This is Episode 29 of PsychCrunch, the podcast from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, sponsored by Routledge Psychology. Download here.
Why do people share false information? In this episode, our presenters Ginny Smith and Jon Sutton explore the psychology of misinformation. They hear about the factors that make people more or less likely to share misinformation, discuss strategies to correct false information, and learn how to talk to someone who is promoting conspiracy theories.
Our guests, in order of appearance, are Tom Buchanan, Professor of Psychology at the University of Westminster, and Briony Swire-Thompson, senior research scientist at Northeastern University’s Network Science Institute.
Episode credits: Presented and produced by Ginny Smith, with additional reporting by Jon Sutton. Script edits by Matthew Warren. Mixing and editing by Jeff Knowler. PsychCrunch theme music by Catherine Loveday and Jeff Knowler. Art work by Tim Grimshaw.
Relevant research from our guests includes:
Further background reading:
Jon Sutton’s full interview with Professor Tom Buchanan is available at The Psychologist
Read Emily Reynolds’ feature on how to talk to a loved one who believes in conspiracy theories, mentioned in this episode
Other Research Digest stories on misinformation and conspiracy theories include:
- People Who Trust Science Are Less Likely To Fall For Misinformation — Unless It Sounds Sciencey
- Most People Who Share “Fake News” Do Care About The Accuracy Of News Items — They’re Just Distracted
- The More We See Fake News, The More Likely We Are To Share It
- Conservatives Are More Likely To Share Fake News — But Only If They Are Low In Conscientiousness
- Conspiracy Theories Are More “Entertaining” Than The Truth — And This Helps Explain Why People Believe Them
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