The Psychology of Fake News

@article{Pennycook2021ThePO,
  title={The Psychology of Fake News},
  author={Gordon Pennycook and David G. Rand},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  year={2021},
  volume={25},
  pages={388-402}
}
We synthesize a burgeoning literature investigating why people believe and share false or highly misleading news online. Contrary to a common narrative whereby politics drives susceptibility to fake news, people are 'better' at discerning truth from falsehood (despite greater overall belief) when evaluating politically concordant news. Instead, poor truth discernment is associated with lack of careful reasoning and relevant knowledge, and the use of heuristics such as familiarity. Furthermore… 

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