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Dr. C.E. (Claire) Stevenson

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group Psychological Methods

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 129
  • Room number: G0.33
Postal address
  • Postbus 15906
    1001 NK Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Research Interests

    The driving force behind my research is the question: “How do people get to be so smart?”. This has led to a focus on two related research themes: how intelligence develops and the creative process. I develop cognitive tasks, tests and games and ask people to solve them –preferably outside of the lab. I use tools such as dynamic testing, eye-tracking, and learning analytics to gain insight into the way they solve the problems. I then develop and test mathematical models of these cognitive (developmental) processes to improve our understanding of developing intelligence and creativity.

  • Publications




    • Bosma, T., Stevenson, C. E., & Resing, W. C. M. (2017). Differences in need for instruction: Dynamic testing in children with arithmetic difficulties. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 5(6), 132-145. [details]
    • Kleibeuker, S. W., Stevenson, C. E., van der Aar, L., Overgaauw, S., van Duijvenvoorde, A. C., & Crone, E. A. (2017). Training in the adolescent brain: An fMRI training study on divergent thinking. Developmental Psychology, 53(2), 353-365. [details]
    • Stevenson, C. E. (2017). Role of Working Memory and Strategy-Use in Feedback Effects on children’s Progression in Analogy Solving: An Explanatory Item Response Theory Account. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 27(3), 393-418. [details]
    • van der Maas, H. L. J., Kan, K. J., Marsman, M., & Stevenson, C. E. (2017). Network Models for Cognitive Development and Intelligence. Journal of Intelligence, 5(2), [16]. [details]


    • Stevenson, C. E., Heiser, W. J., & Resing, W. C. M. (2016). Dynamic Testing of Analogical Reasoning in 5- to 6-Year-Olds: Multiple-Choice Versus Constructed-Response Training Items. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 34(6), 550-565. [details]
    • Stevenson, C. E., Heiser, W. J., & Resing, W. C. M. (2016). Dynamic testing: Assessing cognitive potential of children with culturally diverse backgrounds. Learning and Individual Differences, 47, 27-36. [details]


    • Reed, H. C., Stevenson, C., Broens-Paffen, M., Kirschner, P. A., & Jolles, J. (2015). Third graders’ verbal reports of multiplication strategy use: How valid are they? Learning and Individual Differences, 37, 107-117. [details]


    • Stevenson, C. E., Alberto, R. A., van den Boom, M. A., & de Boeck, P. A. L. (2014). Visual relations children find easy and difficult to process in figural analogies. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, [827].
    • Stevenson, C. E., Bergwerff, C. E., Heiser, W. J., & Resing, W. C. M. (2014). Working Memory and Dynamic Measures of Analogical Reasoning as Predictors of Children's Math and Reading Achievement. Infant and Child Development, 23(1), 51-66. [details]


    • Stevenson, C. E., Heiser, W. J., & Resing, W. C. M. (2013). Working memory as a moderator of training and transfer of analogical reasoning in children. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 38(3), 159-169. [details]
    • Stevenson, C. E., Hickendorff, M., Resing, W. C. M., Heiser, W. J., & de Boeck, P. A. L. (2013). Explanatory item response modeling of children's change on a dynamic test of analogical reasoning. Intelligence, 41(3), 157-168. [details]
    • Stevenson, C. E., Resing, W. C. M., De Boeck, P. A. L., & Heiser, W. J. (2013). Individual differences in the effect of feedback on children's change in analogical reasoning. In E. Walker, & C-K. Looi (Eds.), AIEDWS 2013 : Workshops Proceedings of AIED 2013 : Proceedings of the Workshops at the 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education AIED 2013 : Memphis, USA, July 9-13, 2013 (CEUR Workshop Proceedings; Vol. 1009). CEUR-WS.
    • Stikkolorum, D. R., Stevenson, C. E., & Chaudron, M. R. V. (2013). Assessing software design skills and their relation with reasoning skills. In T. C. Lethbridge, & P. Stevens (Eds.), EduSymp 2013 : MODELS Educators' Symposium 2013: Proceedings of the Educators' Symposium, co-located with ACM/IEEE 16th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS 2013) : Miami, USA, September 30th, 2013 (CEUR Workshop Proceedings; Vol. 1134). CEUR-WS.


    • Stevenson, C. E., Resing, W. C. M., & Bosma, T. (2012). Dynamic Testing: Measuring Inductive Reasoning in Children With Developmental Disabilities and Mild Cognitive Impairments . Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 11(2), 159-178. [details]


    • Resing, W. C. M., Steijn, W. M. P., Stevenson, C. E., & Elliott, J. G. (2011). Computerized Dynamic Testing: A Study of the Potential of an Approach Using Sensor Technology . Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 10(2), 178-194. [details]
    • Stevenson, C. E., Touw, K. W. J., & Resing, W. C. M. (2011). Computer or paper analogy puzzles: Does assessment mode influence young children's strategy progression. Educational and Child Psychology, 28(2), 67-84.


    • Stevenson, C. E., Resing, W. C. M., & Froma, M. N. (2009). Analogical reasoning skill acquisition with self-explanation in 7-8 year olds: Does feedback help? Educational and Child Psychology, 26(3), 6-17.



    • Stevenson, C., van der Maas, H. & Jansen, B. (2020). Jacobs Foundation COVID-19 Education Challenge.
    • Stevenson, C. (2019). Jacobs Foundation Fellowship 2019-2021.
    • Stevenson, C. (2016). ABC Talent Grant.
    • Stevenson, C. (2016). Creative Mind Prize 2016.
    • Baas, M., Stevenson, C. E. & van der Maas, H. L. J. (2016). Abbas-ontwikkelingssubsidie.

    Media appearance


    • Stevenson, C. (participant) (24-3-2017). International Conference of Psychological Science (ICPS) Symposium Organizer, Vienna (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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  • Ancillary activities
    • Universiteit Leiden
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