This NPR article details some cutting-edge efforts to inoculate vulnerable minds against manipulative messaging. The story? Pre-bunking has arrived as an essential tool in the fight against cognitive contagion.
This well-researched article underscores the role that cognitive contagion played in almost ending American democracy. The big election lie isn't just false--it's a malicious mind-parasite that was deliberately released into a population compromised by weaponized cynicism. The resulting infodemic almost brought the American experiment in self-rule to an end.
This astonishingly good podcast tells the tale of how a deliberate campaign of mind inoculation prevented the big election lie from corrupting the thinking of hundreds of election officials--and how this in turn saved American democracy from a mind-virus. Highly recommended!
Two emerging sciences promise better solutions to our world's disinformation problem. In this piece for Psychiatric Times, A. Norman, H. Eyre and W. Hynes lay out the case for investing in cognitive immunology and infodemiology (March 2022)
This analysis in The Economist highlights the role of inoculation theory in the NATO alliance's successful effort to combat Russian disinformation about Ukraine. It cites Andy Norman's work on mental immunity. (Feb 2022)
Here, Lee McIntyre and Andy Norman illuminate the scientific underpinnings of the Biden administration's successful preemption of Vladimir Putin's (false) Ukraine narrative. "Prebunking" can be used against domestic disinformation threats, too. (March 2022)
This Skeptical Inquirer article by Jeannie Banks Thomas offers some useful rules of thumb for spotting manipulative content. (Jan 2022)
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin here explains why it's so important to begin inoculating against GOP election lies. (Jan 2022)
This BBC article tells the story of how Estonia, a tiny Baltic country, developed a sophisticated capacity to combat disinformation. (Jan 2022)
Jigsaw researchers put together this excellent overview of mind-inoculation and its potential to help us address our world's misinformation problem. (March 2021)