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Nadja Althaus

Post Doctoral Researcher , Career Development Fellow, St Hugh's College
How do infants categorise objects? Does language influence the way they process objects? How can eye movements be used to examine learning processes?

Research Themes

Divisional Themes

  • Psychology

Unit Themes

Experimental Methods

Department Department of Experimental Psychology
College St Hugh's College

My research looks at the interaction between language and cognition in infancy. I am specifically interested in categorisation and the impact of labels on category formation, but my work also extends to word recognition and word-referent identification. I use eye tracking to examine how infants' patterns of eye movements change as they learn. In addition I use computational models to investigate the mathematical / computational mechanisms underlying the type of cross-modal learning involved in word-object mappings.


Office: D130, Department of Experimental Psychology
Phone: +44 (0)1865 271 384
email: firstname dot lastname at psy dot ox dot ac dot uk


  • Althaus, N. and Mareschal, D. (2012): Using saliency maps to separate competing processes in infant visual cognition. Child Development, 83(4), 1122-1128. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01766.x
  • Mareschal, D., Westermann, G. and Althaus, N. (in press). In Search of the Developmental Mechanisms of Multi-sensory integration. In Bremner, A., Lewcowicz, D., and Spence, C. (Eds), Multisensory Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Althaus, N. and Mareschal, D. (2011). Early language as multimodal learning. In Davelaar, E. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 12th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop, World Scientific.
  • Mareschal, D. and Althaus, N. (2009): Connectionism. In: Windhorst, U., Binder, M.  and Hirokawa, N. (eds.),  Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Berlin: Springer.



Since June 2012: Winkler Career Development Fellow at St Hugh's College

Since 2010: Post Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

2009-2010: Post Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Psychology, Oxford Brookes University

2006-2010: PhD at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London (Supervisors: Denis Mareschal and Jennifer Aydelott)

2000-2006: MA (Linguistics, Psychology, Computer Science) at the University of Tuebingen, Germany

2005-2006: RA at the Mathematical Psychology Unit / MPI for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany

2003-2004: Visiting Student, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada

2001-2006: RA at the Dept. of Linguistics / Theoretical Computational Linguistics, University of Tuebingen, Germany