Harold Bekkering - Publications#

Harold Bekkering published more than 190 peer reviewed papers, of which more than 130 papers as the first or last (senior) author. H-index = 42 (web of science); H-index (scholar)= 54. He published in the most influential general journals of Science, e.g., Science, Nature, PNAS, the most influential journals in Neuroscience, e.g., Nature Neuroscience, Current Biology, Journal of Neuroscience, and in major journals in more specialized fields like Cognitive Neuroscience, e.g., Cognitive Journal of Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience; Cognitive Psychology: Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception, and Performance, Psychological Science; Developmental Psychology: Child Development, Developmental Psychology; Cognitive Science: Neural Networks, Robotics and autonomous systems. Bekkering pushes the field with the development of new paradigms, i.e., hand-to-ear-imitation, natural action-observation paradigms in an attempt to maximize ecological validity while measuring robustly underlying cognitive concepts. His main interest is human learning. How is knowledge communicated within and between different cognitive systems? He started this investigation within the sensorimotor system (how do eyes and hands share knowledge), and then expanded this notion to language (how is language affected by sensorimotor knowledge) and to social cognition (how is knowledge shared between people). He is also well-known for his interdisciplinary approach, combining methods from cognitive science, psychology and cognitive neuroscience as indicated by invited key-lectures in all these fields.

Predictive Coding:

1. van Pelt, S., Heil, L., Kwisthout, J., Ondobaka, S., van Rooij, I., & Bekkering, H. (2016). Beta-and gamma-band activity reflect predictive coding in the processing of causal events. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, nsw017.

2. Ondobaka, S., de Lange, F. P., Wittmann, M., Frith, C. D., & Bekkering, H. (2015). Interplay between conceptual expectations and movement predictions underlies action understanding. Cerebral Cortex, 25(9), 2566-2573. (cited 73 times)


3. Adank P, Hagoort P, Bekkering H. (2010). Imitation improves language comprehension. Psychological Science, 1, 21(12), 1903-9. (cited 72 times)

4. Rueschemeyer, S. A., van Rooij, D., Lindemann, O., Willems, R. M., & Bekkering, H. (2010). The function of words: Distinct neural correlates for words denoting differently manipulable objects. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 22(8), 1844-1851. (cited 116 times)

Social Interaction:

5. Newman-Norlund, R.D., van Schie, H.T., van Zuijlen, A.M., Bekkering, H. (2007). The mirror neuron system is more active during complementary compared with imitative action. Nature Neuroscience, 10(7), 817-8. (cited 313 times)

6. van Schie, H. T., Mars, R. B., Coles, M. G., & Bekkering, H. (2004). Modulation of activity in medial frontal and motor cortices during error observation. Nature neuroscience, 7(5), 549-554. (cited 359 times)

7. de Lange, F.P., Spronk, M., Willems, R.M., Toni, I., Bekkering, H. (2008). Complementary systems for understanding action intentions. Current Biology, 18(6), 454-7. (cited 359 times)


8. Bekkering, H., Wohlschlager, A., & Gattis, M. (2000). Imitation of gestures in children is goal-directed. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: Section A, 53(1), 153-164. (cited 607 times)

9. Iacoboni, M., Woods, R. P., Brass, M., Bekkering, H., Mazziotta, J. C., & Rizzolatti, G. (1999). Cortical mechanisms of human imitation. science, 286(5449), 2526-2528. (cited 2738 times)

10. Paulus, M., Hunnius, S., Vissers, M., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Imitation in infancy: Rational or motor resonance?. Child development, 82(4), 1047-1057. (cited 86 times)

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