Baby BRAIN Group

Dr. Sabine Hunnius

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

Room:  B 01.28
Phone: +31 24 3612648
Email: s.hunnius [at]


- in press -

Braukmann, R., Lloyd-Fox, S., Blasi, A., Johnson, M.H., Bekkering, H., Buitelaar, J.K., & Hunnius, S. (in press). Diminished socially selective neural processing in 5-month-old infants at high familial risk for autism. European Journal of Neuroscience.

Hunnius, S. (in press). Action. In M.H. Bornstein, M.E. Arterberry, K. L. Fingerman, & J.E. Lansford (Eds), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Monroy, C.D., Gerson, S.A., Dominguez, E., Kaduk, K., Hunnius, S., & Reid, V. (in press). Sensitivity to structure in action sequences: An infant event-related potential study. Neuropsychologia. [abstract]

Stapel, J.C., van Wijk, I.C., Bekkering, H. & Hunnius, S. (in press). Eighteen-month-old infants show distinct electrophysiological responses to their own faces. Developmental Science. [abstract]

van Renswoude, D., Raijmakers, M., Koornneef, A., Johnson, S.P., Hunnius, S., & Visser, I. (in press). Gazepath: An eye-tracking analysis tool that accounts for individual differences and data quality. Behavior Research Methods. [abstract]

- 2017 -

Braukmann, R., Bekkering, H., Hidding, M., Poljac, E., Buitelaar, J. & Hunnius, S. (2017). Predictability of action sub-steps modulates motor system activation during the observation of goal-directed actions. Neuropsychologia, 103, 44-53. [abstract]

Endedijk, H.M., Meyer, M., Bekkering, H., Cillessen, A.H.N., & Hunnius, S. (2017). Neural mirroring and social interaction: Motor system involvement during action observation relates to early peer cooperation. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 24, 33-41. [abstract]

Gerson, S.A., Bekkering, H., & Hunnius, S. (2017). Do you do as I do? Young toddlers prefer and copy toy choices of similarly acting others. Infancy, 22, 5-22. [abstract]

Gerson, S.A., Meyer, M., Hunnius, S., & Bekkering, H. (2017). Unravelling the contributions of motor experience and conceptual knowledge in action perception: A training study. Scientific Reports, 7:46761. [abstract]

Monroy, C.D., Gerson, S.A., & Hunnius, S. (2017). Toddlers' action prediction: Statistical learning of continuous action sequences. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology , 157, 14-28. [abstract]

Monroy, C.D., Meyer, M., Gerson, S.A., & Hunnius, S. (2017). Statistical learning in social action contexts. PLOS ONE, 12(5), e0177261. [abstract]

- 2016 -

Gerson, S.A., Bekkering, H., & Hunnius, S. (2016). Social context influences planning ahead in three-year-olds.. Cognitive Development, 40, 120-131. [abstract]

Meyer, M., Braukmann, R., Stapel, J.C., Bekkering, H., & Hunnius, S. (2016). Monitoring others’ errors: The role of the motor system in early childhood and adulthood. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 34, 66–85. [abstract]

Meyer, M., van der Wel, R.P.R.D., & Hunnius, S. (2016). Planning my actions to accommodate yours: Joint action development during early childhood. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B , 371, 20150371. [abstract]

Stapel, J.C., Hunnius, S., Meyer, M., & Bekkering, H. (2016). Motor system contribution to action prediction: Temporal accuracy depends on motor experience. Cognition, 148, 71–78. [abstract]

van Schaik, J.E. & Hunnius, S. (2016). Little chameleons: The development of social mimicry during early childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology , 147, 71–81. [abstract]

van Schaik, J.E., Endedijk, H.M., Stapel, J.C., & Hunnius, S. (2016). Young children’s motor interference is influenced by novel group membership. Frontiers in Psychology, 7 , 00321. [abstract]

- 2015 -

Dolscheid, S., Hunnius, S., & Majid, A. (2015). When high pitches sound low: Children’s acquisition of space-pitch metaphors. In (Eds), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [abstract]

Endedijk, H. M., Ramenzoni, V. C. O., Cox, R. F. A., Cillessen, A. H. N., Bekkering, H., & Hunnius, S. (2015). Development of interpersonal coordination between peers during a drumming task. Developmental Psychology, 51, 714-721. [abstract]

Endedijk, H.M., Cillessen, A.H.N., Cox, R.F.A., Bekkering, H., & Hunnius, S. (2015). The role of child characteristics and peer experiences in the development of peer cooperation. Social Development, 24, 521-540. [abstract]

Gerson, S. A., Schiavio, A., Timmers, R., & Hunnius, S. (2015). Active drumming experience increases infants’ sensitivity to audiovisual synchrony during observed drumming actions. PLOS ONE, 10(6): e01. [abstract]

Gerson, S., Bekkering, H., & Hunnius, S. (2015). Short-term motor training, but not observational training, alters neurocognitive mechanisms of action processing in infancy. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27, 1207-1214. [abstract]

Hitzert, M.M., van Geert, P.L.C., Hunnius, S., Van Braeckel, K.N.J.A., Bos, A.F., & Geuze, R.H. (2015). Associations between developmental trajectories of movement variety and visual attention in fullterm and preterm infants during the first six months postterm. Early Human Development, 91, 89-96. [abstract]

Meyer, M., Bekkering, H., Haartsen, R., Stapel, J.C., & Hunnius, S. (2015). The role of action prediction and inhibitory control for joint action coordination in toddlers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 139, 203–220. [abstract]

Stapel, J.C., Hunnius, S., & Bekkering, H. (2015). Fifteen-month-old infants use velocity information to predict others’ action targets. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 01092. [abstract]

Stapel, J.C., Hunnius, S., Bekkering, H., & Lindemann, O. (2015). The development of numerosity estimation: Evidence for a linear number representation early in life. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. [abstract]

- 2014 -

Dolscheid, S., Hunnius, S., Casasanto, D., & Majid, A. (2014). Prelinguistic infants are sensitive to space-pitch associations found across cultures. Psychological Science, 25, 1256-1261. [abstract]

Hitzert, M.M., Van Braeckel, K.N.J.A., Bos, A.F., Hunnius, S., & Geuze, R.H. (2014). Early visual attention in preterm and fullterm infants in relation to cognitive and motor outcomes at school age: an exploratory study. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 2, 16. [abstract]

Hunnius, S. & Bekkering, H. (2014). What are you doing? How active and observational experience shape infants’ action understanding. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 369. [abstract]

Meyer, M., Bekkering, H., Janssen, D.J.C., de Bruijn, E.R.A., & Hunnius, S. (2014). Neural correlates of feedback processing in toddlers. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 1519-1520. [abstract]

- 2013 -

Gerson, S. A., Hunnius, S. & Bekkering, H. (2013). Playing for us: The influence of joint action on planning in three-year-olds. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2380-2385). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [abstract]

Meyer, M., van der Wel, R.P.R.D., & Hunnius, S. (2013). Higher-order action planning for individual and joint object manipulations. Experimental Brain Research, 225, 579-588. [abstract]

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. [abstract]

Stolk, A., Hunnius, S., Bekkering, H., & Toni, I. (2013). Early social experience predicts referential communicative adjustments in five-year-old children. PLOS ONE, 8(8), e72667. [abstract]

van Schaik, J.E., van Baaren, R., Bekkering, H., & Hunnius, S. (2013). Evidence for nonconscious behavior-copying in young children. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1516-1521). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [abstract]

- 2012 -

Dolscheid, S., Hunnius, S., Casasanto, D., & Majid, A. (2012). The sound of thickness: Prelinguistic infants' associations of space and pitch. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R. P. Cooper (Eds), CogSci 2012: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 306-311). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [abstract]

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. [abstract]

Stapel, J.C., Hunnius, S., & Bekkering, H. (2012). Online prediction of others' actions: the contribution of target object, action context, and movement kinematics. Psychological Research, 76, 434-445. [abstract]

van Dijk, M.W.G, Hunnius, S., & van Geert, P.L.C (2012). The dynamics of feeding during the introduction to solid food. Infant Behavior and Development, 35, 226-239. [abstract]

- 2011 -

Hunnius, S., de Wit, T.C.J., Vrins, S., & von Hofsten, C. (2011). Facing threat: Infants' and adults' visual scanning of faces with neutral, happy, sad, angry, and fearful emotional expressions. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 193-205. [abstract]

Meyer, M., Hunnius, S., van Elk, M., van Ede, F., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Joint action modulates motor system involvement during action observation in 3-year-olds. Experimental Brain Research, 211, 581-592. [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. [abstract]

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]

Vrins, S., Hunnius, S., & van Lier, R. (2011). Volume completion in 4.5-month-old infants. Acta Psychologica, 138, 92-99. [abstract]

- 2010 -

Hunnius, S. & Bekkering, H. (2010). The early development of object knowledge: A study on infants' visual anticipations during action observation. Developmental Psychology, 46, 446-454. [abstractpdf]

Meyer, M., Bekkering, H., Paulus, M., & Hunnius, S. (2010). Joint action coordination in 2½- and 3-year-old children. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4, 220. [abstract]

Stapel, J.C., Hunnius, S., van Elk, M., & Bekkering, H. (2010). Motor activation during observation of unusual versus ordinary actions in infancy. Social Neuroscience, 5, 451-460. [abstract]

van Elk, M. & Hunnius, S. (2010). Het babybrein: over de ontwikkeling van de hersenen bij baby’s. Amsterdam: Bert Bakker.

- 2009 -

Hunnius, S., Bekkering, H., & Cillessen, A.H.N. (2009). The association between intention understanding and peer cooperation in toddlers. European Journal of Developmental Science, 3, 368–388. [abstract]

van Dijk, M.W.G., Hunnius, S., & van Geert, P.L.C. (2009). Variability in eating behavior throughout the weaning period. Appetite, 52, 766-770. [abstractpdf]

- 2008 -

Hunnius, S., Geuze, R.H., Zweens, M.J., & Bos, A.F. (2008). Effects of preterm experience on the developing visual system: A longitudinal study of shifts of attention and gaze in early infancy. Developmental Neuropsychology, 33, 521-535. [abstractpdf]

van Elk, M., van Schie, H.T., Hunnius, S., Vesper, C. & Bekkering, H. (2008). You’ll never crawl alone: Neurophysiological evidence for experience-dependent motor resonance in infancy. Neuroimage, 43, 808-814. [abstractpdf]

- 2007 -

Hunnius, S. (2007). The early development of visual attention and its implications for social and cognitive development. Progress in Brain Research, 164, 187-209. [abstractpdf]

- 2006 -

Hunnius, S., Geuze, R.H., & van Geert, P.L.C. (2006). Associations between the developmental trajectories of visual scanning and disengagement of attention in infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 29, 108-125. [abstractpdf]

- 2005 -

Hunnius, S. (2005). Through the Eyes of an Infant : The Early Development of Visual Scanning and Disengagement of Attention. University of Groningen.

- 2004 -

Hunnius, S., & Geuze, R.H. (2004). The influence of abstract and meaningful stimuli on shifts of visual attention in infants between 6 and 26 weeks of age. Infant Behavior and Development, 27, 397-416. [abstractpdf]

Hunnius, S., & Geuze, R.H. (2004). Developmental changes in visual scanning of dynamic faces and abstract stimuli in infants: A longitudinal study. Infancy, 6, 231-255. [abstractpdf]

Conference Contributions

- 2015 -

Zaadnoordijk, L., Hunnius, S., Meyer, M., Kwisthout, J., & van Rooij, I. (2015). What sense of agency do infants have, and how can we tell?. Poster Presentation, CogSci. [abstract]

Zaadnoordijk, L., Hunnius, S., Meyer, M., Kwisthout, J., & van Rooij, I. (2015). The Developing Sense of Agency: Implications from Cognitive Phenomenology. Poster Presentation, IEEE ICDL-EPIROB. [abstractpdf]