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Fact-checking may be important, but it won’t help Americans learn to...

Taylor Dotson, New Mexico Tech Entering the new year, Americans are increasingly divided. They clash not only over differing...

Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that...

Adrian Bardon, Wake Forest University Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the country’s...

Out-of-context photos are a powerful low-tech form of misinformation

Lisa Fazio, Vanderbilt University When you think of visual misinformation, maybe you think of deepfakes – videos that appear real but have actually been created...

Humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don’t fit their worldview

Adrian Bardon, Wake Forest University Something is rotten in the state of American political life. The U.S. (among other nations) is increasingly characterized by highly...

How to have productive disagreements about politics and religion

Larisa Heiphetz, Columbia University In the current polarized climate, it’s easy to find yourself in the midst of a political disagreement that morphs into a...

Why you stink at fact-checking

Lisa Fazio, Vanderbilt University Here’s a quick quiz for you: In the biblical story, what was Jonah swallowed by? How many animals of each kind did Moses...

Writing’s power to deceive

Andrew Elfenbein, University of Minnesota When I was researching and writing my new book, “The Gist of Reading,” I wanted to explore long-held assumptions about...

Got a boss who denies reality? A behavioral scientist’s guide to...

Gleb Tsipursky, The Ohio State University ‘Tis the season for holiday parties at the office. While they’re great for building workplace camaraderie and team spirit,...

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What makes a good friend?

Alexis Elder, University of Minnesota Duluth Good friendships seem worth celebrating. But for many of us, tensions can appear from time to time between being...