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Prebunking interventions based on “inoculation” theory can reduce susceptibility to misinformation across cultures.
University of Cambridge.
University of Cambridge.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1884-3252
2020 (English)In: The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Misinformation ReviewArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study finds that the online “fake news” game, Bad News, can confer psychological resistance against common online misinformation strategies across different cultures. The intervention draws on the theory of psychological inoculation: analogous to the process of medical immunization, we find that “prebunking,” or preemptively warning and exposing people to weakened doses of misinformation, can help cultivate “mental antibodies” against fake news. We conclude that social impact games rooted in basic insights from social psychology can boost immunity against misinformation across a variety of cultural, linguistic, and political settings.

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2020.
Keywords [en]
EDUCATION, INOCULATION THEORY, MISINFORMATION, PREBUNKING, TWITTER
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Social Sciences Educational Sciences
Research subject
Curriculum Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-404428DOI: 10.37016//mr-2020-008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-404428DiVA, id: diva2:1394611
Available from: 2020-02-19 Created: 2020-02-19 Last updated: 2020-02-20Bibliographically approved

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