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.

PhD students

recent publications

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submitted, under revision, accepted, or in press:

Dorothée Hoppe, Petra Hendriks, Michael Ramscar, & Jacolien van Rij (under revision): An exploration of error-driven learning in simple two-layer networks from a discriminative learning perspective. Accepted with minor revisions for Behavioral Research Methods.

Tomas O. Lentz, Jessie S. Nixon, and Jacolien van Rij: Signal response modelling uncovers electrophysiological correlates of trial-by-trial error-driven learning. Under review.

recent publications:

Dorothée Hoppe, Jacolien van Rij, Petra Hendriks, and Michael Ramscar (2020): Order matters! Influences of linear order on linguistic category learning. Cognitive Science, 44: e12910. link

Jacolien van Rij, Nemanja Vaci, Lee Wurm, and Laurie B. Feldman (2020). Alternative quantitative methods in psycholinguistics: Implications for theory and design. In Vito Pirrelli, Ingo Plag, & Wolfgang Dressler (eds.), Word Knowledge and Word Usage: a Cross-disciplinary Guide to the Mental Lexicon, pp. 83-126. De Gruyter. link

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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conference proceedings:

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

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