Benjamin Rottman

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center


Education and Training

PhD, Yale University

Research Interests

  • Causal learning, reasoning, and judgment
  • Medical diagnosis and decision-making

Causal Reasoning Learning & Memory Memory

Related Research Areas

Cognitive & Neural Foundations of Learning Informal & Life-long Learning Reasoning, Decision Making, & Argumentation

Recent Publications

Jaramillo, S., Kuo, E., Rottman, B. M., & Nokes-Malach, T. J. (2021). Investigating causal inference difficulties with a simple, qualitative force-and-motion problem. In M. B. Bennett, B. W. Frank, & R. E. Vieyra (Eds.) Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings (pp. 197-202). American Association of Physics Teachers.

Willett, C. L. & Rottman, B. M. (2021). The accuracy of causal learning over long timeframes: An ecological momentary experiment approach. Cognitive Science, , 45(7), e12985. 

Jaramillo, S., Kuo, E., Nokes-Malach, T., & Rottman, B. (2021). Using Causality to Map Difficulties in a Qualitative Physics Problem. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 43.

Barnes, K., Rottman, B. M., & Colagiuri. (2021). The placebo effect: To explore or to exploit. Cognition.

Chow, J. Y., Colagiuri, B., Rottman, B. M., Goldwater, M., & Livesey, E. J. (2021). Pseudoscientific health beliefs and the perceived frequency of causal relationships.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,  18(21), 11196.

Benjamin Rottman's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

Principal Investigator Benjamin Rottman, Associate Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Research Scientist received a National Science Foundation grant for “CAREER: Causal Reasoning in Daily Life and its Role in Science Literacy” on July 1, 2017.

July 2017

LRDC Research Scientist, Benjamin Rottman, Psychology, has been named a 2016 APS Rising Star. The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research careers post-PhD.

February 15, 2017


LRDC Research Scientist Benjamin Rottman's research article in clinical diagnosis is mentioned in the Psychonomic Society blog post "#goCRPI: Bayes battling baserate neglect in medical diagnosis."

October 6, 2016

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