Cambridge psychologist helps Facebook fight climate change misinformation

Social media giant turn to behaviour and communication expert to help them tackle the dangerous anti-science myths that circulate online.  

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 18, 2021 ~5 min

COVID-19 misinformation: scientists create a 'psychological vaccine' to protect against fake news

A 'psychological vaccine' has proven effective in countering belief in COVID-19 conspiracies.

Jon Roozenbeek, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology, University of Cambridge • conversation
Jan. 19, 2021 ~8 min

Fake news: bold visual warnings needed to stop people clicking – new research

Prominent 'danger' signs are needed online to warn people about misinformation.

Fiona Carroll, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Smart Technologies, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~5 min

Bold visual warnings are needed to stop people clicking on fake news

Prominent 'danger' signs are needed online to warn people about misinformation.

Fiona Carroll, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Smart Technologies, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~5 min

'I won the election' – how powerful people use lousy lies to twist reality

Lying can be more than just telling a few fibs. It can also be used to communicate social status and make a person appear loyal to a particular group.

Mikael Klintman, Professor of Sociology, Lund University • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Game combats political misinformation by letting players undermine democracy

A short online game in which players are recruited as a “Chief Disinformation Officer” and use tactics such as trolling to sabotage elections in a peaceful

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Popular COVID-19 conspiracies linked to vaccine ‘hesitancy’

An international study finds that people who rate coronavirus conspiracy theories as more reliable are much less likely to say they will get vaccinated.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Faked videos shore up false beliefs about Biden's mental health

It's easy to edit video of public figures to make them appear asleep, confused, drunk or cognitively impaired when they are not. The technique is being used to undermine Joe Biden's campaign.

Dustin Carnahan, Assistant Professor of Communication, Michigan State University • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~8 min

How to talk to vaccine skeptics so they might actually hear you

Those opposing vaccinations often mistrust government, science and the news media. There may be better ways to persuade them than by offering facts only.

Porismita Borah, Associate Professor, Washington State University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~9 min

Here's how to talk to vaccine skeptics so they might actually hear you

Those opposing vaccinations often mistrust government, science and the news media. There may be better ways to persuade them than by offering facts only.

Porismita Borah, Associate Professor, Washington State University • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~9 min

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