research

I'm interested in the underlying mechanisms of on-line sentence processing, more specifically how language processing can be explained by more general cognitive mechansims and principles. 

To investigate language processing I combine cognitive modeling and computational simulations with experimental studies to test the predictons of these models. The experimental methods include EEG, gaze data, pupil dilation, and behavioral responses.

Summary research interests: 

  • Processing of referring expressions
  • Language acquisition and learning
  • Influence of context and cognitive system on sentence processing

publications

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submitted, accepted, or in press:

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

Kaidi Lõo, Jacolien van Rij, Juhani Järvikivi, & R. Harald Baayen (submitted). Individual Differences in Pupil Dilation during Naming Task.

R. Harald Baayen, Jacolien van Rij, Cecile de Cat, and Simon N. Wood (to appear). Autocorrelated errors in experimental data in the language sciences: Some solutions offered by Generalized Additive Mixed Models.
Accepted for publication in Mixed Effects Regression Models in Linguistics, edited by D. Speelman, K. Heylen, and D. Geeraerts. Berlin, Springer. arxiv

published:

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 Empirical perspectives on anaphora resolution, edited by Anke Holler and Katja Suckow. Berlin, Walter de Gruyter. supplementary materials

Nixon, J. S., van Rij, J. Li X. & Chen, Y. (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.

Nixon, J., van Rij, J., Mok, P., & Chen, Y. (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.

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

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. pdf

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. 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, 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. pdf

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. pdf

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. pdf

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. pdf

other:

Jacolien van Rij, Martijn Wieling, R. Harald Baayen, & Hedderik van Rijn (2015). itsadug: Interpreting Time Series and Autocorrelated Data Using GAMMs. R package version 2.0.

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