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Science 2.0: [/break1]science20.com/advertising_science/study_media_can_foster_reduce_conspiracy_beliefs-131865]Study: Media Can Foster, Reduce Conspiracy Beliefs:Exposure to media that promotes conspiracy theories may increase belief in them, but [highlight]exposure to debunking information can decrease that belief[/highlight], [/break1]missouri.edu/doc/echoes-of-a-conspiracy.pdf]a new study has found.The report, published in the January-March edition of the journal Communication Quarterly and conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri and Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, suggests that messages can influence peoples' beliefs, even in a fragmented media world.[...]Researchers conducted two experiments. In the first, subjects learned about the “Birther” conspiracy suggesting that president Barack Obama is not a legitimate U.S. citizen and therefore does not qualify for the presidency.[...]The results were a bit of a mixed bag. As expected, belief in the Birther conspiracy rose among those exposed only to confirming information, while it fell significantly for everyone else.H/T: [/break1]obamaconspiracy.org/2014/03/studying-the-birthers/#comment-321563]Doc C.
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