Refereed Journal Articles

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Nolte, C., Michalska, K., Nelson, P. M., & Demir-Lira, Ö. E.,  (in press).  Interactive roles of preterm-birth and socioeconomic status in cortical thickness of language-related brain structures: Findings from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. Cortex

Li,Y.  Halleck, T. Q., Evans, L. Bassuk, P.B., de la Paz, L. & Demir-Lira, Ö. E. (in press). Eye of the beholder: Neural synchrony of dynamically-changing relations between parent praise and child affect. Developmental Science.

Demir-Lira, Ö. E. & Göksun, T. (in press). Through thick and thin: Gesture and speech remains as an integrated system in atypical development. Topics in Cognitive Science.

Göksun, T., Aktan-Erciyes, A., Karadöller, D. Z., & Demir-Lira, Ö. E. (2024). Multifaceted nature of early vocabulary development: Connecting child characteristics with parental input types. Child Development Perspectives.

Suárez-Pellicioni, M., Demir-Lira, Ö. E., & Booth, J. R. (2024). Positive math attitudes are associated with greater frontal activation among children from higher socio-economic status families. Neuropsychologia, 108788.

Nelson, P. M., & Demir-Lira, Ö. E. (2023). Parental cognitive stimulation in preterm-born children’s neurocognitive functioning during the preschool years: a systematic review. Pediatric research, 1-13.

Scheiber, F., Nelson, P. M., Momany, A., Ryckman, K. K., & Demir-Lira, Ö. E. (2023). Parent Mental Health and Child Behavior during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Children and Youth Services Review, 148.

Saragosa-Harris, N. M., Chaku, N., MacSweeney, N., Williamson, V. G., Scheuplein, M., Feola, B., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., Demir-Lira, Ö. E. ... & Mills, K. L. (2022). A practical guide for researchers and reviewers using the ABCD Study and other large longitudinal datasets. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 55, 101115.

Sullivan, A. W., Bowren, M. D., Bruss, J., Tranel, D., & Demir-Lira, Ö. E. (2022). Academic skills after brain injury: A lifespan perspective. Neuropsychology.

Kobaş, M., Kızıldere, E., Doğan, I., Aktan-Erciyes, A., Demir-Lira, Ö., Akman, İ., & Göksun, T. (2022). Motor skills, language development, and visual processing in preterm and full-term infants. Current Psychology, 1-13.

Scheiber, F. A., Ryckman, K., & Demir-Lira, Ö. E. (2021). Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Maternal Child-Directed Speech: A Systematic Review. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Nelson, P. M., Scheiber, F., Laughlin, H. M., & Demir-Lira, Ö. (2021). Comparing face-to-face and online data collection methods in preterm and full-term children: An exploratory study. Frontiers in Psychology, 5025.

Vilà‐Giménez, I., Dowling, N., Demir‐Lira, Ö. E., Prieto, P., & Goldin‐Meadow, S. (2021). The Predictive Value of Non‐Referential Beat Gestures: Early Use in Parent–Child Interactions Predicts Narrative Abilities at 5 Years of Age. Child Development.

Yurtsever, S. S., Çakmak, Ö. Ö., Eser, H. Y., Ertan, S., Demir-Lira, Ö. E., & Göksun, T. (2021). Production and comprehension of co-speech gestures in Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychologia, 108061.

Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Asaridou, S., Nolte, C., Small, S. L., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2021). Parent language input prior to school forecasts change in children’s language-related cortical structures during mid-adolescence. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 15, 362.

Suárez-Pellicioni, M., Demir-Lira, Ö. E., & Booth, J. R. (2021). Neurocognitive mechanisms explaining the role of math attitudes in predicting children’s improvement in multiplication skill. Journal of Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 1-19.

Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Prado, J., & Booth, J. (2021). The neurocognitive basis of transitive reasoning varies as a function of parental socioeconomic status: Differential contributions of spatial and verbal systems. Human Brain Mapping.

Clingan-Siverly S., Nelson, P. M., Göksun, T. & Demir-Lira, Ö. E. (2021). Spatial thinking in term and preterm-born preschoolers: Relations to parent-child speech and gesture. Frontiers in Psychology, section Developmental Psychology, 12.

Vilà-Giménez, I., Dowling, N., Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Prieto, P., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2021). The predictive value of non-referential beat gestures: Early use in parent-child interactions predicts narrative abilities at 5 years of age. Child Development.

Silvey, C., Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Goldin-Meadow, S., & Raudenbush, S. W. (2021). Effects of time-varying parent input on child language outcomes differ for vocabulary and syntax. Psychological Science, 32(4), 536-548.


Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Kanero, J., Oranç, C., Koşkulu, S., Franko, I., Kuntay, A. & Göksun, T. (2020). L2 vocabulary teaching by social robots: The role of gestures and on-screen cues as scaffolds. Frontiers in Education.

Asaridou, S. S., Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Goldin-Meadow, S., Levine, S. C., & Small, S. L. (2020). Language development and brain reorganization in a child born without the left hemisphere. Cortex.

Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Suárez-Pellicioni, M., Binzak, J. V., & Booth, J. R. (2020). Attitudes Toward Math Are Differentially Related to the Neural Basis of Multiplication Depending on Math Skill. Learning Disability Quarterly, 43(3), 179-191.

Demir‐Lira, Ö. E., Aktan‐Erciyes, A., & Göksun, T. (2019). New insights from children with early focal brain injury: Lessons to be learned from examining STEM‐related skills. Developmental Psychobiology, 61(3), 477-490.

Younger, J. W., Lee, K., Demir‐Lira, Ö. E., & Booth, J. R. (2019). Brain lateralization of phonological awareness varies by maternal education. Developmental Science, e12807.

Demir‐Lira, Ö. E., Applebaum, L. R., Goldin‐Meadow, S., & Levine, S. C. (2018). Parents’ early book reading to children: Relation to children's later language and literacy outcomes controlling for other parent language input. Developmental Science, e12764.

Parrill, F., Lavanty, B., Bennett, A., Klco, A., & Demir-Lira, Ö. E. (2018). The relationship between character viewpoint gesture and narrative structure in children. Language and Cognition, 1-27.

Demir‐Lira, Ö. E., Asaridou, S. S., Raja Beharelle, A., Holt, A. E., Goldin‐Meadow, S., & Small, S. L. (2018). Functional neuroanatomy of gesture–speech integration in children varies with individual differences in gesture processing. Developmental Science, e12648.

Uccelli, P., Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Rowe M. L., Levine, S. C., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2018). Children’s early decontextualized talk predicts academic language proficiency in mid-adolescence. Child Development.

Glenn*, D., Demir-Lira*, Ö. E., Congdon, E. Gibson, D., Levine, S. C. (2018). Resilience in mathematics after early brain injury: The role of parental input and brain plasticity. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 30, 304-313.  *shared first authorship

Asaridou, S. S., Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Goldin-Meadow, S., & Small, S. (2017). The pace of vocabulary growth during preschool predicts cortical structure at school age. Neuropsychologia, 98, 13-23.

Demir-Lira, Ö. E., & Levine, S.C. (2016). Reading development in typically-developing children and children with early brain injury: Differential patterns of school year and summer growth. Journal of Cognition and Development, 4(17), 596-619.

Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Prado, J. & Booth, J. R. (2016). Neural predictors of math gains vary depending on parental socioeconomic status (SES). Frontiers in Psychology, section Cognition, 7:892.

Demir-Lira, Ö. E., Voss, J. T., O’Neil, J., Ewing-Cobbs, M., Wakschlag, L. & Booth, J. R. (2016). Early-life stress exposure associated with altered prefrontal resting-state fMRI connectivity in young children. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 107-114.

Gullick, M., Demir-Lira, Ö. E., & Booth, J. R. (2016). Socio-economic status predicts divergent reading skill-fractional anisotropy relationships in visuospatial tracts. Developmental Science, 19(4), 673-685.


Demir, Ö. E., Prado, J. & Booth, J. R. (2015). The effect of socioeconomic status on the neural basis of arithmetic: Differential relations to verbal and spatial representations. Developmental Science, 18(5), 799-814.

Treiman, R., Schmidt, J., Decker, K., Robins, S., Levine, S. C., & Demir, Ö. E. (2015). Parent letter talk and the home literacy environment. Child Development, 86(5), 1406-1418.

Demir, Ö. E., Rowe, M., Heller, G., Goldin-Meadow, S., & Levine, S. C. (2015). Vocabulary, syntax and narrative development in children with and without early unilateral brain injury: Early parental talk about the there-and-then matters. Developmental Psychology, 51(2), 161-175.

Demir, Ö. E., Levine, S. C., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2015). A tale of two hands: Children’s early gesture use in narrative production predicts later narrative structure in speech. Journal of Child Language, 42(03), 662-681.

Demir, Ö. E., Prado, J. & Booth, J. R. (2014). The differential role of spatial and verbal working memory in the neural basis of arithmetic. Developmental Neuropsychology, 39(6), 440-458.

Demir, Ö. E., & Küntay, A. (2014). Cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying socioeconomic gradients in language development: New answers to old questions. Child Development Perspectives, 8(2), 113-118.

Demir. Ö. E., Fisher, J. A., Levine, S. C., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2014). Narrative structure in typically developing children and children with early unilateral brain injury: Seeing gesture matters. Developmental Psychology, 50(3), 815-828.

Colletta, J.M., Kunene, R., Capirci, O., Cristilli, C., Demir, Ö. E., Guidetti, M., & Levine, S. C. (2014). The effect of language, culture, and age on co-speech gesture production: An investigation of American, French, and Italian children’s narratives. Journal of Child Language, 42(1), 122-145.

Demir, Ö. E., So, W. C., Goldin-Meadow, S., & Özyürek, A. (2012). Turkish- and English-speaking children display sensitivity to perceptual context in the referring expressions they produce in speech and gesture. Journal of Language and Cognitive Processes, 27(6), 844-867.

Vaish, A., Demir, Ö. E., & Baldwin, D. (2011). Twelve- and 18-month old infants recognize when they need referential information. Social Development, 20(3), 431-449.

Capirci, O., Colletta, J.M., Cristilli, C., Demir, Ö. E., Guidetti, M., & Levine, S. C. (2010). L’incidence de la culture et de la langue dans les récits parlés et les gestes d’enfants français, italiens et américains âgés de 6 et 10 ans. [The effect of culture and language on the spoken narratives and gestures of 6 to 10 years-old French, Italian and American children]. Lidil, 42, 139-158.

Demir, Ö. E., Levine, S. C., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2010). Narrative skill in children with early unilateral brain injury: A possible limit to functional plasticity. Developmental Science, 13(4), 636-647. - Media coverage: Science daily, Medical news today, eScienceNews

So, W. C., Demir, Ö. E., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2010). When speech is ambiguous gesture steps in: Sensitivity to discourse-pragmatic principles in early childhood. Applied Psycholinguistics, 31, 209-224. - Top 10 most read articles in 2010.