Elisabeth Stöttinger

Research interests

My current research combines cognitive and neuroscientific approaches to examine how we make sense of the world. I am interested in how we use perceptual information to build mental models about the environment and how we adapt these models when incoming information does not match our expectations. I have investigated these processes in numerous participant populations, including healthy young individuals and seniors, brain damaged patients and children. For this research, I used a variety of methodologies such as behavioral and neuroimaging methods (fMRI and Lesion Overlay Analysis) and computational modeling. Most recently I showed that the ability to update mental representations plays a key role in Theory of Mind. In my early work I examined the influence of lower level visual elements (e.g., visual illusions, numerical magnitude) on perception and action; I exposed some key methodological constraints that explain many of the prior controversies in this field. I have also worked on the influence of perception (direct vs. indirect) on episodic and semantic memory, and the implications of perception on Theory of Mind.

Email: estoettinger@uwaterloo.ca


Papers in peer reviewed journals

Stöttinger, E., Filipowicz, A., Anderson, B., Valadao, D, Culham, J., Goodale, M., & Danckert, J. A Cortical Network that Marks the Moment When Conscious Representations are Updated. Neuropsychologia (in press).

Stöttinger, E., Sepahvand, N., Danckert, J. & Anderson. B. (2015). Assessing Perceptual Change with an Ambiguous Figures Task: Normative Data for 40 Standard Picture Sets. Behavioral Research Methods, 1-22.

Stöttinger, E., Filipowicz, A., Marandi, E., Quehl, N., Danckert, J., & Anderson, B. Statistical and Perceptual Updating: correlated impairments in right brain injury. (2014). Experimental Brain Research,232, 1971-1987.

Stöttinger, E., Filipowicz, A., Danckert, J., Anderson, B. (2014). The Effects of Success, Confidence, and Strategies on the Updating of Mental Models: Evidence from Playing ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’. Cognitive Science, 38, 1482-1492.

Sepahvand, N. M., Stöttinger, E., Danckert, J., & Anderson, B. (2014). Sequential Decisions: A Computational Comparison of Observational and Reinforcement Accounts. PloS one, 9(4), e94308.

Stöttinger, E., Anderson, B. ,Danckert, J., Früholz, B., & Wood, G. (2012). Spatial biases in number line bisection tasks are due to a cognitive illusion of length. Experimental Brain Reserach, 220, 147-152.

Stöttinger, E., Pfusterschmied, J., Wagner, H., Danckert, J., Anderson, B., & Perner, J. (2012). Getting a grip on illusions: replicating Stöttinger et al. Experimental Brain Research, 216,155-157.

Danckert, J., Stöttinger, E., Quehl, N., & Anderson, B. (2012). Right hemisphere brain damage impairs strategy updating. Cerebral Cortex, 22: 2745-2760.

Stöttinger, E., Soder, K., Pfusterschmied, J., Wagner, H. & Perner, J. (2010). Division of labour within the visual system - fact or fiction? Which kind of evidence is appropriate to clarify this debate? Experimental brain research, 202, 79-88.

Stöttinger, E., & Perner, J. (2009). Consistency in exchange for inappropriately matched visual feedback? Comment on Franz & Gegenfurtner (2008) [Grasping visual illusions: Consistent data and no dissociation, in Cognitive Neuropsychology], Cognitive Neuropsychology, 26, 412-117.

Stöttinger, E., Aigner, S., Hanstein, K. & Perner, J. (2009). Grasping the diagonal: Controlling attention to illusory stimuli for action and perception. Consciousness & Cognition, 18, 223 - 228.

Stöttinger, E., Kaiser, W., & Perner J. (2009). Remember judgments and the constraint of direct experience. Psychological Research, 73, 623-632.

Perner, J., Kloo, D., & Stöttinger, E. (2007). Introspection & remembering. Synthese, 159, 253-270.

Stöttinger, E., & Perner, J. (2006). Dissociating Size Representation for Action and for Conscious Judgment: Grasping Visual Illusions without Apparent Obstacles. Consciousness and Cognition, 15, 269-284.

Submitted, in preparation

Rafetseder, E., Hawelka, S., Schuster, S., Doherty, M., Anderson, B, Danckert, J, & Stöttinger, E. Representational Updating and Theory of Mind. In Preparation.

Other publications

Danckert, J. Stöttinger, E., & Anderson, B. (2012). Neglect as a disorder of representational updating. NOVA Open Access Publishers.

Stöttinger, E. (2009). Oral History - Wahre Erinnerung oder Konfabulation? Validität und Reliabilität von Zeitzeugenberichten aus psychologischer Sicht [Oral History - True memories or confabulation. Validity and reliability of contemporary witnesses from a psychological point of view]. In Giordano, C., Patry, J.L., & Rüegg, F. (Eds.), Trugschlüsse und Umdeutungen. Multidisziplinäre Betrachtungen unbehaglicher Praktiken (pp.131-145). Berlin, Wien, Zürich, Münster: Lit-Verlag.

Stöttinger, E. (2008). Episodisches Gedächtnis. Erinnern als wirkliches Wiedererleben [Episodic Memory. Remembering as real re-experience]. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

Suchan, B., Wallner-Paschon, C., Stöttinger, E. & Bergmüller, S. (2007). PIRLS 2006. Erste Ergebnisse [PIRLS 2006. First results]. Graz: Leykam.