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"Debunking" Misinformation: Challenges and Strategies

Registrations will be accepted until 30 minutes prior to the workshop start time.

Faculty: Andrea Baer, History and Political Science Librarian

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize the challenges of “debunking” misinformation. 
  • Recognize the role that confirmation bias plays in how people look for and respond to information that reinforces or challenges their views. 
  • Identify and apply effective strategies for “debunking” misinformation. 

The spread of misinformation has always been a problem, but the Internet, social media, and other digital technologies have intensified the speed and ease at which misinformation spreads. The often reactive nature of our brains and of our personal biases also play a role, especially given increased political polarization in the U.S. and beyond. Once misinformation has spread, correcting it isn’t as simple as merely telling people that information is inaccurate. People tend to continue believing the false information despite the correction. This is especially true when the misinformation reinforces a person's pre-existing beliefs. 

But there are useful ways to counter misinformation! In this workshop you’ll be introduced to effective “debunking” strategies and on related research on the relationship between our brains, beliefs, and the spread of misinformation. 

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience, Some experience

Software requirements: None

Event Details:

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm
Andrea Baer, History and Political Science Librarian
Online via WebEx
Information & Online Habits in the Digital Age
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