How Misinformation Spreads–and Why We Trust It

The most effective misinformation starts with seeds of truth

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Why Social Media Became the Perfect Incubator for Hoaxes and Misinformation

Data scientists are studying how information spreading online influences our social dynamics and what, if anything, can be done to smooth polarization

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Scale Up Tutoring to Combat COVID Learning Loss for Disadvantaged Students

Studies show impressive gains after even online tutoring

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People Drawn to Conspiracy Theories Share a Cluster of Psychological Features

Baseless theories threaten our safety and democracy. It turns out that specific emotions make people prone to such thinking

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Distrust Authorities, Including Me

The presidential election and pandemic have highlighted the fallibility of experts, but that doesn’t mean we should dismiss them all

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Information Overload Helps Fake News Spread, and Social Media Knows It

Understanding how algorithm manipulators exploit our cognitive vulnerabilities empowers us to fight back

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Dating During the Pandemic: Can You Trust an ‘Antibody Positive’ Claim?

Testing positive for COVID antibodies is not a pass to date freely

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Why Polls Were Mostly Wrong

Princeton’s Sam Wang had to eat his words (and a cricket) in 2016. He talks about the impacts of the pandemic and QAnon on public-opinion tallies in 2020

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What Conversations with Voters Taught Me about Science Communication

Even during a bitter election season, persuasive conversations were not only possible, but surprisingly attainable

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There’s No Good Evidence that Psychedelics Can Change Your Politics or Religion

The balance of data don’t support it, and claims otherwise could lead to alarmism

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In the Early Americas, Female Hunters Pursued Big Game, Study Suggests

Millennia-old burial sites show equal-opportunity hunting roles might have been commonplace

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How Weight Bias May Affect Dogs and Their Owners

Dog and owner body weight can influence veterinarians’ perceptions

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Election Science Stakes: Technology

We wrap up our pre-election series with Scientific American senior editor Jen Schwartz, who talks about the possible effects of the election results on technology development and use. 

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Why Hatred and ‘Othering’ of Political Foes Has Spiked to Extreme Levels

The new political polarization casts rivals as alien, unlikable and morally contemptible

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Media Multitasking Disrupts Memory, Even in Young Adults

Simultaneous TV, texting and Instagram lead to memory-sapping attention lapses

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How Indigenous Communities in Canada Organized an Exemplary Public Health Response to COVID

An emphasis on self-determination contributed to dramatically lower case numbers than among non-Indigenous groups

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Conservative and Liberal Brains Might Have Some Real Differences

Scanners try to watch the red-blue divide play out underneath the skull

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Why Some Easter Island Statues Are Where They Are

Many of the statues not along the coast are in places that featured a resource vital to the communities that lived and worked there.

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The Psychology of Fact Checking

Fact checkers aim to get closer to the truth, but their biases can shroud the very truth they seek

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Acorn Woodpeckers Fight Long Bloody Territorial Wars

More than 40 of the birds, in coalitions of three or four, may fight for days over oak trees in which to store their acorns.

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The Disturbing History of Research into Transgender Identity

Research into the determinants of gender identity may do more harm than good

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A Medical Student Contemplates Pandemic-Era Isolation–and Connection

An open letter

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Social Media Restrictions Cannot Keep Up with Hidden Codes and Symbols

Much like spoken language, Internet memes take on shifting political meanings according to context

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When Will Football Stadiums Look Normal Again?

Professional and college teams alike need to get fans back in the stands in droves—as long as they can keep everyone safe

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Hypnosis Experts Cast Doubt on Famous Psychological Experiments

Suggestibility may explain why people “feel” vicarious pain or sensation in a fake hand

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Resist Misinformation, Watch Birds and Remember Plagues

Our November issue features space wars, a mysterious disorder of mind and brain, and past pandemics

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How the Best Forecasters Predict Events Such as Election Outcomes

Research reveals techniques that boost accuracy

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Presidential Debates Have Shockingly Little Effect on Election Outcomes

The upcoming debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump may be one of the least consequential in decades, experts say

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Neuroscience and Psychology Suggest No Surprise Victory for Trump This Time

His inflammatory appeals are less likely to activate the same decision-making circuits as in 2016

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Why Social Media Make Us More Polarized, and How to Fix It

Research shows it’s the influencers, not the networks themselves, that amplify differences between us

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Why Social Media Makes Us More Polarized and How to Fix It

Research shows it’s the influencers, not the networks themselves, that amplify differences between us

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I Can’t Breathe: Asthma, Black Men and the Police

The common, chronic inflammation of the airways may help explain why deaths in custody are so high among African Americans

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Moving in Sync Creates Surprising Social Bonds among People

Dancing, rowing and even finger tapping in unison unleash powerful forces in the brain that drive good feelings

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When a Journalist Becomes a Disinformation Agent

Simulation games help newsrooms prepare for covering a chaotic election season

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Trolling for Truth on Social Media

What 1990s Internet protest movements share with today’s disinformation campaigns

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Why So Many Americans Are Skeptical of a Coronavirus Vaccine

It’s not just “antiscience thinking”

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Confronting Misinformation

Viral lies, overwhelming uncertainty, and leadership that amplifies falsehoods and fear: no wonder we feel anguished by our information environment. During an election season of great consequence,…

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Our Brain Is Better at Remembering Where to Find Brownies Than Cherry Tomatoes

Humans’ spatial recall makes mental notes about the location of high-calorie foods

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That Thoroughly-Used-Up Kind of Life

Living your best life doesn’t depend on wealth, or even happiness, but a rich and complex experience

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Yes, Science Is Political

Scientists need to acknowledge that, and to act on it in these most dire of times

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How Trump Exemplifies Our Ableist Culture

The idea that we must "beat" or "get over" illness helps explain the grotesque carnival we’re now seeing in the White House

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A Political Scientist’s Guide to Following the Election

It’ll be messy, but we have the tools and the technology to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to cast a vote and have it counted

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How to Unlearn Racism

Implicit bias training isn’t enough. What actually works?

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The Science of America’s Dueling Political Narratives

Elections aren’t won on the basis of policies; they’re won on the basis of the stories each side tells about itself and its values

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We Learn Faster When We Aren’t Told What Choices to Make

The way we decide may even give insight into delusional thinking

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How to Narrow Achievement Gaps for Underrepresented Students

Techniques such as inclusive teaching can inspire “hyperpersistence”

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How COVID-19 is Changing the English Language

From ‘social distancing’ to ‘self-quarantining,’ the pandemic is leaving a lasting impact on the English lexicon

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The Masks We Wear to Survive

A gay, African-American physician relied on personas to endure his medical training

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We Must Confront Anti-Asian Racism in Science

It existed before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has made it worse

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We Need to Do More Research on Honesty

Scientists and philosophers know a lot about why we lie. Now let’s figure out how not to

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