Measuring Continued Influence of Corrected Political Misinformation
Misinformation is an ever more pressing issue in our society. An important question to look at on the topic of misinformation is what the underlying mechanism is by
which misinformation affect judgments about its targets, and the degree to which “fact checks” designed to
correct such misinformation, are capable of reversing these effects. Answering this question is critical for
developing effective countermeasures to reduce misinformation’s impact on social media users. This is the idea that we tested,
namely that misinformation negatively impacts affective evaluations of its targets, and that these effects
persist even when a correction has been provided and is explicitly remembered.
(Thomas Hogeboom, Michael S. Cohen, Victoria Halewicz, Joseph W. Kable)
• How does misinformation affect judgments about politicians?
• To what degree do “fact checks” designed to correct such misinformation reverse these effects?