Why Facts Don't Convince People (and what you can do about it)

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Birthers. Fake news. Terms all too familiar in the 21st century. Why is it that even when presented with facts it is impossible to convince some people that their opinions are wrong? Check out a short video that examines the psychology behind the problem and offers some suggestions for what can be done about it.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Most appropriate for psychology classes who have previously studied tribal instinct, emotional responses, etc.
  • Follow the video with a lesson on how to evaluate the reliability of an Internet site
Classroom Considerations

  • The video touches on some very touchy topics; therefore, preview the video and consider the attitudes of your community before assigning the video
Pros

  • The video references topical examples of the problem and acknowledges the difficulties in trying to discuss the problem


Cons

  • None