Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange
Speaker: Robert Szava-Kovats is researcher at the macroecology team of the Department of Botany.
Title of the talk: Conservation biology: a suitable habitat for cognitive bias
Time: Wednesday, 16. May 2018 at 13.15
Place: Tartu, Lai 40-218 (Vaga auditorium)
Cognitive bias – the act of holding onto one’s worldview, that is one’s preferences, beliefs and values, regardless of contrary information – is to a particular degree a part of everyone’s psyche, scientist or layman. Conservation biology is distinct from many other scientific disciplines because it is value-laden, and therefore reflects the worldview of its practitioners. This distinction adds another dimension to the impact of cognitive bias. We examine the role of cognitive bias on publication and peer-review in the field of conservation biology and reflect on its implications on conservation biology’s policy-driven objectives.