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(Virtual Service) Mind the Misinformation: Reasons We Fall Victim to Fake News

October 18, 2020 @ 10:15 AM 11:30 AM

David Rapp, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, will speak on the topic, Mind the Misinformation: Reasons We Fall Victim to Fake New. We are regularly confronted with statements that are inaccurate, sometimes obviously so. Unfortunately, people can be influenced by and rely upon inaccurate information, engaging in less critical evaluation than might be hoped.  Research from the social sciences consistently demonstrates that even when people should know better, reading inaccurate information can affect their beliefs and behaviors.  This presentation will discuss the problem, and suggest potential solutions, particularly relevant given contemporary concerns about so-called fake news, false claims, and the popularity of conspiracy theories on social media and in public discourse.

David Rapp received his MA in Psychology from New York University, a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Stony Brook University, and completed a post-doc in Classics and Psychology at Tufts University.  His research examines language and memory, focusing on the cognitive mechanisms responsible for successful learning and knowledge failures, including the consequences of exposure to inaccurate information from diverse sources and discourse experiences (including fake news and conspiratorial ideas). His recent books include the co-edited volumes Processing Inaccurate Information: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives from Cognitive Science and the Educational Sciences from MIT Press, and The Handbook of Discourse Processes, second edition, from Routledge.

After services, from 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM, we will open Zoom for informal general discussion, as well as an opportunity to join a conversation group with Dr. David Rapp.

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