Books and chapters:

  1. Nagy, E. (in preparation). Conversations with a two-day-old. Reddy, & J. Delafield-Butt. (Eds). Rhythm, Sympathy and Human Being: A Celebration of the rhythms, sympathies and many beings of Colwyn Trevarthen.
  2. Bard, K.A., Nagy, E. (2017). The status of the human newborn. In B. Hopkins, E. Geangu, & S. Linkenauger (Eds.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development (Second ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  3. Molnar, P., Nemes, L., Nagy, E. (2010). Enphronesis in statu nascendi: Bonding brains in mutual niche construction. In. M. Brune, F. Salter, & W.C. McGrew (Eds). Building Bridges between Anthropology, Medicine and Human Ethology, European University Press: The University Press Bochum. Pp. 125-143.
  4. Trevarthen, C., Aitken, K.J., Vandekerckhove, M., Delafield-Butt, J., Nagy, E. (2006). Collaborative regulations of vitality in early childhood: Stress in intimate relationships and postnatal psychopathology. In Developmental Psychopathology, Chicchetti, D., Cohen, D.J, (Eds). 2nd Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, Vol. 2. pp. 65-127.
  5. Molnár, P., Nemes, L., & Nagy, E. (2004). The evolutionary dyad as a developmental system: mutual niche-construction in the mother-infant relationship. (Az evolucios diad, mint fejlodesi rendszer: kolcsonos niche-konstrukció az anya-gyermek kapcsolatban) in: Pléh, C., Kampis, G. & Csanyi, V. (Eds.) Az észleléstõl a nyelvig(From Perception to Language). Gondolat, Budapest, pp.261-273.
  6. Hayman, L.A. & Nagy, E. (2003) Kluver-Bucy syndrome. In: NORD Guide to rare disorders. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
  7. Nagy, E. and Molnár, P. (2001) Infancy: approach from the behavioural sciences /A csecsemőkor magatartástudományi vonatkozásai /. In Buda, B., Kopp, M. and Nagy, E. (Eds.). Behavioural Sciences, Magatartástudományok . Medicina, Budapest, pp. 523-546.
  8. Nagy, E. and Molnár, P. (2001) Neurobiology of early development and attachment. /A korai fejlődés és kötődés neurobiológiája/. In Buda, B., Kopp, M. and Nagy, E. (Eds.). Behaviour Sciences /Magatartástudományok/. Medicina, Budapest, pp. 127-141.
  9. Molnár, P. and Nagy, E. (1997) On the phenomenon of inborn sociality. /A veleszületett szocialitás jelenségéről./ In Hidas, Gy. (Ed.), From the conception to the society /A megtermékenyitéstől a társadalomig. Az ember, a kultúra és a társadalom perinatális dimenziói/. Dinasztia, Budapest, pp. 23-28.

Journal Papers

  1. Nagy, E., Thompson, P., Mayor, L., & Doughty, H. (2021, 2021/05/01/). Do foetuses communicate? Foetal responses to interactive versus non-interactive maternal voice and touch: An exploratory analysis. Infant Behavior and Development, 63, 101562. DOI:
  2. Nagy, E., Farkas, T., Guy, F., & Stafylarakis, A. (2020). Effects of Handshake Duration on Other Nonverbal Behavior. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 127(1), 52–74. DOI:
  3. Nagy, E., Pilling, K., Blake, V., & Orvos, H. (2019). Positive evidence for neonatal imitation: A general response, adaptive engagement. Developmental science, e12894. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12894.
  4. Nagy, E., Paton, S. C., Primrose, F. E. A., Farkas, T. N., & Pow, C. F. (2018). Speeded Recognition of Fear and Surprise in Autism. Perception, 47(12), 1117-1138. DOI:
  5. Nagy, E., Pilling, K., Watt, R., Pal, A., & Orvos, H. (2017). Neonates’ responses to repeated exposure to a still face. PloS One, 12(8), e0181688. DOI:   PMC5542453.
  6. Meltzoff, A.N., Murray, L., Simpson, E., Heimann, M., Nagy, E., Nadel, J., Pedersen, E.J., Brooks, R., Messinger, D.S., De Pascalis, L. Subiaul, F., Paukner, A., Ferrari, P.F. Eliciting imitation in early infancy. Developmental Science. 22(2):e12738.
  7. Meltzoff, A.N., Murray, L., Simpson, E., Heimann, M., Nagy, E., Nadel, J., Pedersen, E.J., Brooks, R., Messinger, D.S., De Pascalis, L. Subiaul, F., Paukner, A., Ferrari, P.F. In press. Re-examination of Oostenbroek et al. (2016) – Evidence for Neonatal Imitation of Tongue Protrusion. Developmental Science. 22(2):e12738. DOI: http://10.1111/desc.12609.
  8. Marx, V. Nagy, E. (2017) Fetal behavioral responses to the touch of the mother’s abdomen: A Frame-by-frame analysis. Infant Behavior and Development, 47:83-91. DOI: org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2017.03.005.
  9. Marx, V., Nagy, E. (2015). Fetal behavioural responses to maternal voice and touch. PLOS ONE, 10(6):e0129118. DOIhttp://10.1371/journal.pone.0129118.
  10. Nagy, E., Pal, A., Orvos, H. (2014) Learning to imitate individual finger movements by the human neonate. Developmental Science. 17(6):841-857. DOI: http://10.1111/desc.12163. PMID: 24754667.
  11. Nagy, E., Pilling, K., Molnar, P, Orvos, H. (2013). Imitation of tongue protrusion in human neonates: specificity of the response in a large sample. Developmental Psychology, 49(9):1628-1638. DOI: http://10.1037/a0031127. PMID:23231691.
  12. Nagy, E. (2012) From symmetry to asymmetry: The development of smile. 48:1064-1067. DOI:10.1016/j.cortex.2011.04.002 PMID: 21531403.
  13. Nagy, E.. (2011) Sharing an intersubjective moment: the duration of embraces in humans. Journal of Ethology, 29(2):389-393, DOI: http://1007/s10164-010-0260-y.
  14. Nagy, E., Molnar, P., Pal, A., Orvos, H. (2011). Prevalence rates and socio-economic characteristics of post-partum depression in Hungary. Psychiatry Research, 185(1-2):113-120. DOI:1016/j.psychres.2010.05.005. PMID: 20965093.
  15. Nagy, E. (2011). The Newborn Infant: A missing stage in developmental psychology. Infant and Child Development. 20(1):3-19. DOI:
  16. Nagy, E., Liotti, M., Brown, S. Waiter, G.., Bromiley, A. Trevarthen, C., Bardos, G. (2010). The neural mechanisms of reciprocal communication. Brain Research, 1353:159-167. DOI:
  17. Nagy, E. (2009). The emergence of the second person cognitive science. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13(12): 502-504. DOI:10.1016/j.tics.2009.09.002.
  18. Nagy, E., Orvos, H., Bakki, J., Pal, A. (2009). Sex-differences in Apgar scores for full-term neonates. Acta Paediatrica, 98:897-900. DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2009.01238.x. 
  19. Nagy, E. (2008). Innate intersubjectivity : Newborns’ sensitivity to communication disturbance. Developmental Psychology, 44(6):1779-1784. DOI:1037/a0012665, PMID:18999338.
  20. Nagy, E., Kompagne, H., Orvos, H., Pal, A. (2007). Gender-related differences in neonatal imitation. Infant and Child Development. 16(3):267-276. DOI:
  21. Nagy, E. (2006). From imitation to conversation: The first dialogues with human neonates. Infant and Child Development. 15:223-232. DOI: 10.1002/icd.460.
  22. Nagy, E., Compagne, H., Orvos, H., Pal, A, P., Molnar, P., Janszky, I., Loveland, K., Bardos, Gy. (2005). Index finger movement imitation by human neonates: Motivation, learning and left-hand preference. Pediatric Research, 58:749-753. DOI:1203/01.PDR.0000180570.28111.D9. PMID:16189204.
  23. Nagy, E., Loveland, K.A., Molnar, P. (2005). The role of orientation in perception of emotions. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 101:217-222. DOI: 10.2466/pms.101.1.217-222.
  24. Nagy, E. (2005). The first dialogue: Conversation through imitation with newborn infants. Behavioral Brain Sciences, 15(3):223 – 232. DOI:10.1002/icd.460.
  25. Nagy, E. and Molnar, P. (2004). Homo imitans or homo provocans? Human imprinting model of neonatal imitationInfant Behavior and Development, 27, 57-63. DOI: org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2003.06.004
  26. Nagy, E., Potts, G.F and Loveland, K.A. (2003) Sex related differences in deviance detection. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 48(3), 285-292. DOI:
  27. Nagy, E., & Loveland, K. (2002). Prolonged brainstem auditory evoked potentials: An autism specific or non-specific marker? Archives of General Psychiatry, 59(3), 288-290.
  28. Nagy, E., Loveland, K.A. Kopp, M., Orvos, H., Pal, A. & Molnar, (2001). Different emergence of fear expressions in infant boys and girls. Infant Behavior and Development, 24(2), 189-194. DOI: 
  29. Nagy, E., Orvos, H., Pál, A., Kovács, L., & Loveland, K. (2001). Breastfeeding duration and previous breastfeeding experience. Acta Paediatrica, 90(1), 51-56. DOI: 10.1080/080352501750064879.
  30. Nagy, E. (2001). Gender related body temperature differences in human neonates. Early Human Development. 64(1), 37-43. DOI:
  31. Nagy, E., Loveland, K.A., Orvos, H. & Molnár, P. (2001). Gender-related physiologic differences in human neonates and the greater vulnerability of males to developmental brain disorders. Journal of Gender-Specific Medicine, 4(1), 41-49. PMID: 11324239.
  32. Nagy, E. & Loveland, K. (2001). Olfactory versus categorization deficit in Alzheimer Disease. American Journal of Psychiatry, 158(9). DOI:
  33. Nagy, E., Orvos, H., Bardos, Gy., & Molnár, P. (2000). Gender-related heart rate differences in human neonates. Pediatric Research, 47(6), 778-780. DOI: http://10.1203/00006450-200006000-00016.
  34. Nagy, E., Nemeth, E. & Molnár, P. (2000). From unidentified to ‘misidentified’ newborn: male bias in recognition of sex. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 90(1), 102-104. DOI: 10.2466/pms.2000.90.1.102.
  35. Nagy, E. & Kovacs, E. (2000). Preliminary data from the Hungarian toddler behavior rating scale: caregivers’ and mothers’ ratings and anxiety. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 91, 910-914. DOI: 10.2466/pms.2000.91.3.910.
  36. Nagy, E. & Molnár, P. (1999). Heart rate deceleration during the grasping reflex. European Journal of Pediatrics, 158, 576-577. DOI: 10.1007/s004310051150.
  37. Nagy, E. and Molnár, P. (1998). Fogóreflex és kötődés: Kapcsolatuk pszichofiziológiai modellje. (In Hungarian: Grasping reflex and attachment: Physiological model) Pszichológia, 18, 35-47.
  38. Molnár, P. & Nagy, E. (1996). Az első dialógus:Útban a szoptatás interdiszciplináris megközelítése felé /Hungarian. The first dialogue: toward an interdisciplinary approach to breastfeeding/English. Lege Artis Medicinae, 6(5), 314-322.
  39. Nagy, E. & Molnár, P. (1996). Imitáció és provokáció: Az első dialogues. /In Hungarian: Imitation and Provocation: the first dialogue/. Magyar Pszichológiai Szemle, 36, 55-66.
  40. Nagy, E., Evans, D., Masterton, C., Cameron, C., & Urban, V. (2021, January 16). The effect of music on fine motor and spatial-motor skills. DOI: 10.31234/
  41. Nagy, E., Allen, C., Hershaw, C., & Masterton, C. (2021, January 16). The Effects of a Single Session Musical Engagement on Changes in Mood. DOI: 10.31234/
  42. Nagy, E. (2017, August 5). Newborn baby development has been vastly underestimated, our study shows. The Conversation.
  43. Nagy, E., Loveland, K.A. & Potts, G.F. (2001). Gender-related differences in ERP to detection of deviant stimuli in an auditory oddball paradigm. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 48(3) 285292. DOI: 10.1016/s0167-8760(03)00042-4.
  44. Nagy, E., Kopp, M.S., Stauder, A., Molnar, P., Orvos, H., Pal, A. (2003). Postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety in Hungary. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 21(3), 247-248.
  45. Lau C., Nagy E., Hurst N., Schanler RJ. (2002). Maternal psychological stress and lactation following premature delivery. Pediatric Research, 51(4), 25A-25A. URL:
  46. Molnar, P. & Nagy, E. (1996). Human imprinting, critical period, caregiver responsibility: A new look at causes and consequences in postnatal development. Infant Behavior and Development, 19. DOI: 10.1016/S0163-6383(96)90681-5.
  47. Nagy, E. & Molnar, P. (1996). On the origin of emotions: The phenomenon of emotional reading. Infant Behavior and Development 19. DOI: 10.1016/S0163-6383(96)90698-0.
  48. Nagy, E. & Molnár, P. (1995). On the phenomenon and mechanism of inborn social competence. Neurobiology-Budapest, 3.
  49. Nagy, E. & Molnar, P. (2004). Homo Imitans or Homo Provocans? Human imprinting model of neonatal imitation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 27(1). DOI: http://10.1016/j.infbeh.2003.06.004.

Symposium, workshop, conference organization:

Bonding, attachment and Stress. International Symposium, organized by Molnar, P and Nagy, E. Stress of Life World Congress, Stress and adaptation from molecules to man. Budapest, Hungary, 1997.

The intersubjective infant: from imitating to relating. Invited symposium. The 11th European Congress of Psychology, 7-10th July, 2009, Oslo, Norway.

Festschrift for Colwyn Trevarthen. 15th October, 2011, Organizer (with Vasu Reddy, Jonathan Delafield-Butt and Maya Gratier), St Cecilia Hall, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Emotional expressions, intersubjectivity: comparative, developmental approaches from fetus to infant. Symposium organizer, Conference of the British Psychological Society, Developmental and Social Section, Manchester, 2015.

The origins of intersubjective awareness: From fetus to newborn to autism. Symposium organizer.  Conference of the British Psychological Society, Developmental Section, 2017.

Connections Matter. Intersubjectivity and the Social World. International Workshop. Organizer. University of Dundee, Scotland, 20th October, 2017.

Mental Health and Wellbeing. Panel co-organized with Edward Hall ISSR Research Meeting, Dundee, 2018.

The First International Workshop on the Psychology of the Neonate, University of Dundee, Scotland, 2014, supported by ESRC ES/K004727/1

The Second International Workshop on the Psychology of the Neonate, University of Dundee, Scotland, August, 2018. Dundee, Scotland.



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