False memories for fake news during Ireland's abortion referendum

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dc.contributor.author Murphy, Gillian
dc.contributor.author Loftus, Elizabeth F.
dc.contributor.author Hofstein Grady, Rebecca
dc.contributor.author Levine, Linda J.
dc.contributor.author Greene, Ciara M.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-19T09:23:26Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-19T09:23:26Z
dc.date.issued 2019-08-21
dc.identifier.citation Murphy, G., Loftus, E. F., Grady, R. H., Levine, L. J. and Greene, C. M. (2019) 'False Memories for Fake News During Ireland’s Abortion Referendum', Psychological Science, doi: 10.1177/0956797619864887 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 26 en
dc.identifier.issn 0956-7976
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/8568
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0956797619864887 en
dc.description.abstract The current study examined false memories in the week preceding the 2018 Irish abortion referendum. Participants (N = 3,140) viewed six news stories concerning campaign events—two fabricated and four authentic. Almost half of the sample reported a false memory for at least one fabricated event, with more than one third of participants reporting a specific memory of the event. “Yes” voters (those in favor of legalizing abortion) were more likely than “no” voters to “remember” a fabricated scandal regarding the campaign to vote “no,” and “no” voters were more likely than “yes” voters to “remember” a fabricated scandal regarding the campaign to vote “yes.” This difference was particularly strong for voters of low cognitive ability. A subsequent warning about possible misinformation slightly reduced rates of false memories but did not eliminate these effects. This study suggests that voters in a real-world political campaign are most susceptible to forming false memories for fake news that aligns with their beliefs, in particular if they have low cognitive ability. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Sage Publications en
dc.relation.uri https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956797619864887
dc.rights © 2019 the authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. The published version of record is available at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956797619864887 en
dc.subject False memory en
dc.subject Politics en
dc.subject Fake news en
dc.subject Misinformation en
dc.subject Bias en
dc.subject Open data en
dc.subject Open materials en
dc.title False memories for fake news during Ireland's abortion referendum en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Gillian Murphy, Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: gillian.murphy@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.date.updated 2019-09-19T07:58:50Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Psychological Science en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress gillian.murphy@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.bibliocheck In Press August 2019. Update citation, vol, page numbers etc. Check rights statement.
dc.identifier.eissn 1467-9280

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