Karl Rosengren

Karl Rosengren

PhD, University of Minnesota
Professor, Psychology

Contact Information:

523 Psychology

Research Statement

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). 

Representative Publications

Hur P, Park K, Rosengren KS, Horn GP, Hsiao-Wecksler ET. (2015) Effects of air bottle design on postural control of firefighters. Applied Ergonomics. 48:49-55. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2014.11.003.

Horn GP, Kesler RM, Motl RW, Hsiao-Wecksler ET, Klaren RE, Ensari I, Petrucci MN, Fernhall B, Rosengren KS. (2015) Physiological responses to simulated firefighter exercise protocols in varying environments. Ergonomics. In Press.

Gutiérrez IT, Rosengren KS, Miller PJ. (2015) Día de los Muertos: Learning About Death Through Observing and Pitching In. Advances in Child Development and Behavior. 49:229-49. doi: 10.1016/bs.acdb.2015.08.004.

Rosengren KS, Hsiao-Weckslerb ET, Horn G. (2014) Fighting fires without falling: Effects of equipment design and fatigue on firefighters balance and gait. Ecological Psychology. 26, 1-8.

Legare CH, Evans EM, Rosengren KS, Harris PL. (2012) The coexistence of natural and supernatural explanations across cultures and development. Child Development. 83(3):779-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01743.x.