This white paper is a collection of the best and most relevant psychological science research on misinformation.
Resources on Combating Misinformation
At a casual glance, stories based on misinformation may seem plausible and even contain kernels of truth. This is merely a semblance, however, as closer, more critical examination reveals. Without such careful scrutiny, misinformation hobbles public understanding of critical topics such as climate change, vaccine efficacy, election integrity, and more. Psychological science forms the basis for recognizing and combating misinformation, as illustrated in the resources contained in this collection.
A recent addition to this collection is a 2022 white paper, Countering Misinformation with Psychological Science, a synthesis of the best and most relevant psychological science research on misinformation. Its objective is to help stakeholders and the public better evaluate and communicate news and information regardless of its source and emotional impact.
Through a variety of efforts—including the APS COVID-19 global initiative and a new white paper for policymakers, the scientific community, the media, and the public—APS and its members are researching and combating misinformation.
Psychological science suggests that behavioral ‘nudges’ which aim to alter individuals’ actions rather than their attitudes are essential to promoting vaccination against COVID-19 and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
A collection of psychological science research and insights from the APS community.
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