Gestures, speech, and learning from a dynamical, ecological perspective

As a researcher in Developmental Psychology, my main research interest lies in children’s gestures and speech as they learn new (cognitive) things. Rooted in dynamic systems theory and ecological psychology, I approach development as emerging from the coupling between child and 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 gestures and speech.

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


Koninklijke Kentalis

Psychologie, Gedrags- en Maatschappijwetenschappen
University of Groningen

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