University of Wisconsin–Madison

Karl Rosengren


(608) 265-5297

523 Psychology

Research Area(s)

Lab Website
Rosengren Lab

Research Interests
I conduct research on cognitive and motor development. In the cognitive area I examine how children reason about the world and separate what is possible and impossible. Recently, I have investigated how children and adults use different kinds of explanations to reason about evolution, health and illness, and death. In the motor domain I have primarily been interested in how children and adults maintain balance and effectively move through the world. I have a third line of research that combines my interests in cognitive and motor development that examines young children’s action errors – where children attempt to perform actions on objects that do not allow the action to be completed successfully because the object is too small (action errors) or is a photograph (grasping errors).

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Recent Publications
Rosengren, K. S., Hsiao-Wecksler, E. T., & Horn, G. (2014). Fighting fires without falling: Effects of equipment design and fatigue on firefighters balance and gait. Ecological Psychology, 26, 1-8.

Herrmann, P., French, J., DeHart, G., & Rosengren, K. S. (2013). Knowledge and experience influence essentialist reasoning in preschoolers. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 59 (2), 198-220.

Legare, C. H., Evans, E. M., Rosengren, K. S., & Harris, P. L. (2012). The coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations across cultures and development. Child Development, 83, 779-793.

Braswell, G., Rosengren, K. S., & Berenbaum, H. (2012). Gravity, God and Ghosts? Parents’ beliefs in science, religion and the paranormal and the encouragement of beliefs in their children. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 36, 99-106.