Myths and 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

  • Voters may form false memories after seeing fabricated news stories, especially if those stories align with their political beliefs, a study shows. More

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    Fake News Can Lead to False Memories

    Voters may form false memories after seeing fabricated news stories, especially if those stories align with their political beliefs, a study shows. 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

  • This will prepare students to understand how all parts of the brain contribute to behavior. More

    Myth: We Only Use 10% of Our Brains

    This will prepare students to understand how all parts of the brain contribute to behavior. More

  • Exploring the realities behind the effects of sugar illustrate many psychological concepts, including hunger, evolution, and psychopathology. More

    Myth: Too Much Sugar Causes Hyperactivity in Children

    Exploring the realities behind the effects of sugar illustrate many psychological concepts, including hunger, evolution, and psychopathology. More

  • Instructors should be prepared to listen for —and challenge — belief perseverance, and can use this myth to highlight how automatic and difficult belief perseverance can be to overcome. More

    Myth: People With Mental Illness Are More Prone to Violence

    Instructors should be prepared to listen for —and challenge — belief perseverance, and can use this myth to highlight how automatic and difficult belief perseverance can be to overcome. More

  • Activities in this unit reveal how eyewitness testimony is subject to unconscious memory distortions and biases even among the most confident of witnesses. More

    Myth: Eyewitness Testimony is the Best Kind of Evidence

    Activities in this unit reveal how eyewitness testimony is subject to unconscious memory distortions and biases even among the most confident of witnesses. More

  • Science is revealing that the negative stereotypes about the generation born between 1980 and 2000 are inaccurate. More

    Study Busts Some Myths about Millennials

    Science is revealing that the negative stereotypes about the generation born between 1980 and 2000 are inaccurate. More

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