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Dr Paul Ibbotson

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Developmental Psychology
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • paul.ibbotson

Professional biography

Dr. Paul Ibbotson is a lecturer in Developmental Psychology at The Open University. Previously he worked as a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Child Study Centre, University of Manchester. He holds qualifications in Linguistics (MA; UCL) and Psychology (PGDip; Nottingham, PhD; Manchester). 

Research interests

Paul’s research interests and expertise lie at the intersection between language and cognition. He has applied this interest to understanding how children learn language. His work reveals the deep connections between the linguistic system and general psychological processes such as attention, inhibition and memory. The aim is that we can build better models of child language development if we integrate their developing social and cognitive worlds as well.    

Impact and engagement

By developing this line of research, the field of ‘developmental cognitive linguistics’ is revealing some fresh insights into how and why language develops the way it does. Paul has contributed to this by providing conceptual, analytical and methodological innovations. For example, using Google Ngram to answer questions about historical linguistics; developing an open-access child language analytic tool; providing models of how cognitive and social processes narrow the degrees of freedom on linguistic generalisations.  He has communicated his research and the research of colleagues in his field to a general audience in popular science writing in The Guardian and Scientific American

External collaborations

  • Prof. Michael Tomasello  (Duke University).
  • Dr. Rose M. Hartman (University of Oregon, USA.
  • Dr Kristina Nilsson Björkenstam (Stockholm University, Sweden.)

Publications

Inhibitory Control Predicts Grammatical Ability (2015-12-14)
Ibbotson, Paul and Kearvell-White, Jennifer
PLoS ONE, 10(12)
Productivity of noun slots in verb frames (2015-01)
Theakston, Anna L.; Ibbotson, Paul; Freudenthal, Daniel; Lieven, Elena V. M. and Tomasello, Michael
Cognitive Science ((In press))
Little dictators: a developmental meta-analysis of prosocial behavior (2014-12-25)
Ibbotson, Paul
Current Anthropology, 55(6) (pp. 814-821)
Group level expression encoded in the individual. Commentary on "The cultural evolution of emergent group-level traits" (2014-06-27)
Ibbotson, Paul
Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37(3) (pp. 261-262)
The role of semantics, pre-emption and skew in linguistic distributions: the case of the un-construction (2013-12-25)
Ibbotson, Paul
Frontiers in Psychology, 4, Article 989
The scope of usage-based theory (2013-05-08)
Ibbotson, Paul
Frontiers in Psychology , 4, Article 255
The attention-grammar interface: eye-gaze cues structural choice in children and adults (2013-05)
Ibbotson, Paul; Elena, Lieven and MIchael, Tomasello
Cognitive Linguistics, 24(3) (pp. 457-481)
Semantics of the transitive construction: prototype effects and developmental comparisons (2012-09)
Ibbotson, Paul; Theakston, Anna; Lieven, Elena and Tomasello, Michael
Cognitive Science, 36(7) (pp. 1268-1288)
A new kind of language (2012-02)
Ibbotson, Paul
The Psychologist, 25(2) (pp. 122-125)
Abstracting grammar from social–cognitive foundations: a developmental sketch of learning (2011-12)
Ibbotson, Paul
Review of General Psychology, 15(4) (pp. 331-343)
The role of pronoun frames in early comprehension of transitive constructions in English (2011-01-13)
Ibbotson, Paul; Theakston, Anna; Lieven, Elena and Tomasello, Michael
Language Learning and Development, 7(1) (pp. 24-39)
Prototype constructions in early language acquisition (2009-05-14)
Ibbotson, Paul and Tomasello, Michael
Language and Cognition, 1(1) (pp. 59-85)
Analogical mapping in construction learning (2012-07-20)
Ibbotson, Paul and Tomasello, Michael
In: Robinson, Peter ed. Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition (p 21)
ISBN : 978-0-415-87751-0 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Child language acquisition (2012)
Ibbotson, Paul
In: Clayton, Dan ed. Language: A Student Handbook On Key Topics And Theories (pp. 117-133)
ISBN : 9781906101237 | Publisher : English & Media Centre | Published : London

News

Improving wellbeing through digital games

Dr Hannah R. Marson, Research Fellow in the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area, and organiser of the upcoming Digital Health & Wellbeing Conference, was interviewed by eldercare.org to discuss how research using digital games and associated technologies has been investigated in the area of health and wellbeing. Read the full article: Technology and Gaming for the Elderly: Improving Wellbeing.

20th November 2017
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