5 Questions for Psychology Professor Tania Lombrozo

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Heads and Tales at Marin Academy

Tania Lombrozo is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an affiliate of the department of philosophy and a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Her research aims to address foundational questions about cognition using the empirical tools of cognitive psychology and the conceptual tools of analytic philosophy. Her work focuses on explanation and understanding, conceptual representation and categorization, and causal reasoning and representation. In a second line of work, she investigates moral reasoning. Professor Lombrozo will deliver MA’s first science lecture of the year, “Cognitive Science in Everyday Life” on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 pm.

1. Do you think that morals are learned or that they are hardwired?

Like most questions about nature versus nurture, I think the answer is “both.”

I’m personally most interested in aspects of moral psychology that can change in light of experience, as…

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