False Beliefs, Fake News and Social Influence: Critical Understanding

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Description: The internet provides us with access to vast arrays of information and research. Given this shouldn’t our beliefs be much more research based than they used to be? Weeelll, what about anti-vaxers? What about climate change deniers? Think about what the access to information provided by search engines like Google might do for us… Read more »

What Could Possibly Be Adaptive About Buying Into Fake News?

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Description: If you believe another person is not thinking properly about something what is the best way to get them change their mind and to think more clearly? If you thought that showing them some facts would be a good idea you are not alone as that is what most people think, especially when the… Read more »

Facebook and Conformation Bias: A Problematic Combination?

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Description: You may have seen concerns raised in the media about the proliferation of fake or misleading news stories and especially how such stories can gain quite a high degree of traction through social media dissemination. Think about what you know about how Facebook is structured and used and then think about how that might… Read more »

Ignoring Your Inner Yes-Man

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Description: Okay I am not going to provide a detailed introduction to this one. Go to the first article link below, to read the introduction, and then try and figure out the rule behind the number sequence shown. Try a few examples and on the basis of your feedback try and articulate in a simple… Read more »