The psychology of misinformation — the mental shortcuts, confusions, and illusions that encourage us to believe things that aren’t true — can tell us a lot about how to prevent its harmful effects. It’s what affects whether corrections work, what we should teach in media literacy courses, and why we’re vulnerable to misinformation in the first place. It’s also a fascinating insight into the human brain.
A three part series
In 2020, First Draft launched a series, written by Tommy Shane, on the core concepts people need to know, focusing on:
- Why we’re vulnerable
- Why corrections are so hard
- How to prevent it
We published three articles, and hosted a webinar with global experts to dive deep into the latest thinking on this important subject.
The psychology of misinformation: Why we’re vulnerable
How does our psychology make us more vulnerable to misinformation? We explain the key concepts in the first of a three-part series.