Misinformation

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Why We Fall Prey to Misinformation

Even when we know better, we often rely on inaccurate or misleading information to make future decisions. A review of scientific research explores the reasons why… More

  • Exposure to false information about an event usually makes it more difficult for people to recall the original details, but new research suggests that there may be times when misinformation actually boosts memory. ... More

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    Detecting Misinformation Can Improve Memory Later On

    Exposure to false information about an event usually makes it more difficult for people to recall the original details, but new research suggests that there may be times when misinformation actually boosts memory. ... More

  • Research reveals that the more people think they know about a topic in general, the more likely they are to allege knowledge of completely made-up information and false facts... More

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    Self-Proclaimed Experts More Vulnerable to the Illusion of Knowledge

    Research reveals that the more people think they know about a topic in general, the more likely they are to allege knowledge of completely made-up information and false facts... More

  • Childhood vaccines do not cause autism. Global warming is confirmed by science. And yet, many people believe claims to the contrary. Why does misinformation stick? ... More

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    Misinformation: Psychological Science Shows Why It Sticks and How to Fix It

    Childhood vaccines do not cause autism. Global warming is confirmed by science. And yet, many people believe claims to the contrary. Why does misinformation stick? ... More

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