Prof. Dr. Schwarzer and Dr. Jovanovic

Predictive visual-spatial abilities and motor skills beyond infancy

Project A7 investigates whether the crucial relation between visual-spatial abilities and motor skills persists or changes beyond infancy. First, by using longitudinal and cross-sectional approaches we will study the developmental course of this relation from infancy to 3 and 6 years of age. Second, by using training studies (motor training vs control groups), we will determine whether the hypothesized relation between motor skills and visual-spatial prediction can also be observed in infants and preschool children with potentially impaired predictive abilities due to premature birth. Third, we will use eye- and motion tracking methods in real-life experimental settings to investigate the association between children’s predictive visual-spatial abilities and their motor skills in natural everyday action tasks

new project-related publications
Schwarzer, G., Gehb, G., Kelch, A., Gerhard-Samunda, T. & Jovanovic, B. (2022). Locomotion training contributes to 6-month-old infants' mental rotation ability. Human Movement Science, 85, 102979. find paper
former project-related publications
Degé, F., Kubicek, C., & Schwarzer, G. (2015). Associations between musical abilities and precursors of reading in preschool aged children. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(August), 1–10. find paper
Dillmann, J., Freitag, C., Holve, K., Schweinfurth, S., Lorenz, B., Schwarzer, G. (2017). Die motorische Entwicklung von Kindern mit frühkindlichem Innenschielen. Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde, 234(10), 1228-1234. find paper
Dillmann, J., Gehb, G., Peterlein, C. D., & Schwarzer, G (2019). Joint visual attention and locomotor experience: A longitudinal study of infants with treated idiopathic clubfoot. Infant and Child Development, 28(2), e2118. find paper DOI
Dillmann, J., Peterlein, CD. & Schwarzer, G. (2018). A longitudinal study of motor and cognitive development in infants with congenital idiopathic clubfoot. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 6(S1), 24-43. find paper DOI
Dillmann, J., Schwarzer, G., & Peterlein, C.D. (2019). Motor and cognitive functioning in children treated for idiopathic clubfoot at the age of 3 years. BMC Pediatrics, 19(1), 1-6. find paper
Gehb, G., Kubicek, C., Jovanovic, B. & Schwarzer, G (2019). The positive influence of manual object exploration on predictive grasping for a moving object in 9-month-old infants. Journal of Vision, 19(14). find paper DOI
Gerhard, T. M., & Schwarzer G. (2018). Impact of rotation angle on crawling and non-crawling 9-month-old infants' mental rotation ability. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 170, 45-56. find paper DOI
Gerhard, T., Culham, J., & Schwarzer, G (2021). Manual exploration of objects is related to 7-monthold infants' visual preference for real objects. Infant Behavior and Development, 62, 101512. find paper DOI
Gerhard, T.M., Culham, J.C. & Schwarzer, G. (2016). Distinct visual processing of real objects and pictures of those objects in 7- to 9-month-old infants. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(827), 1-9. find paper DOI
Gerhard-Samunda, T. M., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2021). Role of manually-generated visual cues in crawling and non-crawling 9-month-old infants’ mental rotation. Cognitive Development, 59, 101053. find paper DOI
Jovanovic, B. & Schwarzer, G. (2017). The development of the grasp-height effect as a measure of efficient action planning in children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 153, 74-82. find paper DOI
Jovanovic, B., Filk, J., & Schwarzer, G. (2021). The influence of tool use experience on efficient grasping in children. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 1-16. find paper DOI
Kelch, A., Schwarzer, G., Gehb, G., & Jovanovic, B. (2021). How 9-month-old crawling infants profit from visual-manual rotations in a mental rotation task. Infant Behavior and Development, 65, 101642. find paper
Kolling, T., Lamm B., Vierhaus M., Knopf, M., Lohaus, A., Fassbender, I., Freitag, C., Graf, F., Teubert, M., Schwarzer, G., & Keller, H. (2014). Differential Development of Motor Abilities in Western Middle-Class and Cameroonian Nso Infants. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45(9), 1502-1508. find paper
Kubicek , C. & Schwarzer , G. (2017). On the relation between infants’ spatial object processing and their motor skills. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 1-31. find paper
Kubicek , C., Gervain, J., Hillairet de Boisferon, A., Pascalis, O., Loevenbruck, H., & Schwarzer, G. (2014b). The influence of infant-directed speech on 12-month-olds' intersensory perception of fluent speech. Infant Behavior and Development, 37(4), 644-651. find paper DOI
Kubicek, C., Gehb, G., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2019). Training of 7-month-old infants' manual object exploration skills: Effects of active and observational experience. Infant Behavior and Development, 57, 101353. find paper DOI
Kubicek, C., Hillairet de Boisferon, A., Dupierrix, E., Pascalis, O., Loevenbruck, H., Gervain, J., & Schwarzer, G. (2014a). Cross-modal matching of audio-visual German and French fluent speech in infancy. PLoS ONE, 9(2), e89275. find paper DOI
Kubicek, C., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2017a). How manual object exploration is associated with 7- to 8-month-old infants’ visual prediction abilities in spatial object processing. Infancy, 22(6), 857-873. find paper DOI
Kubicek, C., Jovanovic, B., & Schwarzer, G. (2017b). The relation between crawling and non-crawling 9-month-old infants' visual prediction abilities in spatial object processing. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 158, 64-76. find paper DOI
Lohaus, A., Lamm, B., Keller, H., Teubert, M., Fassbender, I., Glüer, M. Borchert, S., Vöhringer, I., Teiser, J., Freitag, C., Suhrke, J., Knopf, M. & Schwarzer, G. (2014). Gross and fine motor differences between Cameroonian and German children aged 3 to 40 months: Results of a cross-cultural longitudinal study. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45(8), 1328-1341. find paper
Preißler, L., Jovanovic, B., Munzert, J., Schmidt, F., Fleming, R.W. & Schwarzer, G. (2021). Effects of visual and visual-haptic perception of material rigidity on reaching and grasping in the course of development. Acta Psychologica, 221, 103457. find paper
Ransburg, N., Reiser, M., Munzert, J., Jovanovic, B. & Schwarzer, G. (2017). Concurrent anticipation of two object dimensions during grasping in 10-month-old infants: A quantitative analysis. Infant Behavior and Development, 42, 164-174. find paper DOI
Schwarzer, G. (2014). How motor and visual experience shape infants' processing of objects and faces. Child Development Perspectives, 8(4), 213-217. find paper
Schwarzer, G., Jovanovic, B. Kubicek, C. & Hegele, M. (2018a). Introduction: Object Processing and Motor Development. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 6(S1), 1-5. find paper
Schwarzer, G., Jovanovic, B., Kubicek, C. & Hegele, M. (2018). Object processing and motor development. Supplemental Issue, Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 6(S1). find paper
Sensoy, Ö., Culham, J. C., & Schwarzer, G. (2021). The advantage of real objects over matched pictures in infants' processing of the familiar size of objects. Infant and Child Development, e2234. find paper DOI
Sensoy, Ö., Culham, J.C., & Schwarzer, G. (2020). Do infants show knowledge of the familiar size of everyday objects? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 195, 104848. find paper
Suhrke, J., Freitag, C., Lamm, B., Teiser, J., Poloczek, S., Fassbender, I., Teubert, M., Voehringer, I., Keller, H., Knopf, M., Lohaus, A. & Schwarzer, G. (2015). Experience with headwear influences the other-race effect in 4-year-old children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 137, 156-163. find paper