Tania Lombrozo

Tania Lombrozo appears in the following:

Can Songs Help You Learn Scientific Concepts?

Monday, May 02, 2016

A new set of studies, though preliminary, points to the promise of novel approaches to formal science instruction, like incorporating music and other media into learning, says Tania Lombrozo.


Hey! What Are You Laughing At?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Humor is a funny thing: We know it when we see it, but identifying why something is humorous is another thing entirely, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.


Merging Career And Motherhood, In Simultaneous Practice

Monday, April 18, 2016

Psychologist Tania Lombrozo and a colleague, both moms, built an academic conference keeping in mind parents who are trying to juggle the competing demands of caregiving and professional advancement.


Is The Mind's Approach More Like A Scientist Or A Trial Lawyer?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Even children conduct "experiments" and gather "data," like scientists, but people let their beliefs and hopes influence decisions — leaving conflicting images of the human mind, says Tania Lombrozo.


Scientists Largely Trusted, But Also Seen As 'Inhuman'

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Tania Lombrozo looks at a study finding scientists are seen as more trustworthy and scrupulous than a "regular person," but also more interested in the pursuit of knowledge than in doing what's right.


The 'Swap-The-Baby' Test

Monday, March 28, 2016

The human mind is a messy thing — and our judgments can be influenced by implicit assumptions and biases, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo, who suggests another way to look at some situations.


Barriers For Women Today May Be Less Visible, But Not Less Real

Monday, March 21, 2016

The fact that many barriers for women in science today are less visible than those of the past comes with a new kind of challenge: People will fail to acknowledge they're there, says Tania Lombrozo.


Parenthood Gave Me A Black Eye

Monday, March 14, 2016

Effectively looking after others requires first caring for oneself, but it can be tough to implement in a cultural context that often idealizes intensive parenting, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.


To Make Better Predictions, Don't Stick With The Easy Stuff

Monday, March 07, 2016

The presidential primaries are a great opportunity to test your skills in political prediction. Who will win which states, and by what margin? And if your predictions aren't all that good, how can you do better?

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how to make better predictions in domains ...


Want To Make Better Predictions?

Monday, February 22, 2016

We constantly make predictions about the unknown, at scales both large and small.

Which presidential candidates will win each party's nomination? Which stocks will go up in the next six months — and which down? Should I have a second child? Will I really enjoy the chocolate chip pancakes most, ...


What Is It Like To Be 'The Only Woman In The Room'?

Monday, February 15, 2016

As a physics major at Yale in the 1970s, Eileen Pollack learned about gravitation and quantum mechanics and ballistics. She also learned what it's like to be The Only Woman in the Room, the title of her new book, published by Beacon Press last September.

Unfortunately, many women with ...


We May Not Need An Electorate Of Scientists

Monday, February 08, 2016

Voters and legislators are constantly confronted with decisions that would benefit from some understanding of the relevant science:

Is cap and trade a good approach to controlling greenhouse gas emissions? Evaluating the pros and cons requires some understanding of economics and environmental science. Are standardized tests a good way to ...


What Compels People To Share Certain Videos?

Monday, February 01, 2016

A friend from high school recently sent me this hilarious and heartbreaking video of twin baby girls fighting over a pacifier:

It made me want to laugh and cry. I resisted the immediate urge to share it with my husband (at work in the next room), but I later ...


Science Can Quantify Risks, But It Can't Settle Policy

Monday, January 25, 2016

Suppose you're a 45-year-old woman living in the U.S. You have no history of breast cancer, nor worrisome symptoms. Should you have a mammogram?

If you follow the American Cancer Society's recommendation, the answer is "yes": You should begin routine mammography screening for breast cancer at age 45. But ...


A Look At The Case For Paid Family Leave

Monday, January 11, 2016

What do the United States, Suriname, Papua New Guinea and Tonga have in common?

These countries are among the few worldwide that don't offer paid maternity leave at the federal level for new mothers. Note that the United States is the only advanced economy to make the list; ...


We've Got Resolutions All Wrong

Monday, January 04, 2016

This weekend, Facebook's "Memories" reminded me of a post from Jan. 2, 2009: "Tania Lombrozo is generating New Year's resolutions...that look a lot like last year's."

I could, unfortunately, post the same again today. In fact, one of my resolutions for 2015 — to be smart about my smartphone ...


3 Christmas Questions, As Answered By Science

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

What makes for a truly merry Christmas? Is your time better spent picking perfect, personalized gifts and decorating your home, or enjoying holiday cheer with family and friends?

For those who celebrate Christmas (and that's about 95 percent of Americans), psychological science can offer some answers — or at ...


Sometimes Confusion Is A Good Thing

Monday, December 14, 2015

Confusion gets a bad rap.

A textbook that confuses its readers sounds like a bad textbook. Teachers who confuse their students sound like bad teachers.

But research suggests that some of the time, confusion can actually be a good thing — an important step toward learning.

Consider a 2004


What Makes People Susceptible To Pseudo-Profound 'Baloney'?

Monday, December 07, 2015

Consider the following two statements:

"We are not an emergent property of a mechanical universe but the seasonal activity of a living cosmos."

"Hidden meaning transforms unparalleled abstract beauty."

Which is more profound?

The first statement comes from Deepak Chopra's Twitter feed. The second statement was generated through a ...


How Psychology Can Save The World From Climate Change

Monday, November 30, 2015

Representatives from nearly 200 countries are meeting in France today to discuss climate change — and for good reason.

To quote President Obama's State of the Union Address from earlier this year: "No challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change."