We don’t automatically question information we read or hear.
Cognitive psychologists know the way our minds work means we not only don't notice errors and misinformation we know are wrong, we also then remember them as true.
We build in extra checks and balances, including blind peer review by a second academic expert, additional scrutiny and editorial oversight.
What does the evidence say about alcohol and violence?
There is a lot of evidence showing that changing people's drinking hours and consumption patterns reduces violence and hospital admissions.
There’s no easily defined line between ‘fact’ and ‘non-fact’, so how do journalists make judgements about factual accuracy?
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