Facts and Myths about Misperceptions

  title={Facts and Myths about Misperceptions},
  author={Brendan Nyhan},
  journal={Journal of Economic Perspectives},
  • B. Nyhan
  • Published 1 August 2020
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Economic Perspectives
Misperceptions threaten to warp mass opinion and public policy on controversial issues in politics, science, and health. What explains the prevalence and persistence of these false and unsupported beliefs, which seem to be genuinely held by many people? Though limits on cognitive resources and attention play an important role, many of the most destructive misperceptions arise in domains where individuals have weak incentives to hold accurate beliefs and strong directional motivations to endorse… 

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