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Bacso, S. & Nilsen, E. S., (2017). What’s that you’re saying? Children with better executive functioning are more able to successfully produce and repair referential statements. Journal of Cognition and Development. DOI: 10.1080/15248372.2017.1336438

Huyder, V., Nilsen, E., & Bacso, S. (2017). The relationship between children's executive functioning, theory of mind, and verbal skills with their own and others' behaviour in a cooperative context: Changes in relations from early to middle school-age. Infant and Child Development. DOI: 10.1002/icd.2027

Mewhort-Buist, T. A., & Nilsen, E. S., (accepted) Shy individuals’ interpretation of counterfactual verbal irony. Metaphor & Symbol.

Nilsen, E. S., & Bacso, S. (2017). The cognitive and behavioural predictors of adolescents’ communicative perspective-taking and social competence. Adolescence, 56, 52-63. DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2017.01.004

Nilsen, E. S., Rints, A., Ethier, N., & Moroz, S. (2016).  Mother-child communication style: The influence of executive functioning and ADHD symptomatology on paralinguistic style. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, Article 1203. DOI:  10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01203

Nilsen, E. S., Huyder, V., McAuley, T., & Liebermann, D. (2016). Ratings of Everyday Executive Functioning: A parent-report measure of preschoolers’ executive functioning skills. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1037/pas0000308

Varghese, A., & Nilsen, E. S., (2016). Guess who? Children use prosody to infer intended listeners. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 34, 306 – 312. DOI: 10.111/bjdp.12135

Gillis, R., & Nilsen, E. S., (2017). Consistency between verbal and non-verbal affective cues: A clue to speaker credibility. Cognition and Emotion. DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2016.1147422

Nilsen, E. S., Varghese, A., Xu, Z., Fecica, A., (2015). Children with stronger executive functioning and fewer ADHD traits produce more effective referential statements. Cognitive Development. DOI: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2015.09.001

Nilsen, E. S., & Lizdek, I. & Ethier, N. (2015). Mother-child interpersonal dynamics: The influences of maternal and child ADHD symptoms. Manuscript accepted for publication at Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.

Rints, A., McAuley, T. A., & Nilsen, E. S. (2014). Social communication is predicted by inhibitory ability and ADHD traits in preschool-age children: A mediation model. Journal of Attention Disorders. DOI:10.1177/1087054714558873

Graham, S., Nilsen, E. S., Mah, J., Morison, S., MacLean, K., & Fisher, L., Brooks, B., Ames, E. (2014). Communicative interactions between children from Romanian orphanages and their adoptive mothers. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 46, 9-19. DOI: 10.1037/a0033916

Gillis, R., & Nilsen, E. S., (2014). The role of cognitive flexibility in children’s ability to detect communicative ambiguity. First Language, 34, 58 – 71. DOI10.1037/a0033916

Glenwright, M., Parackel, J., Cheung, K., & Nilsen, E. S., (2014). Intonation influences how children and adults interpret sarcasm. Journal of Child Language. DOI10.1017/S0305000912000773

Varghese, A., & Nilsen, E. S., (2013). Incentives improve the clarity of school-age children’s referential statements. Cognitive Development, 28, 364 - 373. DOI10.1016/j.cogdev.2013.07.001

Neath, K., Nilsen, E.S., Gittovitch, K., Itier, R.J. (2013). Attention orienting by gaze and facial expressions across development. Emotion, 13, 397 - 408. DOI: 10.1037/a0030463

Nilsen, E. S., Mangal, L., & MacDonald, K. (2013). Referential communication in children with ADHD: The role of a listener. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56, 590 - 603. DOI: 10.1044/1092-4388(2012/12-0013)

Nilsen, E. S., & Duong, D. (2013). Depressive symptoms and perspective-taking within a communicative context. Cognition & Emotion, 27, 335 - 344. DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2012.708648

Gillis, R., & Nilsen, E. S., (2013). Children’s use of information quality to establish speaker preferences. Developmental Psychology. 49, 480 – 490. DOI: 10.1037/a0029479

Mewhort-Buist, T. A., & Nilsen, E. S., (2013). What are you really saying? Associations between shyness and verbal irony comprehension. Infant and Child Development, 22, 180 - 197. DOI: 10.1002/icd.1769

Nilsen, E. S., Mewhort-Buist, T., Gillis, R., & Fugelsang, J. (2013). Communicative perspective-taking performance of adults with ADHD symptoms. Journal of Attention Disorders, 17, 589 - 597. DOI: 10.1177/1087054711428947.

Huyder, V., & Nilsen, E., S., (2012). A dyadic data analysis of executive functioning and children’s socially competent behaviours. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 33, 197 - 208. DOI: 10.1016/j.appdev.2012.05.002

Nilsen, E. S., & Graham, S. A. (2012). The development of preschoolers’ appreciation of communicative ambiguity. Child Development, 83, 1400 – 1415.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01762

Nilsen, E. S., & Mangal, L., (2012). Which is important for preschoolers’ production and repair of statements: What the listener knows or what the listener says? Journal of Child Language, 39, 1121-1134. DOI: 10.1017/S0305000911000432.

Nilsen, E. S., & Fecica, A. (2011). A model of communicative perspective-taking for typical and atypical populations of children. Developmental Review, 31, 55 – 78. DOI: 10.1016/j.dr.2011.07.001

Graham, S. A., Nilsen, E. S., Friesen, C. K., & Johnson, J. (2011). Examining the role of attention and intention in two-year-olds’ acquisition of novel words. Enfance, 3, 311 - 328. DOI: 10.4074/S0013754511003041

Nilsen, E. S., Glenwright, M., & Huyder, V. (2011). Children and adults understand that verbal irony interpretation depends on listener knowledge. Journal of Cognition and Development, 12, 374 – 409. DOI:10.1080/15248372.2010.544693

Graham, S., Nilsen, E. S., Collins, S., & Olineck, K. (2010). The role of gaze direction and mutual exclusivity in guiding 24-month-olds’ word learning. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 28, 449-465.

Nilsen, E. S., Graham, S., & Pettigrew, T. (2009). Preschoolers’ word mappings: The interplay between labelling context and quality of speaker attention.  Journal of Child Language, 36, 673-684. DOI:10.1017/S0305000908009021

Nilsen, E. S., & Graham, S. (2009). The relations between children’s communicative perspective-taking and executive functioning. Cognitive Psychology, 58, 220-249DOI: 10.1016/j.cogpsych.2008.07.002

Nilsen, E. S., & Bourassa, D. (2008). Word learning performance in beginning readers. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62:2, 110-116DOI: 10.1037/1196-1961.62.2.110

Nilsen, E. S., Graham, S., Smith, S., & Chambers, C. (2008). Preschoolers’ sensitivity to referential ambiguity: Evidence for a dissociation between implicit understanding and explicit behavior. Developmental Science, 11:4, 556-562. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2008.00701

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