Sarah Beck

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

I am interested in the ability to think about things outside the here and now: to imagine alternative possibilities and worlds. I am particularly interested in how children speculate about events in the past (counterfactual thinking) and their innovative problem solving. I explore the cognitive components of these higher cognitive functions in children and adults. I also collaborate to work with atypical populations.

More information about my research and my lab can be found at



Dr Beck completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford in Psychology and Philosophy (PPP) before moving to become a research assistant at the University of Birmingham, where she has studied and worked ever since.


PhD Psychology (2002) School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.

BA(Hons) PPP: Psychology & Philosophy (1995) University of Oxford.

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy

    1997 - 2001
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Oxford

    Psychology and Philosophy (PPP)

    1992 - 1995

Professional Qualifications

  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, PCGLTHE


Willingness to take PhD students