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2018 Rosalind Franklin Fellowship, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen

2016-2019 NWO Veni project 'Learning language from expectations'

2016 Maternity leave

2013-2016 Postdoc at Quantitative Linguistics group of Prof. Harald Baayen at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

2008-2012 PhD at the University of Groningen (cum laude)

Jacolien van Rij (2012). Pronoun processing: Computational, behavioral, and psychophysiological studies in children and adults. PhD Thesis, University of Groningen. Promotor: Prof. Dr. Petra Hendriks, co-promotor: Dr. Hedderik van Rijn

master Human-Machine Communication at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands (cum laude)

Jacolien van Rij (2008). The effects of speech rate on pronoun interpretation: Evidence of bidirectional optimization in language? MSc Thesis, University of Groningen. KION award for the best Dutch AI thesis of 2007/2008.

bachelor Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands


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submitted, under revision, accepted, or in press:

Jacolien van Rij, Petra Hendriks, Hedderik van Rijn, R. Harald Baayen, and Simon N. Wood: Analyzing the time course of pupillometric data. Submitted for publication in Trends in Hearing Science.

Natalie Boll-Avetisyan, Jessie S. Nixon, Tomas O. Lentz, Liquan Liu, Sandrien van Ommen, Çağri Çöltekin, and Jacolien van Rij: Neural response development during distributional learning. Accepted for Interspeech 2018. Hyderabad, India, September 2-6, 2018.

Jacolien van Rij, Nemanja Vaci, Lee H. Wurm, and Laurie Beth Feldman: Alternative quantitative methods in psycholinguistics: Implications for theory and design. Accepted for publication in Word Knowledge and Word Usage: a Cross-disciplinary Guide to the Mental Lexicon, edited by Vito Pirrelli, Ingo Plag, and Wolfgang U. Dressler. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. pdf


Jessie S. Nixon, Natalie Boll-Avetisyan, Tomas O. Lentz, Sandrien van Ommen, Brigitta Keij, Çağri Çöltekin, Liquan Liu, and Jacolien van Rij (2018) Short-term exposure enhances perception of both between- and within-category acoustic information. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, (pp. 114-118). doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-23. pdf

R. Harald Baayen, Jacolien van Rij, Cecile de Cat, and Simon N. Wood (2018). Autocorrelated errors in experimental data in the language sciences: Some solutions offered by Generalized Additive Mixed Models. In:  Speelman, D., Heylen, K., and Geeraerts, D. (Eds.), Mixed Effects Regression Models in Linguistics (pp. 49-69). Berlin, Springer. website | arxiv

Margreet Vogelzang, Anne C. Mills, David Reitter, Jacolien van Rij, Petra Hendriks, & Hedderik van Rijn (2017). Toward cognitively constrained models of language processing: A review. Frontiers in Communication 2:11. doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2017.00011 link

Vince Porretta, Aki Kyröläinen, Jacolien van Rij, & Juhani Järvikivi (2017). Visual world paradigm data: From preprocessing to nonlinear time-course analysis. In I. Czarnowski, R. Howlett, & L. Jain (Eds.), Intelligent decision technologies: 2017 (pp. 1–10). Smart Innovation Systems and Technologies. Springer. link

Jessie S. Nixon, Jacolien van Rij, Peggy Mok, R. Harald Baayen, and Yiya Chen (2016). The temporal dynamics of perceptual uncertainty: eye movement evidence from Cantonese segment and tone perception. Journal of Memory and Language, 90, 103-125. link

Jacolien van Rij, Bart Hollebrandse, & Petra Hendriks (2016). Children's eye gaze reveals their use of discourse context in object pronoun resolution. In: Holler, A. and Suckow, K. (Eds.), Empirical perspectives on anaphora resolution. Berlin, Walter de Gruyter. supplementary materials

Deniz Başkent, Jacolien van Rij, Zheng Yen Ng, Rolien Free, & Petra Hendriks (2013). Perception of spectrally degraded pronouns and reflexives by children. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134(5), 3844–3852.

Jacolien van Rij, Hedderik van Rijn, & Petra Hendriks (2013). How WM load influences linguistic processing in adults: A computational model of pronoun interpretation in discourse. Topics in Cognitive Science, 5(3), 564-580.

Jacolien van Rij, Hedderik van Rijn & Petra Hendriks (2010). Cognitive Architectures and Language Acquisition: A Case Study in Pronoun Comprehension. Journal of Child Language, 37(3), 731-766. pdf

Petra Hendriks & Jacolien van Rij (2011). Language acquisition and language change in bidirectional Optimality Theory. In: Anton Benz & Jason Mattausch (Eds.), Bidirectional Optimality Theory, Benjamins, Amsterdam, 97-123. pdf


Jacolien van Rij, Martijn Wieling, R. Harald Baayen, & Hedderik van Rijn (2017). itsadug: Interpreting Time Series and Autocorrelated Data Using GAMMs. R package, version 2.3. link

Jacolien van Rij (2012). Pronoun processing: Computational, behavioral, and psychophysiological studies in children and adults. PhD Thesis, University of Groningen. pdf

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