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What Is… The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

News Literacy Project In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week we're looking at the psychology behind conspiracy theories. This topic came up in a recent post by Andy of Eden in Babylon. In particular, the Q-Anon conspiracy theory has become quite popular, despite its utter absurdity.… Continue reading What Is… The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

What Is Series... Insights Into Psychology on Mental Health @ Home
What is... psychology series

What Is… the Illusory Truth Effect

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the illusory truth effect. The illusory truth effect is a type of cognitive bias that makes us more likely to believe false information to be correct the more often we're exposed to it. It was first described… Continue reading What Is… the Illusory Truth Effect

Tips on how to spot fake news
Health & health care, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Separating Reality from Fake Health News

HoIFLA, Wikimedia Commons During this global pandemic, there's a lot of wild and wacky news out there in the world.  This infographic from the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions gives some handy tips for separating the facts from the crap.  In this post, I'll go through those tips with respect to spotting fake… Continue reading Separating Reality from Fake Health News

fake news displayed on a laptop sitting on a desk
Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Separating Fake News From Fact

Image by pixel2013 from Pixabay The term fake news has been popularized by the current U.S. president, but how good are we at distinguishing fact from fiction?  The volume of information on the internet is truly astonishing.  There's quite a bit of good, but also a whole lot of crap.  Sometimes it's fairly easy to tell that a website… Continue reading Separating Fake News From Fact