Anger contributes to the spread of COVID-19 misinformation

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A survey conducted over South Korean adults (N=513) reveals that emotions, specifically anger, contribute to the broader spread of misinformation on COVID-19 by leading angry individuals to consider false claims to be “scientifically credible.” This pattern is more evident among conservatives than liberals. Our finding sheds light on new measures and journalistic interventions that could alleviate the public’s anger and foster science-based conversations during a public health crisis.
Publisher
Harvard Kennedy School
Issue Date
2020-09
Language
English
Article Type
Research Article
Citation

The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Misinformation Review, v.1

ISSN
2766-1652
DOI
10.37016/mr-2020-39
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/280561
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CS-Journal Papers(저널논문)GCT-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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