Christian Kliesch

Christian Kliesch
Universität Potsdam · Abteilung Entwicklungspsychologie

Doctor of Philosophy (Lancaster University)

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Introduction
I am interested in how communication influences infants' understanding of others' actions. Apart from that, I'm also interested in: - how do interlocutors, in particular children, interpret referential pacts? - neonatal imitation in infants - cognitive prerequisites of ostensive communication - to what extent can we apply our understanding of culturally evolutionary processes to political systems, such as constitutions?
Additional affiliations
September 2017 - February 2019
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Position
  • Researcher
October 2014 - May 2019
Lancaster University
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • PhD topic: "The role of ostensive-referential communication in action understanding during infancy and early childhood"
February 2014 - August 2014
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
October 2014 - October 2017
Lancaster University
Field of study
  • Psychology
September 2011 - September 2012
The University of Edinburgh
Field of study
  • Linguistics
September 2007 - May 2011
University of Glasgow
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (12)
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Visual categorization is a human core cognitive capacity¹,² that depends on the development of visual category representations in the infant brain.³,⁴,⁵,⁶,⁷ However, the exact nature of infant visual category representations and their relationship to the corresponding adult form remains unknown.⁸ Our results clarify the nature of visual category re...
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Visual categorization is a human core cognitive capacity that depends on the development of visual category representations in the infant brain. The nature of infant visual category representations and their relationship to the corresponding adult form however remain unknown. Our results clarify the nature of visual category representations in 6- t...
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Learning about actions requires children to identify the boundaries of an action and its units. Whereas some action units are easily identified, parents can support children's action learning by adjusting the presentation and using social signals. However, currently little is understood regarding how children use these signals to learn actions. In...
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Learning about actions requires children to identify the boundaries of an action and its units. Whereas some action units are easily identified, parents can support children’s action learning by adjusting the presentation and using social signals. However, currently little is understood regarding how children use these signals to learn actions.In t...
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From early on, human infants acquire novel actions through observation and imitation. Yet, the neural mechanisms that underlie infants’ action learning are not well understood. Here, we combine the assessment of infants’ neural processes during the observation of novel actions on objects (i.e. transitive actions) and their subsequent imitation of t...
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Language is one of the most complex of human traits. There are many hypotheses about how it originated, what factors shaped its diversity, and what ongoing processes drive how it changes. We present the Causal Hypotheses in Evolutionary Linguistics Database (CHIELD, https://chield.excd.org/), a tool for expressing, exploring, and evaluating hypothe...
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Infants interpret actions as goal directed (Hunnius & Bekkering, 2010) and are also sensitive to ostensive communication (Csibra, 2010). When ostensively addressed, infants perceive the informative content of the communication as relevant, meaningful and generalisable (Csibra & Gergely, 2009). In the following study we ask whether ostensive communi...
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Recursive mindreading is the ability to embed mental representations inside other mental representations e.g. to hold beliefs about beliefs about beliefs. An advanced ability to entertain recursively embedded mental states is consistent with evolutionary perspectives that emphasise the importance of sociality and social cognition in human evolution...
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Pragmatic accounts of the evolution of human communication stress the importance of the ability to read other minds as an essential evolutionary precursor to human com-munication (Sperber 2000, Tomasello 2008, Scott-Phillips 2010). This understanding includes iterated representations of others' beliefs in the form of "I know that you know that I kn...
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Proponents of a Universal Grammar approach argue that humans are born with a dedicated language system that shapes and restricts the number of grammars found in human languages (Chomsky, 2005). It is essentially innate and has a genetic manifestation. Such an innate system is necessary because human grammars are too complex to be passed on through...

Questions

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Question
Right now, I am working with a Tobii X120 desktop eye tracker, but I was wondering whether you have used any of the newer Tobii devices (e.g. the Tobii X2-60), the device by MyGaze, the MiraMetrix S2, the SR Research EyeLink 1000 Plus Remote Camera Upgrade, the SMI Vision RED / RED250 / RED500 or similar devices.
The ideal eye tracker would allow participants to move freely in front of the screen, leave and return between measurements (and pick up the measurements without the need for recalibration). Of course a stable and reliable interface are a must, and it would be good if the software was easily programmable to play videos, images and sounds automatically. Passing through a live feed of a web cam would be a plus.
So my question would be - what devices have you worked with, what were their limitations, what did you like about them?

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