The Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017 | 3 to 4:30 P.M.

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Factual Echo Chambers? Fact-checking and Fake News in Election 2016

Speaker: Brendan J. Nyhan, Professor, Department of Government, Dartmouth College

Host: Mark A. Peterson, Department of Public Policy, UCLA

Can fact-checking help inform citizens? Little is known about who reads fact-checks or whether they are effective in informing the public. Brendan Nyhan, in a joint work with Andrew Guess, NYU and Jason Reifler, University of Exeter, report the results of the first study that evaluates whether people engage in selective exposure to fact-checking and what effects it has on what they know about politics. Their design uniquely allows them to analyze the websites’ participants visited in the weeks before and after taking the survey, which took place at the peak of the 2016 presidential general election campaign. The data enables them to provide the first comparison between respondents’ self-reported interest in fact-checks and their actual real-world behavior and to compare consumption of fact-checking and so-called “fake news.”

Nyhan is a professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College.