We now live in a digital eco-system where disinformation can spread rapidly (like a viral contagion) through social media, blogs, and fake news sites, threatening the ability of citizens to form evidence-based opinions on issues to do with public health (‘vaccines cause autism’), science (‘global warming is a hoax’), marketing (‘homeopathy can cure cancer’), politics, and national security. Improving well-being and promoting sustainable and healthy consumer behavior requires that we understand how disinformation spreads, what makes people vulnerable to it, and what interventions neutralize its impact on our decisions and actions. This topic forms the basis of an on-going research line that has, until now, mainly focused on scientific misinformation and misconceptions.
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