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About Fenja Ziegler

Originally from the far north of Germany, I moved to the UK to study for my BSc in Psychology at City University, London. I completed my PhD in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, before taking up a post as Lecturer and Research Fellow in the School of Psychology there.  In September 2010, I moved to Lincoln University as a senior lecturer in Psychology and was promoted to Principal Lecturer in 2015. When not researching or teaching Psychology, I am running through the Lincolnshire countryside dragged by a pair of exuberant hounds, reading, listening to music (or making it, badly) or battling the winds of Lincoln on my bike.

Department Responsibilities

Summer Scientist week founder Research participation scheme coordinator (including SONA) Academic Liaison for BPS Member Athena Swan working group member

Subject Specialism

behavioural economics, social decision making, perspective-taking, theory of mind


  • PhD Psychology and Philosophy — University of Nottingham, 2004
  • BSc(Hons) Psychology — City University London, 1999


Consultancy on Behavioural Economics

Orcid ID


Research Interests

  • Decision-making

  • Medical Decision-making

  • Perspective-taking

  • Surrogate Decision-making

  • Theory of Mind

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Changing horizons: can children learn to be less impulsive by changing their time perspective? — awarded £1000 by UROS in 2015
  • Accuracy in surrogate medical decision-making — awarded £3000 by College Research Fund in 2012
  • Curse of knowledge in children’s false belief? — awarded £1000 by UROS in 2011
  • Framing in decisions made for others — awarded £1000 by College Research Fund in 2010
  • Obstacle and Endurance Racing — in
  • Impulsivity in decision-making — in

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Degree Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader - BSc Psychology — 2015 to Present

Module Responsibilities

  • Module Coordinator - Developing Individual in Society — 2017 to Present
  • Supervisor - Dissertation — 2010 to Present
  • Personal tutor - Tutorial Programme — 2010 to Present
  • Group supervisor - Research Skills — 2010 to Present
  • Module Coordinator - Development in Context — 2010 to 2017

Professional Affiliations


- Member of the ESRC Peer Review College (2015 - ) - Member of the BPS Developmental Section Committee (2017 - ) - Member of the Publication Committee - SSOL - External Examiner: University of Gloucestershire - Reviewer for Academic Journals, including: British Journal of Developmental Psychology; British Journal of Psychology; Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Developmental Science; European Journal of Developmental Psychology; Infant and Child Development; Journal of Child Language; Mind, Brain and Education; Philosophical Psychology; Psychonomic Bulletin and Review; Thinking & Reasoning. - Reviewer for Grants: Leverhulme Trust, ESRC, National Swiss Science Foundation, National Research Foundation of South Africa. - Consultancy on Behavioural Economics