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Stephan Lewandowsky

Stephan Lewandowsky

Chair of Cognitive Psychology, University of Bristol
Stephan is a cognitive scientist, currently Chair of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bristol and a member of the university's Cabot Institute. His research examines people’s memory and decision making, with particular emphasis on how people respond to corrections of misinformation. He has published over 140 scholarly articles, chapters, and books, including a recent journal article on how people process information about the Iraq War, which revealed the important role of skepticism in people’s ability to update their memories. He was elected a fellow of the Center for Skeptical Inquiry in 2015.

Stephan was awarded a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council in 2011, and he received a Wolfson Research Merit Fellowship from the Royal Society upon moving to the UK in 2013. He has contributed numerous opinion pieces to the national media on issues related to war and terrorism, and climate change. He is particularly interested in the difference between skepticism and denial when it comes to climate change.

He is one of the principals of http://www.shapingtomorrowsworld.org, a website dedicated to discussing solutions to the multiple crises facing our societies—from responses to climate change to new forms of generating energy.

Life after COVID: most people don't want a return to normal – they want a fairer, more sustainable future

Jan 03, 2022 12:02 pm UTC| Insights & Views

We are in a crisis now and omicron has made it harder to imagine the pandemic ending. But it will not last forever. When the COVID outbreak is over, what do we want the world to look like? In the early stages of the...

We have the vaccine for climate disinformation – let's use it

Jan 30, 2020 23:48 pm UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Australias recent bushfire crisis will be remembered for many things not least, the tragic loss of life, property and landscape. But one other factor made it remarkable: the deluge of disinformation spread by climate...

Why people vote for politicians they know are liars

Dec 22, 2019 14:25 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Britain recently elected a prime minister who unlawfully shut down parliament to escape democratic scrutiny and who tells blatant falsehoods whenever it suits him. Boris Johnson casually denies the presence of media in...

Gaslighting: from partners to politicians – how to avoid becoming a victim

Aug 15, 2019 17:41 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

President Donald Trumps statement on the horrific mass shooting in El Paso on August 3 that killed 22 people and injured 24 covered a lot of ground. From video games and mental illness to the death penalty, the president...

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Economy

S. Koreans enjoy more non-alcoholic beer during the pandemic

South Koreas non-alcoholic beer market is growing at a rapid pace during the pandemic due to an increase in health-conscious consumers and the growth of the drinking-at-home culture. The size of South Koreas...

Animoca Brands raises $358 million to fund open metaverse project

Animoca Brands has raised an additional US$358 million to push its total funding to US$600 million as it bids to create a blockchain technology-based open metaverse. The amount would help fund more acquisitions, aid...

Thrill One inks 8-figure, multi-year A Shoc sponsorship deal

Action sports entertainment company Thrill One Sports Entertainment closed an eight-figure, multi-year deal with energy drink brand A Shoc, which it describes as the largest partnership in action sports history. The...

S. Korea's KT collaborates with Russia’s Yandex on developing delivery robots

Major South Korean telecom operator KT Corp. has partnered with Yandex Self-Driving Group to jointly develop an autonomous delivery robot. KT and Yandex Self-Driving Group, an affiliate of Russian tech giant Yandex...

Unilever may exit food business to expand in health, beauty, and hygiene

Unilever is looking to sell or de-emphasize its food beverage units as it eyes the consumer healthcare division of GlaxoSmithKline, whose products include Advil pain reliever and Aquafresh and Sensodyne toothpaste. The...

Politics

Afghanistan: Taliban arrests fighter who shot woman at checkpoint

Amidst the increasing restrictive measures by the Taliban against women and girls, the insurgent group faced another outcry from the community this week. The Taliban leaders have arrested one of its members for shooting...

Kamala Harris' new communications director faces scrutiny from congressional group for past social media posts

US Vice President Kamala Harris hired longtime Democratic operative Jamal Simmons to become her new communications director. Amidst his hiring, Simmons is now currently facing scrutiny from a congressional group over his...

Donald Trump 'lied his derriere off' for two months, says GOP attorney

As the investigation into the January 6 Capitol insurrection continues, the congressional committee appears to be closing into high-profile allies of former President Donald Trump. GOP attorney George Conway weighed in on...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: US Secretary of State warns Russia could launch attack on short notice

The US is continuing diplomatic efforts to scale down the tensions between Russia and Ukraine. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned during his visit to Kyiv that Russia may decide to launch an attack on short...

Science

DouxMatok and Blommer to produce chocolate products with less sugar by enhancing sweetness perception

Blommer Chocolate Co. has entered a commercial partnership with Israeli-based DouxMatok to produce and sell a portfolio of chocolate products with less sugar, made possible by enhancing the perception of...

Duke University study reveals gastrointestinal tract distinguishes between Coke Original and Coke Zero

Duke University researchers revealed that the gastrointestinal tract, and not the tongue, distinguishes between Coca-Cola Original and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. According to their published study, neuropod cells in the...

Keio University doctors use iPS-derived cells to treat spinal cord injury

Keio University researchers have successfully transplanted into a patient with a severe spinal cord injury two million neural progenitor cells derived from other peoples iPS cells as part of a clinical study, offering hope...

Virtual moon landing experience offered at Tottori Sand Dunes

Tokyo-based Amulapo, Inc. is offering a tour at the Tottori Sand Dunes for experiencing a simulated landing on the lunar surface for up to 20 participants on Saturday nights until the end of March, during good...

Unilever calls for better plant-based diet through public health strategies

Unilever scientists are prompting public health officials to facilitate the transition to a balanced diet with more diverse nutrient-dense plant foods through consumer education, food fortification, and...

Technology

New ‘Horizon Forbidden West’ trailer reveals the connection between Sylens and Regalla

With only a few weeks left before the release of Horizon Forbidden West, Guerilla Games unveiled a new story trailer that provides more insight into Aloys next journey. Fans have known for a while now that one of the...

Snapchat updates Quick Add to make it harder for strangers to find users under 18 years old

Snapchat released another Safety Impact blog post on Tuesday, announcing an update to the social media apps Quick Add feature. The company said it had added a new safeguard that should make it harder for strangers to find...

‘Battlefield 2042’ is finally getting the highly requested Scoreboard in February

DICE will introduce adjustments to the way Battlefield 2042 players gain Portal XP in Update 3.2, scheduled to go live on Thursday. The developer also revealed some early details for Update 3.3, including improvements...

‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ suffers massive leak with more than a week before launch

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is currently trending on various online platforms, but not for the reason that Nintendo would like. The game has suffered massive leaks over the last day, leading to the early revelation of...
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