Dr Marina Wimmer

Dr Marina Wimmer

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)


Lecturer in Psychology - Office hours: Mo 11:00-12:00, Tue 15:00-16:00


MA in Psychology, University of Salzburg
PhD in Psychology, University of Stirling (2008)

Professional membership

Experimental Psychology Society

Teaching interests

Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Psychological Practice and Research, Case Studies, Option on Children's False Memories

Research interests

Cognitive Development:

  • False memories
  • Understanding and perception of ambiguous figures
  • Ambiguous visual perception in autism
  • Understanding pictures as representations
  • Mental imagery


Grants & contracts

2016-2017  Experimental Psychology Society, £2500: Familiarity and recollection in children's false memories     

2014-current  British Academy, about £9700: Only the winning moves: How causality shapes automatic imitation
in children. Patric Bach (PI) & MC Wimmer (Co-I)     

2013-2014     Experimental Psychology Society, £2500: Penetrability of spatial images. 

2011-2012     British Academy, about £7400: Getting the picture: How an understanding of pictures develops. MC
Wimmer (PI), EJ Robinson, MJ Doherty

2010-2011     ESRC, about £98000: The development of mental imagery. MC Wimmer (PI), EJ Robinson, MJ

2010-2011     British Academy, £7150: Do young children understand pictures as representational? Named
Researcher with MJ Doherty & EJ Robinson

2009              British Academy overseas conference grant

2006              British Psychological Society conference grant

2005              Experimental Psychology Society conference grant

2004              University of Stirling 3-year PhD studenship

2003              Alumni Projects Fund, University of Stirling

2002              Salzburg University, 1-month research project fund   


Key publications are highlighted

Wimmer MC & Marx C 2014 'Inhibitory processes in visual perception: a bilingual advantage' J Exp Child Psychol 126, 412-419 Author Site , DOI
Wimmer MC & Doherty MJ 2011 'The development of ambiguous figure perception' Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development 76, 1-130
Knott LM, Howe ML, Wimmer MC & Dewhurst SA 2011 'The development of automatic and controlled inhibitory retrieval processes in true and false recall' Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 109, 91-108
Wimmer MC & Howe MJ 2010 'Are children's memory illusions created differently than adults'? Evidence from levels-of-processing and divided attention paradigms' Journal of Experiment Child Psychology 107, 31-49
Wimmer MC & Doherty MJ 2010 'Children with autism's perception and understanding of ambiguous figures: Evidence for pictorial metarepresentation, a research note' British Journal of Developmental Psychology 28, 627-641
Howe ML, Candel I, Otgaar H, Malone C & Wimmer MC 2010 'Valence and the development of immediate and long-term false memory illusions' Memory 18, 58-75
Howe M, Wimmer MC, Gagnon N & Plumpton S 2009 'An associative-activation theory of children's and adults' memory illusions' Journal of Memory and Language 60, 229-251
Wimmer MC & Howe ML 2009 'The development of automatic associative processes and children's false memories' Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 104, 447-465
Howe ML, Wimmer MC & Blease K 2009 'The role of associative strength in children's false memory illusions' Memory 17, 8-16
Doherty MJ & Wimmer MC 2005 'Children's understanding of ambiguous figures: Which cognitive developments are necessary to experience reversal?' Cognitive Development 20, 407-421
Conference Papers
Wimmer MC & Doherty MJ 2007 'Investigating children's eye-movements: Cause or effect of reversing ambiguous figures?' 29th Annual Cognitive Science Society //0 //0 1659-1664