Conference talks

  • Talks presented at conferences (>270 total, 2015 onwards shown).
  • Talks to the general public can be found here and academic colloquia at universities are here.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, November [virtual]). Large-Scale Validation of Psychological Inoculation Against Misinformation Techniques. Paper presented at Psychonomic Society 62nd Annual Meeting.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, October [in person]). From agenda-setting to furtive manipulation: The role of (social) media in political polarization. Keynote presented at Belief Polarization symposium, Tuebingen, Germany.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, September [virtual]). Fostering Information Discernment in the “Post-Truth” World. Keynote presented at the 7th European Conference on Information Literacy.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, September [in person]). Understanding and Coping with the “Post-Truth” Era. Paper presented at the workshop on plausible deniability in the post-truth era, University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, September [in person]). Science In a ‘Post-truth’ World. Paper presented at the 8th Congress of the Society for the Philosophy of Science, Mons, Belgium.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, September [virtual]). Argumentation and the “Infodemic”: A Psychological Taxonomy for Inoculation. Paper presented at the European Conference on Argumentation.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, July [virtual]). Public Acceptance Of Climate Science In a ‘Post-truth’ World. Paper presented to a workshop on climate change at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, July [in person]). Pathways To Consensus: Expert Knowledge Integration For Public-facing Documents. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference. San Martino di Castrozza, Italy.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, June [virtual]). Accommodation vs. Appeasement: Seeking Trustworthiness While Resisting Non-Scientific Influence. Paper presented to the panel “Trust through Science Communication” at the Global Young Academy’s annual conference.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, June [virtual]). Climate Change Disinformation And How To Combat It. Paper presented at the European Commission’s Connect University Summer School Session on Handling climate disinformation.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, June [virtual]). Navigating Fake News and Alternative Facts. Module of three lectures presented at the Summer School on Science Communication in the Post COVID-19 Era. University of Geneva.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, May [virtual]). Climate Denial: Drivers And Consequences. Paper presented at the ISC 2020 Summer School on Cognitive Challenges of Climate Change. University of Quebec, Montreal.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, May [virtual]). Climate change and COVID-19: Norms of science vs. birds of a denial. Paper presented at the Contested Science Symposium. Radboud University.

Lewandowsky, S., Newman, D., & Mayo, R. (2021, May [virtual]). The paradox of humility: Knowing more while allowing that we may know less. Paper presented at the Intellectual Humility Virtual Symposium. Macquarie University.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, May [virtual]). The knowledge dementors. Paper presented at the workshop on Oppressive Speech, Societies & Norms. Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft.

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, April [virtual]). The “Post-Truth” World and Vaccinations in the Age of COVID-19. Invited “hot topic” lecture presented at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference Online 2021.

Lewandowsky, S., & Oberauer, K. (2021, March [virtual]). Distrust of Scientific Findings and Expertise: Worldview, Ideology, and the Norms of Science. Paper presented at the PERITIA conference Trust in Expertise in a Changing Media Landscape.

Lorenz-Spreen, P., Lewandowsky, S., Sunstein, C. R., & Hertwig, R. (2021, March [virtual]). How Behavioural Science can Redesign Online Environments that Empower People to make Informed Decisions for Themselves. Paper presented at the PERITIA conference Trust in Expertise in a Changing Media Landscape.

Geers, M., Lorenz-Spreen, P., Hertwig, R., Lewandowsky, S., & Herzog, S. (2021, March [virtual]). The accuracy of people’s confidence in discerning true from false news. Paper presented at the 63rd TeaP – Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (Conference of Experimental Psychologists).

Lewandowsky, S. (2021, February [virtual]). Resisting the Knowledge Dementors: The Truth about Fake News. Keynote presented at the annual meeting of the Israeli Society for Cognitive Psychology.

Lewandowsky, S., Lorenz-Spreen, P., Hertwig, R., & Herzog, S. (2021, February [virtual]). Boosting the Detection of Targeted Advertising through Transparency and Self-Reflection. Invited panel presentation at the Virtual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Lewandowsky, S. (2020, December [virtual]). Diversionary agenda setting and micro-targeted persuasion. Invited presentation at COLING 2020.

Lewandowsky, S., Jetter, M., & Ecker, U. K. H. (2020, November [virtual]). All the president’s tweets: Understanding political diversion in the age of social media. Paper presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

Lewandowsky, S. (2020, November [virtual]). Misinformation vs. Democracy:
An Arms Race
. Paper presented at the 12th Canadian Science Policy Conference.

Lewandowsky, S., Dennis, S., Perfors, A., Kashima, Y., White, J. P., Garrett, P., Little, D. R., & Yesilada, M. (2020, October [virtual]). British Public Attitudes Towards Privacy-Encroaching COVID-19 Policies. Paper presented at the 59th Annual Conference of Taiwanese Psychological Association (TPA), Taipei.

Yang, C-T., Dennis, S., Wang, Y.W., Lewandowsy, S., White, J., & Garrett ,P. (2020, October [virtual]). Establishing the social license for mobile tracking technologies for COVID-19. Paper presented at the 59th Annual Conference of Taiwanese Psychological Association (TPA), Taipei.

Lewandowsky, S. (2020, Sepember [virtual]). Science, Misinformation, and Conspiracy Theories in the Age of COVID-19. Paper presented at EuroScience Open Forum 2020.

Lewandowsky, S. (2020, Sepember [virtual]). Uncertainty, the “Infodemic”, and the Future. Paper presented at EuroScience Open Forum 2020.

Lewandowsky, S. (2020, May [virtual]). Public acceptance of climate science in a ‘post-truth’ world. Paper presented at #shareEGU20: GDB5 Values versus facts: should geoscience get personal? Organized by the European Geophysical Union. Available here.

Lewandowsky, S. (2020, February). Liberal Democracy, Fake News, and
Our naïve Ontology of Truth
. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Seattle, WA.

Lewandowsky, S. (2020, January). ‘Post-truth’ and ‘fake news’: What, Why, and How Do We Respond? Invited plenary presented at the conference Research on Political Hostility, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark.

Lewandowsky, S. (2020, January). ‘Post-truth’ and ‘fake news’: What, Why, and How Do We Respond? Invited keynote presented at the conference Post-Truth: Perspectives, Strategies, Prospects, University of Leuven. Leuven, Belgium.

Lewandowsky, S. (2019, December). Public acceptance of science in a ‘post-truth’ world. Invited paper presented at the Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science. Boston, MA. (video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wlrbLxtTrk&feature=youtu.be).

Lewandowsky, S. (2019, November). Resisting the Knowledge Dementors. Invited paper presented at the conference on Cognitive Capacity & Knowledge Resistance, Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, Sweden.

Oberauer, K., & Lewandowsky, S. (2019, November). The Theory Crisis in Psychology. Poster presented at the meeting Current Trends in Mathematical Psychology, Montreal, Canada.

Karlsson, L. C., Lewandowsky, S., Antfolk, I., Karlsson, H., Karlsson, L., Lindfelt, M., & Soveri, A. (2019, November). The association between vaccination decisions, CAM use and perceived vulnerability to disease. Poster presented at the 60th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Montreal, Canada.

Lewandowsky, S., Woike, J. K., & Oberauer, K. (2019, November). Genesis or Evolution of Gender Differences? Worldview-based Dilemmas in The Processing of Scientific Information. Paper presented at the 60th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Montreal, Canada.

Lewandowsky, S., & Hertwig, R., & Lorenz-Spreen, P. (2019, November). Decision making in AI-assisted online environments. Talk presented at the kick-off symposium, Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future, Hannover, Germany.

Lewandowsky, S., & Oberauer, K. (2019, September). Rejection of Scientific Findings: Worldview, Ideology, and the Norms of Science. Paper presented at the 21st Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Tenerife, Spain.

Lewandowsky, S. (2019, September). “Fake News”, Donald Trump, and the “Post-truth” world: What, why, and how do we respond? Keynote presented at the Swiss Psychological Society Congress 2019, Bern, Switzerland.

Lewandowsky, S., Jetter, M., & Ecker, U. K. H. (2019, September). Covfefe: Donald Trump and the strategic distraction of media and public in the age of Twitter. Keynote presented at the SciCAR conference in Dortmund, Germany.

Lewandowsky, S. (2019, August). Science, climate denial and the ‘post‐truth’ world: how should scientists and policy makers respond? Paper presented at the workshop Climate Change and the Politics of Disinformation: Implications for Democratic Governance, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany.

Oberauer, K., & Lewandowsky, S. (2019, July). Addressing the Theory Crisis. Paper presented at the EPS meeting in Bournemouth, U.K.

Lewandowsky, S. (2019, July). “Post-truth”: What, why, and how do we respond? Paper presented at the Cologne Social Cognition Meeting, Cologne, Germany.

Lewandowsky, S. (2019, June). Hannah Arendt and the contemporary social construction of conspiracy theorists. Paper presented at the COST workshop on Debunking Conspiracy Theories, Maynooth, Ireland.

Lewandowsky, S. (2019, June). Constraints on the Social Discount Rate Derived from Ethical Ambiguities and Uncertainty about Future Climate Change. Paper presented at the 7th Annual WBS Summer School on Climate Change and Behaviour, Warwick, U.K.

Lewandowsky, S., Jetter, M., & Ecker, U. K. H. (2019, June). Covfefe and Flooding: Strategic Distraction of the Public’s Attention. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference, Seefeld, Austria.

Lewandowsky, S. (2019, June). “Post-truth”: What, why, and how do we respond? Keynote presented at the18th Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality, Max-Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany. Available on YouTube here.

Lewandowsky, S. (2019, June). In Whose Hands The Future? Paper presented at the18th Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality, Max-Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany.

Ecker, U. K. H., O’Reilly, Z., Reid, J. S., Chang, E. P., & Lewandowsky, S. (2019, June). The Effectiveness of Short-Format Refutational Fact-Checks. Paper presented at the 13th Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Brewster, Cape Cod, MA.

Lewandowsky, S. (2019, June). “Post-truth”: What, why, and how do we respond? Keynote presented at the 13th Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Brewster, Cape Cod, MA.

Lewandowsky, S. (2019, May). The Inevitability of Conspiracist Discourse in Science Denial. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

Lewandowsky, S. (2019, February). Coping With the Post-truth World. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C.

Lewandowsky, S., Pilditch, T. D., Madsen, J. K., Oreskes, N., & Risbey, J. S. (2018, November). Scientific Uncertainty in Public Discourse: Evidence for Seepage into the Scientific Community. Paper presented at the 59th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Lewandowsky, S. (2018, November). For “alternative facts”, there is no alternative to logic. Paper presented at the 26th biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Seattle, Washington.

Lewandowsky, S. (2018, October). Conspiracy theories and climate change. Paper presented at the 7th Meeting of the COMPACT network, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Lewandowsky, S., & Oberauer, K. (2018, June). There is a replication crisis, but low replicability of published findings is good for science. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference, Loano, Italy.

Lewandowsky, S., Swire, B., & Ecker, U. K. H. (2018, May). Are We “Post-Truth” or “Post-Caring”? When Political Affect Becomes Decoupled From Truth. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Amsterdam.

Lewandowsky, S. (2018, April). “Post-truth” politics: Democratization of information or gateway to authoritarianism? Keynote presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology, Hobart, Tasmania.

Lewandowsky, S. (2018, March). Rejection of Science: Supply and Demand. Paper presented at the conference Ciencia e Ideología; III Congreso de Pensamiento Crítico y Divulgación Científica, Valencia, Spain.

Lewandowsky, S. (2018, February). The inevitability of conspiracist discourse in science denial. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Austin, TX.

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, November). Jekyll and Hyde: Science blogs vs. blog “science”. Paper presented at the Women in Cognitive Science annual meeting, Vancouver, B. C., Canada.

Lewandowsky, S., & Oberauer, K. (2017, November). Worldview-motivated rejection of science and the norms of science. Paper presented at the 58th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, B. C., Canada.

Oberauer, K., & Lewandowsky, S. (2017, November). Simple measurement models for complex working memory tasks. Paper presented at the 58th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, B. C., Canada.

Swire, B., Berinsky, A., Lewandowsky, S., Ecker, U. K. H. (2017, November). Source evaluation after disproportionate presentation of misinformation and fact. Poster presented at the 58th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, B. C., Canada.

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, September). Climate communication in context. Invited keynote presented at the conference Kongress zu Klimawandel, Kommunikation, und Gesellschaft. Salzburg, Austria.

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, September). Beyond Misinformation: Understanding and Coping With the “Post-truth” Era. Invited paper presented at the Wenner-Gren Foundations International Symposium “Knowledge resistance and how to cure it”, Stockholm, Sweden.

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, September). Jekyll and Hyde: Science blogs vs. blog “science”. Paper presented at the Women in Cognitive Science symposium in connection with the 20th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP), Potsdam, Germany.

Lewandowsky, S., & Oberauer, K. (2017, September). Being Open but not Naked: Balancing Transparency with Resilience in Science. Paper presented at the 20th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP), Potsdam, Germany.

Oberauer, K., & Lewandowsky, S. (2017, September). Addressing the Theory Crisis in Psychology. Paper presented at the 20th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP), Potsdam, Germany.

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, August). The ‘pause’ in global warming in
historical and conceptual context: Scientific decision making under uncertainty. Paper presented at the 26th Subjective Probability, Utility and Decision Making (SPUDM) conference, Haifa, Israel.

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, August). Rational Conspiracist Denial of
Undeniable Climate Change. Invited presentation at the Interdisciplinary Workshop on “Conspiracy theories, delusions and other ‘troublesome’ beliefs”, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, July). Rational denial of undeniable climate change. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference, Interlaken, Switzerland.

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, June). The ‘Pause’ in Global Warming and a
Blind Test of Contrarian Claims about Climate Data. Paper presented at the Cambridge Risk and Uncertainty Conference (RUC), Cambridge, UK.

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, June). The ‘pause’ in global warming in
historical and conceptual context: Scientific decision making under uncertainty. Paper presented at the Cambridge Risk and Uncertainty Conference (RUC), Cambridge, UK.

University of St.Gallen, REM Forum 2017: #Post-truth and renewable energies: Communication strategies to correct misinformation. St. Gallen, May 2017. https://www.remforum.ch/overview-2017/programme/

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, May). Being open but not naked: Balancing transparency with resilience in science. Invited keynote presented at the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, May). From reasonable doubt to undue skepticism and demagoguery: The age of “post-truth” politics. Invited paper presented at the conference From Reasonable Doubt to Undue Scepticism, London, UK. http://readoubtproject.wixsite.com/conference/abstracts

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, March). Being open but not naked: Balancing transparency with resilience in science. Paper presented at the International Convention of Psychological Science, Vienna, Austria. http://icps.psychologicalscience.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/3_ICPS_Friday-2017-AAs.pdf

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, March). Jekyll and Hyde: Science blogs versus blog ‘science’. International Convention of Psychological Science, Vienna, Austria. http://icps.psychologicalscience.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ICPS-Program_Thursday_pages-21-30.pdf

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, February). When denial of the undeniable and logical incoherence are politically rational: An anatomy of climate change denial in an era of ‘post-truth’ politics. Paper presented at the conference Communication & Cognition 2017: Miscommunication – getting lost in language(s), Fribourg, Switzerland.

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, January). Climate denial: Tools and Effects. Paper presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC XII), Sydney, Australia.

Lewandowsky, S. (2017, January). Misinformation and demagoguery in an age of “post-fact” politics. Paper presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC XII), Sydney, Australia.

Lewandowsky, S., Risbey, J. S., Newell, B., Smithson, M., & Somerwill, L. (2017, January). Normative vs. Cognitive Construals of Uncertainty. Paper presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC XII), Sydney, Australia.

Lewandowsky, S. (2016, December). Countering misinformation and demagoguery in an age of uncertainty and “post-fact” politics:
Climate change and beyond. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

Lewandowsky, S., Risbey, J. S., & Boslough, M. (2016, December). Using bets to reveal people’s opinions on climate change. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

Lewandowsky, S., Risbey, J. S., Cowtan, K., & Rahmstorf, S. (2016, December). Sources of Uncertainty and the Interpretation of Short-Term Fluctuations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

Lewandowsky, S. (2016, November). When denial of the undeniable and logical incoherence are politically rational: An anatomy of climate change denial. Paper presented at the international conference and workshop SCIECONS: Science and Conspiracy, Padova, Italy.

Lewandowsky, S. (2016, November). Your Research! In the Psychonomic social media spotlight. Poster presented at the 57th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Lewandowsky, S., Somerwill, L., Ballard, T., & Brown, G. D. A. (2016, November). Cognitive vs. Normative Construals of Uncertainty. Paper presented at the 57th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Swire, B., Berinsky, A., Ecker, U. K. H., & Lewandowsky, S. (2016, November). Processing Political Misinformation—Comprehending the Trump Phenomenon. Poster presented at the 57th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Lewandowsky, S. (2016, October). Predicting and Busting (?) Vaccination Myths. Paper presented at the annual meeting of Healthwatch, London.

Lewandowsky, S. (2016, October). When denial of the undeniable is politically rational: An anatomy of climate denial. Paper presented at the conference on Climate denialism/skepticism in a warming world, Linköping, Sweden.

Lewandowsky, S. (2016, October). Panel member, Publishing Better Science through Better Data 2016 (#scidata16). London, UK.

Lewandowsky, S., Freeman, M. C., & Mann, M. E. (2016, July). Quantitative constraints on the intergenerational social discount rate in climate change. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference, Selva, Italy.

Lewandowsky, S. (2016, June). Predicting and busting (?) vaccination myths. Paper presented at the 16th Biennial European Conference of the Society for Medical Decision Making. London.

Lewandowsky, S. (2016, May). The Jekyll and Hyde of scientific discourse on the internet. Keynote at the Digital dE-BiAsing Techniques for an Engaged Society (DebaTES) Conference. Newcastle.

Lewandowsky, S., & Bishop, D. (2016, May). The dark side of Open Science: Weaponizing Transparency. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Granada, Spain.

Lewandowsky, S., Gordon, A., & Quadflieg, S. (2016, May). The neural underpinnings of the continued reliance on misinformation after its correction. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Granada, Spain.

Lewandowsky, S., Oberauer, K., & The Working Memory Benchmarks Team. (2016, May). The experts’ view on working memory. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Granada, Spain.

Oberauer, K., Lewandowsky, S., Farrell, S., Jarrold, C. (2016, May). A Domain-General Model of Domain-Specific Effects in Working Memory. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Granada, Spain.

Oreskes, N., & Lewandowsky, S. (2015, December). Reticence: Accuracy and Efficacy. Paper presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco.

Lewandowsky, S. (2015, December). Motivated rejection of (climate) science: causes, tools, and effects. Paper presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco.

Lewandowsky, S., Risbey, J. S., & Oreskes, N. (2015, December). Uncertainty as impetus for climate mitigation. Paper presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco.

Lewandowsky, S. (2015, November). Rehearsal in serial recall: An unworkable solution to the non-existent problem of decay. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL.

Lewandowsky, S. (2015, September). The Quantum Mechanics of the Rejection of (Climate) Science: Achieving Coherence by Conspiracism. Paper presented at the conference Suspect Science: Climate Change, Epidemics, and the Questions of Conspiracy, Cambridge, UK.

Lewandowsky, S., Oreskes, N., Risbey, J. S., Newell, B. R., & Smithson, M. (2015, July). Seepage: The Effect of Climate Change Denial on the Scientific Community. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference, Mammoth Lakes, CA.

Lewandowsky, S., Oreskes, N., Risbey, J. S., Newell, B. R., & Smithson, M. (2015, July). Seepage: The Effect of Climate Change Denial on the Scientific Community. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, San Diego, CA.

Lewandowsky, S., & Cook, J. (2015, June). Vested Interests, Perceived Scientific Consensus, and Belief in Anthropogenic Global Warming. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Lewandowsky, S. (2015, June). Scientific knowledge and epistemic beliefs. Paper presented at the workshop Innovations and Advances in Survey-Based Research on Public Attitudes towards Science, Castle Rauischholzhausen, Germany.

Lewandowsky, S. (2015, May). Computational Modeling of Cognition: Rewards and Challenges. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York.