The Influence of Information Relevance on the Continued Influence Effect of Misinformation

Author(s): Hua Jin, Lina Jia, Xiaojuan Yin, Shilin Wei, Guiping Xu

Misinformation often continues to influence people’s cognition even after corrected (the ‘Continued Influence Effect of Misinformation’, the CIEM). This study investigated the role of information relevance in the CIEM by questionnaire survey and experimental study. The results showed that information with higher relevance to the individuals had a larger CIEM, indicating a role of information relevance in the CIEM. Personal involvement might explain the effects of information relevance on the CIEM. This study provides insightful clues for reducing the CIEM in different types of misinformation and misinformation with varying relevance.

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