Josef Perner – Research interests

Conceptual development

  • theory of mind
  • executive control
  • counterfactual reasoning

Theoretical issues of mental representations

  • implicit-explicit distinction
  • simulation and theory versus teleology
  • mental objects (mental files and discourse referents)

Neuroscience

  • fMRI of perspective taking
  • fMRI of counterfactuals

Consciousness

  • Grasping vs. indicating
  • Higher-order thought theory

Memory

  • Direct experience and remembering
  • Developmental requirements for episodic remembering