Marina Wimmer

marina wimmer

Dr Marina Wimmer PhD, FHEA, MA

Associate Professor

Biography

I am an international expert in Cognition, how our mind deals with visual ambiguities, why people perceive stimuli in different ways, how we "see" environments in our mind in the absence of visual input, and true and false memories of our environemnt (memories for scenes, for fake news, for associative information) . My work has a broad reach (referenced in Wikipedia “ambiguous figures”, in focus at high-impact journals, monograph). The appeal of my research is also evidenced by funding success (e.g., ESRC, British Academy, EU). I am currently leading the “The centre for mind and creativity research – CEDAR” which vision is to examine Cognition in a fast changing world and to use the knowledge from Cognition in the building of our environment. I am also the research lead for Psychology at Napier University and mentor to early career researchers. I have a real passion for outreach and public engagement (ESRC festival of science, Health showcases, Big Bang STEM event, Medifest) reaching more than 1500 primary and secondary school children to date. My external profile roles also support activities in the centre: I am the Associate Editor for the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Member of the ESRC Peer Review College, Member of the Carnegie Peer Review College, Member of the Experimental Psychology Society. I obtained more than £100,000 in grant funding as principal investigator from the ESRC, British Academy and Experimental Psychology Society. I have also been Co-I of the interdisciplinary CogNovo consortium, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD training network funded by the European Union (approximately £4000,000). I originally gained my PhD from Stirling University working on the development of ambiguous figure perception. Since then I had various research positions at Stirling University, Lancaster University and Warwick University researching topics in Cognition such as false memories, mental imagery, and pictorial representation. I started my first lectureship at Plymouth University in 2011 before moving to Edinburgh Napier University as Associate Professor.

Research Groups

Esteem

Editorial Activity

  • Associate Editor British Journal of Developmental Psychology

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Carnegie Assessor
  • ESRC Peer Review Council

 

Date


26 results

The format of children’s mental images: Penetrability of spatial images

Journal Article
Wimmer, M. C., Maras, K. L., Robinson, E. J., & Thomas, C. (2016)
The format of children’s mental images: Penetrability of spatial images. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 13(5), 582-593. https://doi.org/10.1080/17405629.2015.1132623
To investigate the format of mental images and the penetrability of mental imagery performance to top-down influences in the form of gravity information, children (4-, 6-, 8- ...

How Visuo-Spatial Mental Imagery Develops: Image Generation and Maintenance

Journal Article
Wimmer, M. C., Maras, K. L., Robinson, E. J., Doherty, M. J., & Pugeault, N. (2015)
How Visuo-Spatial Mental Imagery Develops: Image Generation and Maintenance. PLOS ONE, 10, e0142566--e0142566. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0142566
Two experiments examined the nature of visuo-spatial mental imagery generation and maintenance in 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-year old children and adults (N = 211). The key questions were...

Process dissociation of familiarity and recollection in children: Response deadline affects recollection but not familiarity

Journal Article
Koenig, L., Wimmer, M. C., & Hollins, T. J. (2015)
Process dissociation of familiarity and recollection in children: Response deadline affects recollection but not familiarity. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 131, 120-134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2014.11.003
According to dual-process theories, recollection (slow and associated with contextual details) and familiarity (fast and automatic) are two independent processes underlying re...

Getting the Picture: Iconicity Does Not Affect Representation-Referent Confusion

Journal Article
Wimmer, M. C., Robinson, E. J., Koenig, L., & Corder, E. (2014)
Getting the Picture: Iconicity Does Not Affect Representation-Referent Confusion. PLOS ONE, 9, e107910--e107910. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0107910
Three experiments examined 3- to 5-year-olds' (N = 428) understanding of the relationship between pictorial iconicity (photograph, colored drawing, schematic drawing) and the ...

Mental imagery scanning in autism spectrum disorder

Journal Article
Maras, K. L., Wimmer, M. C., Robinson, E. J., & Bowler, D. M. (2014)
Mental imagery scanning in autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(10), 1416-1423. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2014.07.003
Navigational impairments have previously been reported in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The present study examined the ability of individuals with ASD to generate and scan t...

Inhibitory processes in visual perception: A bilingual advantage

Journal Article
Wimmer, M. C., & Marx, C. (2014)
Inhibitory processes in visual perception: A bilingual advantage. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 126, 412-419. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2014.03.004
Bilingual inhibitory control advantages are well established. An open question is whether inhibitory superiority also extends to visual perceptual phenomena that involve inhib...

The development of ambiguous figure perception

Journal Article
Wimmer, M. C., & Doherty, M. J. (2011)
The development of ambiguous figure perception. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 76(1), 1-130
Ambiguous figures have fascinated researchers for almost 200 years. The physical properties of these figures remain constant, yet two distinct interpretations are possible; th...

The development of automatic and controlled inhibitory retrieval processes in true and false recall

Journal Article
Knott, L. M., Howe, M. L., Wimmer, M. C., & Dewhurst, S. A. (2011)
The development of automatic and controlled inhibitory retrieval processes in true and false recall. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 109(1), 91-108. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2011.01.001
In three experiments, we investigated the role of automatic and controlled inhibitory retrieval processes in true and false memory development in children and adults. Experime...

Children with autism's perception and understanding of ambiguous figures: Evidence for pictorial metarepresentation, a research note

Journal Article
Wimmer, M. C., & Doherty, M. J. (2010)
Children with autism's perception and understanding of ambiguous figures: Evidence for pictorial metarepresentation, a research note. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 28(3), 627-641. https://doi.org/10.1348/026151009X465362
A large body of autism research over the last 20 years has shown that people with autism have difficulties understanding mental states. This has been conceived of as a metarep...

Are children’s memory illusions created differently from those of adults? Evidence from levels-of-processing and divided attention paradigms

Journal Article
Wimmer, M. C., & Howe, M. L. (2010)
Are children’s memory illusions created differently from those of adults? Evidence from levels-of-processing and divided attention paradigms. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 107(1), 31-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2010.03.003
In two experiments, we investigated the robustness and automaticity of adults’ and children’s generation of false memories by using a levels-of-processing paradigm (Experiment...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Experimental Psychology Society
  • British Academy
  • Marie Sklodowska_Curie International Training Networks (ITN)
  • Experimental Psychology Society
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • British Academy

Current Post Grad projects