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Automatic visual-spatial perspective taking in alcohol-dependence: A study with happy emotional faces (2018)
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Cox, S., Maurage, P., O'Connor, R., Chandler, C., & Riggs, K. (2018). Automatic visual-spatial perspective taking in alcohol-dependence: A study with happy emotional faces. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 190, 42-45. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.05.025

Background: Understanding the world from another’s perspective is an important and potentially automatic human process which is crucial for efficient social interactions. However, whilst deficits have been repeatedly described for various interperson... Read More

Transcranial magnetic stimulation over left inferior frontal and posterior temporal cortex disrupts gesture-speech integration (2018)
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Zhao, W., Riggs, K., Schindler, I., & Holle, H. (2018). Transcranial magnetic stimulation over left inferior frontal and posterior temporal cortex disrupts gesture-speech integration. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(8), (1891-1900). doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1748-17.2017. ISSN 0270-6474

Language and action naturally occur together in the form of co-speech gestures and there is now convincing evidence that listeners display a strong tendency to integrate semantic information from both domains during comprehension. A contentious quest... Read More

Fine motor control underlies the association between response inhibition and drawing skill in early development (2017)
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Simpson, A., Al Ruwaili, R., Jolley, R., Leonard, H., Geeraert, N., & Riggs, K. J. (in press). Fine motor control underlies the association between response inhibition and drawing skill in early development. Child Development, doi:10.1111/cdev.12949

Previous research shows that the development of response inhibition and drawing skill are linked. The current research investigated whether this association reflects a more fundamental link between response inhibition and motor control. In Experiment... Read More

Cognitive correlates of pragmatic language comprehension in adult traumatic brain injury: A systematic review and meta-analyses (2017)
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Rowley, D. A., Rogish, M., Alexander, T., & Riggs, K. J. (2017). Cognitive correlates of pragmatic language comprehension in adult traumatic brain injury: A systematic review and meta-analyses. Brain Injury, 31(12), 1564-1574. doi:10.1080/02699052.2017.1341645

Effective pragmatic comprehension of language is critical for successful communication and interaction, but this ability is routinely impaired following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) [1,2]. Individual studies have investigated the cognitive domains as... Read More

Counter-intuitive moral judgement following traumatic brain injury (2017)
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Rowley, D. A., Rogish, M., Alexander, T., & Riggs, K. J. (2018). Counter-intuitive moral judgement following traumatic brain injury. Journal of neuropsychology, 12(2), (200-215). doi:10.1111/jnp.12117. ISSN 1748-6645

Several neurological patient populations, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), appear to produce an abnormally ‘utilitarian’ pattern of judgements to moral dilemmas; they tend to make judgements that maximise the welfare of the majority, rather th... Read More

Get your facts right : preschoolers systematically extend both object names and category-relevant facts (2016)
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Holland, A. K., Mather, E., Simpson, A., & Riggs, K. J. (2016). Get your facts right : preschoolers systematically extend both object names and category-relevant facts. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(JUL), doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01064. ISSN 1664-1078

There is an ongoing debate over the extent to which language development shares common processing mechanisms with other domains of learning. It is well-established that toddlers will systematically extend object labels to similarly-shaped category ex... Read More

The effect of alcohol dependence on automatic visuo-spatial perspective taking (2016)
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Riggs, K., Simpson, A., Chandler, C., & Cox, S. (2016). The effect of alcohol dependence on automatic visuo-spatial perspective taking. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 166, (21-25). doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.06.007. ISSN 0376-8716

Background: Alcoholism is associated with cognitive deficits which affect social functioning. Previous research has shown that alcoholism is associated with deficits in conscious, deliberate social processing. However, little is known about whether a... Read More

Defending simulation theory against the argument from error (2016)
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Short, T. L., & Riggs, K. J. (2016). Defending simulation theory against the argument from error. Mind & language, 31(2), (248-262). doi:10.1111/mila.12103. ISSN 0268-1064

We defend the Simulation Theory of Mind against a challenge from the Theory Theory of Mind. The challenge is that while Simulation Theory can account for Theory of Mind errors, it cannot account for their systematic nature. There are Theory of Mind e... Read More

Young children's referent selection is guided by novelty for both words and actions (2016)
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Dysart, E. L., Mather, E., & Riggs, K. J. (2016). Young children's referent selection is guided by novelty for both words and actions. Journal of experimental child psychology, 146, (231-237). doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2016.01.003. ISSN 0022-0965

Young children are biased to select novel, name-unknown objects as referents of novel labels (e.g., Markman, 1990) and similarly favour novel, action-unknown objects as referents of novel actions (Riggs, Mather, Hyde & Simpson, 2015). What process un... Read More

Parallels between action-object mapping and word-object mapping in young children (2015)
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Riggs, K. J., Mather, E., Hyde, G., & Simpson, A. (2016). Parallels between action-object mapping and word-object mapping in young children. Cognitive science, 40(4), (992-1006). doi:10.1111/cogs.12262. ISSN 0364-0213

© 2016 Cognitive Science Society, Inc. Across a series of four experiments with 3- to 4-year-olds we demonstrate how cognitive mechanisms supporting noun learning extend to the mapping of actions to objects. In Experiment 1 (n = 61) the demonstration... Read More

Young children retain fast mapped object labels better than shape, color, and texture words (2015)
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Riggs, K. J., Simpson, A., & Holland, A. (2015). Young children retain fast mapped object labels better than shape, color, and texture words. Journal of experimental child psychology, 134, (1-11). doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2015.01.014. ISSN 0022-0965

We compared short- and long-term retention of fast mapped color, shape and texture words as well as object labels. In an exposure session, 354 3- and 4-year-old children were shown a set of two familiar and three novel stimuli. One of the novel stimu... Read More

Developing thoughts about what might have been (2014)
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Beck, S. R., & Riggs, K. (2014). Developing thoughts about what might have been. Child development perspectives, 8(3), (175-179). doi:10.1111/cdep.12082. ISSN 1750-8592

Recent research has changed how developmental psychologists understand counterfactual thinking or thoughts of what might have been. Evidence suggests that counterfactual thinking develops over an extended period into at least middle childhood, depend... Read More

Prepotency in action: Does children's knowledge of an artifact affect their ability to inhibit acting on it? (2013)
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Riggs, K. J., Simpson, A., & Carroll, D. J. (2014). Prepotency in action: Does children's knowledge of an artifact affect their ability to inhibit acting on it?. Journal of experimental child psychology, 118(1), (127-133). doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2013.07.015. ISSN 0022-0965

Prepotent actions are actions that are strongly triggered by the environment, and so tend to be carried out, unless intentionally avoided. Understanding what makes an action prepotent is central to an understanding of inhibitory control. The current... Read More

Seeing triggers acting, hearing does not trigger saying: Evidence from children's weak inhibition (2013)
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Riggs, K. J., Simpson, A., Cooper, N. R., & Gillmeister, H. (2013). Seeing triggers acting, hearing does not trigger saying: Evidence from children's weak inhibition. Cognition, 128(2), (103-112). doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2013.03.015. ISSN 0010-0277

There is evidence to suggest action imitation is automatic in adults and children. Children's weak inhibitory control means that automatic activation can have dramatic effects on behaviour. In three developmental studies, we investigated whether verb... Read More

Refining the understanding of inhibitory processes: how response prepotency is created and overcome (2011)
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Simpson, A., Riggs, K., Beck, S. R., Gorniak, S. L., Wu, Y., Abbott, D., & Diamond, A. (2012). Refining the understanding of inhibitory processes: how response prepotency is created and overcome. Developmental Science, 15(1), (62-73). doi:10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01105.x. ISSN 1363-755X

Understanding (a) how responses become prepotent provides insights into when inhibition is needed in everyday life. Understanding (b) how response prepotency is overcome provides insights for helping children develop strategies for overcoming such te... Read More

Executive control and the experience of regret (2011)
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Burns, P., Riggs, K. J., & Beck, S. R. (2012). Executive control and the experience of regret. Journal of experimental child psychology, 111(3), (501-515). doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2011.10.003. ISSN 0022-0965

The experience of regret rests on a counterfactual analysis of events. Previous research indicates that regret emerges at around 6 years of age, marginally later than the age at which children begin to answer counterfactual questions correctly. We hy... Read More

Under what conditions do children have difficulty in inhibiting imitation? Evidence for the importance of planning specific responses (2011)
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Simpson, A., & Riggs, K. J. (2011). Under what conditions do children have difficulty in inhibiting imitation? Evidence for the importance of planning specific responses. Journal of experimental child psychology, 109(4), 512-524. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2011.02.015

The response set effect has been observed in a number of developmental tasks that are proposed to required inhibition. This effect has been interpreted as evidence that the specific responses children plan to make in these tasks become prepotent. Her... Read More

The development of visual short-term memory for multifeature items during middle childhood (2011)
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Riggs, K. J., Simpson, A., & Potts, T. (2011). The development of visual short-term memory for multifeature items during middle childhood. Journal of experimental child psychology, 108(4), (802-809). doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2010.11.006. ISSN 0022-0965

Visual short-term memory (VSTM) research suggests that the adult capacity is limited to three or four multifeature object representations. Despite evidence supporting a developmental increase in capacity, it remains unclear what the unit of capacity... Read More

Three- and 4-year-olds encode modeled actions in two ways leading to immediate imitation and delayed emulation (2011)
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Simpson, A., & Riggs, K. J. (2011). Three- and 4-year-olds encode modeled actions in two ways leading to immediate imitation and delayed emulation. Developmental Psychology, 47(3), (834-840). doi:10.1037/a0023270. ISSN 0012-1649

When copying a model's behavior with a tool, children tend to imitate (copy the specific actions to replicate the model's goal) rather than emulate (bring about the model's goal in the most efficient way). Tasks producing these findings test children... Read More