Developmental Psychology - Dr. Matt Hilton

Dr. Matt Hilton

Dr. Matt Hilton

Postdoc in the DFG research group 2253 "Crossing the Borders"


Campus Golm
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam
Bldg 14, Room 1.36


consulting hours
by appointment

Matt has worked in the department of developmental psychology since 2016. He works as part of the DFG-funded research group 2253 (Crossing the Borders). His project examines the domain-general processes that underlie the segmentation of speech and action during infancy.

Matt received his PhD in 2016 from Lancaster University under the supervision of Gert Westermann and Katie Twomey. His doctoral work investigated how shyness affects early language development. During his studies, Matt has run research projects in Nivedita Mani’s lab at the University of Göttingen and in Jessica Horst’s lab at the University of Sussex(where he studied for his undergraduate degree).


Hilton, M., Räling, R., Wartenburger, I., & Elsner, B. (2019). Parallels in processing boundary cues in speech and action. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, Article 1566. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01566

Hilton, M., & Westermann, G. (2017). The effect of shyness on children's formation and retention of novel word–object mappings. Journal of Child Language, 44(6), 1394-1412. doi:10.1017/S030500091600057X

Matt Hilton, Katherine E. Twomey & Gert Westermann (2019). Taking their eye off the ball: How shyness affects children's attention during word learning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 183, 134 - 145. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2019.01.023

Katherine E. Twomey & Matt Hilton (In Press). Word Learning. In S. Hupp, J. D. Jewell, D. T. L. Shek, & Y. Leung (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development (Vol. 7). Wiley.