Heinz Wimmer

Research / Selected Publications

Theory of Mind

  • Wimmer, H., & Perner, J. (1983). Beliefs about beliefs: Representation and constraining functions of wrong beliefs in young children´s understanding of deception. Cognition, 13, 103-128. Times cited: 946.
  • Wimmer, H., Gruber, S., & Perner, J. (1984). Young children´s conception of lying: Lexical realism – moral subjectivism. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 37, 1-30. Times cited: 18.
  • Wimmer, H., Hogrefe, J., & Sodian, B. (1988). A second stage in children´s conception of mental life: Understanding informational accesses as origins of knowledge and belief. In J. Astington, D. Olson & P. Harris (Eds.). Developing theories of mind (pp. 173-193). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wimmer, H., & Hartl, M. (1991). Against the Cartesian view on mind: Young children´s difficulty with own false belief. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 9, 125-138. Times cited: 111.


Neurocognition of Reading and Reading Disability (Developmental Dyslexia)

  • Wimmer, H. (1993). Characteristics of developmental dyslexia in a regular writing system. Applied Psycholinguistics, 14, 1-33. Times cited: 144.
  • Mayringer, H. & Wimmer, H. (2002). No deficits at the point of hemispheric indecision. Neuropsychologia, 40, 701-704. Times cited: 6.
  • Kronbichler, M., Hutzler, F., & Wimmer, H. (2002). Dyslexia: Verbal impairments in the absence of magnocellular impairments. NeuroReport, 13, 617-620. Times cited: 28.
  • Wimmer, H., & Mayringer, H. (2002). Dysfluent reading in the absence of spelling difficulties: A specific disability in regular orthographies. Journal of Educational Psychology, 94, 272-277. Times cited: 29.
  • Kronbichler, M., Hutzler, F., Wimmer, H., Mair, A., Staffen, W., & Ladurner, G. (2004). The visual word form area and the frequency with which words are encountered: Evidence from a parametric fMRI study. NeuroImage, 21, 946-953. Times cited: 36.
  • Kronbichler, M., Hutzler, F., Staffen, W., Mair, A., Ladurner, G., & Wimmer, H. (2006). Evidence for a dysfunction of left posterior reading areas in German dyslexic readers. Neuropsychologia, 44(10), 1822-1832. Times cited: 4.
  • Kronbichler, M., Bergmann, J., Hutzler, F., Staffen, W., Mair, A., Ladurner, G., et al. (2007). Taxi vs. Taksi: On orthographic word recognition in the left ventral occipitotemporal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 1584-1594. Times cited: 1.



  • Wimmer, H. (1974). Soziale Schicht und kognitive Merkmale bei Vorschulkindern [Social class and cognition in preschool children]. Wien: Ketterl.
  • Wimmer, H. & Perner, J. (1979). Kognitionspsychologie [Cognitive Psychology]. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer. (Translated into Italian: Wimmer, H. & Perner, J. (1988). Psicologia della Cognizione come psicologia generale. Roma: Città Nuova.)
  • Wimmer, H. (1982). Zur Entwicklung des Verstehens von Erzählungen [Development of story understanding in children]. Bern: Huber.