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dc.contributor.supervisor Sutherland, Robert J.
dc.contributor.author Alikarami, Elnaz
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-26T16:03:06Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-26T16:03:06Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/5808
dc.description.abstract The rise of fake news is posing an increasing threat to societies worldwide, but little is known about the cognitive processes that influence acceptance of false information. Here we report that social context influences such judgments. One hundred and eight participants went through 32 statements and were asked for each, “how likely is that the statement is true?” In half of the trials, the participants were provided with the opinion of a survey population and in half they were not. They were told the number of the people who believed that the statement is true and the number of the people who believed that the statement is false. The participants were asked to answer the same question again after getting the social feedback. The results show that individuals were reliably influenced by social feedback with a reaction proportional to the direction of the feedback. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Neuroscience en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Cognitive psychology en_US
dc.subject Critical Thinking en_US
dc.subject Fake news en_US
dc.subject Judgment en_US
dc.subject Reasoning (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject Thought and thinking en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title How social context affects decision-making processes to believe in false information en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Neuroscience en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.proquest.subject Social research [0344] en_US
dc.proquest.subject Neurosciences [0317] en_US
dc.proquest.subject Cognitive psychology [0633] en_US
dc.proquestyes Yes en_US


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