Psychological ‘vaccine’ could help immunise public against ‘fake news’ on climate change – study | University of Cambridge

In medicine, vaccinating against a virus involves exposing a body to a weakened version of the threat, enough to build a tolerance. Social psychologists believe that a similar logic can be applied to help “inoculate” the public against misinformation, including the damaging influence of ‘fake news’ websites propagating myths about climate change.

New research finds that misinformation on climate change can psychologically cancel out the influence of accurate statements. However, if legitimate facts are delivered with an “inoculation” – a warning dose of misinformation – some of the positive influence is preserved.

Source: Psychological ‘vaccine’ could help immunise public against ‘fake news’ on climate change – study | University of Cambridge