Fake News: A Serious Issue

by Pascale28 on Février 7, 2018 - 12:30pm

In the news article that I chose, the main subject is “Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News”, which is the title of the article, and it is written by David Z. Hambrick, Madeline Marquardt on February 6, 2018. You can find it on Scientific American. It talks about a study that prove there is a link between cognitive ability and vulnerability to fake news. Researchers find out a major risk factor for damaging effects of misinformation. The study demonstrate that older adults are particularly affect by fake news; they have more tendency to think it is true information. Also, if a researcher ask a question to a subject and he knows the good answer but the majority doesn’t have the right answer, he will probably change his answer for the one that’s popular. In addition, fake news have negatives consequences on our society, especially on the democracy. The news article also contains advices about how to judge the reliability of news. In my opinion, the article that I summarized is reliable because of the credibility of the authors. “David Z. Ambrick is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, Western Australia. Madeline Marquardt is an undergraduate student at MSU majoring in neuroscience and professional writing.”

If you want to inform you more on the subject, you could click on this link:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cognitive-ability-and-vulnerability-to-fake-news/

 

 

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