We’ve been busy this summer! Here are three new preprints examining effects of fake news. First, we have a paper looking at false memories for fake news about Brexit here, showing that people tend to ‘remember’ fabricated stories that reflect badly on the other side – perhaps especially if they have already been exposed to a social identity threat.
Next, we have two new papers looking at COVID-19 misinformation. In the first, we ask whether fake news actually has measurable effects on behavioural intentions – it does, but they’re very small – and in the second we look at the individual differences that predict susceptibility to this kind of fake news.