Rosenzweig, Leah, Bago, Bence, Berinsky, Adam J. and Rand, David W. (2021) Happiness and Surprise are associated with worse truth discernment of COVID-19 headlines among social media users in Nigeria. Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, vol.2 (n°4). pp. 1-37.

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Do emotions we experience after reading headlines help us discern true from false information or cloud our judgement? Understanding whether emotions are associated with distinguishing truth from fiction and sharing information has implications for interventions designed to curb the spread of misinformation. Among 1,341 Facebook users in Nigeria, we find that emotions – specifically happiness and surprise – are associated with greater belief in and sharing of false, relative to true, COVID-19 headlines. Respondents who are older, are more reflective, and do not support the ruling party are better at discerning true from false COVID-19 information.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2021
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Boston
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2022 12:09
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2022 12:09
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