Resources on applying Inoculation Theory to Misinformation

Inoculation Theory: A beginners Guide

Inoculation theory is a social psychological communication theory that explains how an attitude or belief can be protected against persuasion or influence in much the same way a body can be protected against disease…

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Debunking versus prebunking

The spread of misinformation has reached epidemic proportions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has even referred to this spread as a global “infodemic.” As governments and social media companies scramble …


How to test inoculation interventions in the lab

Online misinformation is a pervasive global problem. In response, psychologists have recently explored the theory of psychological inoculation: If people are preemptively exposed to a weakened version of a misinformation …


How people are misled, and how inoculation can help

We would like to thank the Cambridge Social Decision Making Lab, Ruurd Oosterwoud and DROG, Design Studio Gusmanson, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and the University of Cambridge …


Countering misinformation through inoculation

There has been increasing concern with the growing infusion of misinformation, or “fake news”, into public discourse and politics in many western democracies. Our article first briefly reviews the current …


What makes people susceptible to misinformation about COVID-19?

Misinformation about COVID-19 is a major threat to public health. Using five national samples from the UK (n = 1050 and n = 1150), Ireland (n = 700), the USA …


Inoculating against extremism

The Internet is gaining relevance as a platform where extremist organizations seek to recruit new members. For this preregistered study, we developed and tested a novel online game, Radicalise, which …

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