Nadja Althaus

Postdoctoral Researcher (University of Oxford)

Oxford Babylab
Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford
South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3UD

Phone: +44 (0)1865 271 384

Email: firstname dot lastname at psy dot ox dot  ac dot uk


Research interests

My current work is primarily concerned with object categorization in infants, i.e. how babies first learn to group objects according to (perceptual) similarity. Specifically, I’m interested in how language input (e.g. object labelling) can influence category learning. My studies in this field involve both eye tracking and computational modelling. Further, I am interested in the development of visual and cross-modal processing, as well as language acquisition, and machine learning methods applied to cognitive science.


Curriculum vitae


  • Since 2010 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Oxford Babylab / Oxford Centre for Developmental Science, University of Oxford.
  • 2009-2010 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Oxford Brookes University Babylab, Oxford.
  • 2006-2010 PhD Student, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, London.
  • 2000-2006 MA in Linguistics, Psychology & Computer Science, University of Tübingen, Germany.
  • 2003-2004 Visiting student at the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto.

Work experience:

  • 2005-2006 Research Assistant, Mathematical Psychology Group/Department of Empirical Inference, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen.
  • 2001-2006 Research/Teaching Assistant, Seminar fuer Sprachwissenschaft/ SFB 441, University of Tübingen.




Althaus, N. and Mareschal, D. (in press): Using saliency maps to separate competing processes in infant visual cognition.

Mareschal, D., Westermann, G. and Althaus, N. (in press). In search of the developmental mechanisms of multi-sensory integration. In Bremner, A., Lewcowicz, D. and Spence, C. (Eds.), Multisensory Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mareschal, D. and Althaus, N. (2009): Connectionism. In: Windhorst, U., Binder, M. and Hirokawa, N. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Berlin: Springer.