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Andy Bremner BA DPhil

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PositionProfessor of Psychology and Head of Department
Department Psychology
Email a.bremner (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7078 5142
Andy Bremner BA DPhil

Summary of research

The development of: object knowledge, spatial representation, body representation, multisensory perception, learning and cognitive control, in infancy and early childhood.

My broad research area is in perceptual and cognitive development in infancy and early childhood. I am director of the Goldsmiths InfantLab where we use a range of behavioural and physiological methods to study infant and child development. The specific research questions that I and my research group are addressing fall into three broad but related topic-areas:

Multisensory development

As adults we integrate the multiple signals from our sense organs into unified functional representations of the world and ourselves. However, the senses provide information in different neural codes. Also the relationships between the senses vary substantially with movements of the body, like when the eyes move in their sockets or when the body changes shape as it grows during development.

These considerations highlight the challenge of multisensory integration for the developing human. I have been investigating the development of our abilities to link and integration information across a range of senses, including vision, proprioception, touch and taste.

Spatial representations of the environment, objects and the body in infancy and early childhood

I am particularly interested in the development of the ability to represent spatial relationships within external frames of reference (objects in the environment), and also within intrinsic frames of reference such as the body (locating the body and limbs).

The first of these issues has been a substantial focus of cognitive developmental research since Piaget's seminal observations in the 1930s, and I have addressed questions concerning infants' and young children's ability to represent the layout of objects across reorientation, and also the ability to represent and locate hidden objects once out of sight.

On the other hand, the development of the ability to locate stimuli with respect to intrinsic frames of reference (e.g. the location of the limbs and stimuli impinging on the body) has been relatively neglected.

My colleagues and I have recently been tackling this topic in the context of a large ERC-funded grant: “Human Embodied Multisensory Development” (2009-2014).

The development of memory and cognitive control

Our multisensory representations of objects and the spatial environment emerge in the context of our developing cognitive abilities. I have investigated a range of cognitive functions in early life, including object memory in early infancy, cognitive control in toddlerhood.

More recently, with colleagues from the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, I have been tracing the development of visual-spatial attention in Western and remote cultures.

 

Publications

Book

Psychology: the science of mind and behaviour
Passer, Michael; Smith, Ronald; Holt, Nigel; Bremner, Andrew J.; Sutherland, Ed and Vliek, Michael. 2008. Psychology: the science of mind and behaviour. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill. ISBN 9780077118365

Edited Book

Multisensory Development
Bremner, A. J.; Lewkowicz, D. J. and Spence, C, eds. 2012. Multisensory Development. Oxford: UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199586059

Multisensory Development
Bremner, Andrew J.; Lewkowicz, David J. and Spence, Charles, eds. 2011. Multisensory Development. Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Book Section

Development of multisensory representations of the body and the space around the body
Bremner, Andrew J.; Holmes, Nicholas P. and Spence, Charles. 2012. Development of multisensory representations of the body and the space around the body. In: Andrew J. Bremner; David J. Lewkowicz and Charles Spence, eds. Multisensory development. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 113-136. ISBN 978-0-19-958605-9

Developmental disorders and multisensory perception
Hill, Elisabeth L.; Crane, Laura and Bremner, Andrew J.. 2012. Developmental disorders and multisensory perception. In: Andrew J. Bremner; David J. Lewkowicz and Charles Spence, eds. Multisensory Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 273-300. ISBN 978-0-19-958605-9

Development of multisensory balance, locomotion and navigation.
Nardini, Marko and Cowie, Dorothy. 2012. Development of multisensory balance, locomotion and navigation. In: Andrew J. Bremner; D Lewkowicz and Charles Spence, eds. Multisensory Development. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 0-1. ISBN 978-0-19-958605-9

Modeling the origins of object knowledge
Mareschal, Denis and Bremner, Andrew J.. 2009. Modeling the origins of object knowledge. In: , ed. The origins of knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 227-262. ISBN 978-0-19-921689-5

When do 4-month-olds remember the "what" and "where" of hidden objects?
Mareschal, D. and Bremner, Andrew J.. 2006. When do 4-month-olds remember the "what" and "where" of hidden objects? In: Y. Munakata and M. Johnson, eds. Processes of change in brain and cognitive development. (21) Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 427-447. ISBN 9780198568742

Crossmodal interactions in tactile perception
Spence, Charles and Bremner, Andrew J.. 2001. Crossmodal interactions in tactile perception. In: Matthew Hertenstein and Sandra Weiss, eds. The Handbook of Touch: Neuroscience, Behavioral, and Health Perspectives. Springer. ISBN 9780826121912

Article

Part-based representations of the body in early childhood: Evidence from perceived distortions of tactile space across limb boundaries
Le Cornu Knight, Frances; Cowie, D. and Bremner, A. J. 2016. Part-based representations of the body in early childhood: Evidence from perceived distortions of tactile space across limb boundaries. Developmental Science, ISSN 1363-755X

Specialization of the motor system in human infants: From broadly tuned to selectively specialized purposeful actions.
D'Souza, Hana; Cowie, Dorothy; Karmiloff-Smith, Annette and Bremner, Andrew J.. 2016. Specialization of the motor system in human infants: From broadly tuned to selectively specialized purposeful actions. Developmental Science,

Perception of visual-tactile colocation in the first year of life
Freier, Livia; Mason, Luke and Bremner, A. J. 2016. Perception of visual-tactile colocation in the first year of life. Developmental Psychology, ISSN 0012-1649

Sensory development: Childhood changes in visual cortical function
Bremner, A. J. and De Fockert, J. W.. 2016. Sensory development: Childhood changes in visual cortical function. Current Biology, 26(1), R36-R37.

The development of multisensory body representation and awareness continues to 10 years of age: Evidence from the rubber hand illusion
Cowie, D.; Sterling, Sam and Bremner, A. J. 2016. The development of multisensory body representation and awareness continues to 10 years of age: Evidence from the rubber hand illusion. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 142, pp. 230-238.

Effects of culture and the urban environment on the development of the Ebbinghaus illusion.
Bremner, A. J.; Doherty, M. J.; Caparos, S.; De Fockert, J. W.; Linnell, K. J. and Davidoff, J. B. 2016. Effects of culture and the urban environment on the development of the Ebbinghaus illusion. Child Development,

Calling for a developmental perspective on action-based consciousness.
D'Souza, H. and Bremner, A. J. 2016. Calling for a developmental perspective on action-based consciousness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences,

Developing body representations in early life: Combining somatosensation and vision to perceive the interface between the body and the world
Bremner, A. J. 2016. Developing body representations in early life: Combining somatosensation and vision to perceive the interface between the body and the world. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 58, pp. 12-16.

Human infants’ ability to perceive touch in external space develops postnatally
Begum Ali, J.; Spence, C. and Bremner, A. J. 2015. Human infants’ ability to perceive touch in external space develops postnatally. Current Biology, 25(20), R978-R979.

Sensorimotor control: Retuning the body–world interface
Bremner, A. J. and van Velzen, J. 2015. Sensorimotor control: Retuning the body–world interface. Current Biology, 25(4), R159-R161.

Effects of action observation on corticospinal excitability: Muscle specificity, direction, and timing of the mirror response
Naish, K. R.; Houston-Price, C.; Bremner, A. J. and Holmes, N. P. 2014. Effects of action observation on corticospinal excitability: Muscle specificity, direction, and timing of the mirror response. Neuropsychologia, 64, pp. 331-348.

The neural basis of somatosensory remapping develops in human infancy
Rigato, S.; Begum Ali, J.; Van Velzen, J. L. and Bremner, A. J. 2014. The neural basis of somatosensory remapping develops in human infancy. Current Biology, 24(11), pp. 1222-1226.

The origins of ability and automaticity in tactile spatial perception
Bremner, A. J.; Begum Ali, J. and Cowie, D. 2014. The origins of ability and automaticity in tactile spatial perception. Developmental Science, 17, pp. 946-947.

Effects of posture on tactile localisation by 4 years of age are modulated by sight of the hands: evidence for an early acquired external spatial frame of reference for touch
Begum Ali, J.; Cowie, D. and Bremner, A. J. 2014. Effects of posture on tactile localisation by 4 years of age are modulated by sight of the hands: evidence for an early acquired external spatial frame of reference for touch. Developmental Science, 17, pp. 935-943.

Categorical perception of tactile distance
Le Cornu Knight, F.; Longo, M. R. and Bremner, A. J. 2014. Categorical perception of tactile distance. Cognition, 131, pp. 254-262.

The electrophysiological time course of somatosensory spatial remapping: vision of the hands modulates effects of posture on somatosensory evoked potentials.
Rigato, Silvia; Bremner, Andrew J.; Mason, Luke; Pickering, Alan; Davis, Robert and Van Velzen, Jose L.. 2013. The electrophysiological time course of somatosensory spatial remapping: vision of the hands modulates effects of posture on somatosensory evoked potentials. European Journal of Neuroscience, 38(6), pp. 2884-2892. ISSN 0953-816X

Children’s Responses to the Rubber-Hand Illusion Reveal Dissociable Pathways in Body Representation
Cowie, Dorothy; Makin, Tamar R. and Bremner, Andrew J.. 2013. Children’s Responses to the Rubber-Hand Illusion Reveal Dissociable Pathways in Body Representation. Psychological Science, 24(5), pp. 762-769. ISSN 0956-7976

Do local and global perceptual biases tell us anything about local and global selective attention?
Caparos, S.; Linnell, Karina J; Bremner, Andrew J.; Fockert, Jan W. de and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2013. Do local and global perceptual biases tell us anything about local and global selective attention? Psychological Science, 24(2), pp. 206-212. ISSN 0956-7976

"Bouba" and "Kiki" in Namibia? A remote culture make similar shape-sound matches, but different shape-taste matches to Westerners
Bremner, Andrew J.; Caparos, Serge and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2013. "Bouba" and "Kiki" in Namibia? A remote culture make similar shape-sound matches, but different shape-taste matches to Westerners. Cognition, 126(2), pp. 165-172. ISSN 0010-0277

Bodily illusions in young children: Developmental change in visual and proprioceptive contributions to perceived hand position.
Bremner, Andrew J.; Hill, Elisabeth L.; Pratt, Michelle L.; Rigato, Silvia and Spence, Charles. 2013. Bodily illusions in young children: Developmental change in visual and proprioceptive contributions to perceived hand position. PLoS ONE, 8(1), e51887. ISSN 1932-6203

To eat or not to eat? Kinematics and muscle activity of reach-to-grasp movements are influenced by the action goal, but observers do not detect these differences
Naish, K. R.; Reader, A. T.; Houston-Price, C.; Bremner, A. J. and Holmes, N. P. 2013. To eat or not to eat? Kinematics and muscle activity of reach-to-grasp movements are influenced by the action goal, but observers do not detect these differences. Experimental Brain Research, 225(2), pp. 261-275.

Children's responses to the rubber-hand illusion reveal dissociable pathways in body representation
Cowie, D.; Makin, T. R. and Bremner, A. J. 2013. Children's responses to the rubber-hand illusion reveal dissociable pathways in body representation. Psychological Science, 24(5), pp. 762-769.

Bodily illusions in young children: Developmental change in visual and proprioceptive contributions to perceived hand position
Bremner, A. J.; Hill, E. L.; Pratt, M. L.; Rigato, S. and Spence, C. 2013. Bodily illusions in young children: Developmental change in visual and proprioceptive contributions to perceived hand position. PLoS ONE, 8(1), e51887.

The electrophysiological time course of somatosensory spatial remapping: vision of the hands modulates effects of posture on somatosensory evoked potentials
Rigato, S.; Bremner, A. J; Mason, L.; Pickering, A.; Davis, R. and Van Velzen, J. L. 2013. The electrophysiological time course of somatosensory spatial remapping: vision of the hands modulates effects of posture on somatosensory evoked potentials. European Journal of Neuroscience, 38, pp. 2884-2892.

Do local and global perceptual biases tell us anything about local and global selective attention?
Caparos, S.; Linnell, K. J.; Bremner, A. J.; de Fockert, J. and Davidoff, J. 2013. Do local and global perceptual biases tell us anything about local and global selective attention? Psychological Science, 24(2), pp. 206-212.

Considering the development of developmental disorders of multisensory processes
Bremner, Andrew J. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2013. Considering the development of developmental disorders of multisensory processes. Multisensory Research, 26(1), p. 23.

“Bouba” and “Kiki” in Namibia? A remote culture make similar shape–sound matches, but different shape–taste matches to Westerners
Bremner, A. J.; Caparos, S.; Davidoff, J.; de Fockert, J.; Linnell, K. J. and Spence, C.. 2013. “Bouba” and “Kiki” in Namibia? A remote culture make similar shape–sound matches, but different shape–taste matches to Westerners. Cognition, 126(2), pp. 165-172.

Exposure to an urban environment alters the local bias of a remote culture
Caparos, S.; Ahmed, L.; Bremner, Andrew J.; Fockert, Jan W. de; Linnell, Karina J and Davidoff, Jules B.. 2012. Exposure to an urban environment alters the local bias of a remote culture. Cognition, 122(1), pp. 80-85. ISSN 0010-0277

Release of Inattentional Blindness by High Working Memory Load: Elucidating the Relationship between Working Memory and Selective Attention
Fockert, Jan W. de and Bremner, Andrew J.. 2011. Release of Inattentional Blindness by High Working Memory Load: Elucidating the Relationship between Working Memory and Selective Attention. Cognition, 121(3), pp. 400-408. ISSN 0010-0277

Release of inattentional blindness by high working memory load: Elucidating the relationship between working memory and selective attention
de Fockert, J. W. and Bremner, A. J. 2011. Release of inattentional blindness by high working memory load: Elucidating the relationship between working memory and selective attention. Cognition, 121(3), pp. 400-408.

Soft skills in higher education: importance and improvement ratings as a function of individual differences and academic performance
Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas; Arteche, Adriane; Bremner, Andrew J.; Greven, Corina and Furnham, Adrian. 2010. Soft skills in higher education: importance and improvement ratings as a function of individual differences and academic performance. Educational Psychology, 30(2), pp. 221-241. ISSN 0144-3410

Soft skills in higher education: importance and improvement ratings as a function of individual differences and academic performance
Chamorro‐Premuzic, T.; Arteche, A.; Bremner, A. J.; Greven, C. and Furnham, A. 2010. Soft skills in higher education: importance and improvement ratings as a function of individual differences and academic performance. Educational Psychology, 30(2), pp. 221-241.

Infants lost in (peripersonal) space?
Bremner, A. J.; Holmes, N. P. and Spence, C. 2008. Infants lost in (peripersonal) space? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(8), pp. 298-305.

Unimodal experience constrains while multisensory experiences enrich cognitive construction
Bremner, A. J. and Spence, C. 2008. Unimodal experience constrains while multisensory experiences enrich cognitive construction. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, pp. 335-336.

Spatial localization of touch in the first year of life: Early influence of a visual spatial code and the development of remapping across changes in limb position.
Bremner, A. J.; Mareschal, D.; Lloyd-Fox, S. and Spence, C. 2008. Spatial localization of touch in the first year of life: Early influence of a visual spatial code and the development of remapping across changes in limb position. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 137(1), pp. 149-162.

Recognition of complex object-centred spatial configurations in early infancy
Bremner, Andrew J.; Bryant, P. E.; Mareschal, Denis and Volein, A.. 2007. Recognition of complex object-centred spatial configurations in early infancy. Visual Cognition, 15(8), pp. 896-926. ISSN 1350-6285

Cognitive control of sequential knowledge in 2-year-olds: Evidence from an incidental sequence-learning and -generation task
Bremner, A. J.; Mareschal, D.; Destrebecqz, A. and Cleeremans, A. 2007. Cognitive control of sequential knowledge in 2-year-olds: Evidence from an incidental sequence-learning and -generation task. Psychological Science, 18(3), pp. 261-266. ISSN 0956-7976

Recognition of complex object-centred spatial configurations in early infancy
Bremner, A. J.; Bryant, P. E.; Mareschal, D. and Volein, Á. 2007. Recognition of complex object-centred spatial configurations in early infancy. Visual Cognition, 15(8), pp. 896-926.

Cognitive control of sequential knowledge in 2-year-olds: evidence from an incidental sequence-learning and generation-task
Bremner, Andrew J.; Mareschal, Denis; Destrebecqz, Arnaud and Cleeremans, Axel. 2007. Cognitive control of sequential knowledge in 2-year-olds: evidence from an incidental sequence-learning and generation-task. Psychological Science, 18(3), pp. 261-266. ISSN 0956-7976

Object-centred spatial reference in 4-month-old infants
Bremner, Andrew J.; Bryant, P. E. and Mareschal, Denis. 2006. Object-centred spatial reference in 4-month-old infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 29(1), pp. 1-10.

Object-centred spatial reference in 4-month-old infants.
Bremner, A. J.; Bryant, P. E. and Mareschal, D. 2006. Object-centred spatial reference in 4-month-old infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 26, pp. 1-10.

Reasoning . . . what reasoning?
Bremner, A. J. and Mareschal, D. 2004. Reasoning . . . what reasoning? Developmental Science, 7, pp. 419-421.

Reasoning . . . what reasoning?
Bremner, Andrew J. and Mareschal, Denis. 2004. Reasoning . . . what reasoning? Developmental Science, 7(4), pp. 419-421. ISSN 1363-755X

The effect of spatial cues on infants’ responses in the AB task, with and without a hidden object.
Bremner, A. J. and Bryant, P. E. 2001. The effect of spatial cues on infants’ responses in the AB task, with and without a hidden object. Developmental Science, 4, pp. 408-415.

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