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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.

Jessie S. Nixon, Natalie Boll-Avetisyan, Tomas O. Lentz, Sandrien van Ommen, Brigitta Keij, Çağri Çöltekin, Liquan Liu, and Jacolien van Rij: Short-term exposure enhances perception of both between- and within-category acoustic information. Accepted for the 9th Speech Prosody Conference 2018 Proceedings.

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


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

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.

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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From January 2018 I started as Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Artificial Intelligence Department, University of Groningen.

Upcoming courses:

  • May 14-18: The Visual World Paradigm step-by-step – Eye-tracking for spoken language research. With Juhani Järvikivi and Vince Porretta. STEP @CCP 2018, Edmonton, Canada
  • May 19: GAMMs workshop. With Vince Porretta. STEP @CCP 2018, Edmonton, Canada
  • June 19-22: Introduction to nonlinear regression modeling. LOT Summer School 2018, Groningen