Dr Eva Rafetseder

Senior Lecturer

Psychology University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Eva Rafetseder

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About me

About me

I obtained my Masters in Psychology with Summa cum Laude at the University of Salzburg (2005), where I also undertook my graduate training (2005 - 2010) funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). After receiving my PhD I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-2013) at the University of Salzburg, also funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). In 2013 I started a Postdoctoral Fellwoship at the University of Konstanz, funded by the German Science Fund (DFG). In the same year I joined the University of Stirling as a Lecturer. In 2019 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer, and in 2024 to Associate Professor

Research (3)

My main research interests lie in the area of social cognitive development. Most of my work focusses on the development of counterfactual reasoning (i.e., what children conclude, if past events had not occurred the way they did) and how this is related to the development of complex emotions (e.g. regret, relief) and theory of mind. More recently I have started to work on the effects of schooling on children's neuro-cognitive development.


Agency, Rationality, and Epistemic Defeat
PI: Dr Giacomo Melis
Funded by: Medical Research Council

Dissociating the Effects of Age and Schooling on Neurocognitive Development
PI: Dr Eva Rafetseder
Funded by: Jacobs Foundation

On the acquisition of counterfactual reasoning and ensuing abilities
PI: Dr Eva Rafetseder
Funded by: German Research Foundation

Outputs (26)



Poulin-Dubois D, Rakoczy H, Burnside K, Crivello C, Dörrenberg S, Edwards K, Krist H, Kulke L, Liszkowski U, Low J, Perner J, Powell L, Priewasser B, Rafetseder E & Ruffman T (2018) Do infants understand false beliefs? We don't know yet – A commentary on Baillargeon, Buttelmann and Southgate's commentary. Commentary on: Baillargeon, R., Buttelmann, D., & Southgate, V. (2018). Invited Commentary: Interpreting failed replications of early false-belief findings: Methodological andtheoretical considerations. Cognitive Development, 46, 112–124. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2018.06.001.. Cognitive Development, 48, pp. 302-315. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2018.09.005


Caes L, Caldwell CA, Rafetseder E, Grainger C, Renner E, Atkinson M, Shing YL & Kuipers JR (2017) Little Scientists – Big Impact [The Developmental Research Team at the University of Stirling explain why they love their psychology kindergarten]. The Psychologist, 30, pp. 30-33. https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-30/october/little-scientists-big-impact

Book Chapter

Perner J & Rafetseder E (2011) Counterfactual and Other Forms of Conditional Reasoning: Children Lost in the Nearest Possible World. In: Hoerl C, McCormack T & Beck S (eds.) Understanding Counterfactuals, Understanding Causation: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology. Consciousness and Self-Consciousness Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 90-109. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199590698.do



I coordinate the third-year UG module Developmental Psychology. I also run final year electives on various topics and I contribute to the Masters modules Child Development and Psychology Conversion Course. I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

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