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How to think about whether misinformation interventions work

Progress in the burgeoning field of misinformation research requires some degree of consensus about what constitutes an effective intervention to combat misinformation. We differentiate between research designs that are used to evaluate interventions and recommend one that measures how well people discern between true and false content.

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Fig. 1: Using discernment versus ratings of only false content to determine the efficacy of misinformation interventions.


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We acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation (NSF Award 2047152). The funder had no role in the decision to publish or the preparation of this manuscript.

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Guay, B., Berinsky, A.J., Pennycook, G. et al. How to think about whether misinformation interventions work. Nat Hum Behav 7, 1231–1233 (2023).

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