Michael Lundie, Ph.D., is a researcher in the cognitive neuroscience of reasoning, judgment and decision making. His background has spanned a broad range of topics, including the cognitive effects of neurostimulation, and the structural and functional neural correlates of traumatic brain injury and concussion. Most recently, his research focus has turned to the psychological underpinnings of confirmation bias, political polarization, and susceptibility to misinformation online. He thrives on building collaborations across these various domains with an eye toward developing innovative practices that reliably improve well-being, cognitive performance, and the quality of democratic activities.
Inquirism is a space for exploring the many facets of constructive dialogue. Representative questions include: What are the best practices for translating complex concepts in the most accessible way? What leads conversations about politically fraught subject matters to go awry, and what can be done to course correct? The overarching aim of this project is to explore the art and science of better conversation.
Daniel Krawczyk, Ph.D., is a professor and holds the Francis Chair at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is currently the Deputy Director at the UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth®. His research focuses on understanding reasoning and decision making via methods including behavioral studies and brain stimulation. He has led multiple Department of Defense-funded research studies evaluating thinking and cognitive performance. He currently teaches courses in reasoning at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He authored the books Reasoning: The Neuroscience of How We Think in 2017 and Understanding Behavioral BIA$in 2019 with co-author George Baxter. From 2019-21 he co-hosted the Mental Model$ Podcast covering financial topics and currently co-hosts the Q&A show BrainHealth Office Hours focused on the brain and human performance. He has presented at over one-hundred scientific meetings, the TEDx stage, the Dallas Museum of Art, and is a regular speaker at the Perot Museum’s Social Science programs. His work has received media coverage on the NBC’s Today Show, NPR, and various science and technology podcasts. Dr. Krawczyk holds a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and was previously a Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.