Prof. Dr. Schwarzer and Dr. Jovanovic

How motor experiences shape infants' predictive visual-spatial abilities: Specifying the mediating processesA7

Planned research

Project A7 aims to identify the mediators by which infants' locomotion and manual object exploration skills exert an influence on their predictive visual-spatial abilities. By using eye-tracking, EEG recording, and systematically restricting infants' possible range of manual object explorations, we will investigate whether changes in infants' visual and visual-haptic spatial encoding can be regarded as mediators between their motor skills and improved visual-spatial predictions. 

Current research

In our work plan we aim to examine the relationship between infants' ability to visually and manually predict the movement of an object and their motor skills. We will analyze infants’ anticipatory eye-movements and anticipatory handshapes when moving objects are presented. We also seek to investigate whether improvements in predictive abilities are indeed caused by infants’ motor skills. To this end, we will design relevant training studies.

new project-related publications

  • Degé, F., Kubicek, C., & Schwarzer, G. (2015). Associations between musical abilities and precursors of reading in preschool aged children. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(August), 1–10. find paper
  • Dillmann, J., Freitag, C., Holve, K., Schweinfurth, S., Lorenz, B., Schwarzer, G. (2017). Die motorische Entwicklung von Kindern mit frühkindlichem Innenschielen. Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde , in press. find paper
  • Dillmann, J., Peterlein, CD. & Schwarzer, G. (2017). A longitudinal study of motor and cognitive development in infants with congenital idiopathic clubfoot. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 1-35. DOI find paper
  • Gerhard, T.M., Culham, J.C. & Schwarzer, G. (2016). Distinct visual processing of real objects and pictures of those objects in 7- to 9-month-old infants. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(827), 1-9. DOI find paper
  • Jovanovic, B. & Schwarzer, G. (2017). The development of the grasp-height effect as a measure of efficient action planning in children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 153, 74-82. DOI find paper
  • Kolling, T., Lamm B., Vierhaus M., Knopf, M., Lohaus, A., Fassbender, I., Freitag, C., Graf, F., Teubert, M., Schwarzer, G., & Keller, H. (2014). Differential Development of Motor Abilities in Western Middle-Class and Cameroonian Nso Infants. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45(9), 1502-1508. find paper
  • Kubicek , C. & Schwarzer , G. (2017). On the relation between infants’ spatial object processing and their motor skills. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 1-31. find paper
  • Kubicek , C., Gervain, J., Hillairet de Boisferon, A., Pascalis, O., Loevenbruck, H., & Schwarzer, G. (2014b). The influence of infant-directed speech on 12-month-olds' intersensory perception of fluent speech. Infant Behavior and Development , 37(4), 644-651. DOI find paper
  • Kubicek, C., Hillairet de Boisferon, A., Dupierrix, E., Pascalis, O., Loevenbruck, H., Gervain, J., & Schwarzer, G. (2014a). Cross-modal matching of audio-visual German and French fluent speech in infancy. PLoS ONE 9(2): e89275. DOI find paper
  • Kubicek, C., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2017a). How manual object exploration is associated with 7- to 8-month-old infants’ visual prediction abilities in spatial object processing. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. DOI find paper
  • Kubicek, C., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2017b). The relation between crawling and non-crawling 9-month-old infants' visual prediction abilities in spatial object processing. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 158, 64-76. DOI find paper
  • Lohaus, A., Lamm, B., Keller, H., Teubert, M., Fassbender, I., Glüer, M. Borchert, S., Vöhringer, I., Teiser, J., Freitag, C., Suhrke, J., Knopf, M. & Schwarzer, G. (2014). Gross and fine motor differences between Cameroonian and German children aged 3 to 40 months: Results of a cross-cultural longitudinal study. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45(8), 1328-1341. find paper
  • Ransburg, N., Reiser, M., Munzert, J., Jovanovic, B. & Schwarzer, G. (2017). Concurrent anticipation of two object dimensions during grasping in 10-month-old infants: A quantitative analysis. Infant Behavior and Development , 42, 164-174. DOI find paper
  • Schwarzer, G. (2014). How motor and visual experience shape infants' processing of objects and faces. Child Development Perspectives, 8(4), 213-217. find paper
  • Suhrke, J., Freitag, C., Lamm, B., Teiser, J., Poloczek, S., Fassbender, I., Teubert, M., Voehringer, I., Keller, H., Knopf, M., Lohaus, A. & Schwarzer, G. (2015). Experience with headwear influences the other-race effect in 4-year-old children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 137, 156-163. find paper

former project-related publications

  • Duemmler, T., Franz, V. H., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2007). Effects of the Ebbinghaus illusion on children's perception and grasping. Experimental Brain Research, 186(2), 249- 260.
  • Duemmler, T., Schöberl, P., & Schwarzer, G. (2008). Development of visual center of mass localization for grasp point selection. Cognitive Development, 23, 370-384.
  • Jovanovic, B. & Schwarzer, G. (2011). Learning to grasp efficiently: the development of motor planning and the role of observational learning. Vision Research, 51(8), 945-954.
  • Jovanovic, B., Duemmler, T. & Schwarzer, G. (2008). Infant development of configural object processing in visual and visual-haptic contexts. Acta Psychologica, 129 (3), 376-386.
  • Kubicek, C., Hillairet de Boisferon, A., Dupierrix, E., Loevenbruck, H., Gervain, J., & Schwarzer, G. (2013). Facescanning behavior to silently talking faces in 12-month-old infants: The impact of pre-exposed auditory speech. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37(2), 106-110.
  • Schum, N., Franz, V.H., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2012). Object processing in visual perception and action in children and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 112(2), 161-77.
  • Schum, N., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2011). Ten- and twelve-month-olds´ visual anticipation of orientation and size during grasping. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 109(2), 218-231.
  • Schwarzer, G. & Zauner, N. & Jovanovic, B. (2007). Evidence of a shift from featural to configural face processing in infancy. Developmental Science, 10(4), 452-463.
  • Schwarzer, G., Freitag, C., & Schum, N. (2013). How crawling and manual object exploration are related to the mental rotation abilities of 9-month-old infants. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 4(97), 1-8.
  • Schwarzer, G., Freitag, C., Buckel, R., & Lofruthe, A. (2012). Crawling is associated with mental rotation ability by 9- month-old infants. Infancy, 18, 432-441.
  • Schwarzer, G., Huber, S. & Duemmler, T. (2005). Gaze behavior in analytical and holistic face processing. Memory & Cognition, 33(2), 344-354.
  • Schwarzer, G., Jovanovic, B., Schum, N., Dümmler, T. (2009). Analytische und konfigurale Verarbeitung von Objekten im Säuglingsalter: Die Rolle selbst induzierter Fortbewegung und manueller Exploration. Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie, 41(4), 189-197.