When Corrections Fail: The Persistence of Political Misperceptions

  title={When Corrections Fail: The Persistence of Political Misperceptions},
  author={Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler},
  journal={Political Behavior},
An extensive literature addresses citizen ignorance, but very little research focuses on misperceptions. Can these false or unsubstantiated beliefs about politics be corrected? Previous studies have not tested the efficacy of corrections in a realistic format. We conducted four experiments in which subjects read mock news articles that included either a misleading claim from a politician, or a misleading claim and a correction. Results indicate that corrections frequently fail to reduce… 
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  • B. Nyhan
  • Psychology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2021
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