Processing Inaccurate Information: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives from Cognitive Science and the Educational Sciences

David Neil Rapp, David N. Rapp (Editor), Jason L.G. Braasch (Editor)

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Abstract

Our lives revolve around the acquisition of information. Sometimes the information we acquire—from other people, from books, or from the media—is wrong. Studies show that people rely on such misinformation, sometimes even when they are aware that the information is inaccurate or invalid. And yet investigations of learning and knowledge acquisition largely ignore encounters with this sort of problematic material. This volume fills the gap, offering theoretical and empirical perspectives on the processing of misinformation and its consequences. The contributors, from cognitive science and education science, provide analyses that represent a variety of methodologies, theoretical orientations, and fields of expertise. The chapters describe the behavioral consequences of relying on misinformation and outline possible remediations; discuss the cognitive activities that underlie encounters with inaccuracies, investigating why reliance occurs so readily; present theoretical and philosophical considerations of the nature of inaccuracies; and offer formal, empirically driven frameworks that detail when and how inaccuracies will lead to comprehension difficulties.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, MA
PublisherMIT Press
ISBN (Print)9780262027588
StatePublished - Aug 2014

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