Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception - UMR 8242
Uni­ver­sité Paris Descartes
45 Rue des Saints Pères
75270 Paris Cedex 06


Assistant professor
Perception, Action and Cognitive Development group

ranaesseily@-Code a retirer pour éviter le SPAM-hotmail.com
+33 (0) 1 42 86 21 96, room H414


  • Fagard J, Rat-Fischer L, Esseily R, Somogyi E, O’Regan JK. (2016). What does it take for an infant to learn how to use a tool by observation?. Frontiers in Psychology, in press.
  • Esseily R, Rat-Fischer L, Somogyi E, O’Regan K, Fagard J. (2015). Humor (production) may enhance observational learning of a new tool use action in 18-month-old infants. Cognition and Emotion, DOI: 10.108.
  • Somogyi E, Esseily R. (2014). Mimicry Enhances Observational Learning in 16-Month-Old Infants. PLoS ONE, 9, doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0113695.
  • Esseily R, Fagard J. (2013). Ostensive cues orient the attention of 10-month-olds toward the demonstration of a new task but delay their learning from the demonstration. Psychology, in press.
  • Esseily R, Rat-Fischer L, O’Regan JK, Fagard J. (2013). Understanding the experimenter’s intention improves 16-month-olds’ observational learning in a novel tool use action. Cognitive Development, 28, 1-9.
  • Jacquet A-Y, Esseily R, Rider D, Fagard J. (2012). Handedness for grasping objects and declarative pointing: A longitudinal study. Developmental Psychobiology, 54, 36-46, doi: 10.1002/dev.20572. (PDF)
  • Esseily R, Jacquet A-Y, Fagard J. (2011). Handedness for grasping objects and pointing and the development of language in 14-month-old infants. Laterality, 16, 565-585.
  • Esseily R, Nadel J, Fagard J. (2010). Object retrieval through observational learning in 8- to 18-month-old infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 695-699. (PDF)
  • Hartley M, Fagard J, Esseily R, Taylor J. (2008). Observational versus trial and error effects in a model of an infant learning paradigm. Artificial Neural Networks - Icann 2008, Pt Ii, 5164, 277-289.

Communication orale

  • Fattori P, Breveglieri R, Bosco A, Esseily R, Fagard J. (2008). Observational learning of tool-use in human infants and macaques. Paper presented at the IROS, Nice.