Getting to the Root of Rumors

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What is a rumor, and how do our brains determine truth from fiction? In an article in The New York Times, Farhad Manjoo writes that psychologists have shown that mere repetition can often trick the human mind into believing rumors — no matter the merits of the claim.

Bill Adair, editor of Politifact.com, and Farhad Manjoo, author of True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society weigh in on the way rumors spread — and stick.

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