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REASON Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Christopher Osterhaus

Postdoctoral Research Associate
International doctoral school REASON ENB


Leopoldstrasse 44
80802 München

Room: 618
Phone: +49-(0)89-2180-72542

Further Information

My research explores how children acquire scientific-thinking skills. Also, I am interested in how the basic methods of science can be made accessible to (young) children.

Research interests

  • Development of scientific thinking from kindergarten to adolescence
  • Science education
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Advanced theory of mind
  • Modeling of cognitive development

Curriculum vitae

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cognitive Development & Communication Lab (Prof. Dr. Martha Alibali), 2016-2017
  • Feodor Lynen Research Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, 2016-2017
  • Dr. phil., Psychology, Freiburg University of Education, 2016
  • M.S., Psychology, University of Amsterdam, 2011
  • M.A., Philosophy of Science, University of Amsterdam, 2010
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, 2009
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Amsterdam, 2007

Selected publications

  • Osterhaus, C., Koerber, S., & Sodian, B. (2016). Scientific thinking in elementary school: Children’s social cognition and their epistemological understanding promote experimentation skills. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/dev0000260
  • Osterhaus, C., Koerber, S., & Sodian, B. (2016). Scaling of advanced theory-of-mind tasks. Child Development, 87, 1971–1991. doi:10.1111/cdev.12566
  • Osterhaus, C., Koerber, S., & Sodian, B. (2015). Children’s understanding of experimental contrast and experimental control: An inventory for primary school. Frontline Learning Research, 3(4), 56–94. doi:10.14786/flr.v3i4.220
  • Koerber, S., Osterhaus, C., & Sodian, B. (2015). Testing primary-school children’s understanding of the nature of science. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33, 57–72. doi:10.1111/bjdp.12067
  • Koerber, S., Mayer, D., Osterhaus, C., Schwippert, K., & Sodian, B. (2015). The development of scientific thinking in elementary school: A comprehensive inventory. Child Development, 86, 327–336. doi:10.1111/cdev.12298