The roles of information deficits and identity threat in the prevalence of misperceptions

  title={The roles of information deficits and identity threat in the prevalence of misperceptions},
  author={Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler},
  journal={Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties},
  pages={222 - 244}
ABSTRACT Why do so many Americans hold misperceptions? We examine two factors that contribute to the prevalence of these beliefs. First, presenting correct information should reduce misperceptions, especially if provided in a clear and compelling format. We therefore test the effect of graphical information, which may be especially effective in facilitating belief updating about changes in quantities over time. In some cases, though, people may reject information because it threatens their… 
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  • B. Nyhan
  • Psychology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2021
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