Don’t Believe the Hype: Funding to Study Susceptibility to COVID-19 Misinformation

What do raw garlic, vinegar, and cocaine have in common? The myth of their ability to prevent COVID-19 has spread almost as fast as the virus itself. We recently received funding from the Health Research Board of Ireland to explore the susceptibility of people to misinformation about COVID-19. This work is being done in collaboration with Dr. Gillian Murphy at the School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork. Dr. Ciara Greene, Associate Professor in UCD School of Psychology, says:

“Understanding why people believe in, share or act on misinformation is critical to slowing its spread. The interventions developed in this project will give people the tools to evaluate information and become more critical consumers of news media. In doing so, we hope to empower citizens to protect themselves and their families from public health threats.”

Read more about it here.

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