Tania Lombrozo

Tania Lombrozo appears in the following:

In Children's Storybooks, Realism Has Advantages

Monday, August 14, 2017

Young children have an easier time exporting what they learn from a fictional storybook to the real world when the storybook is realistic, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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The Subtleties In Causation Talk

Monday, July 31, 2017

Randomized controlled trials are a gold standard for good reason, but the notion of causation established here departs from the way we often use causal language, says blogger Tania Lombrozo.

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How Small Inequities Lead To Big Inequalities

Monday, July 24, 2017

How do societal inequalities arise and persist? Tania Lombrozo interviews philosopher Ron Mallon about "accumulation mechanisms": the processes that explain how small biases can have big effects.

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Technology Can Be A Tool, A Teacher, A Trickster

Monday, July 17, 2017

Shaping technology to some form of learning could depart pretty radically from the more familiar aim of shaping technology to the way we are now, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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You Can Learn From Declaring A Mystery

Monday, July 10, 2017

A new paper suggests that to declare something a mystery isn't just a confession of ignorance: Some of the time, you can learn something important from it, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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Transgender Prejudice And The Belief In A Biological Basis For Gender

Monday, June 26, 2017

New findings suggest that if people appreciate the non-dichotomous nature of gender identity, they're less likely to maintain negative views towards people who are transgender, says Tania Lombrozo.

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The Neurobiology Of Father's Day Cards

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Psychologist Tania Lombrozo had a tough time explaining some of the Father's Day cards on the supermarket shelf to her young daughter — so she turned to scientific literature for answers.

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The Dangers Of Hidden Jargon In Communicating Science

Monday, June 12, 2017

Double-masked jargon is so sneaky that I've only managed to uncover a few examples, says blogger Tania Lombrozo; it's real and, in some cases, it presents a barrier to effective science communication.

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CRISPR, Five Ways

Monday, June 05, 2017

A new video offers a valuable introduction to CRISPR — and illustrates how understanding can evolve from a relatively short description to a dialogue with more nuance, says Tania Lombrozo.

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Think Your Credentials Are Ignored Because You're A Woman? It Could Be

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dr. Tania Lombrozo reflects on her own experience of being referred to as Mrs., Miss or Ms., rather than her actual title, in light of a new paper studying the topic — with striking results, she says.

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A Google Search For 'Motherhood'

Sunday, May 14, 2017

This Mother's Day, psychologist Tania Lombrozo revisits a Google search on motherhood, noting that while being a mother is hard, the experience of motherhood is ever-changing and enchanting, too.

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What Is Pseudoscience?

Monday, May 08, 2017

Though it's hard to pin down what makes science science, certain criteria can help us spot pseudoscience when it presents itself as science, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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Can Repeating False Information Help People Remember True Information?

Monday, May 01, 2017

Even after misinformation is retracted, many people continue to treat it as true — called the "continued influence effect." Tania Lombrozo considers a new study on options for righting wrongs.

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Science Isn't Partisan, But Public Perception Of Science Often Is

Monday, April 24, 2017

A new study finds that science is assimilated within a web of existing attitudes and beliefs, a core part of which concerns a person's social identity, says Tania Lombrozo.

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Why Hard Decisions Should Be Easy (But Aren't)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hard decisions are hard for two reasons: because no single option clearly dominates the alternatives, and because we expect our choice to have significant consequences, says blogger Tania Lombrozo.

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How (And When) To Think Like A Philosopher

Monday, April 10, 2017

Some forms of critical evaluation and philosophical thinking are hard because they force us to suspend other habits of mind that serve us well when our goal is to engage others, says Tania Lombrozo.

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Skepticism About Skepticism

Monday, April 03, 2017

Taken too far, skepticism misses its mark; the virtues we should really be upholding — and for which skepticism is only an oblique guide — are truth-tracking and humility, says Tania Lombrozo.

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A Day In The Life Of An Academic Mom

Monday, March 27, 2017

Blogger Tania Lombrozo is a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley — and a mom. Here, she gives a window into what that's like day-to-day.

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Is Happiness A Universal Human Right?

Monday, March 20, 2017

In celebrating the International Day of Happiness on March 20, we might do well to examine rather than reaffirm our tacit assumptions about happiness and its pursuit, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo,

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Beware Of 'Accuracy'

Monday, March 13, 2017

In many contexts, accuracy is totally ambiguous — it tells us how often the answer is wrong, but not how it is wrong, which can be critically important, says blogger Tania Lombrozo.

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