Fact-Checking Research Database

We collect (and briefly explain) major studies on fact-checking, fake news and misinformation

Our Summary

Low critical thinking may determine whether you believe in fake news

Respondents were showed "Facebook-like" posts carrying real or fake news. Across three different study designs, respondents with higher results on a Cognitive Reflection Test were found to be less likely to incorrectly rate as accurate a fake news headline. Analytic thinking was associated with more accurate spotting of fake and real news independent of respondents' political ideology. This would suggest that building critical thinking skills could be an effective instrument against fake news.

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