EcolChange seminar – Robert Szava-Kovats about cognitive bias in conservation

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)

Abstract:

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.

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