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

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.

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


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

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.


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