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Study shows that people of all political persuasions are willing to modify their beliefs based on corrective info from reliable sources, but “subjects ‘re-believed’ the false info when retested a week later.” 1/ news.northeastern.edu/2018/06/18/tir…
2/ The author of the article says It may help to warn people in advance that they are likely to forget the correction bc “this helps them mentally tag the bogus information as false.”
3/ It’s also “important that the corrective information be repeated as frequently, and with even greater clarity, than the myth.”
4/ “People are more likely to modify their belief if the corrective information includes an alternative explanation.”
5/ ”In a study were subjects are initially led to believe a warehouse fire was caused by negligently stored gas canisters, subjects were more likely to accept (and remember) that this is incorrect if they are told the police have found evidence of arson.”
6/ “‘Corrective information is much more effective when people can ‘switch out’ explanations,’ said Swire-Thompson. ‘Just don’t say, ‘This is incorrect. ’ If you remove something, it’s important to fill the hole.’”
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