Does Your Brain Hold on to False Facts, Even When You Know They Are a Lie?

"Even if you understand, remember and believe the retractions, this misinformation will still affect your inferences...”

“Even if you understand, remember and believe the retractions, this misinformation will still affect your inferences…”

(Scientific American Mind) Lingering Lies: The Persistent Influence of Misinformation

The brain holds on to false facts, even after they have been retracted

After people realize the facts have been fudged, they do their best to set the record straight: judges tell juries to forget misleading testimony; newspapers publish errata. But even explicit warnings to ignore misinformation cannot erase the damage done, according to a new study from the University of Western Australia.

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