Christopher Osterhaus is a postdoctoral research associate in psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He received a doctoral degree from the Freiburg University of Education and was a postdoctoral research fellow (supported by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Christopher studies children’s cognitive development and people’s ability to use and interpret evidence. He is an AERASRCD Early Career Research Fellow in Middle Childhood Education and Development. His dissertation was awarded with the Margret-and-Paul-Baltes-Award by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie.

Research interests

Scientific Thinking
Christopher’s research explores how children and adults acquire scientific-thinking skills. Also, he is interested in how the basic methods of science can be made accessible to (young) children.

Social-cognitive development
Which social-cognitive developments take place during elementary school? How can children’s advanced social cognition best be measured? And what are the real-world consequences of children’s social-cognitive skills?

Modeling of cognitive development
How can latent variable models be used to model children’s cognitive development?

Curriculum vitae

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016-17
  • Feodor Lynen Research Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, 2016-17
  • 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