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

How anti-vax memes replicate through satire and irony

Memes that promote harmful conspiracies and memes that mock them are sometimes hard to distinguish.

Jan Buts, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Translation Studies, Trinity College Dublin • conversation
Jan. 18, 2021 ~8 min

An AI tool can distinguish between a conspiracy theory and a true conspiracy – it comes down to how easily the story falls apart

Computational methods could help identify conspiracy theories as they emerge.

Timothy R. Tangherlini, Professor of Danish Literature and Culture, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~10 min

Ingredients in flu vaccine won't hurt you – two pharmacists explain why

Many people object to the added ingredients in vaccines. But pharmacists explain why those fears are unwarranted.

Anne P. Kim, Clinical assistant professor, Washington State University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~9 min

A COVID-19 vaccine needs the public's trust – and it's risky to cut corners on clinical trials, as Russia is

As Russia fast tracks a coronavirus vaccine, scientists worry about skipped safety checks – and the potential fallout for trust in vaccines if something ends up going wrong.

Abram L. Wagner, Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
Aug. 12, 2020 ~7 min

Coronavirus anti-vaxxers: one in six British people would refuse a vaccine – here's how to change their minds

Research on conspiracy theories can help people become receptive to health advice.

Darel Cookson, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Staffordshire University • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~6 min