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I am willing to supervise PhD projects in the area of cognitive development, particularly the development of future thinking, counterfactual reasoning, or children's temporal cognition.


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Research Interests

Much of my research has focused on the development of different aspects of temporal cognition in young children. I am currently working on aspects of children's future thinking on an ESRC-funded project with Cristina Atance, and on a Leverhulme-funded project on relief with Aidan Feeney, Christoph Hoerl, and Sarah Beck. I have a long-standing interest in interdisciplinary work with philosophers, and I am associated with the Mind and Action Research Centre at the University of Warwick. I am co-director of the AHRC project "Time: Between Metaphysics and Psychology" along with Christoph Hoerl at Warwick. Recently completed projects include an ESRC-funded project with Eugene Caruso examining temporal asymmetries in children's thinking, a Leverhulme-funded project with Marc Buehner, David Lagnado, and Christoph Hoerl, on the effects of children's causal beliefs on their temporal judgments, and a project on mathematics and order processing with Kinga Morsanyi funded by Nuffield.


I teach developmental psychology primarily at MSc level.


I completed my undergraduate degree and PhD at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge. After a year lecturing at the University of Kent, I moved to the University of Warwick to work as a postdoctoral researcher with Gordon Brown. In 2000, I was appointed as a lecturer at Warwick, before moving to Queen's University Belfast in 2002. I was promoted to Reader and then to Professor of Cognitive Development in 2010.

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Research Output

Causality Influences Children’s and Adults’ Experience of Temporal Order

Tecwyn, E. C., Bechlivanidis, C., Lagnado, D., Hoerl, C., Lorimer, S., Blakey, E., McCormack, T. & Buehner, M., 16 Jan 2020, In : Developmental Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Children’s Future-Oriented Cognition

    McCormack, T. & Hoerl, C., 09 Dec 2019, (Accepted) Advances in Child Development and Behavior. Benson, J. (ed.). Elsevier, Vol. 58.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
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    External Examiner of PhD thesis Central European University Budapest

    Teresa McCormack (Examiner)
    14 May 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Time and Counterfactuals - Sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust

    Agnieszka Jaroslawska (Organiser), Teresa McCormack (Organiser), Aidan Feeney (Organiser)
    Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    External examiner on PhD thesis University College London

    Teresa McCormack (Examiner)
    29 Jul 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    It could have been worse - validating a distinction between counterfactual and temporal instances of relief.

    Agnieszka Jaroslawska (Presenter), Teresa McCormack (Contributor), Aidan Feeney (Contributor)
    Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Phew! Well that’s a relief for you – understanding relief in others

    Matthew Johnston (Speaker), Teresa McCormack (Contributor), Aidan Feeney (Contributor), Agnieszka Jaroslawska (Contributor), Christoph Hoerl (Contributor), Sarah Beck (Contributor)
    05 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


    The Role of Mental Representations of Order in Mathematical Cognition: A Developmental Approach

    Author: O'Connor, P. A., 2019

    Supervisor: Morsanyi, K. (Supervisor) & McCormack, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy