Josef Perner – Curriculum Vitae

Education & Positions

1954-58 Elementary school in Austria.
1958-67 High school in Austria: Werkschulheim Felbertal, Realgymnasium mit fachwerklicher Ausbildung (Radiomechanik).
1967-68 Military service in the Austrian army.
1968-72 University of Salzburg: Psychology (major), Mathematics (minor) and Philosophy (philosophicum).
1972-78 University of Toronto: Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology. Supervisor: Anatol Rapoport.
1974 M.A. Thesis: “Concrete Operations: Operating on Internal Representations. A Test of Flavell and Wohlwill’s ‘Stage’ Competence Model”.
1978 Ph.D. Thesis: “Children’s Understanding of Decision Making Principles in Situations Involving Risk or Uncertainty”.
1978-79 University of Basel: “Wissenschaftlicher Assistent,” Department of Psychology.
1979-94 University of Sussex:  Member of Faculty in Experimental Psychology, School of Biology. Member of Faculty in Experimental Psychology, School of Biology.
1979 Probationary Lecturer
1982 Tenured Lecturer

1988-89 Alexander-von-Humboldt Research Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Psychological Research, Munich (15 months).

1991 Senior Lecturer
1992 Reader
1993 Professor in Experimental Psychology

1993-94 Visiting Professor, Max-Planck Institute for Psychological Research, Munich (1 year).

1995-… University of Salzburg: Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology.
2004 Member of the Centre for Neurocognitive Research, University of Salzburg.
2005-06 Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Stanford, CA.

Special Achievements

International Recognition

1986-1990 Thirty-sixth highest impact in Psychology internationally during this period.
Source: E. Garfield (1992). Psychology Research, 1986-1990: A citationist perspective on the highest impact papers, institutions, and authors. Current Comments, 35, 5-15.
2008 Inclusion in SRCD Oral History Project (Society for Research in Child Development)
2010 Experiment by Wimmer & Perner (1983) listed as one of the 25 most important mile stones in the 150 year history of psychology (The Psychologist, 2010, Vol. 23, No. 12).


2011 William Thierry Preyer Award for Excellence in Research on Human Development, European Society of Developmental Psychology (ESDP).
2012 Bielefelder Wissenschaftspreis (€ 25’000)
2012 Kurt-Zopf Förderpreis der Universität Salzburg (€10’000)

Fellowships & Honorary Degrees

2001 Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).
2008 Elected Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE).
2009 Fellow of the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS).
2011 Honorary Doctorate, Faculty of Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland.
2011 Elected Member of the Leopoldina, National Academy of Sciences of Germany.


Membership in Learned Societies

1980 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
1981 Experimental Psychology Society (elected member, EPS)
1982 Foreign Associate of the American Psychological Association (APA)
1982-1990 International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD)
1989 Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS)
1990 British Psychological Society (BPS)
1995-2009 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGP)
1995 Salzburger Gesellschaft für Psychologie (SGP)
1996 European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP)
2000 Cognitive Development Society (CDS)
2005 Österreichische Gesellschaft für funktionelle Magnetresonanztomographie (ÖGfMRT)
2001 Österreichische Gesellschaft für Psychologie (ÖGP)
2006 Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Office in Learned Society

1991-1993 Developmental Section of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Committee Member.
1997-2002 Salzburger Gesellschaft für Psychologie (SGP).
1997-2001 Committee Member (Vorstandsmitglied)
2000-2002 Chairman (Obmann der SGP)
1996-… European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP).
1996-2003 Committee Member
1996-1997 Joint Programme Chair with John Campbell for Annual Meeting in Padua, August 1997.
1999-2001 President of ESPP.
2004- Advisory Board Member
2005-2007 Österreichische Gesellschaft für funktionelle Magnetresonanztomographie (ÖGfMRT)
2005-2007 Beiratsmitglied