Tania Lombrozo

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Vote For The Best Illusions Of The Year

Monday, June 27, 2016

Most of us can't vote for the Oscars and couldn't vote in Britain's EU referendum. But many of us love perceptual illusions, so here's a contest you can vote in, says Tania Lombrozo.


The Curse Of The Inability To Imagine

Monday, June 20, 2016

Failures of imagination go both ways — not only to the future, but also to the past — and recognizing our limitations in envisioning the past brings humility and humanity, says Tania Lombrozo.


Are Stories A Key To Human Intelligence?

Monday, June 13, 2016

To get a handle on the potential role of stories in human intelligence, it's especially illuminating to consider how they've cropped up in artificial intelligence, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.


Think Mothering Young Kids Is Hard? Get Ready For Even Tougher Times

Monday, June 06, 2016

New research suggests the most difficult time for mothers isn't when children are in early childhood — but when the kids reach middle school, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.


Why Do We Gossip?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Research shows that the origins of prosocial gossip may be quite deep — not only evolutionarily and culturally, but also developmentally, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.


Humans Are Animals, Too

Monday, May 16, 2016

The ease with which we shed our identity as animals should, perhaps, give us pause; we're certainly biological creatures, and our fate is entwined with that of other animals, says Tania Lombrozo.


The Deeper Reason Trump's Taco Tweet Is Offensive

Monday, May 09, 2016

People are sensitive to subtle assumptions embedded in talk about social groups, with negative implications at times lurking behind superficially positive claims, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.


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 ...