The Role of Memory and Ideological Biases in the Correction of Misinformation

Briony Swire-Thompson

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Abstract

Inaccurate information often influences reasoning and memory even after a clear correction has been elicited. This is known as the continued influence effect of misinformation. The current thesis addresses three questions: (1) Does the familiarity of the misinformation play a role in the continued influence effect? (2) Are some correction formats better at promoting belief change than others? (3) Does credibility of the information's source influence how the misinformation or the correction is processed? The results of this thesis contribute to theoretical conceptualizations regarding memory and belief, as well as practical applications for how to best correct misinformation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Ecker, Ullrich, Supervisor
  • Lewandowsky, Stephan, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date9 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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