Benjamin M. Rottman, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology; Research Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center

Graduate Student Advisees:

  • Zachary Caddick
  • Cory Derringer
  • Kevin Soo
  • Ciara Willett

Education & Training

  • PhD, Yale University

Research Interests

Causal learning and reasoning; Experience-based decision making; Medical decision making.

Representative Publications

Rottman, B. M. & Ahn, W. (2009 a). Causal learning about tolerance and sensitization. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 16, 1043-1049. doi:10.3758/PBR.16.6.1043News and Awards

Rottman, B. M., Ahn, W., Sanislow, C. A., & Kim, N. S. (2009). Can clinicians recognize DSM-IV personality disorders from Five-Factor model descriptions of patient cases? The American Journal of Psychiatry, 166, 427-433. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2008.08070972

Chang, A., Sandhofer, C.M., Adelchanow, L., & Rottman, B. (2010). Parental numeric language input to Mandarin Chinese and English speaking preschool children. Journal of Child Language, 38, 341-355. doi:10.1017/S0305000909990390

Rottman, B. M., Kim, N. S. Ahn, W., & Sanislow, C. A. (2011). Can personality disorder experts recognize DSM-IV personality disorders from Five-Factor Model descriptions of patient cases? The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 72, 630-635. doi:10.4088/JCP.09m05534gre

Rottman, B.M., & Ahn, W. (2011). Effect of grouping of evidence types on learning about interactions between observed and unobserved causes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 37, 1432̐1448. doi:10.1037/a0024829

Rottman, B.M., & Keil, F.C. (2011). What matters in scientific explanations: Effects of elaboration and content. Cognition, 121, 324̐337. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2011.08.009.

Rottman, B.M., & Keil, F.C. (2012). Causal Structure Learning over Time: Observations and Interventions. Cognitive Psychology. 64, 93-125. doi:10.1016/j.cogpsych.2011.10.003

Rottman, B. M., Gentner, D., & Goldwater, M. B. (2012). Causal Systems Categories: Differences in Novice and Expert Categorization of Causal Phenomena. Cognitive Science. 36, 919-932. doi: 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2012.01253.x

Rottman, B. M., & Hastie, R. (2013, April 1). Reasoning About Causal Relationships: Inferences on Causal Networks. Psychological Bulletin. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/a0031903

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