An interesting and expanding conversation with Dr. Gale Sinatra (find her on Twitter!) on her new book, Science Denial: Why It Happens and What to Do About It. We talk about the brain and behavior mechanics around how we choose on difficult topics that deeply challenge us, like the pandemic or the unfolding climate emergency.

Dr. Gale Sinatra is a Professor of Psychology and the Stephen H. Crocker Professor of Education at Rossier. Her areas of expertise include climate science education, evolution education, learning theory, knowledge construction, conceptual change learning, literacy acquisition, assessment, and the public understanding of science.

Her recent research focuses on understanding the cognitive and motivational processes that lead to successful learning in science. Specifically, Sinatra focuses on the role of motivation and emotion in teaching and learning about controversial topics, such as biological evolution and climate change. Sinatra developed a model of conceptual change learning, which describes how motivational factors contribute to the likelihood that individuals will change their thinking about a scientific topic. She recently served as Co-PI on National Science Foundation grant, which resulted in a co-edited volume published by Oxford University Press entitled Evolution Challenges: Integrating Research and Practice in Teaching and Learning about Evolution.

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