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)


- 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. [abstractpdf]

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 -

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., 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. [abstractpdf]

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. [abstractpdf]

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

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

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. [abstractpdf]

- 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]