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Professor Stephan Lewandowsky

My research

My research examines people's memory, decision making, and knowledge structures, with a particular emphasis on how people update information in memory. I currently focus on the potential conflict between human cognition and the physics of the global climate, which has led me into doing research in climate science and climate modelling as well as in cognition. In addition to publishing in the peer-reviewed literature, I have contributed numerous opinion pieces to the global media on issues such as climate change 'skepticism' and misinformation.

My journey

Finding a balance between career and family life was harder than anything else I have ever done. I am not sure how successful it was, but I am proud that I contributed a major share of the care of my daughters during their formative years. They spent half their time with me while I was living in Perth, and we travelled to Europe together pretty much every year. When I spent a sabbatical in Germany in 2005, they were able to attend school there for a semester. I hope that they have learned to appreciate different cultures around the globe. After Annie and I got married, juggling two jobs and 5 children turned life into a tumultuous circus for a few years. Now that the kids are adults and scattered across three continents life is no longer a circus but a never-ending series of airline tickets.