Parents: Help Your Kids Learn Cause and Effect

News report from Child Trends on our National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research with Thinkery demonstrating that prompts to explore or explain uniquely influence parent and child behavior.

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Explaining, Exploring, and Scientific Reasoning in Museums

Video summary of an NSF grant project that examines how parent-child interaction is related to children’s causal learning

2018 STEM for All Video Showcase
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Increasing Diversity in Developmental Science: A Roadmap for Best Practice in Cross-Cultural Research

Invited talk at the National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on Pressing Questions in the Study of Psychological and Behavioral Diversity

Beckman Center
Irvine, California

How Do We Become Intellectually Humble?

Part of the Coursera course “Intellectual Humility: Science

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Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Learning & Explanation

Part 3: Inconsistency, Explanation & Belief Revision

Part 4: Implications for Child Education

Cristine Legare on Socioeconomic Diversity & Teaching Controversial Topics

An interview with Heterodox Academy co-founder Chris Martin

0:00  — Why socioeconomic diversity is important
6:21   — How UT-Austin is increasing socioeconomic diversity
12:10  — SES diversity is intertwined with viewpoint diversity
15:05  — Cristine’s recent experience with controversial class topics
20:00 — Positive class evaluations
22:49  — Techniques to have productive conversations in class
26:30  — Illustrating unproductive forms of dialogue

The Ontogenetic Foundations of Cumulative Cultural Transmission

Invited talk at the National Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium on the Extension of Biology Through Culture

Beckman Center
Irvine, California

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Simpatia Funciona?

Research by Cristine Legare and Andre Souza on Brazilian simpatas and reasoning about ritual efficacy featured on Nerdologia, Brazil's top online science channel.

Interview with Cristine Legare on the Psychological Compatibility of Scientific and Religious Beliefs

Breaking New Ground in the Science and Religion Dialogue Conference

University of Texas, Austin
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Interview with Cristine Legare on How People Reconcile Religious and Scientific Explanations

Breaking New Ground in the Science and Religion Dialogue Conference
University of Texas, Austin

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The Ontogeny of Cultural Learning

University of St. Andrews, School of Psychology & Neuroscience
St. Andrews, Scotland

Two Guys on Your Head

Cristine Legare interviewed on Art Markman's KUT radio show, to discuss research conducted at the Thinkery on the development of scientific thinking.

Segment begins at 32.50 and runs through 45.00


The Coexistence of Natural and Supernatural Explanations Across Cultures and Development

Keynote address at the Metacognitive Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Approach Conference

Ecole Normale Supérieure
Paris, France

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Interview at the Laboratory for Experimental Research of Religion (LEVYNA)

Brno, Czech Republic



Reasoning About Scientific and Religious Explanations

Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR), McGill University



Adults and the Supernatural

Good Day Austin, Fox News
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Intellectual Entrepreneurship Portrait - Cintia Hinojosa
and Jenn Clegg (Laboratory students)

The University of Texas at Austin
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