Articles by Lauren Shields

November 11, 2020

Why Conspiracy Theories Stick

Dr. John Cook discusses the seven traits of conspiratorial thinking and how conspiracy theories are immune to evidence.

By Lauren Shields
Published: November 11, 2020


October 02, 2020

How Repetition & Familiarity Influence Truth

Dr. Tom Stafford explores the relationship between the illusory truth and mere exposure effects and how each influences what we perceive as true.

By Lauren Shields
Published: October 02, 2020


September 18, 2020

The Nature of Dog Whistles

Bill Grueskin discusses the subtle messaging behind dog whistles and the challenges they pose for journalists.

By Lauren Shields
Published: September 18, 2020


September 17, 2020

The Origins of Scapegoating

Dr. Alexander Douglas talks about the origins of scapegoating and the social and political function it serves.

By Lauren Shields
Published: September 17, 2020


September 16, 2020

Using Science to Muddy the Waters

Dr. Cailin O'Connor explains how propagandists "fight science with science" to muddy the waters and raise doubt.

By Lauren Shields
Published: September 16, 2020


August 29, 2020

Introducing Media Literacy

Fiona Young Brown discusses the importance of media literacy education for both young and old.

By Lauren Shields
Published: August 29, 2020


August 18, 2020

Weaponizing Fake News

Dr. Nolan Higdon discusses hyper-partisanship, sensationalism in the media, and the weaponizing of "fake news."

By Lauren Shields and Samy Amanatullah
Published: August 18, 2020