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Misinformation - Get the Facts

A Quick Reference Guide on Information Consumption; Tools to Encourage Individual Agency

The Psychology Behind MisInformation

We Consume the News We Choose to Believe

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We share information as a way to connect with one another and feel a part of a group (note the popularity of Facebook, for example). However, sometimes the desire to connect overwhelms our desire for the truth and we share information that hasn't been verified.

This is the start of misinformation.

When we connect in person, or online/social media, we are often easily set up to fall into one of the Cognitive Biases below; be aware of the influence our internal bias may have on our judgement to share information, verified or not.  

Photo from https://kids.niehs.nih.gov/topics/how-science-works/index.htm

 


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