The Gist of Reading
We live in an era of so-called fake news. Much of this misinformation is spread via social media and while we generally assume that we can separate fact from fiction, psychological research suggests otherwise. This week, a look at how the written word can distort our perception of reality.
Guest: Andrew Elfenbein, Professor of English at the University of Minnesota
- Part 1 – 11:44
Elfenbein discusses his new book, “The Gist of Reading.” “Traditionally,” Elfenbein says, “reading was the weak link in literary criticism.”
- Part 2 – 14:44
What are the effects of reading inaccurate information? Elfenbein discusses a study that shows the power of stories containing false facts.