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Senior Distinguished Researcher Tessei Kobayashi
  • Senior Distinguished Researcher

    Tessei Kobayashi

  • NTT Communication Science Laboratories

Child Language Development

We pursue cognitive science research on the mechanisms of child language acquisition with the aim to apply it to innovation of educational technologies.

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Visiting Professor

  • Department of Cognitive and Psychological Science, Nagoya University (2020-present)



  • Higuchi, H., Okumura, Y., & Kobayashi, T. (2021). An eye-tracking study of letter-sound correspondence in Japanese-speaking 2- to 3-year-old toddlers. Scientific Reports, 11. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-79062-y
  • Shinohara, A., Kanakogi, Y., Okumura, Y., & Kobayashi, T. (2020). How do children evaluate the gossiper of negative gossip? Japanese Psychological Research. doi.org/10.1111/jpr.12279
  • Okumura, Y., Kanakogi, Y., Kobayashi, T., & Itakura, S. (2020). Ostension affects infant learning more than attention. Cognition, 195. doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.104082
  • Ikeda, A., Kobayashi, T., & Itakura, S. (2019). Sensitivity to register selection errors amongst 5- and 7-year-old children. Developmental Psychology. doi.10.1037/dev0000725
  • Watanabe, N., & Kobayashi, T. (2019). Japanese children's emotion talk: Relations to interdependent cultural values and their prosocial and aggressive behaviors. Culture & Brain. doi.org/10.1007/s40167-019-00081-2
  • Watanabe, N., Denham, S. A., Jones, N. M., Kobayashi, T., Bassett, H. H., & Ferrier, D. E. (2019). Working toward cross-Cultural adaptation: Preliminary psychometric evaluation of the affect knowledge test in Japanese preschoolers. SAGE Open, 9(2), 1-15. doi/10.1177/2158244019846688
  • Mugitani, R., Kobayashi, T., Hayashi, A., & Fais, L. (2019). The use of pitch accent in word-object association by monolingual Japanese infants. Infancy, 24(3), 318-337. doi.org/10.1111/infa.12279
  • Ikeda, A., Okumura, Y., Kobayashi, T., & Itakura, S. (2018). Children passively allow other's rule violation in cooperative situations. Scientific Report, 8 (1), 6843. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-25210-4
  • Ikeda, A., Kobayashi, T., & Itakura, S. (2018). Sensitivity to linguistic register in 20-month-olds: Understanding the register-listener relationship and its abstract rules. PLoS ONE 13(4): e0195214. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0195214
  • Okumura, Y., Kanakogi, Y., Kobayashi, T., & Itakura, S. (2017). Individual differences in object-processing explain the relationship between early gaze-following and later language development. Cognition, 166 , 418-424. doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2017.06.005
  • Suzuki, T., & Kobayashi, T. (2017). Syntactic cues for inferences about causality in language acquisition: Evidence from an argument-drop language. Language Learning & Development, 13(1), 24-37. doi.org/10.1080/15475441.2016.1193019
  • Okumura, Y., Kobayashi, T., & Itakura, S. (2016). Eye contacts alter object encoding strategy in infants. PLoS ONE, 11(10): e0165145. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0165145


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