Past Events

The empirical use of Mental Files

Workshop, University of Salzburg

July 21-24 2019


Sunday, 21 July 2019

Josef Perner: Object files: Tracking vs. re-identification Tracking constraint

Michael Huemer: Tracking vs. re-identification: Key-experiment

Jake Quilty-Dunn: ‘Object files & working memory: Locations, features, & concepts’

Monday, 22 July 2019

Matthias Tholen: Immediate vs. delayed recognition

Sam Wilkinson: ‘Mental files as hierarchical predictive models: The case of
delusional misidentification’

Michael Huemer:Children’s developing understanding of identity’

Michael Murez: ‘Mental files, information structure & copular sentences’

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

General problems: Deployment of co-referential files, Conceptualisation, Spatial- vs. non-spatial information

General problems: How many significant others, Knowing what the other knows, Call & Tomasello – non-verbal FB task, Equations & identity

Michael Huemer: ‘A non-verbal identity task’

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Michael Huemer: Children’s developing understanding of the aspectuality of mental states


The Structure and Development of Understanding Actions and Reasons

Workshop, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Sept. 27-28, 2018


Albert Newen (Ruhr-University Bochum)

The development of false-belief understanding: a three-level theory

Michael Huemer, Josef Perner
(University Salzburg):

Mental Files for representing perspective

Gergely Csibra (CEU Budapest)

Teleological Understanding of Actions

Beate Priewasser & Frank Esken
(University Salzburg):

The role of reasons in young children‘s understanding of actions

Maria Alvarez (King’s College London):

Normative Choice and Moral Responsibility

Hans-Johann Glock (University Zürich):

,Why?‘ - ,Because‘: explanations, reasons, and norms

Tobias Schlicht (Ruhr-University Bochum):

Towards a layered model of intentionality

Stephen Butterfill (University of Warwick):

Pure goal-tracking-a developmental puzzle

2nd Workshop in Salzburg,
January 5-6, 2020

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Caroline T. Arruda, Associate Professor, University of Texas, El Paso (USA)

Daniel J. Povinelli, Professor of Biology, University of Louisiana, Lafayette (USA)

Eva Rafetseder, Senior Lecturer, Psychology, University of Stirling (UK)

Michael Tomasello, Director (em.) Max Planck Institute for evolutionary anthropology, Leipzig

Further Speakers:

Hans-Johann Glock (Zürich)

Albert Newen (Bochum)

Josef Perner (Salzburg)

Tobias Schlicht (Bochum)

Tobias Starzak (Bochum)


Sunday, January 5th, 2020

09:00 Opening remarks – Josef Perner

09:15 Hans-Johann Glock: ‘Pluralism about reasons and animal agency’

10:45 Albert Newen: ‘Beliefs in Humans and Animals’

13:30 Daniel Povinelli: ‘Why there is (still) no experimental evidence for theory of mind in animals, and why the non-experimental approaches won't provide any either’

15:00 Caroline Arruda: ‘When should we worry about over generating actions done for reasons?’
16:30 Eva Rafetseder: ‘Positioning teleology in relation to belief-desire psychology’

19:30 Dinner (City)

Monday, January 6th, 2020

09:00 Tobias Schlicht & Tobias Starzak: ‘Are affordances reasons for action?’

10:30 Josef Perner: ‘The seven virtues of teleology’

12:00 Michael Tomasello: ‘The ontogeny of reason-giving as a social process’

Inquiries and registration to michael.huemer (at)