Education. After completing a Masters degree (Mag.) in Clinical Psychology at the University of Salzburg, Austria, I went on to do a PhD - completed in 2010 - and a PostDoc in Cognitive Developmental Psychology supervised by Professor Josef Perner. In 2013 I moved to the University of Konstanz, Germany, to work with Professor Wolfgang Spohn on philosophical issues of counterfactual reasoning. In the same year I was appointed as a Lecturer at Stirling University.
Memberships. I am a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA), a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Graduate Member of the Berufsverband Österreichischer PsychologInnen (BÖP). I am a Mercator Fellow of the University of Konstanz.
Teaching. I am module coordinator for the third year course PSYU9AO Developmental Psychology. I also teach final year electives and I contribute to Masters modules PRMP32 Research Methods in Psychology, PRMP33 Child Development, PRMP138 Research Placement and PSYPCO2 Psychology Conversion Course.
My main research interests lie in the area of social cognitive development. Most of my work focusses on 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 investigate how perceived goals influence imitation. I am also interested in children's cooperation as well as in how perspective taking abilities affect children's cognitive and emotional development.
Priewasser B, Rafetseder E, Gargitter C & Perner J (2018) Helping as an early indicator of a theory of mind: Mentalism or Teleology?. Cognitive Development, 46, pp. 69-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2017.08.002.
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 SR (ed.). Understanding Counterfactuals, Understanding Causation: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology. Consciousness and Self-Consciousness Series, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 90-109.