Tackling Misinformation

The disadvantage of the public’s increasingly easy access to information is the public’s equally easy access to misinformation.

It’s now simpler than ever to promote opinion as fact, and to create doubt and fear when no rational cause exists.

The Association for Psychological Science recently published a paper that reviews this phenomenon. The team of researchers highlight how people fail to update their memories in the light of new information, and how we can ignore facts that don’t fit in with our worldview.

The paper concludes with suggestions to help counter the effects of misinformation when dealing with the general public.

Just remember that everything you read in this blog is true!

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http://psi.sagepub.com/content/13/3/106.full.pdf+html?ijkey=FNCpLYuivUOHE&keytype=ref&siteid=sppsi

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