About this Fellow
JOSEF PERNER received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto. He was Professor in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex and is now Professor of Psychology and member of the Centre for Neurocognitive Research at the University of Salzburg. He is author of "Understanding the Representational Mind" (MIT Press, 1991) and over 180 articles on cognitive development (theory of mind, executive control, episodic memory, logical reasoning), consciousness (perception versus action), simulation in decision making, and theoretical issues of mental representation and consciousness. He served as President of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academia Europaea, the Leopoldina, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the Association for Psychological Sciences, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel, and was awarded the William Thierry Preyer Award for Excellence in Research on Human Development by the European Society of Developmental Psychology (ESDP) and the Bielefelder Wissenschaftspreis for the interdisciplinary nature of his research.
- Professor of Psychology, University of Salzburg
The understanding of psychological and psychosocial mechanisms underlying mental disorders, particularly schizophrenia, psychoses and post-traumatic stress and the development and evaluation of psychological treatments to improve outcomes
Models of Visual brain development, underlying visual, spatial and social cognition in both typical and at-risk infants and children, including those with very premature birth and Williams Syndrome
Cognitive psychology and cognitive development, with special focus on the nature and origins of knowledge of material objects, animate beings, number, geometry, and the social world
Social cognition as it operates without conscious awareness or control and dissociated from intention and values; implicit bias arising from group memberships (age, class, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality)