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Professor Josef Perner FBA

Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Development (esp. Theory of Mind--philosophical and psychological aspects
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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.

Website: http://www.uni-salzburg.at/index.php?id=29465&L=0

Appointments

Current post

  • Professor of Psychology, University of Salzburg

Publications

Wimmer, H. & Perner, J. (1983). Beliefs about beliefs: Representation and constraining function of wrong beliefs in young children's understanding of deception. . Cognition, 13, 103-128 1983

Perner, J., Huemer, M., & Leahy, B. (2015). Mental Files and Belief: A cognitive theory of how children represent belief and its intensionality. Cognition, 145, 77-88. 2015

Perner, J., Mauer, M. C., & Hildenbrand, M. (2011). Identity: Key to children’s understanding of belief. Science, 333, 474 – 477. 2011

Dienes, Z. & Perner, J. (1999). A theory of implicit and explicit knowledge (target article). . Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22, 735-755 1999

Perner, J. (1991). Understanding the representational mind. Cambridge, MA: Bradford Books/ MIT-Press. 1991

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