Fake news mind traps (Opinion, Page A22)

Friday, 22 September 2017 

The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Assistant Professor Elmie Nekmat from the Department of Communications and New Media at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Dr Carol Soon, Senior Research Fellow from the Institute of Policy Studies at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS. The authors noted that human beings have inherent biases that affect their ability to discern the truthfulness of a piece of information. Understanding the cognitive biases – confirmation bias, motivated reasoning and optimistic bias – that shape responses to information is a necessary first step in deciding how to counter fake news.

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