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Why People Believe Misinformation

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 06:14:41 -0500
Archived: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 06:14:41 -0500
Subject: Why People Believe Misinformation

Source: GMA.Yahoo.Com


Wed, Feb 8, 2012

Why People Believe Misinformation, Even After It's Corrected
by Lee Dye | Good Morning America

Have you seen the photo of the dog that's as big as a horse? How
about the deer on top of a telephone pole? And do you know about
the Hollywood actor who needed emergency medical help because of
a gerbil that went where no gerbil had gone before?

That's all a bunch of bunk, or course. But we've heard those
stories, or seen those photos, so many times that they have
become a part of our world, even if they are totally false.

These days we are bombarded with information, much of it
incorrect, and long after the political campaigns are over a lot
of it will still be buried in the part of our brain where we
store our memories. And new research shows that the more
intensely we believe something to be true, the more likely it
will resurface in the future, even if we have learned it was

Cognitive psychologist Andrew Butler of Duke University, a
memory and learning specialist, hopes to figure out a way to
help us purge our brains of false data, and he's a little
encouraged. But it's probably not going to be easy.

Butler's latest research project, conducted with psychologist
Lisa Fazio of Carnegie Mellon University and Elizabeth Marsh of
Duke, found that it's possible to correct misinformation, but
the correction may not last much more than a week.

Give it a little time, and that dog will be as big as a horse

[More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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