Jean-Rémy Hochmann


My research mainly focuses on the developmental origins of human-unique abilities such as language and logic. Using eye-tracking paradigms, I study cognitive development and speech processing in infants. 

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  • Hochmann, J-R., Benavides-Varela, S., Fló, A., Nespor, M., & Mehler, J. (2018). Bias for vocalic over consonantal information in 6-month-olds. Infancy, 23, 136-151.
  • Hochmann, J-R., Tuerk, A. S., Sanborn, S., Zhu, R., Long, R., Dempster, M., & Carey, S. (2017) Children's representation of abstract relations in relational/array match-to-sample tasks. Cognitive Psychology, 99, 17-43.
  • Papeo, L., Hochmann, J-R., & Battelli, L. (2016). The default computation of negated meanings.Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28, 1980-1986.
  • Hochmann, J-R., Langus, A., & Mehler, J. (2016). An advantage for perceptual edges in young infants’ memory for speech. Language Learning, 66, S2, 13-28.
  • Hochmann, J-R., Mody, S., & Carey, S. (2016). Infants’ representations of same and different in match- and non-match-to sample. Cognitive Psychology, 86, 87-111.
  • Hochmann, J-R., & Papeo, L. (2014). The invariance problem in infancy: a pupillometry study. Psychological Science, 25, 2038-2046.
  • Hochmann, J-R. (2013). Word frequency, function words and the second Gavagai problem. Cognition, 128, 13-25.
  • Hochmann, J-R. (2013). Pupilometry in six-month-old infants. In Baiz, Sarah, Eleanor Goldman, and Rachel Hawkes (eds.),Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press.
  • HochmannJ-R., & Mehler, J. (2012). Recent findings about language acquisition. In M. Piattelli-Palmarini, & R.C. Berwick (Eds.), Rich Languages from Poor Inputs (pp. 107-114). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Benavides-Varela, S., Hochmann, J-R., Macagno, F., Nespor, M., & Mehler, J. (2012). Newborn's brain activity signals the origin of word memories.  Proceeding of the National Academy of Science, 109, 17908-17913.
  • Papeo, L., & Hochmann, J-R. (2012). A cross-talk between brain-damage patients and infants on action and language.Neuropsychologia, 50, 1222-1234.
  • Hochmann, J-R., Benavides-Varela, S., Nespor, M., & Mehler, J. (2011). Vowels and Consonants in Early Language Acquisition.Developmental Science, 14, 1445-1458.
  • Hochmann, J-R. Endress A.D., & Mehler, J. (2010). Word frequency as a cue to identify function words in infancy. Cognition, 115, 444-457.
  • Hochmann, J-R., Azadpour M. & Mehler J. (2008). Can humans really learn AnBn artificial grammars from exemplars? , Cognitive Science, 32, 1021-1036.

  • Hochmann, J-R., Benavides-Varela S., Nespor M., & Mehler J. (2011).  Consonants and vowels: different roles in early language acquisition. Developmental Science. 14(6), 

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  • Hochmann, J-R., Mehler J., & Endress A. D. (2010).  Word frequency as a cue for identifying function words in infancy. Cognition. 115(3), 

    While content words (e.g., ‘dog’) tend to carry meaning, function words (e.g., ‘the’) mainly serve syntactic purposes. Here, we ask whether 17-month old infants can use one language–universal cue to identify function word candidates: their high frequency of occurrence. In Experiment 1, infants listened to a series of short, naturally recorded sentences in a foreign language (i.e., in French). In these sentences, two determiners appeared much more frequently than any content word.

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  • Papeo, L., Hochmann J-R., & Battelli L. (2016).  The Default Computation of Negated Meanings. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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  • Benavides-Varela, S., Hochmann J-R., Macagno F., Nespor M., & Mehler J. (2012).  Newborn's brain activity signals the origin of word memories. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 109(44), 

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