Tania Lombrozo

Tania Lombrozo appears in the following:

Embrace Your Inner Algorithm

Monday, March 02, 2015

Would you trust your own predictions over those of a well-designed statistical model? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers new evidence on "algorithm aversion" and what it reveals.


Exploring The Metaphysics Of Love

Monday, February 16, 2015

Beyond the roses, hearts and generic declarations of devotion, do you know what love is? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert on the metaphysics of love.


Psychological Biases Play A Part In Vaccination Decisions

Monday, February 09, 2015

Decisions about vaccinating one's children aren't simply a matter of weighing the relative benefits and risks. Psychologist Tania Lombrozo considers how subtle biases also play into it.


Beware Of The Pseudoscience Of Self

Monday, February 02, 2015

We often tell ourselves stories about how we came to be the people we are today. Commentator Tania Lombrozo is a skeptic: When constructing our own narratives, we don't get a control group.


Is There Something Uncanny About Machines That Can Think?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Commentator Tania Lombrozo says her sense is that thinking machines elicit an existential response — perhaps because we're threatened by the idea that maybe human thinking isn't so special.


Learning About The Human Mind, Magically

Monday, January 12, 2015

What makes something a good magic trick? Commentator Tania Lombrozo discusses new research on what our intuitions about magic tricks may tell us about human cognition.


My Resolution For 2015: Be Smart About My Smartphone

Monday, January 05, 2015

Next time you shoot off an email between errands, will you praise your dedication or lament your inefficiency? Commentator Tania Lombrozo's New Year's resolution is to rethink emailing after hours.


Santa Clues: How Kids Learn The Truth About Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A recent study suggests emerging understanding of physical possibility fuels some reasonable skepticism, says commentator Tania Lombrozo.


The Math And Science Of Latkes

Monday, December 15, 2014

This holiday season, be sure to reflect on important questions. Commentator Tania Lombrozo elucidates what latkes and hamantaschen can tell us about math, science and the Common Core.


What If Atheists Were Defined By Their Actions?

Monday, December 08, 2014

Should we express religious categories in terms of people's beliefs or their behaviors? Commentator Tania Lombrozo examines why we describe (a)theism the way we do.


Does It Matter Who Accepts Evolution?

Monday, December 01, 2014

What does the American public really believe about human origins? And does it matter? Commentator Tania Lombrozo argues it does.


Is The Blogosphere Self-Correcting?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Some institutions, like science, seem to be self-correcting — we can harbor some hope that they'll converge on the truth. Commentator Tania Lombrozo isn't sure the blogosphere has similar virtues.


Culture Of Psychological Science At Stake

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Amid a raging debate about study replication, commentator Tania Lombrozo says it isn't just a few contested findings at stake, but the future of the field.


Is It Time To Reappropriate Pink?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pink is an icon of girlhood today — but one with baggage. Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to philosophy and psychology to evaluate the prospects for "pink pride." Is it time to take back the hue?


Why Lab Rats Don't Observe Daylight Saving Time

Monday, November 03, 2014

The effects of a time change can be significant and lasting for both hamsters and humans. Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert to learn more about circadian rhythms.


What An Advertising Challenge Illustrates About The Mind

Monday, October 27, 2014

Commentator Tania Lombrozo uses Apple's new Retina 5K display offering to illustrate a deep point about the limits of human learning.


Are Factual And Religious Belief The Same?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers a new paper that may help make sense of the coexistence of seemingly contradictory religious and scientific beliefs.


Putting A Critical Eye On Brain Imaging Studies

Monday, October 06, 2014

Studies based on fMRI scans are released frequently. But how do you know what's for real? Commentator Tania Lombrozo points to MIT's Nancy Kanwisher for tips on how to become a discerning consumer.


Domesticated Robots And The Art Of Being Human

Monday, September 29, 2014

Commentator Tania Lombrozo interviews Alexander Reben, an MIT-trained roboticist and artist whose work, she says, forces us to confront our expectations when it comes to ourselves and our creations.


Being Good Isn't Zero Sum

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sometimes our values conflict. But sometimes they don't and the implications are liberating. Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes a look at the case for veganism.