Prof. Lombrozo Receives a 2017 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

Professor Tania Lombrozo has been named an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellow. The set of 71 fellows was selected through ACLS’s rigorous, multi-stage peer review process from a pool of nearly 1,200 applicants. The fellowship supports scholars for six to twelve months of full time research and writing. The ACLS Fellowship program, the longest-running current ACLS fellowship and grant program, is funded by ACLS’s endowment, which has received contributions from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council’s Research University Consortium and college and university Associates, past fellows, and individual friends of ACLS.

Prof. Lombrozo Selected for American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology

Professor Tania Lombrozo is the recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of cognition and human learning. This award recognizes excellent psychologists who are at early stages of their research careers. The awards ceremony will be held at the APA convention in Denver, CO in August, 2016.

Lab Manager Position Open in Summer 2015

The Concepts and Cognition Lab will be hiring a lab manager this summer. The position is a full-time, 1-2 year commitment, approximately 75% in the Concepts and Cognition Lab and 25% in the Computational Cognitive Science Lab. The job will involve a mix of administrative responsibilities, research, and ideally some web design and programming. An ideal background would be a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, or computer science.

The official job posting is available here.

Prof. Lombrozo Selected for 2014 Outstanding Early Career Award from the Psychonomic Society

Prof. Tania Lombrozo has been selected as a Psychonomic Society Outstanding Early Career Awardee for 2014. Several awards are made each year to “young scientists who have made significant contributions to scientific psychology early in their careers.”

You can read more about the award here:


Prof. Lombrozo Receives Society of Experimental Psychologists Early Investigator Award

Professor Tania Lombrozo has been named the recipient of the Early Investigator Award from the Society of Experimental Psychologists.  As such, she will become a Lifetime Fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in Psychology, and join a highly select group of distinguished empirical scientists.  The membership elects only a handful of Fellows each year, one of which can be the Early Investigator.

Two Postdoctoral Positions Available for Fall 2014!

The Concepts and Cognition Lab is pleased to announce the availability of 2 two-year postdoctoral positions to begin Fall 2014, one designated for a psychology PhD and another for a philosophy PhD.

You can find out more about the positions and how to apply here: Postdoctoral Scholars.

The positions are associated with the Varieties of Understanding project, about which you can read more here:

$3.85M Project to Fund Research on Understanding at Berkeley and Beyond

The Templeton Foundation recently awarded over three million dollars in grant funding to support a new project called “Varieties of Understanding: New Perspectives from Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology,” for which Prof. Tania Lombrozo is the Psychology Director. The project will support two postdoctoral researchers in the Concepts & Cognition lab for two years each, beginning Fall 2014. The positions are designated for one psychologist and one philosopher. The grant will also provide over one million dollars in subawards for research on the psychology of understanding by other researchers. For more information, visit:

Prof. Lombrozo Receives 2012 Janet Taylor Spence Award from APS

Prof. Tania Lombrozo is one of six recipients of the 2012 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science. Read more here.

Dozens of Thinkers Share Their Favorite Explanations

This year’s question of the year was “What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?” Nearly two-hundred thinkers shared their replies. You can read Professor Lombrozo’s reply here, along with dozens of others at Edge.Org’s Annual Question Website.

New Explanation Blog at Psychology Today

Visit Prof. Tania Lombrozo’s new blog at Psychology Today, Explananda: Human Curiosity and its Consequences, to learn more about the cognitive science of explanation!