When False Claims Are Repeated, We Start To Believe They Are True — Here’s How Behaving Like A Fact-Checker Can Help

Originally posted on Research Digest:
By Matthew Warren If you hear an unfounded statement often enough, you might just start believing that it’s true. This phenomenon, known as the “illusory truth effect”, is exploited by politicians and advertisers — and if you think you are immune to it, you’re probably wrong. In fact, earlier this year…

“Politically Incorrect” Speakers Are Seen As More Authentic — Especially If The Audience Already Shares Their Views

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By Emma Young “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct.” So said then-candidate Donald J Trump during a US presidential debate in 2015. Trump may have strong feelings on the matter, but he’s not alone. “Dozens of articles are written about political correctness every month in…

The difference between learning and thinking you have learned

Several colleagues shared this study past weekend, and I can understand why: Despite active learning being recognized as a superior method of instruction in the classroom, a major recent survey found that most college STEM instructors still choose traditional teaching methods. This article addresses the long-standing question of why students and faculty remain resistant to… Read More The difference between learning and thinking you have learned

Nudging in education proves difficult to scale up (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief, with bad news for nudging: Small-scale trials of “nudge” approaches, where, for example, students are encouraged via a series of text messages to apply for financial support for college, have shown positive results. These trials have involved a few thousand students, but could the approach be scaled up… Read More Nudging in education proves difficult to scale up (Best Evidence in Brief)

Nice study about how every child can experience the classroom environment differently

This is a study that when I shared it with my wife, she responded: yeah, I know, very interesting study. She’s right as the study shows that each child in preschool may have a very different experience while being in the same class. The researchers documented these different experiences using a novel technique in the… Read More Nice study about how every child can experience the classroom environment differently