People predominantly behave in ways that are consistent with their beliefs and values, but increasingly misinformation poses threats to people’s capacity to achieve their goals. Misinformation and false beliefs affect a range of domains including vaccine hesitancy, climate change denial, and political engagement, and therefore represents a serious challenge to modern society.
The Misinformation Lab aims to develop and test theories regarding the spread of and vulnerability to false beliefs, as well as developing and evaluating scalable strategies for addressing misinformation in society.
Specifically, we aim to:
Uncover the factors that contribute to misinformation and false beliefs in society.
Understand what works in persuasive messages, communicating science and reducing misinformation.
Augment social psychological intervention capacity in the School of Psychology.
Promote open, reproducible research practices.
Champion the value of psychology to everyday life.
Current and Past Members of the Misinformation Lab
Anna Jackson and Madison Matthews
Andy Head and George Loram
Raissa Donadon Berne and Imogen Russell-Head
Kate Adamson and Ian Benjamin
Led by Eddie Clarke and Emily Kothe
Honors student George Loram (Misinformation Lab) has reached the grand final of the “Let’s Torque” Science communication contest.
The final will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM at the Royal Society of Victoria (https://www.letstorque.org/calendar/2018/9/13/lets-torque-2018-grand-final).
This annual program provides Victorian undergraduate students training in public speaking and opportunities to interact with industry (https://www.letstorque.org/).
Maddie will be completing a Master of Applied Science on the topic “Investigating How Social Norms and Vegan Stereotypes Contribute Towards Motivation to Reduce Animal Product Consumption” under the supervision of Emily Kothe, Anna Klas, and Mathew Ling and starts her candidature today.
The award is for Anna’s PhD thesis entitled “Pro-environmentalism: Environmentalist Social Identity, Environmentalist Stereotypes, and Green Consumerism Engagement” which she submitted in October 2016 and graduated from in June 2017.