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I'm interested in the processing of (seemingly) ambiguous sentences. These are sentences that potentially have multiple potential interpretations, such as sentences with pronouns or idioms. For interpreting these sentences correctly, the listeners need to combine different sources of information in a relative short time (for example, world knowledge, visual context, and preceding linguistic information).

My research focuses on 1) how listeners combine different sources of information during sentence processing, and 2) how regularities in the linguistic input may facilitate this process. I combine computational simulations (error-driven learning), experimental studies, and advanced statistical methods to answer my research questions.

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Jacolien van Rij, Nemanja Vaci, Lee H. Wurm, and Laurie Beth Feldman: Alternative quantitative methods in psycholinguistics: Implications for theory and design. To appear 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

Dorothée Hoppe, Jacolien van Rij, Petra Hendriks, and Michael Ramscar: Order matters! Influence of linear order on learning linguistic categories. Under review.

Simone Sprenger, Amélie la Roi, and Jacolien van Rij (2019): The Development of Idiom Knowledge across the Life Span. Frontiers in Communication 4, p. 1-29. link

Laurie Beth Feldman, Rick Dale, and Jacolien van Rij (2019): Lexical and frequency effects on keystroke timing: Challenges to a lexical search account from a type-to-copy task. Frontiers in Communication 4, p. 1-17. link

Jacolien van Rij, Petra Hendriks, Hedderik van Rijn, R. Harald Baayen, and Simon N. Wood (2019): Analyzing the time course of pupillometric data. Trends in Hearing Science 23, 1-23. link
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Abigail Toth, Monique Charest, Jacolien van Rij, and Juhani Järvikivi (2019). Applying the Visual World Paradigm in the Investigation of Preschoolers’ Online Reference Processing in a Naturalistic Discourse. In A.K. Goel, C.M. Seifert, & C. Freksa (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2981-2987). Montreal, QB: Cognitive Science Society. link

Mark Y. Ji, Jacolien van Rij, and Niels A. Taatgen (2019): Discoveries of the Algebraic Mind: A PRIMs Model. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Cognitive Modelling (ICCM) 2019. link

Natalie Boll-Avetisyan, Jessie S. Nixon, Tomas O. Lentz, Liquan Liu, Sandrien van Ommen, Çağri Çöltekin, and Jacolien van Rij (2018): Neural response development during distributional learning. In: Proceedings of Interspeech 2018 (pp. 1432-1436). doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-2072. 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. link | 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

Kaidi Lõo, Jacolien van Rij, Juhani Järvikivi, & R. Harald Baayen (2016). Individual Differences in Pupil Dilation during Naming Task. In: Papafragou, A. and Grodner, D. and Mirman, D and Trueswell, J. C. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 550-555), Austin, TX.

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

Jessie S. Nixon, Jacolien van Rij, Li, X., & Yiya Chen (2015). Cross-category phonological effects on ERP amplitude demonstrate context-specific processing during reading aloud. In A. Botinis, (Ed.), ExLing 2015: Proceedings of the International Conference of Experimental Linguistics (pp. 50-53). Athens, Greece. link

Jessie S. Nixon, Jacolien van Rij, Peggy Mok, & Yiya Chen (2015) Eye movements reflect acoustic cue informativity and statistical noise. In: A. Botinis, (Ed.), ExLing 2015: Proceedings of the International Conference of Experimental Linguistics. (pp. 54-57). Athens, Greece. link

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. link

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. link

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

Jacolien van Rij, Hedderik van Rijn, & Petra Hendriks (2011). Towards a cognitively plausible model of reference. In: Kees van Deemter, Albert Gatt, Roger van Gompel & Emiel Krahmer (Eds), Proceedings of the PRE-CogSci 2011 workshop on Production of Referring Expressions: Bridging the gap between computational, empirical & theoretical approaches.

Petra Hendriks, Arina Banga, Jacolien van Rij, Gisi Cannizzaro, & John Hoeks (2011). Adults' on-line comprehension of object pronouns in discourse. In: A. Grimm, A. Müller, C. Hamann, & E. Ruigendijk (Eds.), Production-comprehension asymmetries in child language. De Gruyter, Berlin, 193-216.

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.

Jacolien van Rij, Hedderik van Rijn, & Petra Hendriks (2011). WM load influences the interpretation of referring expressions. In: Proceedings of the 2nd workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Portland, OR, pp. 67-75.

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.

Jacolien van Rij, Petra Hendriks, Jennifer Spenader & Hedderik van Rijn (2009). Modeling the selective effects of slowed-down speech in pronoun comprehension. In: Jean Crawford, Koichi Otaki, & Masahiko Takahashi (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2008) (pp. 291-302), Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Jacolien van Rij, Petra Hendriks & Hedderik van Rijn. Integrating discourse in a computational model of the production and comprehension of referring expressions. In: Kees van Deemter, Albert Gatt, Roger van Gompel & Emiel Krahmer (Eds), Proceedings of the PRE-CogSci 2009 workshop on Production of Referring Expressions: Bridging the gap between computational and empirical approaches to reference.

Jacolien van Rij, Petra Hendriks, Jennifer Spenader & Hedderik van Rijn (2009). From group results to individual patterns in pronoun comprehension. In J. Chandlee, M. Franchini, S. Lord & M. Rheiner (Eds.), BUCLD 33: Proceedings of the 33rd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol. 2, pp. 563-574), Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

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