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Skeptics Say, ‘Do Your Own Research.’ It’s Not That Simple.

“As psychological studies have repeatedly shown, when it comes to technical and complex issues like climate change and vaccine efficacy, novices who do their own research often end up becoming more misled than informed — the exact opposite of what D.Y.O.R. is supposed to accomplish.” Read Dr. Nathan Ballantyne and Dr. Dunning’s guest essay for …

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Why people who know better break Covid rules

Dr. Dunning talks about why some of the people who make the rules also seem to be the ones breaking them with 1 News, the news division of New Zealand’s television network TVNZ. Watch Dr. Dunning’s interview: https://www.1news.co.nz/2021/09/19/your-actions-alter-my-fate-why-covid-rule-breakers-rile-community/.

The Psychology Behind Why Some People Still Don’t Want the COVID-19 Vaccine

As COVID-19 numbers increase yet again here in Michigan, a few striking truths are emerging. The first is that the delta variant is very aggressive and is believed to be behind the vast majority of new cases of COVID-19, the second is that these new cases are not only happening in unvaccinated people, and the third truth is that there are still …

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Coming and Goings

Just some recent news about movements of lab members… Erik Helzer has moved to Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Joyce Ehrlinger has moved to Washington State Universtiy Emily Rosenzweig has moved to the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Travis Carter has moved to Colby College. And, yes, the rumors are correct that …

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New CBC Radio Documentary Describes the SASI’S Work

The Ideas series from CBC Radio (and on SiriusXM) recently broadcast an hour-long documentary that covers a good deal of the lab’s work–from Dunning-Kruger to false moral superiority to even motivated perception. You can listen to the program “The Fool’s Dilemma” here.

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