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Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News


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#1 AnBr

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:37 PM

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Fake news can distort people’s beliefs even after being debunked. For example, repeated over and over, a story such as the one about the Pope endorsing Trump can create a glow around a political candidate that persists long after the story is exposed as fake. A study recently published in the journal Intelligence suggests that some people may have an especially difficult time rejecting misinformation. Asked to rate a fictitious person on a range of character traits, people who scored low on a test of cognitive ability continued to be influenced by damaging information about the person even after they were explicitly told the information was false. The study is significant because it identifies what may be a major risk factor for vulnerability to fake news.

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:05 PM

Can't we just tell these people that eating detergent pods will make them more successful and let evolution take care of the rest?
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:59 AM

View Postbaw1064, on 12 February 2018 - 11:05 PM, said:

Can't we just tell these people that eating detergent pods will make them more successful and let evolution take care of the rest?

They TOLD us there was a down side to the nanny-state safety regulations! Now these people are making it to adult-hood.

“Sure, the sign says “Danger, high voltage”. Fake News, “THEY” just don’t want you to seeehat’s in there!

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:57 AM

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