Josita Maouene

Josita Maouene

Associate Professor - Developmental Psycholinguistics

  • B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Office: 2213 Au Sable Hall

Phone: (616) 331-3369


Lab: Language Lab (Lal); 301 W. Fulton Street; 104 Eberhard Center



Developmental Psychology

Courses Taught

PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 301 - Child Development
PSY 400 - Advanced Research Methods

Research Interests

Dr. Maouene obtained her BA and MA in Social Sciences (1984, 1986) and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2002). She was an associate researcher in the cognitive development lab of Dr. Linda Smith, Bloomington, IN, USA from 2003-2009. Her teaching experience is in child development and research methods and her research focuses on early English verb and noun semantics and their relation to the perceptual and motor systems. She uses associations, corpora, networks, and in collaboration fmri techniques.  She is currently collaborating to establish crosslinguistic data about body parts and early verbs in Hebrew, Japanese, Hindi, Urdu Dakkini and Telugu (language of the South of India), both in children and adults. 

Current Research

Currently I am working on a collaborative project with the University of Tangier, Morocco, Prof. Mounir Maouene, on the development of "An integrated model of logic, natural language and semantics for toddlers" multiple ontologies based on the hypergraph formalism", and with CUNY, Prof. Patricia Brooks and colleagues, on "Lexical-Semantic Networks of School-age Children with and without Language Impairment Using Repeated Word Associations ".

Representative Publications

Boyer, T. W., Maouene, J., & Sethuraman, N. (2017). Attention to Body Parts Varies with Visual Preference and Verb-Effector Associations. Cognitive Processing, 18(2), 195-203 doi:10017/s10339-017-0792-y

Brooks, P., Maouene, J., Sailor, K. & Seiler-Gardner, L. Modeling the semantic networks of school-age children with specific language impairment and their typical peers. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Boston University Conference on Child Development, BUCLD 41 Proceedings, Cascadilla Press, 2017.

Maouene, J. C., Sethuraman, N., Maouene, M. M., & Otieno, S. (2016). Contingencies between Verbs, Body Parts, and Argument Structures in Maternal and Child Speech: A Corpus Study. Language and Cognition, 8(2), 237–282.

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