Uncertainty Perception Drives Public’s Trust, Mistrust of Science
Many policies — from medicine to terrorism — depend on how the general public accepts and understands scientific evidence. People view different branches of sciences as having different amounts of uncertainty, which may not reflect the actual uncertainty of the field. CMU researchers took the first step to understanding more of the whole picture by measuring scientific uncertainty broadly — across many areas of science, not just topics that are typically polarized.
George Loewenstein and the NEW New Economics of Information
Readers consuming fake news, investors ignoring a bear market, Internet users giving away valuable personal data in online quizzes: All of these trends can have dramatic consequences for the individuals involved as well as for society, and none are well explained by traditional economics.
George Loewenstein discussed his research on these trends and other topics at the Behavioral Insights in Action conference, which celebrated the launch of CMU's new Bachelor of Arts in behavioral economics, policy and organizations.
10 Things To Love About CMU’s Dietrich College
The Dietrich College is home to world-class researchers who do foundational and deep research and collaborate across many disciplines to take on problems that are important to humanity. Students become involved in research early in their CMU careers and work alongside their top-rated professors. They emerge from their academic careers able to communicate, think, learn and understand the world in ways that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
Oui ou Non: What It Means to be French
International travel and national identity may seem like new, provoking topics, but their growing complexity is apparent in many nations across the globe. Modern Languages Assistant Professor Mame-Fatou Niang studies cultural minorities with particular interest in French people of African and Muslim descent. France is an interesting case because it is at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Vacant No More
Media outlets continue to honor Pittsburgh as being a "most livable" city, and CMU Ethics, History and Public Policy students have equipped city officials with a tool and research to build on this reputation by tapping into the potential of empty city lots.