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

  • Is there anything we can do to change the minds of people to follow medical advice and get vaccinated? To help us unravel these vexing questions, Under the Cortex welcomes author and psychologist Dr. Stuart Vyse.  More

    Under the Cortex: Why Some People Won’t Get Vaccinated

    Is there anything we can do to change the minds of people to follow medical advice and get vaccinated? To help us unravel these vexing questions, Under the Cortex welcomes author and psychologist Dr. Stuart Vyse.  More

  • Explaining the meaning of “scientific consensus” may counter false beliefs about the safety of genetically modified foods. This same approach, however, is less effective in convincing skeptics that climate change is real and caused by humans. More

    Understanding ‘Scientific Consensus’ May Correct Misperceptions About GMOs, but Not Climate Change

    Explaining the meaning of “scientific consensus” may counter false beliefs about the safety of genetically modified foods. This same approach, however, is less effective in convincing skeptics that climate change is real and caused by humans. More

  • Perhaps the best known personality test is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This episode takes a deep dive into the skeptical side of this topic with Dan McAdams, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University. More

    Under the Cortex: Skeptical ‘Deep Dive’ on the Myers-Briggs Test

    Perhaps the best known personality test is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This episode takes a deep dive into the skeptical side of this topic with Dan McAdams, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University. 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

  • 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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    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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