SA Special Editions Vol 31 Issue 5s

Special Edition

Volume 31, Issue 5s

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How Misinformation Spreads--and Why We Trust It

The most effective misinformation starts with seeds of truth

How Professional Truth Seekers Search for Answers

Nine experts describe how they sort signal from noise

Subverting Climate Science in the Classroom

Oil and gas representatives influence the standards for courses and textbooks, from kindergarten to 12th grade

Post-Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed

If politicians can lie without condemnation, what are scientists to do?

Misinformation Has Created a New World Disorder

Our willingness to share content without thinking is exploited to spread disinformation

Schoolkids Are Falling Victim to Disinformation and Conspiracy Fantasies

Although children are prime targets, educators cannot figure out how best to teach them to separate fact from fiction

Corruption Is Contagious

Dishonesty begets dishonesty, rapidly spreading unethical behavior through a society

How to Overcome Antiscientific Thinking

Convincing people who doubt the validity of climate change and evolution to change their beliefs requires overcoming a set of ingrained cognitive biases

Why Your First Idea Can Blind You to a Better One

While we are working through a problem, the brain’s tendency to stick with familiar ideas can literally blind us to superior solutions

When Assessing Novel Risks, Facts Are Not Enough

How we make decisions in the face of incomplete knowledge and uncertainty

People Drawn to Conspiracy Theories Share a Cluster of Psychological Features

Baseless theories threaten our safety and democracy. It turns out that specific emotions make people prone to such thinking

People Who Jump to Conclusions Show Other Kinds of Thinking Errors

Belief in conspiracy theories and overconfidence are two tendencies linked to hasty thinking

Are Toxic Political Conversations Changing How We Feel about Objective Truth?

As political polarization grows, the arguments we have with one another may be shifting our understanding of truth itself

How to Get Better at Embracing Unknowns

How to interpret uncertainty in common forms of data visualization

Information Overload Helps Fake News Spread, and Social Media Knows It

Understanding how algorithm manipulators exploit our cognitive vulnerabilities empowers us to fight back

The Neuroscience of Reality

Reality is constructed by the brain, and no two brains are exactly alike

How to Think about 'Implicit Bias'

Amid a controversy, it’s important to remember that implicit bias is real—and it matters

The Shared Past That Wasn't

How Facebook, fake news and friends are altering memories and changing history


From the Editor
Truth under Attack
COVID Has Created a Perfect Storm for Fringe Science
The Truth about Scientific Models
How Facebook Hinders Misinformation Research
The Cause of America's Post-Truth Predicament
The Science Agenda
Evidence Shouldn't Be Optional
Everyone Is an Agent in the New Information Warfare
The Intersection
More Data Don't Necessarily Help You Make Small Decisions
Innovations In
How Much Can We Know?
Mind Matters
Personality Type, as well as Politics, Predicts Who Shares Fake News
It's Time to Open the Black Box of Social Media