Fake news gives rise to fake memories, study suggests

Mail Online | 8/21/2019 | Cheyenne Macdonald For Dailymail.com
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The consequences of fabricated news stories may have lingering effects on your perception.

According to a new study, voters may develop false memories after reading a fake news report. And, they’re more likely to do so if the narrative lines up with their own beliefs.

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Researchers presented over 3,000 eligible voters in Ireland with legitimate and made-up stories ahead of the 2018 referendum on legalizing abortion.

In subsequent questioning – and after being told that some of the reports were fake – nearly half of participants reported a memory for at least one of the fabricated events, and many tended to be steadfast in these beliefs.

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‘In highly emotional, partisan political contests, such as the 2020 US Presidential election, voters may “remember” entirely fabricated news stories,’ said lead author Gillian Murphy, from University College Cork.

For the study, researchers recruited 3,140 eligible voters online a week before the referendum and asked each how they planned to vote.

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Participants were then shown six news reports, two of...
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