Talia Waltzer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Psychology department studying cognitive development, ethics, and decision-making. Before coming to UC Santa Cruz, Talia received a B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Rutgers University. Talia studies how people form beliefs about what is right and wrong and why people sometimes seem to act against their better judgments. In particular, Talia’s project focuses on the psychology behind cheating and academic integrity. Although academic misconduct is a serious concern across multiple departments at UCSC, the conversation surrounding academic integrity is sometimes uninformed by students’ own perspectives on the matter. In collaboration with CITL, Talia’s project aimed to uncover how students think about academic misconduct and why it happens, with the aim of translating these insights into new practices and tools for promoting academic integrity at UCSC and beyond.
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