From persistent doubts about President Obama's birthplace to the tenacity of 9/11conspiracy theories, contemporary political discourse seems to be marked by a proliferation of demonstrably false beliefs that nevertheless resist disconfirmation in certain quarters. Research has increasingly drawn attention to the underlying psychology of these and other forms of political "misinformation," implicating factors such as the desire to adopt beliefs that are consistent with prior cultural values, information processing biases that support this desire, and cues provided by trusted political leaders.
The Psychology of Misinformation features SJMC alum Dhavan Shah (now of University of Wisconsin-Madison), Dan Kahan of Yale Law and Brendan Nyhan of Dartmouth University as they discuss the phenomenon of misinformation in the political spectrum.
Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
1-149 Carlson School of Management
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