Dr. Stefanie Lindow

Dr. Stefanie Lindow

Project manager

Office: Research Building C19 / 01/20

Phone: +49 361 737-2222
E-mail: stefanie.lindow@uni-erfurt.de

Office hours: Please make an appointment by e-mail.

Research focus

  • Information search and information integration in children's decision making process
  • Development of decision-making strategies across the life span
  • Methods for studying decision-making processes over a wide age span - from childhood to old adulthood
  • Children's everyday decisions and methods for studying them


Short CV

since 2021 Project manager in the "KEEP-Panel Thuringia: Cognitive development of decision making competencies and societal participation"
2013-2021 Project manager in the research project "Probabilistic decisions in children"
2009-2013 Researcher at the Department for Social, Organizational, and Economic Psychology, University of Erfurt
2014 Ph.D. ( Dr. phil.) at the University of Erfurt (topic: decision making in children
2007 - 2009 M.Sc. at the University of Erfurt: Psychology; master thesis: "Der Einfluss von Umweltfaktoren auf Urteile über Zeit und Häufigkeit" [The influence of environmental factors on judgments of time and frequency]
2004 - 2007 B.A. at the University of Erfurt (major: Teaching, Learning, and Training Psychology, minor: Education)


Journal articles

Lindow, S., Lehmann, A., Buttelmann, D., & Betsch, T. (2023). Preschoolers’ use of cue validities as weights in decision-making: Certainty does not substantially change the world. Judgment and Decision Making, 18, e38. https://doi.org/10.1017/jdm.2023.36

Aßmann, L., Betsch, T., Lang, A., & Lindow, S. (2022). When even the smartest fail to prioritise: overuse of information can decrease decision accuracy. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 34(5), 675–690. https://doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2022.2055560

Lindow, S., & Lang, A. (2021). A lifespan perspective on decision-making: A cross-sectional comparison of middle childhood, young adulthood, and older adulthood. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 35(3), e2268. https://doi.org/10.1002/bdm.2268

Lindow, S., & Betsch, T. (2021). Pre-schoolers’ competence to use advice in everyday decision contexts. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 215, Article 105311. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2021.105311

Lindow, S. (2021). On searching and finding: The development of information search abilities. Cognitive Development, 58, 101011. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2021.101011

Betsch, T., Lindow, S., Lehmann, A., & Stenmans, R. (2021). From perception to inference: Utilization of probabilities as decision weights in children. Memory and Cognition, 49, 826842. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13421-020-01127-0

Betsch, T., Lehmann, A., Lindow, S., & Buttelmann, D. (2020). Children's trust in advice-givers in risky decisions. Cognitive Development, 53, 100846. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2019.100846

Lindow, S., & Betsch, T. (2019). Children's adaptive decision making and the costs of information search.  Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 60, 24–34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2018.09.006

Betsch, T., Lehmann, A., Jekel, M., Lindow, S., & Glöckner, A. (2018). Children's application of decision strategies in a compensatory environment. Judgment and Decision Making, 13, 514–528. https://journal.sjdm.org/18/18225/jdm18225.pdf

Lindow, S., & Betsch, T. (2018). Child decision-making: On the burden of predecisional information search. Journal of Cognition and Development, 19, 137–164. https://doi.org/10.1080/15248372.2018.1436057

Lindow, S., Lang, A., & Betsch, T. (2017). Holistic information integration in child decision making. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 30, 1131–1146. https://doi.org/10.1002/bdm.2029

Betsch, T., Lehmann, A., Lindow, S., Lang, A., & Schoemann, M. (2016). Lost in search: (Mal-)adaptation to probabilistic decision environments in children and adults. Developmental Psychology, 52, 311–325. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000077

Betsch, T., Lindow, S., Engel, C., Ulshöfer, C., & Kleber, J. (2015). Has the world changed? My neighbor might know - Effects of social context on routine deviation. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 28, 50–66. https://doi.org/10.1002/bdm.1828

Lindow, S., Fuchs, H, Fürstenberg, A., Kleber, J., Schweppe, J., & Rummer, R. (2011). On the robustness of the modality effect: Attempting to replicate a basic finding. Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie, 25, 231–243. https://doi.org/10.1024/1010-0652/a000049

*Glauer,M., Häusig, S., Krüger, M., Betsch, T., Renkewitz, F., Sedlmeier, P., & Winkler, I. (2007). Typizitätsnormen für Vetreter von 30 Kategorien. Neurolinguistik, 21, 5–46.

* under maiden name Häusig


Book chapters

Betsch, T., Ritter, J., Lang, A., & Lindow, S. (2016). Thinking beyond boundaries. In L. Macchi, M. Bagassi, & R. Viale (Eds.), Cognitive unconscious and human rationality. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Lindow, S. (2014). Entscheidungen bei Kindern: (Wie) Entwickeln sich Entscheidungsstrategien? [Decisions in children: (How) do decision-making strategies develop?]. Göttingen, Germany: Optimus.