: Psychological Perspectives on Hominid Evolution (pp. 218-260) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Dong, Andy, Collier-Baker, Emma and Suddendorf, Thomas (2010). Animal innovation: a window into design thinking. In: Kees Dorst, Susan Stewart, Ilka Staudinger, Bec Paton and Andy Dong, Interpreting Design Thinking: Proceedings of the 8th Design Thinking Research Symposium (DTRS8). Design Thinking Research Symposium 8, Sydney, Australia, (121-130). 19-20 October 2010.

  • Collier-Baker, E. and Suddendorf, T. (2006). Invisible displacement understanding in primates on a new task. In: Ottmar Lipp and Sarah Price, Australian Journal of Psychology: The Abstracts of the 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. The 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, London, (68-69). 20-23 April, 2006. doi:10.1080/00049530600940016

  • Suddendorf, T., Simcock, G., Nielsen, M. and Collier-Baker, E. (2006). The development of self-recognition in mirrors and live videos. In: Ottmar V. Lipp and Sarah Price, Australian Journal of Psychology: The Abstracts of the 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference. 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Bardon Conference Centre, Brisbane, (91-92). 20-23 April, 2006. doi:10.1080/00049530600940016

  • Collier-Baker, E, Davis, JM, Suddendorf, T and Nielsen, M (2004). Do chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) understand invisible displacement?. In: Folia Primatologica. , , (249-249). .

  • Suddendorf, T., Nielson, M., Slaughter, V. and Simcock, G. (2004). The nature of early self-recognition. In: Australian Journal of Psychology: 39th Conference of the Australian Psychological Society. 39th Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Sydney, Australia, (226-226). 29 September - 3 October 2004.

  • Massaro, D.D., Williams, J, Suddendorf, T., Bosseler, A and Peel, N (2003). Lip-reading and visual-auditory integration during speech imitation in autism. In: K. Dautenhahn and C.L. Nehaniv, Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Imitation in Animals and Artifacts. AISB '03 Cognition in Machines and Animals, Aberystwyth / University of Wales, (99-99). 7-11 April, 2003.

  • Suddendorf, T and Whiten, A (2003). Reinterpreting the mentality of apes. In: From Mating to Mentality: Evaluating Evolutionary Psychology. Workshop on Evolutionary Psychology, Canberra Australia, (173-196). Jul 09-11, 2001.

  • Suddendorf, T. (2000). Various. In: G.R.Bock, J. A.Goode and K. Webb, The Nature of Intelligence. Symposium on the Nature of Intelligence, Novartis Foundation, London, (). 30 Nov - 2 December, 1999.

  • Parr, J. and Suddendorf, T. (1999). Will electronic media help my child to read and write? Views from the autonomy and metamorphosis perspectives. In: P. Jeffrey, AARE/NZARE Joint Conference. Joint AARE-NZARE 1999 Conference Melbourne Research in Education; Global Issues & Local Effects: The, Swinburne Univ.ersity of Technology, Lilydale, (1-14). 29 November -2 December, 1999.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision