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  • Corbetta, D., & Santello, M. (2018).  Reach-To-Grasp Behavior: Brain, Behavior, and Modelling Across the Life Span. New York: Taylor & Francis.
  • Corbetta, D., & Fagard, J. Eds. (2017).  Infants’ Understanding and Production of Goal-Directed Actions in the Context of Social and Object-Related Interactions.  Lausanne: Frontiers Media. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88945-255-2 [Link to free eBook download]
  • Roux, V., & Corbetta, D. (1989). The potter’s wheel. New Delhi: Oxford and IBH Publishing Company. (Ethno archeological study)


Peer-reviewed and invited publications: 

(PDFs available upon request)



  • DiMercurio, A., Springer. C.M., & Corbetta, D. (2022). Postures of the arms in the first two postnatal months. 2022 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL), London, United Kingdom, 2022, pp. 142-147, doi: 10.1109/ICDL53763.2022.9962209.
  • Meira, C., Cortes, C., Corbetta, D., Oliveira, D., Rodrigues, S., Silva, B., & Massa, M. (2022). Gaze behaviour differentiates elite from non-elite female soccer players: A 2D video projections exploratory study. European Journal of Human Movement, 49:1-4. DOI:10.21134/eurjhm.2022.49.6


  • Corbetta, D. (2021). Perception, action, and intrinsic motivation in infants’ motor skill development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 30(5), 418–424.


  • Thurman, S.L. & Corbetta, D. (2020). Using network analysis to capture developmental change: An illustration from infants’ postural transitions. Infancy, 25: 927-951. doi:10.1111/infa.12368
  • Fagard, J., Corbetta, D., Somogyi, E., Safar, A., & Bernard, C. (2020). Right-handed one day, right-handed the next day? Short-term test-retest reliability of infant handedness. Laterality: Asymmetries of Brain, Behaviour, and Cognition, 25:4, 455-468, DOI: 10.1080/1357650X.2020.1729171
  • Jover, M., & Corbetta, D. (2020). Le schéma corporel au prisme des travaux chez le nourrisson [Body schema from the perspective of infant studies]. In L. Dany (Ed.), Psychologie du corps et de l’apparence [Psychology of the body and appearance] (pp. 43-62). Aix-en-Provence : Presses Universitaires de Provence.


  • Thurman, S.L., & Corbetta, D. (2019). Changes in Posture and Interactive Behaviors as Infants Progress From Sitting to Walking: A Longitudinal Study. Frontiers in Psychology: Developmental Psychology. 10:822. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00822


  • DiMercurio, A., Connell, J.P., Clark, M., & Corbetta, D. (2018). A naturalistic observation of spontaneous touches to the body and environment in the first 2 months of life. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition, 9:2613. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02613
  • Corbetta, D., Wiener, R. F., & Thurman, S. L. (2018). Learning to reach in infancy.  In D. Corbetta & M. Santello (Eds.), Reach-To-Grasp Behavior: Brain, Behavior, and Modelling Across the Life Span (pp. 18-41). New York: Taylor & Francis. 
  • Corbetta, D., DiMercurio, A., Wiener, R.F., Connell, J.P., & Clark, M. (2018). How perception and action fosters exploration and selection in infant skills acquisition. In J. Plumert (Ed.), Advances in Child Development and Behavior, Vol 55: Studying the Perception-action System as a Model System for Understanding Development.(pp. 1-29). Elsevier.
  • Corbetta, D., Wiener, R.F., Thurman, S.L., & McMahon, E. (2018). The embodied origins of infant reaching:  Implications for the emergence of eye-hand coordination. Kinesiology Review, 7, 10-17.
  • Wiener, R.F., Thurman, S.L., & Corbetta, D. (2018). Directing gaze on a scene prior to reaching for an object: Changes over the first year of life. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 6(Suppl 1), S105-S125. Special issue on “Object processing and motor development”.


  • Connell, J.P., DiMercurio, A., & Corbetta, D. (2017). Dynamic systems theory. To appear in J. Vonk and T. K. Shackelford (eds.), Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior (7 pages). Springer International Publishing AG. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_1594-1
  • Corbetta, D., & Fagard, J. (2017). Editorial: Infants’ Understanding and Production of Goal-Directed Actions in the Context of Social and Object-Related Interactions. Frontiers in Psychology: Developmental Psychology, 8:787. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00787.
  • Thurman, S.L., & Corbetta, D. (2017). Spatial Exploration and Changes in Infant–Mother Dyads Around Transitions in Infant Locomotion. Developmental Psychology, 53, 1207-1221. doi: 10.1037/dev0000328.


  • Corbetta, D., Williams, J. L., & Haynes, J. M. (2016). Bare fingers, but no obvious influence of “prickly” Velcro! In the absence of parents’ encouragement, it is not clear that “sticky mittens” provide an advantage to the process of learning to reach. Infant Behavior and Development, 42pp.168-178
  • Williams, J.L. & Corbetta, D. (2016). Assessing the Impact of Movement Consequences on the Development of Early Reaching in Infancy. Frontiers in Psychology: Developmental Psychology, 7:587. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00587.


  • Bril, B., Dupuy, L., Dietrich, G., & Corbetta, D. (2015). Learning to tune the antero-posterior propulsive forces during walking: A necessary skill for mastering upright locomotion in toddlers. Experimental Brain Research, 233 (10), 2903-2912. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-015-4378-6
  • Jacobsohn, L., Barreiros, J., & Corbetta, D. (2015). Preferred head turn and lateral arm movements in newborns. In V. Lopes & C. Gonçalves (Eds.). Estudos em Desenvolvimento Motor da Criança VIII (Studies in motor development of children VIII). (pp.50-55). Bragança, Portugal: Escola Superior De Educaçao Do Instituto Politécnoci De Bragança (Ese:Ipb).
  • Williams, J. L., Corbetta, D., & Guan, Y. (2015). Learning to reach with “sticky” and “non-sticky” mittens: A tale of developmental trajectories. Infant Behavior and Development, 38, pp. 82-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2015.01.001 
  • Williams, J. L., Corbetta, D., & Cobb, L. (2015). How perception, action, functional value, and context can shape the development of infant reaching. Movement and Sport Sciences [Science et Motricité], 89, 5-15. 


  • Corbetta, D., Thurman, S.L., Wiener, R.F, Guan, Y, & Williams, J.L. (2014). Mapping the feel of the arm with the sight of the object: On the embodied origins of infant reaching. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognitive Science, 5:576. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00576 [Link to PDF]
  • Corbetta, D., Friedman, D. R., & Bell, M. A. (2014). Brain reorganization as a function of walking experience in 12 month-old infants: Implications for the development of manual laterality. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition, 5:245. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00245 [Link to PDF]
  • Corbetta, D., & Ulrich, B. D. (2014). Sensory-Motor Behavioral Organization and Changes in infancy. In M. I. Simon and J. N. Abelson. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Human Biology (3rd edition). Elsevier. 
  • Fagard, J., & Corbetta, D. (2014). Le développement moteur du tout petit. L’Essentiel Cerveau & Psycho, 19, pp. 64-69. Editions « Pour La Science », Paris, France. 
  • Jacobsohn, L., Rodrigues, P., Vasconcelos, O., Corbetta, D., & Barreiros, J. (2014). Lateral manual asymmetries: A longitudinal study from birth to 24 months. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 58-72. doi: 10.1002/dev.21091 


  • Jacobsohn, L., Rodrigues, P., Vasconcelos, O., Corbetta, D., & Barreiros, J. (2012). Assimetrias laterais manuais: estudo longitudinal do nascimento aos 24 meses [Manual lateral asymmetries: A longitudinal study from birth to 24 months of age]. In R. Mendes, J. Barreiros, & O. Vasconcelos (Eds.), Estudos em Desenvolvimento Motor da Criança V [Studies in motor development in children V] (pp. 102-107). Coimbra, Portugal: Escola Superior de Educaçao Press.
  • Corbetta, D., Guan, Y., & Williams, J. L. (2012).Une réévaluation du rôle de la vision dans le développement de la préhension chez le bébé. [A re-evaluation of the role of vision in the development of reaching in infancy].  Enfance, 64(1),49-60. Special issue on the “Early development of manual skills in young infants”.
  • Guan, Y., & Corbetta, D. (2012). What grasps and holds 8-month-old infants’ looking attention? The effects of object size and depth cues. Child Development Research, vol. 2012, Article ID 439618, 10 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/439618. Open access. [Link to PDF]
  • Corbetta, D., Guan, Y., & Williams, J. L. (2012). Infant eye-tracking in the context of goal-directed actions. Infancy,17, 102-125. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2011.0093.x [Link to PDF]


  • Dupuy, L., Bril, B., Dietrich, G., & Corbetta, D. (2011). A functional approach to learning to walk: Preliminary results. In  B.G. Bardy, J. Lagarde, & D. Mottet (Eds.) Proceedings of the International Skills Conference 2011 (pp. 82-84).Pisa, Italy: Massimo Bergamasco. [Link to PDF]


  • Williams, J. L., Guan, Y., Corbetta, D., & Valero Garcia, A.V. (2010). “Tracking” the relationship between vision and reaching in 9-month-old infants. In O. Vasconcelos, M. Botelho, R. Corredeira, J. Barreiros, & P. Rodrigues (Eds.), Estudos em Desenvolvimento Motor da Criança III [Studies in motor development in children III] (pp. 15-26). Porto: University of Porto Press.
  • Smitsman, A. W., & Corbetta, D. (2010). Action in infancy: Perspectives, concepts, and challenges. In J. G. Bremner & T. D. Wachs (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Infant Development (2nd edition), Volume 1: Basic Research (pp. 167-203). Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Ltd. 


  • Corbetta, D. (2009). Invited commentary on “Movement variability and the use of nonlinear tools: Principles to guide physical therapist practice”. Physical Therapy, 89, 282-284. 
  • Corbetta, D. (2009). Perceptual development: Visually guided reaching. In E. B. Goldstein (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Perception (pp. 771-774). Thousand Oak, CA: Sage Publishing Inc. 
  • Corbetta, D. (2009). Brain, body, and mind: Lessons from infant motor development. In J. P. Spencer, M. Thomas, & J. McClelland (Eds.), Toward a Unified Theory of Development: Connectionism and Dynamic Systems Theory Re-Considered (pp. 51-66). New York: Oxford University Press. 
  • Corbetta, D. & Snapp-Childs, W. (2009). Seeing and touching: The role of sensory-motor experience on the development of infant reaching. Infant Behavior and Development, 32, 44-58. 
  • Snapp-Childs, W., & Corbetta, D. (2009). Evidence of early strategies in learning to walk. Infancy, 14, 101-116. 


  • Corbetta, D., & Ulrich, B. D. (2008). Esther Thelen’s legacy: A dynamic world that continues to reach out to others. Infancy, 13, 197-203. 


  • Corbetta, D., Williams, J., & Snapp-Childs, W. (2006). Plasticity in the development of handedness: Evidence from normal development and early asymmetric brain injury. Developmental Psychobiology, 48, 460-471. 
  • Spencer, J. P., Clearfield, M., Corbetta, D., Ulrich, B., Buchanan, P., & Schöner, G. (2006). Moving toward a grand theory of development: In memory of Esther Thelen. Child Development, 77, 1521-1538. [Link to PDF]


  • Adolph, K. E., Corbetta, D., Vereijken, B., & Spencer, J. (2005). Esther Thelen : In Memoriam. Infancy, 7, 1-4. 
  • Corbetta, D. (2005). Dynamic interactions between posture, handedness, and bimanual coordination in human infants: Why stone knapping might be a uniquely hominid behavior. In V. Roux & B. Bril (Eds.), Stone knapping: The necessary conditions for a uniquely hominid behaviour (pp. 187-204). McDonald Institute Monograph Series, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 


  • Bojczyk, K. E., & Corbetta, D. (2004). Object retrieval in the first year of life: Learning effects of task exposure and box transparency. Developmental Psychology, 40, 54-66. 


  • Corbetta, D. (2003). Right-handedness may have come first: Evidence from studies in human infants and nonhuman primates. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 26, 217-218. 


  • Corbetta, D. (2002). L’utilisation des ciseaux chez l’enfant de 5 à 9 ans : Le développement d’une asymmétrie fonctionelle bimanuelle. [Using scissors in 5 to 9 years old children: The development of bimanual functional asymmetry]. Revue d’Anthropologie des Connaissances, 2, 151-189
  • Corbetta, D., & Thelen, E. (2002). Behavioral fluctuations and the development of manual asymmetries in infancy: Contribution of the dynamic systems approach. In S. J. Segalowitz & I. Rapin (Eds.), Handbook of Neuropsychology (Vol. 8): Child Neuropsychology, Part I (pp. 309-328). Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Elsevier Science Publishing Co.
  • Corbetta, D., & Bojczyk, K. E. (2002). Infants return to two-handed reaching when they are learning to walk. Journal of Motor Behavior, 34, 83-95. 
  • Thelen, E., & Corbetta, D. (2002). Microdevelopment and dynamic systems: Applications to infant motor development. In N. Granott& J. Parziale (Eds.),Microdevelopment: Transition processes in development and learning (pp. 59-79). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


  • Corbetta, D. (2000). Le corps et la pensée chez le bébé: Apport des systèmes dynamiques. [Body and mind in infancy: The contribution of dynamic systems].Enfance, 3, 259-273.
  • Corbetta, D., Thelen, E., & Johnson, K. (2000). Motor constraints on the development of perception-action matching in infant reaching. Infant Behavior and Development, 23, 351-374. 
  • Diedrich, F. J., Thelen, E., Smith, L. B., & Corbetta, D. (2000). Motor memory is a factor in infant perseverative errors. Developmental Science, 3, 479-494. 


  • Corbetta, D. (1999). Apprentissage et organisations neuromotrices chez le bébé [Learning and neuromotor organizations in infancy]. In I. Olivier & H. Ripoll (Eds.), Développement psychomoteur de l’enfant et pratiques physiques et sportives (pp. 21-39). Paris: Editions Revue EPS.
  • Corbetta, D., & Vereijken, B. (1999). Understanding development and learning of motor coordination in sport: The contribution of dynamic systems theory. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 30, 507-530.
  • Corbetta, D., & Thelen, E. (1999). Lateral biases and fluctuations in infants’ spontaneous arm movements and reaching. Developmental Psychobiology, 34, 237-255.


  • Corbetta, D., & Thelen, E. (1996). The developmental origins of two-handed coordination: A dynamic perspective. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 22, 502-522. [Link to PDF]
  • Thelen, E., Corbetta, D., & Spencer, J. P. (1996). The development of reaching during the first year: The role of movement speed. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 22, 1059-1076.


  • Corbetta, D., & Thelen, E. (1995). A method to identify the initiation of reaching movements in natural prehension. Journal of Motor Behavior, 27, 285-293.
  • Corbetta, D., & Thelen, E. (1995). Recent developments and problems in human movement science and their conceptual implications. Ecological Psychology, 7, 315-319.


  • Thelen, E., & Corbetta, D. (1994). Exploration and selection in the early acquisition of skills. International Review of Neurobiology, 37, 75-102.
  • Corbetta, D., & Thelen, E. (1994). Interlimb coordination in the development of reaching. In J. H. A. van Rossum & J. Laszlo (Eds.), Motor development: Aspects of normal and delayed development (pp. 11-24). Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Free University Press.
  • Corbetta, D., & Thelen, E. (1994). Shifting patterns of interlimb coordination in infants’ reaching: A case study. In S. P. Swinnen, H. Heuer, J. Massion, & P. Casaer (Eds.), Interlimb coordination: Neural, dynamical, and cognitive constraints (pp. 413-438). San Diego: Academic Press.
  • Feyereisen, P., & Corbetta, D. (1994). La gestualité intentionnelle [Intentionality in gesture]. In M. Jeannerod & X. Seron (Eds.), Traité de neuropsychologie humaine (pp.235-253) [Handbook of Human Neuropsychology]. Liège: Mardaga.


  • Thelen, E., Corbetta, D., Kamm, K., Spencer, J. P., Schneider, K.,& Zernicke, R. F. (1993). The transition to reaching: Mapping intention and intrinsic dynamics. Child Development, 64, 1058-1098. [Link to PDF]


  • Thelen, E., Zernicke, R. F., Schneider, K., Jensen, J. L., Kamm, K., & Corbetta, D. (1992). The role of intersegmental dynamics in infant neuromotor development. In G. E. Stelmach & J. Requin (Eds.), Tutorials in motor behavior II (pp. 533-548). Amsterdam, the Netherlands: North-Holland Elsevier Science Publishers.


  • Thelen, E., Jensen, J. L., Kamm, K., Corbetta, D., Schneider, K.,& Zernicke, R. F. (1991). Infant motor development: Implications for motor neuroscience. In J. Requin & G. E. Stelmach (Eds.), Tutorials in motor neuroscience (pp. 43-57). Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.


  • Corbetta, D., & Mounoud, P. (1990). Early development of grasping and manipulation. In C. Bard, M. Fleury, & L. Hay (Eds.), Development of eye-hand coordination across the life span (pp. 188-213). Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.
  • Roux, V., & Corbetta, D. (1990). Study on craft specialization based on data related to apprenticeship. In M. Taddei (Ed.), South asian archaeology – 1987(pp. 285-294). Rome: Instituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente.
  • Roux, V., & Corbetta, D. (1990). Technique du tournage et spécialisation artisanale [Wheel throwing technique and craft specialization]. In V. Roux (Ed.), Technique du tournage: spécialisation artisanale et compétence techniques. (pp. 19-99). Paris: Editions du C.N.R.S.


  • Corbetta, D. (1989). Apprentissage de la poterie au tour chez l’enfant Indien : développement d’une habileté motrice bimanuelle [Learning to throw on the wheel in Indian children: The development of a bimanual motor skill]. In J. Retschitzki, M. Bossel-Lagos, & P. Dasen (Eds.), Contributions à la recherche interculturelle (Vol. 2, pp. 44-52). Paris: L’Harmattan.
  • Roux, V., & Corbetta, D. (1989). Wheel-throwing technique and craft specialization. In V. Roux (Ed.), The potter’s wheel: Craft specialization and technical competence (pp. 1-92). New Delhi: Oxford and IBH Publishing Company.