As instructors, you can harness evidence from psychological science to help students think critically about science news, including in the absence of markers of legitimacy (e.g., in a journal or respected news source). You can teach students how to differentiate among robust scientific findings, fake news, and real news that is light on science (e.g., “clickbait”). Through classroom activities and related assignments, you can help students build the “need for cognition” that drives us to enjoy thinking critically and scientifically about information.
In this Webinar, Susan Nolan summarizes the research on why we fall prey to fake stories, the research on how we can overcome it, and tools you can use in the classroom – tools that can help students evaluate scientific findings germane to psychology and develop skills that can generalize far beyond the classroom.
Our video starts about five minutes into Susan's presentation, but you can view her slides here.