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Wednesday, July 28 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Using Critical Thinking, Gamification, & Cartoons to Build Student Resilience Against Misinformation LIMITED

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Numerous psychological challenges hinder the countering of climate misinformation. We build inoculate people against misinformation by exposing people to a weakened form of misinformation—explain the rhetorical techniques used in misinformation. However, this presents another psychological challenge—critical thinking is hard! Gamification offers a solution to this challenge. By incorporating inoculating exercises in a game, players repeatedly practice spotting misinformation, converting effortful critical thinking into quicker, easier reactions. In this presentation, John Cook will outline how he synthesised inoculation theory, critical thinking research, and cartoons in the development of the Cranky Uncle game, to build student resilience against misinformation.

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John Cook (he/him)

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Climate Change Communication Research Hub, Monash University
John Cook is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Climate Change Communication Research Hub at Monash University. His research focus is on using critical thinking to build resilience against misinformation. In 2007, he founded Skeptical Science, a website that won the 2011 Australia... Read More →

Wednesday July 28, 2021 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT