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Andrea Frick

Job: Associate Professor - SNSF
Office: RM C-4.114
Rue P.A. de Faucigny 2
1700 Fribourg
Phone: +41 26 300 7483
eMail: andrea.frick@unifr.ch
Unit: Development of Spatial Cognition      
Personal page: https://sites.google.com/site/andreafrickweb/


Cognitive Development, Spatial Cognition, Mental Representations, Mental Imagery


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Frick, A. (2018). Mental transformation abilities and their relation to later academic achievement. Psychological Research. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-018-1008-5 [online]

Newcombe, N. S., Möhring, W., & Frick, A. (in press). How big is many? Development of spatial and numerical magnitude understanding. In A. Henik & W. Fias (Eds.), Heterogeneity of function in numerical cognition.

Frick, A. (2018). Perspective taking. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development (pp. 1627-1628). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications. DOI: 10.4135/9781506307633.n609

Möhring, W., Frick, A., & Newcombe, N. S. (2018). Spatial scaling, proportional thinking, and numerical understanding in 5- to 7-year-old children. Cognitive Development, 45, 57-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2017.12.001

Frick, A., & Baumeler, D. (2017). The relation between spatial perspective taking and inhibitory control in 6-year-old children. Psychological Research. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-016-0785-y [online]

Möhring, W., Ishihara, M., Curiger, J., & Frick, A. (2017). Spatial-numerical associations in 1st-graders: Evidence from a manual-pointing task. Psychological Research, 1-9. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-017-0904-4 [online]

Möhring, W., Ramsook, K. S., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R., & Newcombe, N. S. (2016). Where music meets space: Children’s sensitivity to pitch intervals is related to their mental spatial transformation skills. Cognition, 151, 1-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2016.02.016

Möhring, W., Newcombe, N. S., & Frick, A. (2016). Using mental transformation strategies for spatial scaling: Evidence from a discrimination task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 42, 1473-1479. DOI: 10.1037/xlm0000240

Frick, A., & Möhring, W. (2016). A matter of balance: Motor control is related to children’s spatial scaling and proportional reasoning skills. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:2049. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.02049  [PDF]

Möhring, W., Newcombe, N. S., Levine, S. C., & Frick, A. (2016). Spatial proportional reasoning is associated with formal knowledge about fractions. Journal of Cognition and Development, 17, 67-84. DOI: 10.1080/15248372.2014.996289  [PDF]

Frick, A., & Newcombe, N. S. (2015). Young children’s perception of diagrammatic representations. Spatial Cognition and Computation, 15, 227-245. DOI: 10.1080/13875868.2015.1046988  [PDF]

Möhring, W., Newcombe, N. S., & Frick, A. (2015). The relation between spatial thinking and proportional reasoning in preschoolers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 132, 213-220. DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2015.01.005  

Frick, A., Möhring, W., & Newcombe, N. S. (2014). Development of mental transformation abilities. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18, 536-542. DOI:10.1016/j.tics.2014.05.011  [PDF]

Frick, A., Möhring, W., & Newcombe, N. S. (2014). Picturing perspectives: Development of perspective-taking abilities in 4- to 8-year-olds. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:386. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00386  [PDF]

Frick, A., & Wang, S. (2014). Mental spatial transformations in 14- and 16-month-oldinfants: Effects of action and observational experience. Child Development, 85,278-293. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12116  [PDF]

Frick, A., Hansen, M. A., & Newcombe, N. S. (2013). Development of mental rotation in 3- to 5-year-old children. CognitiveDevelopment, 28, 386-399. DOI: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2013.06.002  [PDF]

Frick, A., Ferrara, K., & Newcombe, N. S. (2013). Using a touch screen paradigm toassess the development of mental rotation between 3½ and 5½ years of age. Cognitive Processing, 14,117-127. DOI 10.1007/s10339-012-0534-0  [PDF]

Frick, A., & Möhring, W. (2013). Mental object rotation and motor development in 8- and 10-month-old infants. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 115, 708-720. DOI:10.1016/j.jecp.2013.04.001  [PDF]  

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Andrea Frick is an SNSF Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Fribourg since 2014. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Zürich in 2006, after which she did two post-docs, one in Margaret Wilson’s lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and one in Nora Newcombe’s lab at Temple University, Philadelphia. From 2011 to 2014, she worked as an SNSF Ambizione Fellow at the University of Bern, where she received the Venia Docendi in 2013. Prof. Frick’s current research area is cognitive development, with a special focus on the development of spatial cognition, mental representations, and imagery abilities.

Département de Psychologie / Departement für Psychologie - R. Faucigny 2 - 1700 Fribourg / Freiburg - Tel +41 26 300 7620 - Fax +41 26 / 300 9712 - psychologie [at] unifr.ch - uni