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Knowing the Truth is not enough: The Resilience of Discredited Information

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Political scientists are justifiably concerned about whether citizens are informed about politics. A less appreciated concern, however, is whether misinformed individual who learn the truth appropriately adjust their beliefs. I present evidence that discredited misinformation affects opinions. Participants’ opinions about a politician are negatively influenced by exposure to false political information that is understood to be bogus. This effect is partially inhibited by prompting memory based information processing, but prompting on-line processing also had the same result, which was unexpected. My findings suggest that belief perseverance is probably endemic to politics because this phenomenon is largely derived from motivated partisan reasoning and occurs consistently without outside interventions.

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Cobb, Michael. "Knowing the Truth is not enough: The Resilience of Discredited Information" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Classical Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon USA, Jul 04, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p204726_index.html>

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Cobb, M. , 2007-07-04 "Knowing the Truth is not enough: The Resilience of Discredited Information" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Classical Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon USA Online <PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p204726_index.html

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Abstract: Political scientists are justifiably concerned about whether citizens are informed about politics. A less appreciated concern, however, is whether misinformed individual who learn the truth appropriately adjust their beliefs. I present evidence that discredited misinformation affects opinions. Participants’ opinions about a politician are negatively influenced by exposure to false political information that is understood to be bogus. This effect is partially inhibited by prompting memory based information processing, but prompting on-line processing also had the same result, which was unexpected. My findings suggest that belief perseverance is probably endemic to politics because this phenomenon is largely derived from motivated partisan reasoning and occurs consistently without outside interventions.

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Knowing the Truth is not enough: The Resilience of Discredited Information Michael D. Cobb Assistant Professor Department of Political Science School of Public and International Affairs North Carolina State University Campus Box 8102 Raleigh NC 27695-8102 919-513-3709 (o) 919-515-7333 (fax) mdcobb@social.chass.ncsu.edu Abstract Political scientists are justifiably concerned about whether citizens are informed about politics. A less appreciated concern however is whether misinformed individuals who learn the truth appropriately adjust their beliefs. I present evidence that discredited misinformation affects opinions.
took a bribe to vote a certain way on a piece of legislation) 7. What was the approximate amount of money involved? (hundreds of dollars thousands of dollars more than a hundred thousand dollars more than five hundred thousand dollars almost one million dollars) 8. Experts said the likely maximum jail sentence for the crime Tourney was suspected of committing was approximately how long? (no jail time 6 months 1 year 2 years 5 years) 9. In the end


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