Online CBC Seminar

Os reenviamos un mensaje sobre el próximo CBC Seminar de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

La Junta Directiva de la SEPEX

Dear all,

We have the pleasure to announce a CBC Seminar on

FRIDAY, December 3, 2021, at 12:00 PM CET

 Clara Pretus Gomez 
from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

invited by Salvador Soto-Faraco
will give a talk entitled  

 The role of political devotion in sharing partisan misinformation

Abstract: Online misinformation poses a significant threat to global challenges such as pandemics and climate change. To understand what drives individuals to share misinformation, we conducted two pre-registered experiments with conservatives and far-right supporters in the US and Spain (N = 1,609) and a neuroimaging study with far-right supporters in Spain (N = 36). Individuals who felt their personal identity was fused with their political group were more likely to share misinformation, especially around sacred moral issues (e.g., immigration and nationalism). Far-right supporters showed increased activity in brain regions associated with theory of mind in response to posts with sacred values, highlighting the social nature of misinformation sharing. Critically, sharing misinformation about sacred values (vs. non-sacred values) was as likely in individuals with high compared to low propensity for analytical thinking. In line with this, interventions based on analytical thinking had little or no effect, especially among hyper-partisans, who were also most likely to share misinformation across conditions. These results suggest that political devotion plays a key role in misinformation sharing. Interventions aiming to reduce misinformation would benefit from adopting a social identity perspective, especially those targeting hyper-partisans.

An article that you may want to read in preparation of the talk is here:
which corresponds to  the doi link

We look forward to «seeing» you all!

 The CBC Seminar Series – Universitat Pompeu Fabra