Dr Marina Wimmer

Dr Marina Wimmer

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)


Lecturer in Psychology - Office hours: Mo 13:00-14:00, Fr 12:00-13:00


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 M, Dome L, Hancock P & Wennekers T 2019 'Is the letter cancellation task a suitable index of ego-depletion? Empirical and conceptual issues' Social Psychology , DOI PEARL
Taranu M, Wimmer MC, Ross J, Farkas D, van Ee R, Winkler I & Denham SL 2019 'Children’s perception of visual and auditory ambiguity and its link to executive functions and creativity' Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 184, 123-138 , DOI PEARL
Denham SL, Farkas D, van Ee R, Taranu M, Kocsis Z, Wimmer M, Carmel D & Winkler I 2018 'Similar but separate systems underlie perceptual bistability in vision and audition' Nature Scientific Reports PEARL
Wimmer MC, Stirk S & Hancock PJB 2017 'Ego depletion in visual perception: Ego-depleted viewers experience less ambiguous figure reversal' Psychonomic Bulletin & Review Author Site , DOI PEARL
Wimmer MC, Robinson EJ & Doherty MJ 2017 'Are developments in mental scanning and mental rotation related?' PLoS One 12, (2) e0171762-e0171762 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Wimmer MC, Maras KL, Robinson EJ & Thomas C 2016 'The format of children's mental images: Evidence from mental scanning' Cognition 154, 49-54 PEARL
Wimmer MC, Maras KL, Robinson EJ & Thomas C 2016 'The format of children’s mental images: Penetrability of spatial images' European Journal of Developmental Psychology , DOI PEARL
Wimmer MC, Maras KL, Robinson EJ, Doherty MJ & Pugeault N 2015 'How Visuo-Spatial Mental Imagery Develops: Image Generation and Maintenance' PLOS ONE 10, (11) e0142566-e0142566 , DOI PEARL
Koenig L, Wimmer MC & Hollins TJ 2015 'Process dissociation of familiarity and recollection in children: response deadline affects recollection but not familiarity' J Exp Child Psychol 131, 120-134 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Wimmer MC & Marx C 2014 'Inhibitory processes in visual perception: a bilingual advantage' J Exp Child Psychol 126, 412-419 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Maras KL, Wimmer MC, Robinson EJ & Bowler DM 2014 'Mental imagery scanning in autism spectrum disorder' RESEARCH IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS 8, (10) 1416-1423 Author Site , DOI
Wimmer MC, Robinson EJ, Koenig L & Corder E 2014 'Getting the picture: iconicity does not affect representation-referent confusion' PLoS One 9, (9) Author Site , DOI PEARL
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, (2) 229-251 , DOI
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 1659-1664
Other Publications
Wimmer MC & Doherty MJ 0 The development of ambiguous figure perception. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, Volume 76, Issue 1, Pages 1-130 0 0 1-130 Publisher Site