Action and Neurocognition Group

Dr. Markus Paulus

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Radboud University Nijmegen
P.O. Box 9104
6500 HE Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Email: markus.paulus (at)

Research Interests

2000-2007 study of psychology, philosophy, sociology, history, and Italian literature at the Universities of Eichstätt (Germany) and Oulu (Finland); 2006 M.Sc. in psychology; 2007 M.A. in philosophy; 2007-2011 Ph.D. student at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior; 2011 Ph.D. in psychology; from september 2011 on lecturer and post-doc at the LMU Munich (Germany)


- in press -

Bergmann, C., Paulus, M., & Fikkert, P. (in press). Preschoolers’ comprehension of pronouns and reflexives: The impact of the task. Journal of Child Language. [abstract]

Hauf, P., Paulus, M., & Baillargeon, R. (in press). Infants use compression information to infer object weight: Examining cognition, exploration, and prospective action in a preferential-reaching task. Child Development. [abstract]

Paulus, M. (in press). Action mirroring and action understanding: An ideomotor and attentional account. Psychological Research. [abstract]

Paulus, M., & Moore, C. (in press). Producing and understanding prosocial actions in early childhood. Advances in Child Development and Behavior. [abstract]

- 2013 -

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., & Bekkering, H. (2013). Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying social learning in infancy: Infants’ neural processing of the effects of others' actions. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 774-779. [abstract]

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., & Bekkering, H. (2013). Examining functional mechanisms of imitative learning in infancy: Does teleological reasoning affect infants' imitation beyond motor resonance?. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116, 487-498. [abstractpdf]

- 2012 -

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., van Elk, M., & Bekkering, H. (2012). How learning to shake a rattle affects 8-month-old infants' perception of the rattle's sound: Electrophysiological evidence for action-effect binding in infancy. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2, 90-96. [abstractpdf]

- 2011 -

Hauf, P., & Paulus, M. (2011). Experience matters: 11-month-old infants can learn to use material information to predict the weight of novel objects. Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 467-471. [abstract]

Paulus, M. (2011). How infants relate looker and object: Evidence for a perceptual learning account on gaze following in infancy. Developmental Science, 14, 1301-1310. [abstract]

Paulus, M. (2011). Imitation in infancy: Conceptual considerations. Theory & Psychology, 21, 849-856. [abstract]

Paulus, M. (2011). Development of action perception: Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying children's processing of others' actions. Nijmegen: Ipskamp.

Paulus, M., & Hauf, P. (2011). Infants’ use of material properties to guide their actions with differently weighted objects. Infant and Child Development, 20, 423-436. [abstractpdf]

Paulus, M., & Hauf, P. (2011). Reaching preferences in 11-month-old infants: The role of objects’ material and weight. International Journal of Developmental Science. [abstract]

Paulus, M., & Moore, C. (2011). Whom to ask for help? Children’s developing understanding of other people’s action capabilities. Experimental Brain Research, 211, 593-600. [abstract]

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Can 14- to 20-month-old children learn that a tool serves multiple purposes? A developmental study on children's action goal prediction. Vision Research, 51, 955-960. [abstractpdf]

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., van Wijngaarden, C., Vrins, S., van Rooij, I., & Bekkering, H. (2011). The role of frequency information and teleological reasoning in infants' and adults' action prediction. Developmental Psychology, 47, 976-983. [abstract]

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., Vissers, M., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Bridging the gap between the other and me: The functional role of motor resonance and action effects in infants’ imitation. Developmental Science, 14, 901-910. [abstract]

Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., Vissers, M., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Imitation in infancy: Rational or motor resonance?. Child Development, 82, 1047-1057. [abstract]

Paulus, M., van Dam, W., Hunnius, S., Lindemann, O., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Action-effect binding by observational learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 1022-1028. [abstract]

van Elk, M., Paulus, M., Pfeiffer, C., van Schie, H., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Learning to use novel objects: A training study on the acquisition of novel action representations. Consciousness and Cognition, 20, 1304-1314. [abstractpdf]

- 2010 -

Meyer, M., Bekkering, H., Paulus, M., & Hunnius, S. (2010). Joint action coordination in 2 1/2 - and 3-year-old children. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4, 220. [abstract]

- 2009 -

Paulus, M. (2009). The position of the subject in the philosophies of Foucault and Habermas. e-Journal Philosophie der Psychologie, 13. [abstract]

Paulus, M., Lindemann, O., & Bekkering, H. (2009). Motor simulation in verbal knowledge acquisition. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62 (12), 2298-2305. [abstractpdf]