The Psychology of Fake News

The Psychology of Fake News
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    The Psychology of Fake News: Accepting, Sharing, and Correcting Misinformation
  • Author:
    Rainer Greifeneder, Mariela Jaffe, Eryn Newman, Norbert Schwarz
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    1 edition
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  • Data:
    August 14, 2020
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    252 pages
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Book Description
This volume examines the phenomenon of fake news by bringing together leading experts from different fields within psychology and related areas, and explores what has become a prominent feature of public discourse since the first Brexit referendum and the 2016 US election campaign.
Dealing with misinformation is important in many areas of daily life, including politics, the marketplace, health communication, journalism, education, and science. In a general climate where facts and misinformation blur, and are intentionally blurred, this book asks what determines whether people accept and share (mis)information, and what can be done to counter misinformation? All three of these aspects need to be understood in the context of online social networks, which have fundamentally changed the way information is produced, consumed, and transmitted. The contributions within this volume summarize the most up-to-date empirical findings, theories, and applications and discuss cutting-edge ideas and future directions of interventions to counter fake news.
Also providing guidance on how to handle misinformation in an age of “alternative facts”, this is a fascinating and vital reading for students and academics in psychology, communication, and political science and for professionals including policy makers and journalists.


1. What is new and true about fake news?

PART I - The journey and aftermath of (false) information in networks
2. How bad is the fake news problem? The role of baseline information in public perceptions
3. Truth and the dynamics of news diffusion on Twitter
4. Retracted articles – the scientific version of fake news

PART II Cognitive processes in accepting, sharing, and correcting misinformation
5. When (fake) news feels true: Intuitions of truth and the acceptance and correction of misinformation
6. Truthiness: How non-probative photos shape belief
7. Can that be true or is it just fake news? New perspectives on the negativity bias in judgments of truth
8. False beliefs: Byproducts of an adaptive knowledge base?
9. Psychological inoculation against fake news

PART III - Motivational processes in accepting, sharing, and correcting misinformation
10. Your fake news, our facts: Identity-based motivation shapes what we believe, share, and accept
11. Conspiracy beliefs: Knowledge, ego defense, and social integration in the processing of fake news
12. Fake news attributions as a source of nonspecific structure

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