Misinformation in the Digital Age – Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky, Dr Jon Roozenbeek, Prof. Sander van der Linden

We welcome Professor Sander van der Linden, Dr Jon Roozenbeek and Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, our expert panel on misinformation in the digital age. We tackle questions including “how can we fight against misinformation?” and “how does fake news affect our society?”

Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, Chair of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bristol, is an expert in cognitive science focusing on questions such as “what determines whether people accept scientific evidence?” and “how does misinformation persist and spread within society?” Dr Jon Roozenbeek is an expert on the interplay between the media and our construction of identity, as well as working extensively alongside Professor Van der Linden on novel methods for countering misinformation online.

Professor Sander van der Linden, Associate Professor of Social Psychology in Society at the Department of Psychology is also Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab. Professor Van der Linden’s work focuses on the psychology of human judgement and how people form misperceptions of the world around them.

Alongside Dr Roozenbeek, Professor Van der Linden developed an innovative new method of combatting fake news online – “The Fake News Game”. Check it out here.

The Cambridge Scientific Society was founded in 1995, with the goal of promoting all branches of science at a level both stimulating to those studying science and accessible to those with an arts background. Today, SciSoc is the most active science society at Cambridge, and with more than 1000 permanent members (and a much larger email database), the largest. Often, the Society is a platform for the first public exposure of new research and findings. Past speakers include Nobel Laureates James Watson, Sir Tim Hunt and Sir John Walker, eminent scientists Sir Roger Penrose, Sir Richard Friend, Sir John Beddington and Peter Atkins, popular author Matt Ridley, and former Universities and Sciences minister David Willetts among many others.

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