Biro, Dr. S. (Szilvia)

  • Assistant Professor

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 4815
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen, Algemene en Gezinspedagogiek
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 4B43

  • Infant social cognition

  • Object representation in infancy

  • Executive functions in autism

  • Attachment


  • Looking time paradigms

  • Eye-tracking

  • Electrophysiological measures (EEG)

  • Optical imaging (NIRS, Near-infrared spectroscopy)

Academic Career

  • Assistant Professor, Center for Family and Child Studies, University of Leiden, 2011- present

  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive Psychology Section, Institute for Psychology, University of Leiden,  2005-2011 (fixed term)

  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Center of Cognitive Science and Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, NJ, USA, 2001-2003

  • PhD, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, 2002

  • Young Research Fellow Institute for Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 1997-1998.

  • MPhil, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, 1996

  • Young Research Fellow, Institute for Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of  Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 1993-1996

  • Msc and BA, Department of Developmental and Cognitive Psychology, University of Eotvos Lorand, Budapest, Hungary, 1987-1993

Recent grants

  • 2013 "Prenatal tobacco exposure and infant social cognition: A study with Near-Infrared Spectroscopy" LUF/Gratama subsidy PI in collaboration with Stephan Huijbregts and Claartje Levelt.

  • 2011 “Roots of Social Cognition”, Interdisciplinary Start-up grant: ‘Brain function and dysfunction over the lifespan’. PI  in collaboration with Lenneke Alink, M. van IJzendoorn  and R. Vermieren.

  • 2011 “Prenatal Tobacco Exposure and Infant Cognition: A Study with Near-Infrared Spectroscopy” , Interdisciplinary Start-up grant: ‘Brain function and dysfunction over the lifespan’. Co-investigator in collaboration with Stephan Huijbregts (PI) and Claartje Levelt.

  • 2006-2010 “The development of infant's perception of goal-directed actions” NWO Open MaGW Program, NL. Grant for hiring Ph.D. student for 4 years. PI in collaboration with Bernhard Hommel.

Current teaching activities

  • Attachment: State of the art

  • Practice in empirical research

  • Methods and instruments in cognitive and affective neuroscience

  • Master thesis and BA thesis project supervision


Dissertations (PhD projects)

  • Stephan Verschoor (2014, June 25) "Development of action perception and action control", Promotors: Szilvia Biro and Bernhard Hommel


  • Verschoor, S.A., Paulus, M., Spapé, M., Biro, S. & Hommel, B. (2015). The developing cognitive substrate of sequential action control in 9- to 12-month-olds: Evidence for concurrent activation models. Cognition, 138, 64–78.

  • Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J. Alink, L.R.A, Biro, S., Voorthuis, A.& van IJzendoorn, M.H. (2015). The Leiden Infant Simulator Sensitivity Assessment (LISSA): Parenting an Infant Simulator as Your Own Baby. Infant and Child Development, DOI: 10.1002/icd.1905.

  • Peltola M.J., Bakermans-Kranenburg M.J., Alink L.R.A., Huffmeijer R., Biro S. & Van IJzendoorn M.H. (2014), Resting frontal EEG asymmetry in children: Meta-analyses of the effects of psychosocial risk factors and associations with internalizing and externalizing behavior, Developmental Psychobiology 56(6): 1377-1389.

  • Biro, S. Verschoor, S., Coalter, E. & Leslie, A. (2014). Outcome producing potential influences twelve-month-olds’ interpretation of a novel action as goal-directed. Infant Behavior and Development, 37, 729-738.

  • Peltola, M., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., Alink, L. R. A., Huffmeijer, R., Biro, S. & van IJzendoorn, M.H. (2014). Resting frontal EEG asymmetry in children: Meta-analyses of the effects of psychosocial risk factors and associations with internalizing and externalizing behavior. Developmental Psychobiology, 56(6), 1377-89.

  • Biro, S., Alink, L. R. A., van IJzendoorn, M. H. & Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J. (2014). on Infants’ monitoring of social interactions: The effect of emotional cues. Emotion, 14, 2, 263–271.

  • Verschoor, S., Spape, M., Biro, S., Hommel, B. (2013). Eyes as a window into the goal-directed soul: Evidence for two dissociable roles of action-effect bindings in infants and adults. Developmental Science, 16(6), 801–814.

  • Biro, S. (2013). The role of the efficiency of novel actions in infants’ goal anticipation. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116, 415-427.

  • Biro, S. (2012). The nature of infants’ goal representation: commentary on Hernik and Southgate. Developmental Science (2012), pp 1–2. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2012.01161.x

  • Verschoor, S., Eenshuistra, R., Kray, J., Biro, S. & Hommel, B. (2012). Explicit learning of arbitrary and non-arbitrary action–effect relations in adults and 4-year-olds. Frontiers in Cognition 2/354. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.20 1 .00354

  • Verschoor, S. & Biro, S. (2012). Means selection information overrides outcome selection information in infants' goal attribution. Cognitive Science, 36, 714–725.

  • Biro, S., Verschoor, S. & Coenen, L. (2011). Evidence for a unitary goal-concept in 12 months old infants. Developmental Scienc e, 14, 1255–1260.

  • Verschoor, S., Weidema, M. Biro, S. and Hommel B. (2010). Where do action goals come from? Evidence for spontaneous action-effect binding in infants. Frontiers in Cognition. 1:201. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2010.00201
  • Biro, S., Csibra, G., and Gergely, G. (2007). The role of behavioural cues in understanding goal-directed actions in infancy. In C. von Hofsten and K. Rosander (Eds.). Progress in Brain Research: From Action to Cognition.164, 303-322.

  • Biro, S. & Hommel, B. (2007). Becoming an intentional agent: Introduction to the special issue. Acta Psychologica, 124 (1), 1-7.

  • Biro, S. & Leslie A. (2007). Infants' perception of goal-directed actions. Development through cues-based bootstrapping. Developmental Science, 10(3), 379-398.

  • Csibra, G., Biro, S., Gergely, G. & O. Koós. (2003). One-year-old infants use teleological representations of actions productively. Cognitive Science. Vol. 27(1), 111-133.

  • "The origins of naïve psychological understanding: the principle of rational action in infancy” (2002). Osiris, Budapest. ISBN: 963 389 200 7 (in Hungarian).

  • Biro, S. & Russell, J. (2001). The execution of arbitrary procedures by children with autism. Development and Psychopathology, 13, 97-110.

  • Biro, S. (1999). Executive functions deficit in children with autism: Following arbitrary rules in means-end tasks. Psychology, 19, 1, 29-78. (in Hungarian).

  • Csibra, G., Gergely, G., Biro, S. & Koós, O. (1999). Goal attribution without agency cues: the perception of 'pure reason' in infancy. Cognition, 72, 237-267.

  • Biro, S., Koos, O., Csibra, G., & Gergely, G. (1997). Understanding rational action in infancy. Psychology of Language and Communication, Vol.1. No.2

  • Biro, S., Gergely, G., Csibra, G., & Koós, O. (1995). The perception of rationality in infancy. In: C. Pleh, Z. Vinkler, & A. Bocz, (Eds.), Proceedings of FIKOG, (pp. 75-99), Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest.

  • Gergely, G., Csibra, G., Biro S., & Koós, O. (1995). The Attribution of Intentionality at the age of 12 months. Psychology, (15), 3, 331-367. (in Hungarian).

  • Gergely, G., Csibra G., Nádasdy Z., & Biro, S. (1995). Taking the intentional stance at 12 months of age. Cognition, 56, 165-193.

Last Modified: 22-12-2015