This is me sitting on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Antony Gormley's One and Other installation while my student was presenting at the BPS Developmental Conference.

Sarah R. Beck: CV


April 2013—Present

Reader in Cognitive Development, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK


Oct 2009—March 2013

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK


Sept 2003—Sept 2009

Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK



Dec 1997—Nov 2001

PhD Psychology “Children’s handling of ambiguous input”  University of Birmingham. Supervised by E.J. Robinson


Oct 1992—June 1995

BA (Hons) Psychology & Philosophy, University of Oxford.


Grants & Awards:

2011 Margaret Donaldson Early Career Prize from the British Psychological Society Developmental Section.


Beck, S.R., Apperly, I.A., & Chappell, J. (Re)Inventing the wheel: the development of tool innovation. ESRC October 2012—September 2015, £440k FEC.

Feeney, A., Beck, S.R., McCormack, T., & Humphreys, G.W. The role of regret in decision making: a developmental study. ESRC October 2012— September 2015, £470k FEC. Based at Queen’s University, Belfast with a PhD student at the University of Birmingham.

Beck, S.R. & Apperly, I.A. Children teaching about tools. British Academy Small Grant October 2012 - September 2013, £10k

Beck, S.R. The development of the Illusion of Control. EPS Small Grant Scheme July 2011 – July 2012, £2k

Beck, S.R., & Riggs, K.J. Developments in counterfactual thinking in middle-childhood. ESRC Sept 2008 – Aug 2010. £177k. Associated partner on successful proposal to ESF Eurocores Programme LogiCCC: The logic of causal and probabilistic reasoning in uncertain environments. Shurtz, Kistler, Jirousek, Kleiter, Perner, Beck, Gilio.

Beck, S.R. Children’s inferences about counterfactual and actual worlds. EPS Small Grant Scheme July 2007- July 2008, £2k.

Robinson, E.J., Beck, S.R. & Rowley, M.R., Children's handling of uncertainty: The influence of an unknown reality. ESRC Jan 2007 – Mar 2010, £250k.

Beck, S.R.  Regret, relief and children’s counterfactual thinking. British Academy. Sept 2006 – Aug 2008, £5.9k

Beck, S.R. & Riggs, K.J. Relating developments in executive function and counterfactual thinking. ESRC. April 2006 – March 2007, £41k.

Beck, S.R., Robinson, E.J., & Apperly, I.A. The development of children’s thinking about possibilities. ESRC. Sept 2003 –Jan 2005, £41k.