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News: Fake or Fact?

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Past event - 2021
17 May 8pm to 9pm
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News: Fake or Fact? Can you tell the difference? Make it yourself to find out more. Join our panel of experts to discuss how fake news work and how to spot it. A fun, interactive virtual event with games and a tricky quiz to beat!

With the support of InterSci Edinburgh

Want to learn how fake news works? Make it yourself.

Dr Jon Roozenbeek (Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge)
Belief in fake news can have serious consequences such as reduced vaccine uptake and people setting fire to mobile phone masts. What makes people vulnerable to believing in fake news? And, perhaps more importantly, how can we reduce this vulnerability? Our solution is a series of games that simulate how you can go from a happy-go-lucky social media user to a committed member of an online echo chamber. These games, our research shows, are effective at improving people’s ability to spot the manipulation techniques and strategies used to lure people into believing misinformation.

Have You Heard?

Dr Kirsty McIntyre (Lecturer, Medical School, University of Glasgow)
Have You Heard? is an award-winning project that aims to tackle the haze around science stories in the news. Have You Heard? works with local community groups to facilitate open discussions about recent science headlines, and recount the journey of a research project from brainstorm to media storm. In this session Dr Kirsty McIntyre from the Have You Heard? team will discuss some simple tips to have in mind when you encounter a science story in the news.

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