HFDG: Misinformation and Its Correction: Continued Influence and Successful Debiasing

Lee will lead a discussion of the following article. Please read it before HFDG:

The election is upon us. Misinformation abounds. The HFDG article for September 28 focuses on how misinformation affects us and what we can do about it. (Note: the article is downloadable from the Clemson library).

Misinformation and Its Correction: Continued Influence and Successful Debiasing
Stephan Lewandowsky, Ullrich K. H. Ecker, Colleen M. Seifert, Norbert Schwarz, and John Cook
Psychological Science in the Public Interest, Volume 13, Number 3, 2012
Abstract: Evidence shows that vaccines do not cause autism, that global warming is actually occurring, and that President Obama was indeed born in the United States. Why then do people still — often passionately — believe the opposite to be true? In this report, Lewandowsky and colleagues review research detailing the real-world impact of misinformation on our ability to make decisions. They examine common sources of misinformation, processes for evaluating the validity of new information, and reasons why misinformation is so persistent. The authors conclude by providing practical tips for combating misinformation, showing that debiasing strategies can be effective when based on strong psychological science.

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