Saturday, May 9, 2015

Rumors have it

Study: Trying to correct political myths may only entrench them further

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bad news, fans of rational political discourse: A study by an MIT researcher shows that attempts to debunk political rumors may only reinforce their strength.

"Rumors are sticky," says Adam Berinsky, a professor of political science at MIT, and author of a paper detailing the study. "Corrections are difficult, and in some cases can even make the problem worse."

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