Psychological ‘Vaccine’ against Misinformation

A social psychologist found that showing people how manipulative techniques work can create resilience against misinformation


Unfortunately the people who need it are anti-vax

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I think a virus analogy is pretty good.
Some hand-wavy generalizations about the issue include:

  1. People who fall for baloney of one kind tend to be vulnerable to other kinds. i.e., a person who is persuaded by one conspiracy theory is more likely to also believe in other conspiracy theories.
  2. Of course we are more likely to share the beliefs of close family and friends - hokum or otherwise.
  3. Providing a person with sound facts is frequently not effective at dissuading them from their false beliefs. (Maybe it works better if it comes from a person they are close to?)
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