CTB Conference 2023

We are pleased to announce the Crossing the borders conference held at the University of Potsdam for the second time. The topic for this 3-day conference is the interplay of language, cognition, and the brain in early human development. We aim to bring together researchers from psychology, linguistics, and developmental neuroscience. The program will include keynote talks, oral presentations and poster sessions, providing early-career researchers in the field of infant and child development with ample opportunities to present their work.

Invited Speakers

Angela Friederici
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Gert Westermann
Lancaster University

Julian Jara-Ettinger
Yale University

Jutta L. Mueller
University of Vienna

Olivier Pascalis
Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS

Victoria Southgate
University of Copenhagen

Practical information about the conference can be found here.

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Please download the booklet of the conference: Conference Booklet


Poster Session 1

  1. Roberta Bettoni, Martina Arioli, Hermann Bulf & Viola Macchi Cassia: »Visual rule learning skills at 3 months: The role of spatial orientation and working memory load«
  2. Natalie Bleijlevens & Tanya Behne: »Word learning under uncertainty in young children and adults«
  3. Sarah Dolscheid & Martina Penke: »The interplay between visual attention and language production in children«
  4. Sarah Eiteljörge, Franca Lutzi, Ricarda Bothe, Xiaoyun Chen, Sebastian Isbaner, & Nivedita Mani: »Is children’s position on the introversion-extroversion scale related to their word learning as active and passive partners in dyadic interactions?«
  5. Sebastian Isbaner, Ricarda Bothe, Xiaoyun Chen, Sebastian Möller, Igor Kagan, Alexander Gail, & Nivedita Mani: »A Novel Dyadic Interaction Platform for Children«
  6. Chiara Pompei, Serena Lecce, Paolo Canal, Paola Del Sette, & Valentina Bambini: »How a white dog becomes a cloud: behavioral and computational approaches to metaphor production in preschoolers«
  7. Shuting Li, Jörg Meinhardt, & Beate Sodian: »Neural correlates of false belief understanding in 33 to 36-month-old children«
  8. Wei Li, Aidas Aglinskas, & Joshua K. Hartshorne: »Contrastive neural network reveals the structure of neuroanatomical variation within bilingualism«
  9. F. Ece Özkan, Aylin Küntay, & Bahar Köymen: »Young Children’s Predictions about Explanations and Epistemic Trust in Informants«
  10. Maria Pflüger, David Buttelmann, & Birgit Elsner: »Do 18-month-olds perceive adults’ emotional expressions as goal-directed when the goal is a transient action effect?«
  11. Lina Rustemeyer & Christian Kliesch: »Effects of segment position and action prompts on the imitation of action sequences in preschool children«
  12. Jessica N. Steil, Ulrike Schild, & Claudia K. Friedrich: »Is the moon already up for infants’ early acquired nouns?«
  13. Monica Vanoncini, Isabell Wartenburger, & Birgit Elsner: »Do action boundaries help to segment speech?«
  14. Agnes Villwock, Erin Wilkinson, Thomas E. Allen, & Jill P. Morford: »Language exposure is key: Critical factors shaping language outcomes in deaf children with deaf and hearing parents«
  15. Lucie Zimmer, Tobias Schuwerk, Stella S. Grosso, Susanne Kristen-Antonow, Beate Sodian, & Nivedita Mani: »Toddler’s understanding of ‘know’ and ‘think’: development of mental state language understanding in 2.5- to 3-year-olds measured with a preferential looking paradigm«

Poster Session 2

  1. Jannis Augustin-Zschocke: »The association between executive functions and intelligence in children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis«
  2. Roberta Bettoni, Hermann Bulf, Valentina Silvestri, Stefanie Peykarjou, & Viola Macchi Cassia: »Visual rule learning in preverbal infants and adults: Evidence from neural entrainment«
  3. Julia Dillmann, Anna Krasotkina, Judith Evertz, Olivier Clerc, Olivier Pascalis, & Gudrun Schwarzer: »Older infants rely on gaze cues from own-race native-speaking adults in uncertain situations«
  4. Anja Gampe, Vanessa Tandhika, Moritz M. Daum, & Natascha Helbling: »Why is it not okay to skip the line? Children’s verbal reasoning about social norms«
  5. Lea Haerms, Laura Maffongelli, Charlotte Grosse Wiesmann, Markus Paulus, Angela Friederici, & Nicole Altvater-Mackensen: »Assessing preschoolers’ structural action processing in a stacking game using fNIRS«
  6. Christian Kliesch, Laura Maffongelli, Marie-Therese Neumann, Elisa Bredel, Markus Paulus, & Nicole Altvater-Mackensen: »Relating preschoolers’ ability to plan complex actions to their socio-cognitive and linguistic skills«
  7. Enikő Ladányi, Natalie Boll-Avetisyan, Barbara Höhle, & Isabell Wartenburger: »The relationship of receptive grammar abilities with musical rhythm processing and with executive functions in 6-8-year-old children«
  8. Milena Marx & Stefanie Peykarjou: »Investigating the influence of infant-directed speech on attention and visual processing: An ERP and gamma activity study«
  9. F. Ece Özkan, Samuel Ronfard, & Bahar Köymen: »Turkish- and English- speaking children’s belief revision based on the reliability of the counter-evidence«
  10. Jovana Pejovic, Cátia Severino, Marina Vigário, & Sónia Frota: »Prolonged COVID-19 related effects on early language development«
  11. Isabelle Périard, Nora Moog, Katharina Pittner, Christine M. Heim, Sonja Entringer, Claudia Buss, & Moritz Köster: »How infants’ motor and cognitive functions in the first year contribute to early prosocial understanding and helping behavior in the second year«
  12. Marta Pretto, Marco Borromini, Valentina Lampis, Valentina Riva, & Chiara Cantiani: »Child temperament subscales and language trajectories in toddlers: which relation?«
  13. Anna-Lena Tebbe, Katrin Rothmaler, Robert Hepach, & Charlotte Grosse Wiesman: »Does an altercentric memory bias help infants to anticipate how others will act?«
  14. Rosario Tomasello, Kai Shaman, & Friedemann Pulvermüller: »The impact of language on neural representations of color perception during learning: A brain constrained neural model«
  15. Nikol Tsenkova: »Perceiving arousal and valence in dynamically unfolding facial expressions«
  16. R. Eugenia Wildt, Amit Singh, & Katharina J. Rohlfing: »Variability in bottom-up attention predicts infants’ word learning in social interaction«
  17. Beate Sodian, Daniela Kloo, Larissa Kaltefleiter, & Tobias Schuwerk: »The Bidirectional Relationship of Complement Syntax and Theory of Mind – A Longitudinal Study from 33 to 52 Months of Age«

Conference Fees

Registration Period Student Non-Student
Early Bird (June 15th – August 1st) 80 € 120 €
Standard (from August 2nd) 100 € 140 €

Cancellation fees: Conference registration canceled on or before 1st of August, 2023, is refundable but subject to an administrative fee of 20% of the conference fee (refund 80%). Please note, conference registrations canceled after 1st of August, 2023, are not refundable.
All cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail (crossing-conf@uni-potsdam.de).

Financial Support

We offer a financial support for early career researchers (MSc/PhD students, postdoctoral researchers) who would otherwise find it difficult to attend the conference. These will be determined based on quality of abstract submission and personal circumstances. If you wish to be considered for financial support, please write an email with a reasonable motivation by 1st August 2023 .


We invite abstract submissions related to interdisciplinary aspects of infant and early child development including perceptual and cognitive development, early language development and social development. Early-career researchers (Msc/PhD students) are especially encouraged to showcase their research ideas and/or preliminary data.

We invite abstracts for oral (20 minutes + 10 minutes time for questions), and poster presentations (max. A0 with portrait orientation). Please indicate your preference in your submission. Abstracts, which are not accepted for an oral presentation, will automatically be considered for a poster presentation.
Please submit your abstract (max 300 words – excluding references) by May 21th, 2023 through crossing-conf@uni-potsdam.de. A single PDF page for graphs and/or figures may be submitted alongside the abstract. Notification of abstract acceptance will take place on May 31st, 2023.

If you have any queries regarding abstract submission, contact us at crossing-conf@uni-potsdam.de.

Key Dates

If you are interested in presenting (oral/poster presentation) at the conference, please consider the submission deadline for abstracts is 21th May, with notification of acceptance received by 31th May. 

Our conference will take place from 4th – 6th October 2023. We look forward to welcoming you in Potsdam!

What? When?
Submission Deadline Abstracts May 21, 2023
Notification of Abstract Acceptance May 31, 2023
Conference Dates October 4-6, 2023

Presentation Format

Oral presentations will be given 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for questions.

Please prepare your poster presentation considering the following size limitation: A0, 119cm (height) x 84cm (width), portrait orientation.