Neil Berthier
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Hartstein, L.E. & Berthier, N.E. (2017). Transition to Success on the Model Room Task: The Importance of Improvements in Working Memory. Developmental Science. DOI:

Hartstein, L.E. Durniak, M.T., Karlicek, Jr., R.F., & Berthier, N.E. (2017). A comparison of the effects of CCT and gender on the performance of cognitive tasks. Lighting Research & Technology. DOI:

Nelson, E., Berthier, N.E., & Konidaris, G. (2017). Handedness and reach kinematics in adults: Left-handers are not reversed right-handers. Journal of Motor Behavior. DOI:

Nelson, E., Konidaris, G., & Berthier, N.E. (2014). Hand preference status and reach kinematics in infants. Infant Behavior & Development, 37, 615-623 DOI:

Berthier, N.E., Boucher, K., Weisner, N. (2014). Investigating individual differences in toddler search with mixture models. Infant and Child Development DOI: 10.1002/icd.1875.

Jenkins, I. & Berthier, N.E. (2014). Working Memory and Inhibitory Control in Visually Guided Manual Search in Toddlers. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 1252-1262 DOI: 10.1002/dev.21205.

Butler, S.C., O'Sullivan, L., Shah, B., & Berthier, N.E. (2014). Preference for infant-directed speech in preterm infants. Infant Behavior & Development, 37, 505-511 DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2014.06.007.

O'Sullivan, L.P., Goubet, N., & Berthier, N.E. (2012). L’atteinte de l’objet chez l’enfant né prématuré [The development of reaching in infants born before term]. Enfance, 64, 25-34.

Nelson, E., Konidaris, G., Berthier, N. Braun, M.C., Novak, M.F., Suomi, S.J. & Novak, M.A. (2012) Kinematics of reaching and implications for handedness in rhesus monkey infants. Developmental Psychobiology, 54, 460-467 DOI: 10.1002/dev.20604.

Haddad, J.M., Claxton, L.J., Keen, R., Berthier, N.E., Riccio, G.E., Hamill, J., & van Emmerik, R. (2012). Development of coordination between posture and manual control. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 111, 286-298 DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2011.08.002.

Berthier, N.E. (2011). The syntax of human infant reaching. In H. Sayama, A.A. Minai, D. Braha, and Y. Bar-Yam (Eds) Unifying Themes in Complex Systems Volume VIII: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Complex Systems. New England Complex Systems Institute Series on Complexity, NECSI Knowledge Press, 1477-1487.

Nelson, E., Berthier, N.E., Metevier, C., & Novak, M.A (2011). Evidence for motor planning in monkeys: rhesus macaques select efficient grips when transporting spoons. Developmental Science, 14, 822-831 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2010.01030.x.

Berthier, N.E. & Carrico, R.L. (2010). Visual information and object size in infant reaching. Infant Behavior & Development, 33, 555-566 DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2010.07.007.

Keen, R., Berthier, N. Sylvia, M.R., Butler, S., Prunty, P. & Baker, R.K. (2008). Toddlers' use of cues in a search task Infant and Child Development, 17, 249-267 DOI: 10.1002/icd.550.

Carrico, R.L. & Berthier, N.E. (2008). Vision and precision reaching in 15 month old infants. Infant Behavior & Development, 31, 62-70 DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2007.07.005.

Berthier, N. & Keen, R. (2006). Development of reaching in infancy. Experimental Brain Research 169, 507-518 DOI: 10.1007/s00221-005-0169-9.

Mash, C., Novak, E., Berthier, N., & Keen, R. (2006). What do two-year-olds understand about hidden objec events:. Developmental Psychology 42, 263-271 DOI 10.1037/0012-1649.42.2.263.

Berthier, N., Rosenstein, M., & Barto, A. (2005). Approximate optimal control as a model for motor learning. Psychological Review, 112, 329-346 DOI: 10.1037/0033-295X.112.2.329.

Keen, R.E. & Berthier, N.E. (2005). Continuities and discontinuities in infants' representation of objects and events. In R. Kail (Editor) Advances in Child Development and Behavior, New York: Elsevier. pp 243-279 DOI: 10.1016/S0065-2407(04)80009-0.

Mash, C., Clifton, R.K., and Berthier, N.E. (2003). Visual access and attention in two-year-olds' event reasoning and object search. Infancy, 4, 371-388 10.1207/S15327078IN0403_04.

Keen, R., Carrico, R.L., Sylvia, M.R., and Berthier, N.E. (2003). How infants use perceptual information to guide action. Developmental Science, 6, 221-231 DOI:

Englebrecht, S.C., Berthier, N.E., & O'Sullivan, L.P. (2003). The undershoot bias, A stochastic optimal control strategy. Psychological Science, 14, 257-261 DOI: 10.1111/1467-9280.03431.

O'Sullivan, L.P. & Berthier, N.E. (2003).  Visual attention during looking and reaching in 7.5 month-old infants.Developmental Psychobiology, 42, 292-300 DOI: 10.1002/dev.10102.

Butler, S.C., Berthier, N.E., and Clifton, R.K. (2002). Two-year-olds' search strategies and visual tracking in a hidden displacement task. Developmental Psychology, 38, 581-590 DOI: 10.1037/0012-1649.38.4.581.

Berthier, N.E., Barto, A.G., and Schlesinger, M. (2000).
Learning and dynamics. Proceedings of the NSF DARPA Conference on Learning and Development.

Berthier, N.E., DeBlois, S., Poirier, C.,  Novak, M., & Clifton, R.K. (2000). Where's the ball? Two- and three-year-olds reason about unseen events. Developmental Psychology , 36, 394-401 DOI: 10.1037/0012-1649.36.3.394

Berthier, N.E., Bertenthal, B.I., Seaks, J.D., Sylvia, M., Johnson, R., & Clifton, R.K. (2001). Using object knowledge in visual tracking and reaching, Infancy, 2, 257-284 DOI: 10.1207/S15327078IN0202_9.

Loukopoulos, L., Englebrecht, S. & Berthier, N.E. (2001). Planning of reach-and-grasp movements: Effects of validity and type of object information. Journal of Motor behavior, 33, 255-264 DOI: 10.1080/00222890109601911.

Berthier, N.E., Clifton, R.K., McCall, D., & Robin, D. (1999). Proximodistal structure of early reaching in human infants. Experimental Brain Research, 127, 259-269.DOI: 10.1007/s002210050795.

Berthier, N.E. & Robin, D.J. (1998). Mid-reach corrections to shifting targets by seven-month-old infants. Journal of Motor Behavior, 30, 290-300. FOI: 10.1080/00222899809601345.

Berthier, N.E. (1997). Analysis of reaching for stationary and moving objects in the human infant. In: J. Donahoe  and V.P Dorsal (Eds.) Neural Network Models of Complex Behavior - Biobehavioral Foundations.  North Holland: Amsterdam, 283-301. DOI: 10.1016/S0166-4115(97)80101-X.

Robin, D.J., Berthier, N.E., and Clifton, R.K. (1996). Infants' predictive reaching for moving objects in the dark. Developmental Psychology, 32, 824-835 DOI: 10.1037/0012-1649.32.5.824.

Berthier, N.E. (1996). Learning to reach: A mathematical model.Developmental Psychology, 32, 811-823 DOI: 10.1037/0012-1649.32.5.811.

Berthier, N.E., Clifton, R.K., Gullipalli, V., McCall, D., and Robin, D. (1996). Visual information and object size in the control of reaching. Journal of Motor Behavior, 28, 187-197 DOI: 10.1080/00222895.1996.9941744.

Clifton, R.K., Rochat, P., Robin, D.J., and Berthier, N.E. (1994). Multimodal perception in the control of infant reaching. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 20, 876-886 DOI: 10.1037/0096-1523.20.4.876.

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