Tania Lombrozo

Tania Lombrozo appears in the following:

Being Thankful In The Wake Of Tragedy

Monday, November 23, 2015

Beyond gratitude for the narrow compass of our own lives, we can take a step back to be thankful for the broader circumstances that make those lives possible this Thanksgiving, says Tania Lombrozo.


Carrying A (Welding) Torch For Philosophy

Monday, November 16, 2015

At the last Republican presidential debate, Sen. Marco Rubio said the U.S. needs more welders and fewer philosophers. So, Tania Lombrozo talked with a Stanford philosopher who was once a welder.


Why We Care About Lies

Monday, November 09, 2015

Commentator Tania Lombrozo explores a study that reveals that we'll overlook reality and call truthful statements "lies" when it's the only way to communicate their deceptive intent.


Is Your 4-Year-Old A Liar? Here's The Bright Side

Monday, November 02, 2015

You may not cheer when you first find yourself the target of your child's lie. But the emergence of deception in childhood may actually signal a pretty important development, says Tania Lombrozo.


The Humanities: What's The Big Idea?

Monday, October 26, 2015

The humanities may be under attack, but many argue for the intrinsic and instrumental value of the field. Tania Lombrozo talks to one Berkeley professor who is rethinking the humanities.


Children Want Factual Stories, Versus Fantasy, More Often Than Adults

Monday, October 19, 2015

Childhood is a time of pretend play, fantasy lands and make-believe. But Tania Lombrozo explores a study showing when factual stories are pitted against fictional tales, kids lean toward the real.


Science, Sustainability And The Dangers Of Naïve Policy

Monday, October 12, 2015

Science should inform our decisions on what constitutes new dietary guidelines, but invoking science as an arbiter for questions of values isn't just misguided, it's dangerous, says Tania Lombrozo.


Stuff Happens, And The Way We Talk About It Matters

Monday, October 05, 2015

Language is powerful: The same event can be described in a variety of ways, each of which conveys subtly different information and affects what we come to believe, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.


Think Remembering Is Always Best? Forget About It!

Monday, September 28, 2015

As humans, forgetting isn't merely a bug, it's a design feature. Not every instance of forgetting is good but we should be grateful for some of the forgetting we take for granted, says Tania Lombrozo.


Do Attitudes Toward Women Follow People Into The Voting Booth?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Some people say they hope to see more women in political office. Tania Lombrozo takes a look at a study on whether or not these people are more likely to vote for female candidates — and vice versa.


Scientific Literacy: It's Not (Just) About The Facts

Monday, September 14, 2015

It may be that it's scientific beliefs — not in isolation but in conjunction with political, religious and other beliefs — that shape our decisions and engagement in civic life, says Tania Lombrozo.


Is Gun Violence Due To Dangerous People Or Dangerous Guns?

Monday, August 31, 2015

The killings of two journalists in Virginia last week have reignited a national conversation on mass shootings and gun control. Tania Lombrozo looks at some research and what it might mean for policy.


Is It Safe To Follow A Vegan Diet During Pregnancy?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Commentator Tania Lombrozo says there's been some — but not much — progress in real data on vegan pregnancies in recent years; what's out there points to the conclusion that it's likely safe.


Belief That Mental Illness Can Be Contagious Contributes To Isolation

Monday, August 17, 2015

A recent study suggests people's beliefs about the likelihood of "catching" disorders like depression and anxiety add to the stigma of mental illness, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.


Would Voters Entrust The White House To An Atheist?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Many Americans say they would not vote for an atheist for president. It's based on incorrect assumptions about the connection between ethical behavior and religious belief, says Tania Lombrozo.


In Science Headlines, Should Nuance Trump Sensation?

Monday, August 03, 2015

The path from scientific discovery to media sound bite can be perilous, says commentator Tania Lombrozo, and it should be traversed with care.


15 Questions About Science And Religion, Answered

Monday, July 27, 2015

More than a dozen cognitive scientists, including Tania Lombrozo, joined a discussion in April aimed to encourage a sophisticated, evidence-based look at the psychology behind science and religion.


The Negative In Positive Stereotypes

Monday, July 20, 2015

While negative stereotypes are obviously harmful, new research shows that positive stereotypes — like assuming blanket qualities of a female leader — aren't so great either, says Tania Lombrozo.


The Magic Of Words

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Whether or not they involve genuine abstraction, words offer a way to reason and communicate — a respite from the tyranny of the specific, says commentator Tania Lombrozo.


What You Really Know About Bicycles

Monday, July 06, 2015

It turns out the science of bicycles is surprisingly complex and only partially understood, falling under the "Illusion of Explanatory Depth" phenomenon, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.