(Cognitive) development from a complex dynamical systems' and ecological perspective

As a researcher in Developmental Psychology, my main research interest lies in children’s hand movements, gestures and speech as they learn new (cognitive) things. Rooted in complex dynamical systems theory and ecological psychology, I approach development as emerging from the coupling between child and their physical and social environment over time, and learning as a transition between states. Such a transition is characterized by a decoupling and reorganization of a system, which also applies to children’s hand movements and speech.

I’m also interested in researching gesture-speech coupling in general, other developmental areas, and science communication (blogging, podcasting).


Psychology, Behavioral & Social Sciences
University of Groningen

Grote Kruisstraat 2/1
9712 TS Groningen
The Netherlands