Sociocultural developmental psychology: the development of narrative production and comprehension, the developmental roles of narrative and play, social cognition, identity formation, the peer group as a matrix for learning and development, the interplay of literacy and oral language, and analysis of children's books.
Selected Publications (for more, see Academia.edu webpage):
Nicolopoulou, A. (in press). Pretend and social pretend play: Complexities, continuities, and controversies of a research field. In P. Smith & J. L. Roopnarine (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of play: Developmental and disciplinary perspectives. Cambridge University Press.
Dickinson, D., Nesbitt, K. T., Collins, M. F., Hadley, E. B., Newman, K., Rivera, B., Ilgaz, H., Nicolopoulou, A., Golinkoff, R. M., Hirsh-Pasek, K. (in press). A depth of processing account of the effects of using book reading to teach for breath and depth of vocabulary knowledge. Early Childhood Research Quartely.
Nicolopoulou, A. & Trapp, S. (2018). Narrative interventions for children with language disorders: A review of practices and findings. In A. Bar-On, D. Ravid, & E. Dattner (Eds), Handbook of communication disorders: Theoretical, empirical, and applied linguistic perspectives (pp. 357-386). Mouton de Gruyter.
Toub, T.S., Hassinger-Das, B., Nesbitt, K. T., Ilgaz, H., Weisberg, D. S., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. M., Nicolopoulou, A. & Dickinson, D. (2018). The language of play: Developing preschool vocabulary through play following shared book-reading. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 45, 1-17 doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.01.010
Nicolopoulou, A. & *Ünlütabak, B. (2017). Narrativity and mindreading revisited: Children’s understanding of theory of mind in a storybook and in standard false belief tasks. In N. Ketrez, A. C. Küntay, Ş. Özçalışkan, & A. Özyürek (Eds.), Social environment and cognition in language development: Studies in honor of Ayhan Aksu-Koç (pp. 151-166). Trends in Language Acquisition Research Series (TiLAR): John Benjamins.
Nicolopoulou, A. (2016). Promoting oral narrative skills through a peer-oriented storytelling and story-acting practice. In T. Cremin, R. Flewitt, B. Mardell, & J. Swann (Eds). Storytelling in Early Childhood: Enriching Language, Literacy, and Classroom Culture (pp. 49-66). London & New York: Routledge.
Baldmisti, E., Peristeri, E., Tsimpli, I. M., & Nicolopoulou, A. (2016). Bilingual children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder: Evidence from oral narrative and non-verbal executive function tasks. BUCLD 40: Proceedings of the 40th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 1, 18-31.
Nicolopoulou, A., Cortina, K.S., Ilgaz, H, Cates Brockmeyer, C., de Sá, A. (2015). Using a narrative- and play-based activity to promote low-income preschoolers’ oral language, emergent literacy, and social competence. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 31, 147-162. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2015.01.006
Weisberg, D.S., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R.M., Nicolopoulou, A., Dickinson, D.K. (2015). Shovels and swords: How realistic and fantastical themes affect children’s word learning. Cognitive Development, 35, 1-14. doi:10.1016/j.cogdev.2014.11.001
Nicolopoulou, A. (2015). Young children’s pretend play and storytelling as modes of narrative activity: From complementarity to cross-fertilization? In S. Douglas & L. Stirling (Eds.), Children’s Play, Pretense, and Story: Studies in Culture, Context, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (pp. 7-28). New York: Routledge.
Aksu-Koc, A., Nicolopoulou, A. (2015). Character reference in young children’s narratives: A comparison of English, Greek, and Turkish. Lingua, Special Issue: Acquisition of Reference and Referentiality, 155, 62-84. pdf
Tsimpli, I.M., Papakonstatinou, M., Nicolopoulou, A. (2014). Linguistic structure and narrative quality in child L1 production. N. Lavidas, T. Alexiou, & A.M. Sougati (Eds.). Major Trends in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics 2. Selected Papers from the 20th INSTAL (pp. 287-403). De Gruyter Open (formely Versita).
Nicolopoulou, A., Brockmeyer, C., de Sá, A., & Ilgaz, H. (2014). Narrative performance, peer group culture, and narrative development in a preschool classroom. In A. Cakaite, S. Blum-Kulka, V. Aukrust, & E. Teubal (Eds.). Children’s Peer Talk: Learning from Each Other (pp. 42-62). NY: Cambridge University Press.
Nicolopoulou, A. & Ilgaz, H. (2013). What do we know about pretend play and narrative development?: A response to Lillard, Lerner, Hopkins, Dore, Smith, and Palmquist on “The impact of pretend play on children’s development: A review of the evidence.” American Journal of Play [Special Issue], 6(1), 55-80.
Nicolopoulou, A. (2011). Children’s storytelling: Toward an interpretive and sociocultural approach. Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies, 3, 25-48.
Nicolopoulou, A. (2010). The alarming disappearance of play from early childhood education. Human Development, 53(1), 1-4. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. , de Sá, A., Ilgaz, H., & Brockmeyer, C. (2010). Using the transformative power of play to educate hearts and minds: From Vygotsky to Vivian Paley and beyond. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 5, 61-71. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. & Cole, M. (2010). Design experimentation as a theoretical and empirical tool for developmental pedagogical research. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 17, 1-17. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. & Weintraub, J. (2009). Why operativity-in-context is not quite a sociocultural model. Commentary on: The social and the psychological: Structure and context in intellectual development, by Psaltis, Duveen, & Perrett-Clermont. Human Development , 52, 320-328. [Invited Commentary] PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. (2008). Rethinking character representation and its development in children's narratives. In J. Guo et al. (Eds.), Crosslinguistic Approaches to the Psychology of Language: Research in the Tradition of Dan Isaac Slobin (pp. 241- 251). New York: Taylor & Francis. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. (2008). The elementary forms of narrative coherence in young children's storytelling. Narrative Inquiry, 18, 299-325. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. & Richner, E.S. (2007). From actors to agents to persons: The development of character representation in young children's narratives. Child Development, 78, 412-429. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. (2007). The interplay of play and narrative in children's development: Theoretical reflections and concrete examples. In A.Goncu & S. Gaskins (Eds.) Play and Development: Evolutionary, Sociocultural, and Functional Perspectives (pp. 247-273). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A., McDowell, J., & Brockmeyer, C. (2006). Narrative play and emergent literacy: Storytelling and story-acting meet journal writing. In D. Singer, R. Golinkoff & K. Hirsh-Pasek (Eds.) Play=Learning (pp. 124-144). New York: Oxford University Press. PDF
NICHD Early Child Care Research Network (2005). Pathways to reading: The role of oral language in the transition to reading. Developmental Psychology, 41, 428-442. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. & Richner, E. S. (2004). "When your powers combine, I am Captain Planet": The development significance of individual- and group-authored stories by preschoolers. Discourse Studies, 6, 347-371. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. (2002). Peer-group culture and narrative development. In S. Blum-Kulka & C. E. Snow (Eds.), Talking to Adults (pp. 117-152). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. PDF
Richner, E. S., & Nicolopoulou, A. (2001). The narrative construction of differing conceptions of the person in the development of young children's social understanding. Early Education and Development, 12,393-432. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. & Cole, M.. (1999). Literacy and cognition. In D.A. Wagner, R.L. Venezky, & B.V. Street (Eds.), Literacy: An International Handbook (pp. 81-86). Boulder, CO: Westview. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. & Weintraub, J. (1998). Individual and collective representations in social context: A modest contribution to resuming the interrupted project of a sociocultural developmental psychology. Human Development, 41, 215-235. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. (1997). Worldmaking and identity formation in children's narrative play- acting. In B. Cox & C. Lightfoot (Eds.), Sociogenetic Perspectives on Internalization (pp.157 - 187). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. (1997). Children and narratives: Toward an interpretive and sociocultural approach. In M. Bamberg (Ed.). Narrative Development: Six Approaches (pp. 179 - 215). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. (1997). Labov's legacy for narrative research--and its ironies. Journal of Narrative and Life History, 7, 369-377. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. (1996). Narrative development in social context. In D.I. Slobin, J. Gerhardt, J. Guo, & A. Kyratzis (Eds.), Social Interaction, Social Context, and Language: Essays in Honor of Susan Ervin-Tripp (pp. 369-390). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A., Scales, B., & Weintraub, J. (1994). Gender differences and symbolic imagination in the stories of four-year-olds. In A.H. Dyson & C. Genishi (Eds.), The Need for Story: Cultural Diversity in Classroom and Community (pp. 102-123). Urbana, IL: NCTE. PDF
Nicolopoulou, A. (1993). Play, cognitive development, and the social world: Piaget, Vygotsky, and beyond. Human Development, 36, 1-23. PDF