[Ed. – Just to show how accurate this study is, the link to ‘fake news’ takes you to an AP dispatch picked up this paper that argues that the term was invented by Donald Trump ‘as a weapon against unflattering stories.’]
A recent study by Ohio State researchers found that people tend to misremember information to match commonly-held beliefs.
If you’re looking for who’s responsible for all the misinformation out there, you might want to take a peek in the mirror.
OK, OK, it’s not all your fault.
Although external sources of misinformation like “fake news” and purposeful disinformation campaigns draw a lot of attention today, recent research at Ohio State University indicates we might misremember information all on our own.
In a recent study, Ohio State researchers found that when given accurate statistics on a controversial issue, people tended to misremember numbers to match their own beliefs. Then, when researchers gave study participants accurate information and asked them to convey it to others, the information grew more and more different as it was passed from person to person.