Behavior and Cognition

Nivedita Mani

Research Group "Psychology of Language"
Georg-Elias-Müller Institute for Psychology



Research Interests


  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Psychology
  • Language Acquisition



Education and Employment

2014 -Professor, Psychology of Language, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
2010 - 2014Junior Professor, Language Acquisition Junior Research Group, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
2008 - 2010British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University College London, UK
2006 - 2008Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK
2005 - 2006Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
2006D.Phil., University of Oxford, UK



Selected honours and awards

2017Member, Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2014Fritz-Behrens Stiftung Research Prize
2008 - 2011British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowship grant


Selected publications


Schreiner MS, Mani N (2017). Listen up! Developmental differences in the impact of IDS on speech segmentation. Cognition 160: 98-102

Altvater-Mackensen N, Mani N (2013). Word-form familiarity bootstraps infant speech segmentation. Developmental Science 16: 980-90

Mani N, Schneider S (2013). Speaker identity supports phonetic category learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 39: 623-9

Skoruppa K, Mani N, Peperkamp S (2013). Toddlers? processing of phonological assimilations: Early compensation for assimilation in English and French. Child Development 84: 313-30

Mani N, Durrant S, Floccia C (2012). Activation of phonological and semantic codes in toddlers. Journal of Memory and Language 66: 612-22

Mani N, Huettig F (2012). Prediction is a piece of cake ? but only for skilled producers. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 38: 843-7

Mani N, Mills D, Plunkett K (2012). Vowels in early words: An event-related potential study. Developmental Science 15: 2-11

Von Holzen K, Mani N (2012). Language non-selective lexical access in bilingual toddlers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 113: 569-86

Mani N, Plunkett K (2011). Phonological priming and cohort effects in toddlers. Cognition 121: 196-206

Mani N, Plunkett K (2010). In the infant?s mind?s ear: Evidence for implicit naming in 18-month-olds. Psychological Science 21: 908-13