Klaus Oberauer

Klaus Oberauer studied Psychology at the Free University Berlin and earned his doctoral degree (Dr. phil) at University of Heidelberg in 1995. He has held research positions at the University of Mannheim (1994-1997) and the University of Potsdam (1997-2005), and was appointed as Professor of Psychology at University of Bristol in 2005. He is currently Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Zurich (since 2009). His research interests include working memory, reasoning, and capacity limits of cognition. He investigates these topics through behavioral experiments, studies of individual and age differences, and computational modelling.

Blog Posts

FAQs for PLoS1 paper by Lewandowsky, Gignac, and Oberauer

Posted on 2 October 2013 by Stephan Lewandowsky & Klaus Oberauer

This post contains FAQs and answers to the paper by Lewandowsky, Gignac, and Oberauer that was published in PLOS ONE in 2013, entitled The Role of Conspiracist Ideation and Worldviews in Predicting Rejection of Science.

The abstract of the paper is reproduced below, and because PLOS ONE is an open access journal the paper itself can be accessed here:

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Inferential Statistics and Replications

Posted on 10 October 2012 by Stephan Lewandowsky & Klaus Oberauer

When you drop a glass it'll crash to the floor. Wherever you are on this planet, and whatever glass it is you were disposing of, gravity will ensure its swift demise. The replicability of phenomena is one of the hallmarks of science: once we understand a natural "law" we expect it to yield the same outcome in any situation in which it is applicable. (This outcome may have error bars associated with it but that doesn't affect our basic conclusion).

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A simple recipe for the manufacturing of doubt

Posted on 19 September 2012 by Klaus Oberauer & Stephan Lewandowsky

Mr. McIntyre, a self-declared expert in statistics, recently posted an ostensibly unsuccessful attempt to replicate several exploratory factor analyses in our study on the motivated rejection of (climate) science. His wordy post creates the appearance of potential problems with our analysis.

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Drilling into noise

Posted on 17 September 2012 by Stephan Lewandowsky & Klaus Oberauer

The science of statistics is all about differentiating signal from noise. This exercise is far from trivial: Although there is enough computing power in today's laptops to churn out very sophisticated analyses, it is easily overlooked that data analysis is also a cognitive activity.

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Climate denial a “warmist” hoax?

Posted on 13 September 2012 by Stephan Lewandowsky & Klaus Oberauer

Understanding people means to have a Theory of Mind. A model of other people’s thinking.

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Faking that NASA faked the moon landing

Posted on 12 September 2012 by Stephan Lewandowsky & Klaus Oberauer

Data integrity is a central issue in all research, and internet-based data collection poses a unique set of challenges. Much attention has been devoted to that issue and procedures have been developed to safeguard against abuse. There have been numerous demonstrations that internet platforms offers a reliable and replicable means of data collection, and the practice is now widely accepted.

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