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Publications & Presentations
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Journal Articles

Fitneva, S.A. (2020). Children’s epistemic forecasting: The case of knowledge loss. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 199, 104926. 

Aydin, Ç., & Fitneva, S.A. (2019). Türk.e'deki geçmiş zaman bildirme kiplerinin tümce hatirlamaya etkis (The effect of Turkish tense-aspect markers on memory for sentences). DTCF Dergisi, 59.1, 353-36.

Giardini, F., Fitneva, S.A., & Tamm, A. (2019). "Someone told me": Preemptive reputation protection in communication. PLoS ONE, 14(4), e0200883. 

Fitneva, S.A., & Christiansen, M. C. (2017). Developmental changes in cross-situational word learning: The inverse effect of initial accuracy. Cognitive Science, 41, 141-161. 

Fitneva, S.A., Pile Ho, E.,** & Hatayama, M. (2016). Japanese and Canadian Children's Beliefs about Child and Adult Knowledge: A Case for Developmental Equifinality? PLoS ONE, 11(9): e0163018.  

Anderson, C.J., Bahník, Š., Barnett-Cowan, M., ... Fitneva, S.A., ... Zuni, K. (2016). Response to comment on "Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science". Science, 351(6277), 1037.

Open Science Collaboration (2015). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science, 349(6251). 


Fitneva, S.A., Lam, N.H.L.*, & Dunfield, K.A.** (2013). The Development of Children's Information Gathering: To Look or to Ask? Developmental Psychology, 49, 533-542.


Fitneva, S.A. (2013). Review of ‘Single and double clitics in adult and child grammar’ by Teodora Radeva-Bork. Journal of Slavic Linguistics, 21(2), 311-315.

Monoghan, P., Christiansen, M.H., & Fitneva, S. (2011). The arbitrariness of the sign: Learning advantages from the structure of the vocabulary. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 140(3), 325-347.


Fitneva, S.A., & Christiansen, M.H. (2011). Looking in the Wrong Direction Correlates With More Accurate Word Learning. Cognitive Science, 35, 367-380. 


Monaghan, P., Christiansen, M.H., Farmer, T.A., & Fitneva, S. (2010). Measures of phonological typicality: Robust coherence and psychological validity. The Mental Lexicon, 5, 281-299.

Ceci, S.J., Fitneva, S.A., & Williams, W. M. (2010). Representational constraints on the development of memory and metamemory: A developmental-representational synthesis. Psychological Review, 117(2), 464-495.

Fitneva, S.A. (2010). Children's Representation of Child and Adult Knowledge. Journal of Cognition and Development, 11(4), 458-484. 

Fitneva, S.A., & Dunfield, K.A.* (2010). Selective Information Seeking After a Single Encounter. Developmental Psychology, 46(5), 1380-1384. 

Fitneva, S.A., Christiansen, M.H., & Monaghan, P. (2009). From sound to syntax: phonological constraints on children's lexical categorization of new words. Journal of Child Language, 36(5), 967-997.


​Fitneva, S.A., & Song, Y. (2009). The comprehension of "left" and "right" in a referential communication task. Proceedings of the 31th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2687-2691.

Fitneva S. A. (2008). The role of evidentiality in Bulgarian children's reliability judgments. Journal of Child Language, 35(4), 845-868. 

Fitneva, S.A., & Williams, W.M. (2004). The Stuff We Do: Science in PerspectiveContemporary Psychology, 49(3), 306-308.

Fitneva, S.A. (2001). Epistemic marking and reliability judgments: Evidence from Bulgarian. Journal of Pragmatics, 33(3), 401-420. 

Recent Conference Presentations

Slinger, M.,* &  Fitneva, S.A. (July 2022). Epistemic emotions and the exploration of information sources. Cognitive Science conference, Toronto, Canada.

Noyes, B.K. & Fitneva, S.A. (June 2022). Informant selection in a connected world. Development 2022, Calgary, Canada.


Snelling, K.,* & Fitneva, S.A. (July 2021). Overcoming error: Association between attentional reorientation and vocabulary size. Cognitive Science conference, online.

Snelling, K.,* Thib, S.** & Fitneva, S.A. (July 2020). Not all errors are the same: the role of cognitive effort in cross-situational word learning. Cognitive Science conference, online. 

Fitneva, S.A., & Hayward, K.** (March 2019). Friends, strangers, or foes: children’s use of relationships in reasoning about others. Society for Research in Child Development conference, Baltimore, MD. 

Li, C.G.,* Albin, M.,** & Fitneva, S.A. (March 2019). Does word order constrain cross- situational semantic learning? Society for Research in Child Development conference, Baltimore, MD. 

Snelling, K.,* & Fitneva, S.A. (July 2019). Adult prediction error processing is associated with vocabulary size. Cognitive Science conference, Montreal, Canada. 

Albin, M.,** Li, C.G.,* Wang, Y.,** & Fitneva, S.A. (May 2018). Learning nouns and verbs via cross-situational statistics. Development 2018, St. Catharines, Canada.

Snelling, K.,* & Fitneva, S.A. (May 2018). Prediction effects in children's word learning. Development 2018, St. Catharines, Canada.

Fitneva, S.A. (June 2017). Syntactic knowledge constrains cross-situational word learning. Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning, Bilbao, Spain.

Fitneva, S.A. (August 2017). Expert vs. common knowledge: How many grown-ups have it? Cognitive Science conference, London, UK.

Fitneva, S.A. (April 2017). All together now: Learning nouns and verbs via cross-situational statistics. Society for Research in Child Development conference, Austin, TX.

Books & Chapters

Mangardich, H.* & Fitneva, S.A. (2019). Linguistic foundations of gossip and reputation. In R. Vittek & F. Giardini (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Gossip and Reputation (pp.82-99). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Fitneva, S. A. (2018). The acquisition of evidentiality. In A. Aikhenvald (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality (pp. 185-201). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Fitneva, S. A., & T. Matsui (2015). The emergence and development of language across cultures. In L. A. Jensen (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Oxford University Press. 

Fitneva, S.A. (2014). Evidential markers. In P. Brooks, & V. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of language development (pp. 204-206). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. 

Open Science Collaboration (2014). The Reproducibility Project: A model of large-scale collaboration for empirical research on reproducibility. In V. Stodden, F. Leisch, & R. Peng (Eds.), Implementing Reproducible Computational Research (A Volume in The R Series) (pp. 299-323). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Fitneva, S. A. (2012). Beyond answers: Questions and children’s learning. In J.P. de Ruiter (Ed.) Questions: formal, functional, and interactional perspectives, (pp. 165-178). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ceci, S.J., Fitneva, S.A., Aydin, C.,* Chernyak, N.* (2011). The legal context of memory development. In A. Slater and G. Bremner (Eds.), An Introduction to Developmental Psychology (2nd ed., pp. 417- 452). London: Blackwell.


Fitneva, S. A., & Matsui, T. (2009). Evidentiality: A window into language and cognitive development, New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 125. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

​Spivey, M.J., Richardson, D.C., & Fitneva, S.A. (2004). Memory outside of the brain: oculomotor indexes to visual and linguistic Information. In J. Henderson and F. Ferreira (Eds.), The Interface of Language, Vision, and Action: Eye Movements and the Visual World (pp. 161-189). Psychology Press.

Fitneva, S.A. & Spivey, M.J. (2004). Context and language processing: The effect of authorship. In J. Trueswell & M. Tanenhaus (Eds.), World Situated Language Use: Psycholinguistic, Linguistic and Computational Perspectives on Bridging the Product and Action Traditions, (pp. 317-327). MIT Press.

Ceci, S., Fitneva, S.A., & Gilstrap, L.L. (2003). Memory development and eyewitness testimony. In A. Slater & J.G. Bremner (Eds.), Developmental psychology: An introduction (pp.283-310). Blackwell Scientific Publications.


Spivey, M.J., Fitneva, S.A., Tabor, W., & Ajmani, S. (2002). The time course of information integration in sentence processing. In P. Merlo & S. Stevenson (Eds.), The Lexical Basis of Sentence Processing: Formal, Computational, and Experimental Perspectives (pp.207-232). Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing.

Ceci, S.J., Gilstrap, L.L., & Fitneva, S.A. (2002). Children’s testimony. In M. Rutter & E. Taylor (Eds.), Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Modern Approaches (4th ed., pp. 117-127). London: Blackwell.

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