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Name Professor Stephan Lewandowsky
Job title Chair in Cognitive Psychology
Department School of Experimental Psychology University of Bristol
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Qualifications BA(WashCollege), MA(Tor), PhD(Tor)
Professional details
Membership of professional bodies Psychonomic Society, Cognitive Science Society.
Keywords misinformation and memory updating
acceptance of science
models of memory
skepticism vs. denial
computer simulations
General Election 2017
Areas of expertise I am a cognitive scientist with an interest in computational modeling. That is, I try to understand how the mind works by writing computer simulations of our memory and decision-making processes. Recently, I have become interested in how people update their memories if things they believe turn out to be false. This has led me to examine the persistence of misinformation in society, and how myths and misinformation can spread. I have become particularly interested in the variables that determine whether or not people accept scientific evidence, for example surrounding vaccinations or climate science.
Languages (other than English)
German spoken   
Media experience Numerous radio interviews (U.S., U.K., Australia).
Nearly 40 OpEds in newspapers such as The Guardian; The Age (Melbourne) and online outlets such as The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (The Drum). Regular contributor to (Australia mainly).
Considerable media echo to my recent work on climate "skepticism."