The truth about truthiness

For psychologists, fake news provides a worrying insight into human cognition, as Tabitha Carvan reports.

Dr Eryn Newman is describing the results of one of her studies of ‘truthiness’ at the ANU Research School of Psychology:  “The really cool thing about this is … ,” she begins, before stopping herself mid-sentence. “No, wait. I should say, it’s the really disturbing thing.”

Participants were more likely to agree with the claim ‘Nick Cave is alive’ when it was accompanied by a picture of Nick cave on stage.

That’s the problem with studying the perception of truth in the fake news era: there’s a lot of cool data from a scientific perspective, but the real world implications are far more concerning.

Dr Newman goes on to describe her fascinating findings in this article ( in the ANU Reporter.