An evidence-based approach to understanding and combating misinformation

Dr. Katie Gibbs presents the latest psychological research on why we are so susceptible to misinformation, including cognitive bias and the ‘lazy thinking’ model, and how elements of our online environment exacerbate these conditions. Building on this understanding of why we are susceptible to misinformation, Dr. Gibbs discusses why some common measures for combating misinformation such as retractions and debunking aren’t always effective. Finally, Dr. Gibbs leaves listeners with actionable, evidence-based ways that individuals can work to combat misinformation.


Katie Gibbs PhD Biology is a scientist, organizer and advocate for evidence-based policies.  She co-founded Evidence for Democracy, Canada's leading organization promoting science and the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making.