Annette Hohenberger

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Annette Hohenberger
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Current employment


December 2005 –

Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey

I passed my Associate Professor exam ("Doçentlik") on  07 June 2013


Active research areas of mine are cognitive, language, and emotional development, human memory, psycho-linguistic, sign language, cognition/perception/action. 


I have had a research project of the Turkish Science Foundation TÜBITAK on “Early Sensitivity of mono-lingual Turkish Infants for Vowel-harmony and Word Stress” (111K226) from 2011-2013 See:


16th September 2003 – December 2005

 Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Munich, Germany


PostDoc- Position at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences,  in the research group of  PD Dr. Gisa Aschersleben “Development of cognition and action”


Collaboration in the “Pampers European Research Consortium” (PERC), with Prof. Dr. Annette Karmiloff-Smith (London, NDU, ICH) and Prof. Dr. Scania de Schonen (Paris, CNRS).


In the PERC-consortium we studied the development of infants aged 6 and 10 months in three cognitive domains: Face, speech, and action perception, in relation to mother-child interaction.

01th  July 1997 – 15th  July 2003


Research Assistant in Prof. Dr. Helen Leuninger's project of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)


Language production errors and their repairs in dependence of the modality: German Sign Language vs. Spoken German. An experimental psycholinguistic study“


in the scope of the DFG-focal research program Language Production“. Three grants were given to Prof. Dr. Helen Leuninger (LE 596/6-1,2,3), at  Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt.


Ph.D.: 1993-1997


 Dissertation in Linguistics


“Functional Categories in Language Acquisition: Self-Organization of a Dynamical System”



1. Prof. Dr. Helen Leuninger, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

2. Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Tracy, Mannheim, Germany

3. Prof. Dr. Annemarie Peltzer-Karpf, Graz/Austria


Ph.D. defense (17th July 1997)

Overall grade: summa cum laude



1st October 1984 - 18th February 1993

Magister Artium (M.A.) in German Language and Literature and minor subjects: Russian Language and Literature, European Cultural Anthropology



During that period my two children were born:

Tilman * 03 July 1991

Saskia * 08 August 1989

1st April 1982 - 14th July 1987:

Diploma in Psychology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany


Research Interests: 


As a developmental cognitive scientist, I am interested in a wide variety of cognitive domains and their interaction throughout childhood: goal-directed human action, imitation, theory of mind (first and second order), understanding of normativity (and its relation to emotion), memory, and mental time travel.

As a psycholinguist I am studying first language acquisition in a recent research project (BeBeM), second language learning, language production, and sign language.

Furthermore, I have a general interest in time and cognition, argumentation, conceptual thinking and reasoning in adults.

As a cognitive scientist, my approach is multi-disciplinary and multi-methodological, comprising various empirical methodologies (behavioral tasks, reaction time experiments, self-paced reading, eye-tracking studies).

Courses / Laboratories: 

Cogs 524: Psychological and Linguistic Aspects of Sign Language

Cogs 534: Cognition, Perception, and Action

Cogs 535: Cognitive Development

Cogs 536: Research Methods and Statistics for Cognitive Science

Cogs 537: Dynamical Approaches to Cogntive Science

Cogs 551: Human Memory

Cogs 555: Connectionism and Human Behavior

Cogs 758: Time and Cognition

Thesis / Research Information: 


TÜBITAK Project 111K226 “Türk Bebeklerinin Sesli Uyumu Ve Sözcük Vurgusuna Duyarlılıkları: Sözcük Algılama Ve Sözcükleri Birbirinden Ayırma Üzerine Gelişimsel Çalışmalar” (“Sensitivity of Turkish infants to vowel harmony and word stress“), 15 October 2011 - 15 August 2013 (160.393,00 TL )


TÜBITAK Project 110K381 “Türkçe’deki İlgi-İyelik Yapılarının Anlaşılmasında Yapısal Hazırlama: Kendi Hızıyla Okuma ve Göz İzleme Çalışmaları” (“Structural priming in Turkish: a self-paced reading and eye-tracking study“), in collaboration with Gözde Bahadir. 15 February 2011-15 February 2012 (14.125,00 TL)


METU BAP-project 07-04-2012-003 “Okul-öncesi ve okul dönemindeki çocuklarda değerlendirici anlatı öğelerinin kullanımının, zihin kuramının ve ortaçlı cümle yapılarının anlaşılmasının gelişimi:  Türkçe konuşan ve Türk İşaret Dili (TİD) kullanan çocuklar arası karşılaştırma“ (“The development of the use of narrative evaluative devices, theory of mind, and complex syntax in preschool and school children: A comparative study of Turkish and Turkish Sign Language (TID)“), in collaboration with Hale Ögel Balaban. 01 January 2012-31 Dec 2012) (1.829,00 TL)


METU BAP-project: BAP-2007-07-04-03: “Early Language Acquisition of Turkish Infants: The Processing of Vowel Harmony and Word Stress” (10.000,00 TL)


METU BAP-project: BAP-2007-07-04-02: “ODTÜ-Babylab” (”METU-Babylab”) (5.000,00 TL)


METU BAP-project: BAP-2007-07-04-00-02 (Extension of the above project in 2008)


International Conference Organization

Symposium on "The development of understanding of normativity in a cross-cultural perspective. Oral symposium accepted at the 16. European Conference on Developmental Psychology, September 03-07, 2013, Lausanne, Switzerland. (Symposium speakers:  Marina Josephs, Bahar Tuncgenc, Bahar Köymen, Özgün Köksal Tuncer; Symposium organizer and discussant: Annette Hohenberger.)

International Conference of Psychology (ICP), Symposium "Baby Signing", 2008, International Union of Psychological Science, Germany

National Conference Organization
Philosophy and Cognitive Science:Theory building and empirical methods, METU - 2008

Honors, Scholarships and Awards


The prism of grammar. How child language illuminates Humanism. - 2008


Work / Research Experience

Research position in a project of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG): ”Language production errors and their repairs in dependence of the modality: German Sign Language vs. Spoken German. An experimental psycholinguistic study” in the scope of the DFG-program ”Language Production”. Three grants were given to Prof. Dr. Helen Leuninger, LE 596/6-1,2,3.

Senior Research position (PostDoc) at the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Psychology, in Munich, Germany. I was working in the PERC-Project (Pampers European Research Consortium), a European collaboration between

Annette Karmiloff-Smith, ICH, NDU, London
Scania de Schonen, CNRS, Paris
Gisa Aschersleben, MPI, Munich

In the PERC-project, we studied the early development of infants (6 and 10 months) in three cognitive domains: face, language, and action perception in relation to mother-child interaction.



Hohenberger, A. (2002/2011): Functional Categories in Language Acquisition: Self-Organization of a Dynamical System. Linguistische Arbeiten 456. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Journal Articles:


Tuncgenc, Bahar, Hohenberger, Annette, and Rakoczy, Hannes (2015). Early Understanding of Normativity and Freedom to Act in Turkish Toddlers. Journal of Cognition and Development 16(1), 44-54.


Duzcu, Halil and Hohenberger, Annette (2014). Prospective duration judgments: The role of temporality and executive demands of the concurrent task. Acta Psychologica 147, 34-41. Special  Issue on temporal processing within and across senses.
Elsabbagh, Mayada, Hohenberger, Annette, Campos, Ruth, Van Herwegen, Jo, Serres, Josette, de Schonen, Scania, Aschersleben, Gisa and Karmiloff-Smith, Annette (2013): Narrowing Perceptual Sensitivity to the Native Language in Infancy: Exogenous Influences on Developmental Timing. Behavioral Sciences 3, 120-132.

Hohenberger, Annette, Elsabbagh, Mayada, Serres, Josette, de Schoenen, Scania, Karmiloff-Smith, Annette, and Aschersleben, Gisa (2012): Understanding goal-directed human actions and physical causality: The role of mother-infant interaction. Infant Behavior & Development 35, 898-911.

Karmiloff-Smith, Annette, Aschersleben, Gisa, de Schonen, Scania, Elsabbagh, Mayada, Hohenberger, Annette, Serres, Josette (2010): Constraints on the timing of infant cognitive change: Domain-specific or domain-general? European Journal of Developmental Psychology 4 (1), 31-45.

Lindner, Katrin, and Hohenberger, Annette (2009): Introduction to Special Issue “Current approaches to language learning” in Special Issue of Linguistics: Current approaches to language learning. Linguistics 47, 2, 211-240. (guest-edited by Katrin Lindner and Annette Hohenberger)

Hohenberger, Annette and Peltzer-Karpf, Annemarie (2009): Language learning from the perspective of non-linear dynamic systems. Special Issue of Linguistics: Current approaches to language learning. Linguistics 47, 2, 481-511.(guest-edited by Katrin Lindner and Annette Hohenberger)

Hohenberger, Annette (2008): The word in sign language: empirical evidence and theoretical controversies. Special Issue “Theory and Typology of Words”, Linguistics 46, 2, 249-308.


Hofer, Tanja, Hohenberger, Annette, Hauf, Petra, and Aschersleben, Gisa (2008): The link between maternal interaction style and infant action understanding. Infant Behavior and Development 31,1, 115-126.

Book chapters:


Kubus, Okan and Hohenberger, Annette (2013): The phonology and phonetics of two-handed reciprocals in Turkish Sign Language (TİD). In Arik, Engin (Ed.), Current directions in Turkish Sign Language research. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 101-142. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Hohenberger, Annette and Leuninger, Helen (2012): Sign language production. In Pfau, Roland, Markus Steinbach & Bencie Woll (eds.), Sign language. An international handbook (HSK - Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science), VI: Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics, 30, 711-738. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.


Hohenberger, Annette (2011): The role of affect and emotion in language development. In Didem Gökcay and Gülsen Yildirim (Eds.), Affective Computing and Interaction: Psychological, Cognitive and Neuroscientific Perspectives, 208-243. Hershey, New York: IGI Global.

Hohenberger, A. (2006).  Book Review: Barbara Haenel (2005): Der Erwerb der Deutschen Gebaerdensprache als Erstsprache. Die fruehkindliche Sprachentwicklung von Subjekt- und Objektverbkongruenz in DGS.
Hohenberger, A., Hofer T., & Aschersleben G. (2004).  Frühkindliche Entwicklung von Sprache, Kognition und Handeln. Forschung für die Praxis: Wie funktioniert (kindliche) Entwicklung?. 33-46.