Throughout this course, you will work on a research project related to the role of familiarity in misinformation. Before you conduct research, you need to center your hypothesis and supporting literature on this topic through a literature review, which will be the first piece of your project.
NOTE: The literature review will be on the role of familiarity in misinformation. For the rest of the assignments is this course you will then chose one of the following: False Balance, Myth Busting, or Retraction. Please see the breakdown in the Write Your Discussion section.
For this assignment, write a 3–5 page literature review on misinformation effects that incorporates at least seven scholarly sources. You may use the articles provided in Weeks 1 and 2 for your remaining sources and the APA Paper Template [DOCX] if you would like guidance on formatting.
Choose Your Topic
Materials will be provided for three different projects inspired by research found in the literature. As part of your preparation for the literature review, look over the materials and the article that inspired them. Choose one that interests you as this will help you form your initial hypothesis. Expect your hypothesis to change based on feedback from your instructor.
There are pre-built materials for three experiments. There are possible variations of design, but choose one of the following. You may not create your own topic or materials.
- Retraction [DOC]: Use a news article and a retraction to a news article on a bank robbery with a questionnaire to measure responses.
- Myth Busting [DOC]: Use a fact sheet to debunk the myth that humans use only 10 percent of their brain with a questionnaire to measure responses.
- False Balance [DOC]: Use two articles, one on the lack of connection between vaccines and autism and the other on the connection, with a questionnaire to measure responses.
Topic 1: Retraction
Review the materials on Retraction. Then, read the following article:
- Ecker, U. K. H., Hogan, J. L., & Lewandowsky, S. (2017). Reminders and repetition of misinformation: Helping or hindering its retraction? Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 6(2), 185–192.
Topic 2: Myth Busting
Review the material for Myth Busting. Then, read the following article:
- Pluviano, S., Watt, C., & Sergio, D. S. (2017). Misinformation lingers in memory: Failure of three pro-vaccination strategies. PLoS One, 12(7), 1–12.
Topic 3: False Balance
Review the material for False Balance. Then, read the following article:
- Cook, J., Lewandowsky, S., & Ecker, U. K. H. (2017). Neutralizing misinformation through inoculation: Exposing misleading argumentation techniques reduces their influence. PLoS One, 12(5), 1–17.
Write Your Literature Review
Address the following within your literature review. Ensure that each main point of your paper is supported clearly with evidence from your sources. Under some points, there are guiding questions to guide your thinking, but be sure to consult the scoring guide to make sure you are covering all of what will be assessed.
- Explain the psychological concepts that were addressed in the research.
- Are there any patterns, themes, or trends that you were able to trace in your research?
- Describe the concepts related to the theory that will be the basis for your research.
- Discuss the value and the limitations of the theoretical concepts.
- Develop a plausible hypothesis that relies on evidence and reasoning. Use the hypothesis from the article related to your study (linked above) as a starting point.
- Use APA-style formatting, citations, and references.
Submit your literature review as your deliverable for assessment.
You do not need an index or abstract for this paper. Use the APA Style Paper Template [DOC].
- Length: 3-5 page typed, double-spaced pages.
- Written communication: Must be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
- Resources and citations: A minimum of 7 scholarly source is required. Format according to current APA guidelines.
- Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.