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Let's Talk Misinformation: Resources

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Discover a set of resources to get you thinking about misinformation and its spread in advance of the symposium Let's Talk Misinformation.

Fake news is big news. That is to say, misinformation has become a hot topic over the past decade. Outside of the world of politics, the effects of misinformation have been most keenly felt in the world of STEM. Whether it is COVID-19 and vaccines, the use of stem cells, the effects of broadband cellular communication technology on the human body, or climate change, misinformation has proven to be a dangerous stumbling block in developing new ways to solve current and old problems.

Below are a set of resources to get you up to speed and thinking about the effects of misinformation.

On Misinformation

The Globe and Mail

With science happening in real time, tackling pandemic disinformation is critical 
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt

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Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash
Timothy Caulfield

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Infographic cover image for Misinformation Red Flags

ScienceUpFirst: An Initiative of the Canadian Association of Science Centres

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Common Topics of Misinformation

a boy looks at a hamburger

Do You Know What's On Your Plate?

In 2013, many Europeans learned their beef lasagnas were actually made of horse meat. Learn about food fraud, and how a Canadian invention can help detect it.

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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 learning resources and suggestions for discussing with students.

Embryonic stem cells

Resources on Stem Cells

Resource page including articles and career profiles related to stem cells.

fossil plants and animals

Why Scientists Believe in Evolution

Scientists have accumulated so much evidence in the theory of evolution that it is one of the most widely-accepted theories in science.

Medical staff distributing COVID-19 vaccines

What’s Special About the New COVID-19 Vaccines?

Learn about viruses, vaccines and why the new COVID-19 vaccines are innovative.

Artificial Intelligence Brain Concept

Artificial Intelligence Resources

Resource page including articles and career profiles related to Artificial Intelligence.

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References

Chou, W-Y S., A. Oh, and W. M. P. Klein (2018). Addressing Health-Related Misinformation on Social Media. Journal of the American Medical Association 320(23): 2417-2418.

Cook, J., S. Lewandowsky and U. K. H. Ecker (2017). Neutralizing misinformation through inoculation: Exposing misleading argumentation techniques reduces their influence. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0175799.

Del Vicario, M., A. Bessi, F. Zollo, F. Petroni, A. Scala, G. Caldarelli, H. Eugene Stanley, and W. Quattrociocchi (2016). The spreading of misinformation online. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) 113(3): 554-559.

Goldstein, N. (2021). Misinformation. American Journal of Public Health 111(2): e3.

Jerit, J. and Y. Zhao (2020). Political Misinformation. Annual Review of Political Science 23: 77-94

Larson, H. (2018). The biggest pandemic risk? Viral misinformation. Nature 562: 309

Lewandowsky, S., U. K. H. Ecker, C. M. Seifert, N. Schwarz, and J. Cook (2012). Misinformation and Its Correction: Continued Influence and Successful Debiasing. Psychological Science in the Public Interest 13(3): 106-131.

Mian, A. and S. Khan (2020). Coronavirus: the spread of misinformation. BMC Medicine 18(1): 89-89.

Shao, C., P-M. Hui, L. Wang, X. Jiang, A. Flammini, F. Menczer, and G. L. Ciampaglia (2018). Anatomy of an online misinformation network. PLoS ONE 13(4): e0196087.

Su, Y. (2021). It doesn't take a village to fall for misinformation: Social media use, discussion heterogeneity preference, worry of the virus, faith in scientists, and COVID-19-related misinformation beliefs. Telematics and Informatics 58: 101547.

Swire-Thompson, B. and D. Lazer (2020). Public Health and Online Misinformation: Challenges and Recommendations. Annual Review of Public Health 41: 433-51.

Treen, K. M. d'I., H. T. P. Williams and S. J. O'Neill (2020). Online misinformation about climate change. WIRE's Climate Change 11: e665.