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Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

Conceptual and Social-Cognitive Development

Principal Investigator: Dr. Karen Bartsch

University of Wyoming Department of Psychology's Conceptual and Social-Cognitive Development lab

University of Wyoming
Department of Psychology, Dept. 3415
1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2942

 Dr. Bartsch is actively recruiting prospective graduate students at this time.

Chrissy Wade, as a graduate student in the lab, asks a child when he learned to solve a puzzle in an investigation of young children's recognition of learning events.  Chrissy is now an Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Family and Consumer Science.


Current Research Topics

  • Conceptual development (theory of mind; theory-theory, recognition of learning)

  • Development of social cognition (application to persuasion)

  • Moral development (moral reasoning and environmental issues)


Recent Representative Publications

* Indicates a graduate student co-author


Bartsch, K., Wade, C. E., & Estes, D. (2011). Children's attention to others' beliefs during persuasion: Improvised and selected arguments to puppets and people. Social Development, 20(2), 316-333.


Bartsch, K., Wright, J. C., & Estes, D. (2010). Young children's persuasion in everyday conversation: Tactics and attunement to other's mental states. Social Development, 19(2),394-416.


Wright, J. C., & Bartsch, K. (2008). Portraite of early moral sensibility in two children's everyday conversations. Merril-Palmer Quarterly, 54(1), 56-85.


* Bartsch, K., Campbell, M. D., & Troseth, G. L. Why else does Jenny run? Young children's extended psychological explanations. Journal of Cognition and Development, 8(1), 33-61.

* Bartsch, K., London, K., & Campbell, M. Children's attention to beliefs in interactive
persuasion. Developmental Psychology, 43(1), 111-120.

Tang, C., Bartsch, K., & Nunez, N. Young children's reports of when learning occurred: It depends on the question. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 97, 149-164.


* Bartsch, K., & Wright, J. C. Towards an intuitionist account of moral development.
[Commentary] Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28, 546-547.


* Bartsch, K., Horvath, K., & Estes, D. Young children's talk about learning events. Cognitive Development, 18, 177-193.


Bartsch, K. The role of experience in children's developing folk epistemology:  Review and analysis from the theory-theory perspective. New Ideas in Psychology, 20, 145-161.


* Bartsch, K. & London, K. Children's use of belief information in selecting persuasive arguments, Developmental Psychology, 36, 352-365.

Representative Grants


Co-PI - Penningworth, S., & Bartsch, K. (2007-8).  Prospective memory ability in 2nd- and 5th-Graders, University of Wyoming, Faculty Grant-in-Aid.


PI - Bartsch, K. (2002-6). Young children's use of mental state information in persuasion. National Science Foundation 

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Department of Psychology

1000 E University Ave.

Dept. 3415

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6303

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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