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Thursday, June 09 2022.


08:00 – 8:50    Registration & Welcome Coffee


08:50 – 9:00    Opening Remarks


09:00 – 10:30  Keynote 1: Prof. Catherine Tamis-LeMonda

The Embodied Nature of Infant Language Learning

(Sponsored by IBRO Conference Sponsorships program)


10:30 – 11:00  Coffee Break


11:00 – 13:00  Oral Session 1



OS. 1.1.

The effects of the speaker’s eye gaze on infants’ speech processing and word segmentation

Melis Çetinçelik, Caroline F. Rowland & Tineke M. Snijders


OS. 1.2.

Lexicality is processed before phonological grammar in 19-month-olds

Susana Silva, Cátia Severino, Marina Vigário & Sónia Frota


OS. 1.3.

Early electrophysiological markers in language and learning impairment: long-term follow-up from infancy to pre-school age and impact of early training

Chiara Cantiani, Chiara Dondena, Massimo Molteni & Valentina Riva


OS. 1.4

Assessing language development across infancy: Early experimental measures and longitudinal brain-behaviour associations

Sinead Rocha, Áine Ní Choisdealbha, Adam Attaheri, Natasha Mead, Helen Olawole-Scott, Christina Grey, Isabel Williams, Samuel Gibbon, Panagiotis Boutris, Perrine Brusini & Usha Goswami


OS. 1.5

The processing of gender features in toddlers: An ERP study

Giulia Mornati, Perrine Brusini, Laura Cordolcini, Maria Teresa Guasti & Chiara Cantiani


OS. 1.6

The impact of temporally degraded speech on neural phonetic processing in infants and adults

Monica Hegde & Laurianne Cabrera


13:00 – 15:00  Lunch Break


15:00 – 16:40  Oral Session 2



OS. 2.1.

Parent-child interaction, but not socioeconomic status influences language development in the first year of life

Sarah der Nederlanden, Jeannette Schaeffer, Hedwig van Bakel & Evelien Dirks


OS. 2.2.

The interplay between parental input, children’s interests and early word learning

Rajalakshmi Madhavan &  Nivedita Mani


OS. 2.3.

Discourse effects on the phonetic clarity of words in American English infant-directed speech

Daniel Swingley


OS. 2.4

Parents’ hyper-pitch and vowel category compactness in infant-directed speech are associated with 18-month-old toddlers’ expressive vocabulary

Audun Rosslund, Julien Mayor, Gabriella Óturai &  Natalia Kartushina


OS. 2.5

Vowel hyperarticulation in Infant-Directed Speech: A Meta-Analysis

Irena Lovcevic, Titia Benders, Christina Dideriksen, Sho Tsuji & Riccardo Fusaroli


16:40 – 18:00  Poster Session I & Coffee Break  

(IBRO STUDENT POSTER AWARD: Poster presentations with first authors who are graduate or undergraduate students will be considered for the Student Best Poster Award sponsored by the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). The winner will be announced at the end of the conference and will receive a prize of 300€ and a certificate.)


PS. 1. 1.

Caregivers’ Language Attitudes and Code-Switching Habits in Multilingual Environments

PS. 1. 2.

Caregivers differ in verbal and nonverbal responsiveness during early play

PS. 1. 3.

Infant-Directed Communication: Examining the multimodal dynamics of infants’ everyday interactions with caregivers

PS. 1. 4.

Infant-directed speech supports phonotactic learning in German

PS. 1. 5.

Infants’ social preference for artificially sounding native speakers and robot agents

PS. 1. 6.

Parents' cell phone usage and young children's language development

PS. 1. 7.

Size Sound Symbolism in Mothers’ Speech to their Infants

PS. 1. 8.

The role of caregiver feedback on early vocalisations: Investigating infants’ phonological development following cochlear implantation

PS. 1. 9.

The role of mother-infant emotional synchrony in speech processing in 9-month-old infants

PS. 1. 10.

A Baby Test Toy as a new method for testing infants’ auditory preferences

PS. 1. 11.

A resource of word associations in 3-year-olds which are not captured by adult associative norms

PS. 1. 12.

Alignments between direct tablet-based assessment of word comprehension and parental reports depend on the child’s age and word types

PS. 1. 13.

Development of a touchscreen based language measure for French toddlers

PS. 1. 14.

Exploring a novel method for plotting families’ activities during a daylong recording of children’s naturalistic language input

PS. 1. 15.

Lookit Plus: Infancy Research in the Time of Covid - and Beyond

PS. 1. 16.

ManyBabies-AtHome Looking While Listening: Constructing an online, cross-linguistic investigation of word recognition

PS. 1. 17.

Measuring interest in early childhood - a validation of various interest measures of young children

PS. 1. 18.

Not the same category? Online and laboratory-based infant looking time data

PS. 1. 19.

Phase-locking of non-nutritive sucking to language stimuli: Understanding infants’ synchronization to speech.

PS. 1. 20.

Relationships between different measures of language development in Czech children

PS. 1. 21.

A pre-registered systematic review of methods used for detecting MMNs for categorical perception of sounds, with particular attention to speech sounds in infant

PS. 1. 22.

Acoustic sensitivity to vowels and fricatives during the first year of life and its relationship with later lexical development

PS. 1. 23.

Acquisition of novel lexical items: an event-related potential study in French-learning 2-year-olds

PS. 1. 24.

Amplitude modulation following response in 3-month-old infants: is there a link with the ability to perceive speech in noise?

PS. 1. 25.

An electrophysiological study on stress discrimination by European Portuguese-learning infants

PS. 1. 26.

Artificial language segmentation in 6-to-7 month-old German-learning infants

PS. 1. 27.

Brain Myelination at 7 Months of Age Predicts Language Production During Early Childhood

PS. 1. 28.

Brain Myelin Density at 7 Months of Age Predicts Neural Sensitivity to Speech Contrasts at 11 Months of Age

PS. 1. 29.

Cortical tracking of auditory rhythm across the first year: An EEG study

PS. 1. 30.

Disentangling the factors that influence polarity in infant MMR - A critical review

PS. 1. 31.

Infants show enhanced neural response to musical meter frequencies

PS. 1. 32.

Nonadjacent dependency learning in French-learning 27-month-old toddlers

PS. 1. 33.

Representing prosodic cues in the 6-month- old infants’ brain

PS. 1. 34.

Why do young children undress oranges? The neural signatures of unconventional verb extensions.

PS. 1. 35.

Caregiver responsivity, acceptance, and school readiness cognitive components in a Uruguayan sample

PS. 1. 36.

Sustained Pacifier Use is Associated with Smaller Vocabulary Sizes at 1 and 2 Years of Age.

PS. 1. 37.

Verb learning in Japanese and English: Do Comparisons Help?

PS. 1. 38.

Relating referential clarity and auditory clarity in infant-directed speech

PS. 1. 39.

The role of talker identity on semantic representations of newly learned words

PS. 1. 40.

Cortical Tracking of Infant- and Adult-Directed Speech in the First Year of Life

Friday, June 10 2022.


09:00 – 11:00  Oral session 3



OS. 3.1.

Neural correlates of amplitude and formant rise time weighting in infants at- and not at-risk for dyslexia


Antonia Goetz, Peter Varghese, Marina Kalashikova, Denis Burnham & Usha Goswami


OS. 3.2.

Exploring effects of exposure to harmonic and non-harmonic languages on perceptual preferences in infants growing up in Ghana

Paul Okyere Omane, Titia Benders & Natalie Boll-Avetisyan


OS. 3.3.

The consonant-bias is influenced by syllabic position in a familiar word recognition conflict task

Leonardo Piot, Sandrien Van Ommen, Silvana Poltrock & Thierry Nazzi


OS. 3.4

Early word segmentation behind the mask

Sónia Frota, Jovana Pejovic, Marisa Cruz, Cátia Severino & Marina Vigário


OS. 3.5

The impact of labels on working memory in 18- and 26-month-old toddlers

Jelena Sucevic &  Kim Plunkett


OS. 3.6

Vocabulary development in blind infants and toddlers: The influence of vision on early vocabulary

Erin Campbell & Elika Bergelson


11:00-11:30     Coffee Break


11:30 – 13:00  Keynote 2: Prof. Usha Goswami

Language Acquisition: A Temporal Sampling Perspective


13:00 – 15:00  Lunch Break


15:00 – 16:30  Oral Session 4:



OS. 4.1.

Phonetic Features Excel Acoustics at 14 Months: Naturalistic Evidence from EEG Encoding Models across the First Five Years

Katharina Menn, Claudia Männel & Meyer Lars


OS. 4.2.

Neural correlates of mutual exclusivity in bilingual and monolingual toddlers

Maria Arredondo, Drew Weatherhead & Janet Werker


OS. 4.3.

Cortical tracking and phase amplitude coupling to sung speech in adults vs infants: A developmental comparison

Adam Attaheri, Áine Ní Choisdealbha, Giovanni M. Di Liberto, Sinead Rocha, Perrine Brusini, Natasha Mead, Helen Olawole-Scott, Panagiotis Boutris, Samuel Gibbon, Isabel Williams, Christina Grey, Sheila Flanagan, Dimitris Panayiotou, Alessia Phillips & Usha Goswami


OS. 4.4

Infant neural entrainment to complex musical and speech stimuli: association with language acquisition and impact of early rhythmic training

Chiara Cantiani, Chiara Dondena, Massimo Molteni, Valentina Riva & Caterina Piazza


OS. 4.5

The rhythm takes it all: A developmental approach to bilingual listeners’ cortical tracking of speech after brief exposure to music.

Laura Fernández-Merino, Mikel Lizarazu, Nicola Molinaro & Marina Kalashnikova


16:40 – 18:00  Poster Session II & Coffe Break

(IBRO STUDENT POSTER AWARD: Poster presentations with first authors who are graduate or undergraduate students will be considered for the Student Best Poster Award sponsored by the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). The winner will be announced at the end of the conference and will receive a prize of 300€ and a certificate.)


PS. 2. 1.

Are vocabulary outcomes in children with cochlear implants affected by music exposure and maternal musicality?

PS. 2. 2.

Cognitive predictors of language abilities in primary school children: A cascaded developmental view

PS. 2. 3.

Infants Born At Risk vs Not At Risk for Dyslexia: Effects on Later Auditory-Visual Processing

PS. 2. 4.

Infants’ neural speech discrimination predicts individual differences in grammar ability at 6 years of age and their risk of developing speech-language disorders

PS. 2. 5.

Neural processing of speech is related to cognitive skills in infants

PS. 2. 6.

Seeing is hearing: Neural and behavioural adaptations in children with hearing loss before cochlear implantation

PS. 2. 7.

Selective attention to the mouth of signing faces

PS. 2. 8.

The influence of dyslexia risk status on child language timing measures

PS. 2. 9.

Conversational turn-prediction abilities in bilingual toddlers

PS. 2 10.

Early language processing skills in monolingual and bilingual infants

PS. 2. 11.

Exploring differences between monolingual and multilingual infants on the CDI and ASQ

PS. 2. 12.

How dialectal variability affects early word form recognition - Testing mono- and bi-varietal children via an App

PS. 2. 13.

Impact of bilingual books on the use of extra-textual talk during bookreading interactions in bilingual parent-child dyads

PS. 2. 14.

Lexical-semantic activation in dominant and non-dominant languages of French-Spanish and French-English bilingual toddlers: an ERP investigation

PS. 2. 15.

The emergence of inhibitory links in the developing lexicon: insights from bilingual participants

PS. 2. 16.

How to build a CDI: insights from adaptations to 40 different languages

PS. 2. 17.

Language measures in the YOUth cohort: Validating the modified N-CDIs and PPVT-III-NL

PS. 2. 18.

Coping with dialects from birth: Role of variability on infants’ early language development. Insights from Norwegian dialects

PS. 2. 19.

Early predictors of language outcomes: Prosody and gestures

PS. 2. 20.

Infants use word-level stress for word recognition

PS. 2. 21.

Is tactile rhythm perception related to early language skills? an explorative study

PS. 2. 22.

Language-mediated selective attention in 18- and 26-month-old toddlers

PS. 2. 23.

Mask wearing in Japanese and French nursery schools: The perceived impact of masks on communication

PS. 2. 24.

Phonological Abstraction in Early Infancy: An Amodal Speech Perception Study

PS. 2. 25.

Six-month olds detect a novel speech sound contrast more effectively from unfamiliar rhythm

PS. 2. 26.

The impact of spectrally degraded speech on the word segmentation abilities on infants with normal hearing

PS. 2. 27.

The Interrelatedness of Speech and Face Discrimination Beyond Perceptual Attunement

PS. 2. 28.

Memory-card phonetic training of English vowels for bilingual children

PS. 2. 29.

Active learning and feedback in word learning

PS. 2. 30.

Do German-learning infants rely on word frequency differences within the looking-while-listening task?

PS. 2. 31.

Do toddlers implicitly name familiar objects?: Considering the effects of age and preview time.

PS. 2. 32.

Exploring systematicity in the developing lexicon with phonological networks

PS. 2. 33.

On the Dimensional Structure of Vocabulary and Grammar in Early Language Development

PS. 2. 34.

Season-of-birth effects on infant vocabulary size

PS. 2. 35.

Sensorimotor maturation impacts early lexical processing: initial evidence

PS. 2. 36.

Supporting referent selection through word form-meaning systematicity

PS. 2. 37.

The role of word properties in early word learning: A study with Polish Communicative Development Inventories

PS. 2. 38.

The semantic interference in 9- to 36- month-olds: An at-home eye-tracking study on infants lexical abilities

PS. 2. 39.

Using eye tracking to better understand children’s processing of events during verb learning: Is the focus on people (faces) or their actions (hands)?

PS. 2. 40.

Vocabulary composition in early lexical development of Croatian speaking two-year-old children

PS. 2. 41.

Language resources, language choices, and translanguaging in parent/child interactions in Singapore






Saturday, June 11 2022.


9:30 – 11:00    Keynote 3: Prof. Kim Plunkett

How Infants Build a Semantic System


11:00-11:30     Coffee Break


11:30-12:30     Oral session 5



OS. 5.1.

Early bilingual experience constrains attentional development

Dean D'Souza & Hana D'Souza


OS. 5.2.

Children’s exposure to language switching in bilingual homes across two communities

Jessica Kosie, Rachel Tsui, Taylor Martinez, Andrea Sander, Laia Fibla, Christine Potter, Krista Byers-Heinlein & Casey Lew-Williams


OS. 5.3.

Infant Exposure to Speech in Multicultural Environments

Anna Caunt & Rana Abu-Zhaya


12:30 – 12:40  Break


12:40-14:20     Oral session 6



OS. 6.1.

Consistency and reporting in preprocessing and analysis of infant ERP data - a systematic review

Mariella Paul & Nivedita Mani


OS. 6.2.

The (null) effect of socio-economic status on the language and gestures of young infants: Evidence from British English and eight other languages

Caroline Rowland, Katherine Alcock & Kerstin Meints


OS. 6.3.

COVID-19 first lockdown as a window into language acquisition: associations between caregiver-child activities and vocabulary gains

Natalia Kartushina, Nivedita Mani, Christina Bergmann & Julien Mayor


OS. 6.4

Vocabulary size lag in UK bilingual toddlers relative to monolinguals in both comprehension and production

Serene Siow, Nicola Gillen, Irina Lepadatu & Kim Plunkett


14:00-14:15     Closing remarks and award of the IBRO best student poster prize winner

November 30 1999.

Information about accommodation


Please notice that San Sebastian is one of the most popular and touristic cities of Northern Spain, so we recommend to book the hotel as soon as possible in order to avoid availability issues.

WILD is unable to offer special rates to our attendees in selected hotels, but we make suggestions for the following options based on their location. In addition to these, you can find ample choices in the city center.

If you wish to stay within walking distance from the conference venue (about 20mins bus ride from the city center).

Arima Hotel & Spa

Hotel 3 Reyes San Sebastian

If you wish to stay within a brief bus ride from the conference venue (about 10mins) and within walking distance to the center (about 45 mins).

Silken Amara Plaza San Sebastian

Zinema 7 Hotel

For accommodation options you can check the Accommodation official website of San Sebastián (http://www.sansebastianreservas.com/), where you can find the full list of hotels, hostels, student hostels and also last minute offers.

You can see the location of the venues and hotels on this map


Its strategic situation and the fact that it's well provided with infrastructures have made San Sebastian an easily accessible place, connected by every kind of transport to the rest of the world. Choose the one that suits you best and begin your journey to San Sebastian!


Within a radius of barely 100 kilometres San Sebastian lays claim to 5 airports, 3 of them international.

San Sebastian lays claim to one airport 20 minutes from the city centre. It has a shuttle service to the main Spanish cities: Madrid and Barcelona.

Not far away are the airports of Bilbao, connected to the whole of Europe; and Biarritz, served by French, international and low-cost airlines.

San Sebastian Airport (EAS) - 20 kms.
Bilbao Airport (BIO) - 105 kms.
Vitoria-Gasteiz Airport (VIT) - 120 kms.
Pamplona Airport (PNA) - 90 kms.
Biarritz Airport (BIQ) - 40 kms.



Shuttle service Bilbao Airport <> San Sebastián

Shuttle service San Sebastian airport <> city centre


Situated right in the centre of the city, San Sebastian's train station, known as the Estación del Norte (Northern Station), is connected to a large number of Spanish cities, including Madrid and Barcelona, and also international destinations, such as Paris and Lisbon.

Getting to and from San Sebastian by train is going to be much quicker thanks to the new High-Speed Train, which will connect the city with numerous destinations in the near future.

There is also a narrow-gauge railway that runs to Bilbao and different Basque coastal towns such as Zarautz, plus a line on which a train called the "Topo" runs to Hendaye in France.



Getting to San Sebastian by car is very simple. The city is connected to the rest of Spain and to France by National Road N1/AP1 (Madrid-Irún), the A-8 (Bilbao-Irún) and A-63 (Paris-Irún) motorways, and the A-15 trunk road (Pamplona-San Sebastian).
Nearly all areas of the city can be accessed on one of these highways.

If you come to San Sebastian by car, there are more than 6,000 parking places available to you at different points in the city.


20 parking places approximately.
Marks between parking places.
Water outlet.
Waste disposal area.

Motorhome parking rules:

It is allowed to park but not to camp.
Using awning is not allowed.
Tables and chairs are not allowed in the parking area.

Wedges are allowed.
Please respect the neighbourhood.


San Sebastian has a sizeable bus station that connects the city with others throughout Spain and part of the European continent.

Main bus lines companies from San Sebastian:


November 30 1999.

Marina Kalashnikova

Staff Scientist. Group Leader


November 30 1999.

Information about conference venue

The conference will be held at the Parque Cientifico y Tecnologico de Guipuzcoa building.

Note that the venue is not located in the city center, but it can be easily reached from there by bus. Buses in San Sebastian run very regularly (every 5 minutes) and are easy to catch. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about finding the venue. 

You can see the location of the venue on this map

November 30 1999.

Manuel Carreiras

BCBL Director. Ikerbasque Research Professor. Group Leader


November 30 1999.

Laura Fernandez-Merino

Predoctoral Researcher


November 30 1999.

Irene Arrieta

Predoctoral Researcher


November 30 1999.

Hana Zjakic

Predoctoral Researcher


November 30 1999.

Miguel Arocena

General Manager


November 30 1999.

Leire Arietaleanizbeascoa

Personal Assistant


November 30 1999.

Oihana Vadillo

Lab Manager


November 30 1999.

Usha Goswami , University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge





November 30 1999.

Catherine Tamis-LeMonda, NYU Steinhardt

NYU Steinhardt






November 30 1999.

Kim Plunkett, University of Oxford

University of Oxford






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