Catharine van Maanen

PhD student

PhD student

Centre for Brain And Cognitive Development
Birkbeck College, University of London
32 Torrington Square
London WC1E 7JL
Tel: (0)20 7079 0765
Fax: (0)20 7631 6587
email: c dot vanmaanen at bbk dot ac dot  uk


Research interests

I am interested in investigating how our social environment shapes our experience of the world, to what extent and with what neural underpinnings. In particular, I wish to focus on infant’s developing perception and interpretation of their immediate environment and how this is influenced by social partners in varying communicative contexts. 

Curriculum vitae

  • 2006 Master of Science University of Utrecht, Drs Biology


  • Pe’er, G., van Maanen, C., (in Preparation) Climatic Gradients and Local Determinants of the Impacts of Agriculture on Species Diversity.
  • Southgate, V., van Maanen, C., Csibra, G. (2007) Infant Pointing: Communication to Cooperate or Communication to learn. Child Development78(3), 735-740.pdf format
  • Schwier, C., van Maanen, C., Carpenter, M., & Tomasello, M. (2006). Rational imitation in 12-month-old infants.  Infancy 10(3), 303-311. pdf format