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Dijkstra, N. & P. Fikkert (subm.) 'Universal Constraints on the Discrimination of Place of Articulation? Asymmetries in the Discrimination of 'paan' and 'taan' by 6-month-old Dutch Infants'. BUCLD 35 Proceedings.

Fikkert, P. & A. Chen (subm.). 'The Role of Word-Stress and Intonation in Word Recognition in Dutch 14- and 24-Month-Olds'. BUCLD 35 Proceedings.

Gerson, S. A. (in press). Sharing and comparing: How comparing shared goals broadens goal understanding in development. Child Development Perspectives. [abstract]

Gerson, S. A. & Woodward, A. (in press). The joint role of trained, untrained, and observed actions at the origins of goal recognition. Infant Behaviour and Development. [abstract]

Gerson, S. A. & Woodward, A. L. (in press). Labels facilitate infants' comparison of action goals. Journal of Cognition and Development. [abstract]

Gerson, S. A. & Woodward, A. L. (in press). Learning from their own actions: The unique effect of producing actions on infants' action understanding. Child Development. [abstract]

Tsuji, S., Nishikawa, K., & Mazuka, R. (in press). Segmental distributions and consonant-vowel association patterns in Japanese infant- and adult-directed speech. Journal of Child Language

Woodward, A. L., & Gerson, S. A. (in press). Mirroring and the development of action understanding. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. [abstract]


C. Bergmann, L. Boves, & L. ten Bosch. (2014): A computational model of the headturn preference procedure: Design, challenges, and insights. Computational models of cognitive processes: Proceedings of the 13th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop (NCPW), pp. 125-136. DOI: 10.1142/9789814458849 0010

Dolscheid, S., Hunnius, S., Casasanto, D., & Majid, A. (2014). Prelinguistic infants are sensitive to space-pitch associations found across cultures. Psychological Science, 25, 1256-1261. [abstract]

Hunnius, S. & Bekkering, H. (2014). What are you doing? How active and observational experience shape infants' action understanding. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 369. [abstract]

Mazuka, R., Hasegawa, M., & Tsuji, S. (2014). Development of non-native vowel contrasts: Improvement without exposure. Developmental Psychobiology, 56(2), 192-209.

Meyer, M., Bekkering, H., Janssen, D.J.C., de Bruijn, E.R.A., & Hunnius, S. (2014). Neural correlates of feedback processing in toddlers. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 1519-1520. [abstract]

Paulus,M., & Fikkert, P. Conflicting social cues: 14- and 24-month-old infants' reliance on gaze and pointing cues in word learning. Journal of Cognition and Development. Volume 15, Issue 1, 2014, 43-59. [abstract]

Tsuji, S. & Cristia, A. (2014). Perceptual attunement in vowels: A meta-analysis. Developmental Psychobiology, 56(2), 179-191.


Benders, T. (2013). Mommy is only happy! Dutch mothers' realisation of speech sounds in infant-directes speech expresses emotion, not didactic intent. Infant Behavior and Development 36(4): 847-862.

Bergmann, C., ten Bosch, L., Fikkert, P., & Boves, L. (2013): A computational model to investigate assumptions in the headturn preference procedure. Frontiers in psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00676.

Gerson, S. A. & Woodward, A. L. (2013). The goal trumps the means: Highlighting goals is more beneficial than highlighting means in means-end training. Infancy, 18, 289-302. [abstract]

Gerson, S. A., Hunnius, S. & Bekkering, H. (2013). Playing for us: The influence of joint action on planning in three-year-olds. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2380-2385). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [abstract]

Van der Goot, M. H., Tomasello, M., & Liszkowski, U. (2013). Differences in the nonverbal requests of Great Apes and human infants. Child Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/cdev.12141. [abstract]

Hilbrink, E. E., Sakkalou, E., Ellis-Davies, K., Fowler, N. C. and Gattis, M. (2013), Selective and faithful imitation at 12 and 15 months. Developmental Science, 16: 828â€"840. doi: 10.1111/desc.12070 [uitleg door auteur]

van Hoogmoed, A. H., van den Brink, D. and Janzen, G. (2013). Infants' object location and identity processing in spatial scenes: an ERP study. Brain and Behavior. doi: 10.1002/brb3.184

Liszkowski, U. (2013). Using theory of mind. Child Development Perspectives, 7, 104-109. doi:10.1111/cdep.12025. [abstract]

Meyer, M., van der Wel, R.P.R.D., & Hunnius, S. (2013). Higher-order action planning for individual and joint object manipulations. Experimental Brain Research, 225, 579-588. [abstract]

Ozturk, O., Shayan, S., Liszkowski, U., & Majid, A. (2013).  Language is not necessary for color categories. Developmental Science, 16, 111-115. doi:10.1111/desc.12008. [abstract]

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., & Bekkering, H. (2013). Examining functional mechanisms of imitative learning in infancy: Does teleological reasoning affect infants' imitation beyond motor resonance?. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116, 487–498. [abstract]

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., & Bekkering, H. (2013). Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying social learning in infancy: Infants' neural processing of the effects of others' actions. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 774-779. [abstract]

van Schaik, J.E., van Baaren, R., Bekkering, H., & Hunnius, S. (2013). Evidence for nonconscious behavior-copying in young children. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1516-1521). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [abstract]

Simon, E., Sjerps, M. & P. Fikkert (2013). 'Phonological representations in children's native and non-native lexicon'. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. Available on CJO 2013 doi:10.1017/S1366728912000764.

Stolk, A., Hunnius, S., Bekkering, H., & Toni, I. (2013). Early social experience predicts referential communicative adjustments in five-year-old children. PLOS ONE, 8(8), e72667. [abstract]

Tsuji, S., & Cristia, A. (2013). 50 years of infant vowel discrimination research: what have we learned? Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan, 17(3), 1-11.


Behne, T., Liszkowski, U., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2012). Twelve-month-olds' comprehension and production of pointing. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 30, 359-375. doi:10.1111/j.2044-835X.2011.02043.x. [abstract]

Bergmann, C., Paulus, M., & Fikkert, P. (2012). Preschoolers' comprehension of pronouns and reflexives: The impact of the task. Journal of Child Language. 39, 777-803

van Dijk, M.W.G, Hunnius, S., & van Geert, P.L.C (2012). The dynamics of feeding during the introduction to solid food. Infant Behavior and Development, 35, 226-239. [abstract]

Dolscheid, S., Hunnius, S., Casasanto, D., & Majid, A. (2012). The sound of thickness: Prelinguistic infants' associations of space and pitch. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R. P. Cooper (Eds), CogSci 2012: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 306-311). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [abstract]

Fawcett, C., & Liszkowski, U. (2012). Infants anticipate others' social preferences. Infant and Child Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/icd.739.

Fawcett, C., & Liszkowski, U. (2012). Mimicry and play initiation in 18-month-old infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 35, 689-696. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2012.07.014.

Fawcett, C., & Liszkowski, U. (2012). Observation and initiation of joint action in infants. Child Development, 83, 434-441. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01717.x.

Junge, C., Kooijman, V., Hagoort, P. & Cutler, A. (2012). Rapid recognition at 10 months as a predictor of language development. Developmental Science, 15, 463-473.

Knudsen, B., & Liszkowski, U. (2012). 18-month-olds predict specific action mistakes through attribution of false belief, not ignorance, and intervene accordingly. Infancy, 17, 672-691. doi:10.1111/j.1532-7078.2011.00105.x. [abstract]

Knudsen, B., & Liszkowski, U. One-year-olds warn others about negative action outcomes. Journal of Cognition and Development.

Knudsen, B., & Liszkowski, U. (2012). Eighteen- and 24-month-old infants correct others in anticipation of action mistakes. Developmental Science, 15, 113-122. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01098.x.

Liszkowski, U., Brown, P., Callaghan, T., Takada, A., & De Vos, C. (2012). A prelinguistic gestural universal of human communication. Cognitive Science. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/j.1551-6709.2011.01228.x. [abstract]

Paulus, M., van Elk, M., & Bekkering, H. (2012). Acquiring functional object knowledge through motor imagery? Experimental Brain Research, 218, 181-188.

Paulus, M. & P. Fikkert (2012). 'Conflicting social cues: 14- and 24-month-old infants' reliance on gaze and pointing cues in word learning'. Journal of Cognition and Development. Accepted author version posted online: 31 Jul 2012.

Paulus, M., & Hauf, P. (2012). Reaching preferences in 11-month-old infants: The role of objects' material and weight. International Journal of Developmental Science. 6, 87-96

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., van Elk, M., & Bekkering, H. (2012). How learning to shake a rattle affects 8-month-old infants' perception of the rattle's sound: Electrophysiological evidence for action-effect binding in infancy. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 2, 90-96. [abstract

Puccini, D., Hassemer, M., Salomo, D., & Liszkowski, U. (2012). The type of shared activity shapes caregiver and infant communication [Reprint]. In J.-M. Colletta, & M. Guidetti (Eds.), Gesture and multimodal development (pp. 157-174). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Puccini, D., & Liszkowski, U. (2012). 15-month-old infants fast map words but not representational gestures of multimodal labels. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 101.

Salomo, D., & Liszkowski, U. (2012). Socio-cultural settings influence the emergence of prelinguistic deictic gestures. Child Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/cdev.12026. [abstract]

Stapel, J.C., Hunnius, S., & Bekkering, H. (2012). Online prediction of others' actions: the contribution of target object, action context, and movement kinematics. Psychological Research, 76, 434-445. [abstract]

Zamuner, T. S., A. Kerkhoff and P. Fikkert (2012). 'Phonotactics and morpho-phonology in early child language: Evidence from Dutch'. Applied Psycholinguistics, 33. 481-499.


Behne, T., Liszkowski, U., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Twelve-month-olds’ comprehension and production of pointing. British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Callaghan, T., Moll, H., Rakoczy, H., Behne, T., Liszkowski, U., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Early social cognition in three cultural contexts. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Dijkstra, N. & Fikkert, P. Universal constraints on the discrimination of Place of Articulation? Asymmetries in the discrimination of 'paan' and 'taan' by 6-month-old Dutch infants. Proceedings of the 35th Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, USA.

Hauf, P., & Paulus, M. (2011). Experience matters: 11-month-old infants can learn to use material information to predict the weight of novel objects. Infant Behavior and Development. 34, 467-471

Hunnius, S., de Wit, T.C.J., Vrins, S., & von Hofsten, C. (2011). Facing threat: Infants' and adults' visual scanning of faces with neutral, happy, sad, angry, and fearful emotional expressions. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 193-205.  [abstract]

Johnson, E.K., Westrek, E., Nazzi, T. & Cutler, A. (2011). Infant ability to tell voices apart rests on language experience. Developmental Science, 14, 1002-1011. 

Junge, C. (2011). The relevance of early word recognition: Insights from the infant brain. PhD Thesis, MPI, Nijmegen.

Liszkowski, U. (2011). Three lines in the emergence of prelinguistic communication and social cognition. Journal of cognitive education and psychology, 10(1), 32-43.

Liszkowski, U., & Tomasello, M. (2011). Individual differences in social, cognitive, and morphological aspects of infant pointing. Cognitive Development, 26, 16-29.

Meyer, M., Hunnius, S., van Elk, M., van Ede, F., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Joint action modulates motor system involvement during action observation in 3-year-olds. Experimental Brain Research, 211, 581-592. [abstract]

Paulus, M. (2011). How infants relate looker and object: Evidence for a perceptual learning account on gaze following in infancy. Developmental Science. 14, 1301-1310

Paulus, M., van Dam, W., Hunnius, S., Lindemann, O., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Action-effect binding by observational learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 1022-1028. [abstract]

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Can 14- to 20-month-old children learn that a tool serves multiple purposes? A developmental study on children's action goal prediction. Vision Research.  [abstract]

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., Vissers, M., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Bridging the gap between the other and me: The functional role of motor resonance and action effects in infants' imitation. Developmental Science. 14,901-910. [abstract]

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., Vissers, M., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Imitation in infancy: Rational or motor resonance? Child Development. 82, 1047-1057 [abstract]

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., van Wijngaarden, C., Vrins, S., van Rooij, I., & Bekkering, H. (2011). The role of frequency information and teleological reasoning in infants' and adults' action prediction. Developmental Psychology. 47, 976-983 [abstract]

Paulus, M., & Moore, C. (2011). Whom to ask for help? Children's developing understanding of other people's action capabilities. Experimental Brain Research. 211, 593-600

Vrins, S., Hunnius, S., & van Lier, R. (2011). Volume completion in 4.5-month-old infants. Acta Psychologica, 138, 92-99. [abstract]


Alvater-Mackensen, N. (2010). Do manners matter? Asymmetries in the acquisition of manner of articulation features. PhD Thesis. Radboud University Nijmegen.

Altvater-Mackensen, N. & P. Fikkert (2010), ‘The acquisition of the stop-fricative contrast in perception and production’. Lingua 120: 1898–1909.

Bergmann, C., Paulus, M., & Fikkert, J. (2010). A closer look at pronoun comprehension: Comparing different methods.In J. Costa, A. Castro, M. Lobo, & F. Pratas (Eds.), LanguageAcquisition and Development: Proceedings of GALA 2009 (pp. 53-61).Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

van Elk, M. & Hunnius, S. (Oktober 2010). Het babybrein: over de ontwikkeling van de hersenen bij baby's. Amsterdam: Bert Bakker. Klik hier

Fikkert, P. (2010), ‘Developing representations and the emergence of phonology: evidence from perception and production’. In: Fougeron, Kühnert, d’Imperio, Vallée (Eds.), Laboratory Phonology 10: Variation, Phonetic Detail and Phonological Representation (Phonology & Phonetics 4-4). Pp. 227–258.

Hunnius, S., & Bekkering, H. (2010). The early development of object knowledge: A study of infants' visual anticipations during action observation. Developmental Psychology, 46, 446-454.  [abstract,  pdf]

Junge, C., Hagoort, P., Kooijman, V. & Cutler, A. (2010). Brain potentials for word segmentation at seven months predict later language development. In K.M. Franich, K. Iserman, & L.L. Keil (Eds.) BUCLD 29: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press; pp. 209-220.

Junge, C., Cutler, A. & Hagoort, P. (2010). Ability to segment words from speech as a precursor of later language development: Insights from electrophysiological responses in the infant brain. Proceedingsof the 20th International Congress on Acoustics, Sydney, August (CD-ROM). 

Liszkowski, U. (2010). Before L1: A differentiated perspective on infant gestures. In M. Gullberg, & K. De Bot (Eds.), Gestures in language development (pp. 35-51). Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Liszkowski, U. (2010). Deictic and other gestures in infancy. Acción psicológica, 7(2), 21-33.

Meyer, M., Bekkering, H., Paulus, M., & Hunnius, S. (2010). Joint action coordination in 2½- and 3-year-old children. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4, 220.  [abstract]

Puccini, D., Hassemer, M., Salomo, D., & Liszkowski, U. (2010). The type of shared activity shapes caregiver and infant communication. Gesture, 10(2/3), 279-297.

Stapel, J.C., Hunnius, S., van Elk, M., & Bekkering, H. (2010). Motor activation during observation of unusual versus ordinary actions in infancy. Social Neuroscience, 5, 451-460.  [abstract]


Paula Fikkert & Helen de Hoop (2009). 'Language acquisition in optimality theory'. Journal of Linguistics 47 (2): 311–358.

Hunnius, S., Bekkering, H., & Cillessen, A.H.N. (2009). The association between intention understanding and peer cooperation in toddlers. European Journal of Developmental Science, 3, 368-388.

Kooijman, V., Hagoort, P. & Cutler, A. (2009). Prosodic structure in early word segmentation: ERP evidence from Dutch ten-month-olds. Infancy, 14, 591-612.

Liszkowski, U., Schäfer, M., Carpenter, M., Tomasello, M. (2009). Prelinguistic infants, but not chimpanzees, communicate about absent entities. Psychological Science, 20, 654-660.

Swingley, D. (2009). ‘Onsets and codas in 1.5-year-olds' word recognition'. Journal of Memory and Language. 


Bree, Elise de, Petra van Alphen, Paula Fikkert, and Frank Wijnen (2008). ‘Metrical stress in comprehension and production of Dutch children at risk of dyslexia’. In: Harvey Chan, Heather Jacob, and Enkeleida Kapia (Eds.), BUCLD 32: Proceedings of the 32nd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. 60-71.

van Elk, M., van Schie, H.T., Hunnius, S., Vesper, C. & Bekkering, H. (2008). You'll never crawl alone: Neurophysiological evidence for experience-dependent motor resonance in infancy. Neuroimage.

Fikkert, P. (2008). Kijk op klank. Inaugurele rede gehouden op 18 april 2008.  (klik hier)  

Fikkert, Paula & Clara Levelt (2008). ‘How does Place fall into place? The lexicon and emergent constraints in children's developing phonological grammar’. In: Peter Avery, B. Elan Dresher & Keren Rice (eds.), Contrast in phonology. Theory, perception, acquisition. Berlin: Mouton. 231-268.

Kooijman, V., Johnson, E.K. & Cutler, A. (2008). Reflections on reflections of infant word recognition. In A.D. Friederici & G. Thierry (Eds.) Early Language Development: Bridging Brain and Behavior. Amsterdam: John Benjamins; 91-114.

Liszkowski, U., Carpenter, M., Tomasello, M. (2008). Twelve-month-olds communicate helpfully and appropriately for knowledgeable and ignorant partners. Cognition, 108(3), 732-739. (klik hier) (zie ook babylab in het nieuws)

Swingley, D. (2008). ‘The roots of the early vocabulary in infants' learning from speech'. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17, 308-312.

De Wit, T.C.J., Vrins, S., Dejonckheere, P., & Van Lier, R. (2008). Form perception of partly occluded shapes in 4-month-old infants. Infancy, 13, 660-674.


Dietrich, C., Swingley, D., & Werker, J.F. (2007). ‘Native language governs interpretation of salient speech sound differences at 18 months'. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S. (PNAS), 104(41), 16027-16031.

Van der Feest, S. (2007). Building a Phonological Lexicon. The acquisition of the Dutch voicing contrast in perception and production. Ph.D. Dissertation, Radboud University Nijmegen. Utrecht: Prince Productions B.V.  (klik hier)

Van der Feest, S.V.H. (2007). Building a phonological lexicon. Doctoral Dissertation, Radboud University of Nijmegen.

Fikkert, P. Acquiring phonology. In: Paul de Lacy (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology, Cambridge University Press. Pp. 537–554.

Kager, R., Feest, S. van der, Fikkert, P., Kerkhoff, A., & Zamuner, T. S. (2007). ‘Representations of [voice]: Evidence from acquisition'. In J. van de Weijer & E.J. van der Torre (Eds.), Voicing in Dutch. Benjamins. 

Kooijman, V. (2007). Continuous-speech segmentation at the beginning of language acquisition: Electrophysiological evidence. PhD Thesis, MPI, Nijmegen.

Snijders, T., Kooijman, V., Cutler, A. & Hagoort, P. (2007). Neurophysiological evidence of delayed segmentation in a foreign anguage. Brain Research, 1178, 106-113.

Swingley, D. (2007). ‘Lexical exposure and word-form encoding in 1.5-year-olds'. Developmental Psychology, 43, 454-464.

Swingley, D., & Aslin, R.N. (2007). ‘Lexical competition in young children's word learning'. Cognitive Psychology, 54, 99-132. 


Dietrich, C. (2006). The acquisition of phonological structure: Distinguishing contrastive from non-contrastive variation. PhD Thesis, MPI, Nijmegen.

Johnson, E.K. (2006). ‘Grammatical gender and early word recognition in Dutch'. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.

Zamuner, T.S. (2006). Sensitivity to word-final phonotactics in 9- to 16-month-old infants. Infancy, 10, 77-95. 

Zamuner, T.S., A. Kerkhoff & P. Fikkert (2006). ‘Acquisition of voicing neutralization and alternations in Dutch'. Proceedings of the 30th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Vol. 2. Cascadilla Press. 701-712. 


Johnson, E.K. (2005). ‘English-learning infants' representations of word-forms with iambic stress'. Infancy, 7, 95-105.

Kooijman, V., Hagoort, P. & Cutler, A. (2005). Electrophysiological evidence for prelinguistic infants' word recognition in continuous speech. Cognitive Brain Research, 24, 109-116.

Swingley, D. (2005). ‘11-month-olds' knowledge of how familiar words sound'. Developmental Science, 8, 432-443.

Swingley, D. (2005). ‘Statistical clustering and the contents of the infant vocabulary'. Cognitive Psychology, 50, 86-132.


Johnson, E.K. (2003). ‘Speaker intent influences infants' segmentation of potentially ambiguous utterances'. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS). 1995-1998.

Johnson, E.K., Jusczyk, P.W., Cutler, A., and Norris, D. (2003). ‘Lexical viability constraints on speech segmentation by infants without a lexicon'. Cognitive Psychology, 46: 65-97.

Seidl, A. & Johnson, E.K. (2003). ‘Position and vowel quality effects in infant's segmentation of vowel-initial words'. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS). pp. 2233-2236.

Swingley, D. (2003). ‘Phonetic detail in the developing lexicon'. Language and Speech, 46, 265-294.


Johnson, E.K. & Jusczyk, P.W. (2002). ‘Finding words in fluent speech: How infants cope with different types of word segmentation cues'. In Lasser, Ingeborg (ed.), In The Process of Language Acquisition. Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang Publishing.


Johnson, E.K., van de Weijer, J., and Jusczyk, P.W. (2001). ‘Word segmentation by 7.5-month-olds: Three words do not equal one'. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Volume 2: 389-400. 


Houston, D.M., Jusczyk, P.W., Kuijpers, C., Coolen, R., & Cutler, A.M. (2000). Cross-language word segmentation by 9-month-olds. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 7, 504-509.

Swingley, D. & R.N. Aslin (2000). Spoken word recognition and lexical representation in very young children. Cognition, 76, 147-166.