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

@inproceedings{Nyhan2015TheRO,
  title={The roles of information deficits and identity threat in the prevalence of misperceptions},
  author={Brendan Nyhan},
  year={2015}
}
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. In some cases, though, people may reject this information because it threatens their worldview or self-concept – a mechanism that can be revealed by affirming individuals’ self-worth, which could make them more willing to acknowledge uncomfortable facts… CONTINUE READING