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Your brain and misinformation: Why people believe lies and conspiracy theories
Our brains do marvelous things, but they also make us vulnerable to falsehoods. Why? What leads people to fall for misinformation? And why do they share it with others? Is it all a battle between our emotions and our rational faculties? Between our ideological allies and adversaries? Or is there more to the story?

Join a panel of experts during the fourth annual National News Literacy Week to untangle the threads in our heads and hearts that can cause us to accept and spread falsehoods, even when we should know better.

Panelists include Peter Adams, senior vice president of research and design at the News Literacy Project; Dr. Sander van der Linden, professor of social psychology in society at the University of Cambridge, director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab and author of "Foolproof: Why We Fall for Misinformation and How to Build Immunity;" and Dr. Seema Yasmin, medical doctor, journalist, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative and author of "What the Fact: Finding the Truth in All the Noise."

This live, virtual discussion is free and open to the public and is presented in partnership with the American Psychological Association as part of National News Literacy Week.

Jan 26, 2023 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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