Tania Lombrozo

Tania Lombrozo appears in the following:

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.


Don't Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder

Monday, June 29, 2015

Psychologist Tania Lombrozo looks at a new paper that finds an association between cognitive style — intuitive or analytic — and beliefs about evolution.


Why We Need Philosophers Engaged In Public Life

Monday, June 22, 2015

Recent encounters we've had with issues of race, identity and moral responsibility are precisely the kind that benefit from the careful analysis of contemporary philosophers, says Tania Lombrozo.


Privileged 'Primates' And The Mothers Who Mock Them

Monday, June 15, 2015

A new book about motherhood among Manhattan's elite has garnered a lot of attention. Commentator Tania Lombrozo suggests our obsession with parenting among the privileged stems from our own anxiety.


What Junk Food Can Teach Us About Junk Science

Monday, June 08, 2015

Recently, a journalist confessed to fooling millions into believing that chocolate helps weight loss. Tania Lombrozo considers what the "chocolate hoax" can tell us.


Storing Information In Other People's Heads

Monday, May 18, 2015

When we can't fit everything in our own heads, we have to outsource information to others. But how do we keep track of who knows what? Commentator Tania Lombrozo shares some recent findings.


Explanation, Orgasm And The Need For Basic Science Research Funding

Monday, May 11, 2015

Psychologist Tania Lombrozo draws a surprising parallel between the function of scientific explanations and orgasms, with implications for basic research funding — and future learning and knowledge.


A Found Poem For Mother's Day

Monday, May 04, 2015

A short and poignant poem for mothers, discovered accidentally by commentator Tania Lombrozo.


The Danger Of GMOs: Is It All In Your Mind?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Genetically modified foods are often regarded as "unnatural" and approached with distrust. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers the psychology behind these reactions.