Janine Oostenbroek

Research Scientist and Lecturer | Vaish Lab

Janine Oostenbroek

Office Address

B004 Gilmer Hall



I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate working in Dr Amrisha Vaish’s Early Social Development Lab. I completed my PhD investigating the mechanisms and functions of neonatal imitation at The University of Queensland, Australia. Following this, I held a postdoctoral position at The University of York, UK where my research focused on the extent to which behaviors like imitation and social motivation underpin children’s desire to interact with others. Here at UVa, I will be investigating the role of forgiveness in children and when it emerges in early childhood and its relation to other behaviors such as prosociality and cooperation.

Journal Articles

Oostenbroek, J., & Vaish, A. (in press). The emergence of forgiveness in young children. Child Development.

Kennedy-Costantini, S., Oostenbroek, J., Suddendorf, T., Nielsen, M., Redshaw, J., Davis, J., Clark, S., & Slaughter, V. (2017). There is no compelling evidence that human neonates imitate. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e392 (commentary). 

Oostenbroek, J., Suddendorf, T., Nielsen, M., Redshaw, J., Kennedy-Costantini, S., Davis, J., Clark, S., & Slaughter, V. (2016). Comprehensive longitudinal study challenges the existence of neonatal imitation in humans. Current Biology, 26, 1334-1338.

Oostenbroek, J., & Over, H. (2015). Young children contrast their behaviour to that of out-group members. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 139, 234-241.

Oostenbroek, J., Slaughter, V., Nielsen, M., & Suddendorf, T. (2013). Why the confusion around neonatal imitation? A Review. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2013.832180

Suddendorf, T., Oostenbroek, J., Nielsen, M., Slaughter, V. (2013). Is newborn imitation developmentally homologous to later social-cognitive skills? Developmental Psychobiology. 55 (1), 52-58. doi: 10.1002/dev.21005

Book Chapters

Oostenbroek, J., & Over, H. (in press). The cultural transmission of social information. To appear in S. S. Obhi and E. S. Cross (eds.) Shared Representations: Sensorimotor Foundations of Social Life, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.