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dc.contributor.authorRoozenbeek, Jon
dc.contributor.authorvan der Linden, Sander
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-24T15:17:30Z
dc.date.available2020-06-24T15:17:30Z
dc.date.issued2019-06-25
dc.date.submitted2019-04-16
dc.identifier.others41599-019-0279-9
dc.identifier.other279
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/307183
dc.description.abstractAbstract: The spread of online misinformation poses serious challenges to societies worldwide. In a novel attempt to address this issue, we designed a psychological intervention in the form of an online browser game. In the game, players take on the role of a fake news producer and learn to master six documented techniques commonly used in the production of misinformation: polarisation, invoking emotions, spreading conspiracy theories, trolling people online, deflecting blame, and impersonating fake accounts. The game draws on an inoculation metaphor, where preemptively exposing, warning, and familiarising people with the strategies used in the production of fake news helps confer cognitive immunity when exposed to real misinformation. We conducted a large-scale evaluation of the game with N = 15,000 participants in a pre-post gameplay design. We provide initial evidence that people’s ability to spot and resist misinformation improves after gameplay, irrespective of education, age, political ideology, and cognitive style.
dc.languageen
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillan UK
dc.subjectArticle
dc.subject/4014/477
dc.subject/4014/160
dc.subject/4014/4003
dc.subject/4007/4003
dc.subjectarticle
dc.titleFake news game confers psychological resistance against online misinformation
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2020-06-24T15:17:29Z
prism.issueIdentifier1
prism.publicationNamePalgrave Communications
prism.volume5
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.54279
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-06-03
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1057/s41599-019-0279-9
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rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.identifier.eissn2055-1045


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