Scientists don't share their findings for fun – they want their research to make a difference

A survey of over a thousand scientists reveals that their goal when communicating about their work is to help the rest of us make evidence-based decisions that draw on scientific findings.

John C. Besley, Ellis N. Brandt Professor of Public Relations, Michigan State University • conversation
Sept. 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-communication quick-reads research-brief evidence-based evidence-based-medicine science-of-science-communication public-engagement science-advice communication-skills evidence-based-policy evidence-based-healthcare

Your coping and resilience strategies might need to shift as the COVID-19 crisis continues

As the pandemic drags on, uncertainty and fears about health and safety mix with confusion and challenges tied to re-opening society. You need flexibility when picking your coping strategies.

Steven Jay Lynn, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
July 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: mental-health covid-19 coronavirus psychology pandemic trauma resilience sars-cov-2 evidence-based problem-solving coping-strategies coping 911 post-911

Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don't fit their worldview

Whether in situations relating to scientific consensus, economic history or current political events, denialism has its roots in what psychologists call 'motivated reasoning.'

Adrian Bardon, Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: coronavirus psychology cognition anthony-fauci evidence-based anti-vaxxers truth denial confirmation-bias anti-science science-denial identity-politics ideology facts partisan-bias denialism motivated-reasoning

How technology can combat the rising tide of fake science

The internet has allowed pseudoscience to flourish. Artificial intelligence could help steer people away from the bad information.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~8 min

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