WEDNESDAY, July 28, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Trusting science is good, but it could put you at risk for being duped by false science, or “pseudoscience,” if you let your guard down, researchers warn.
Investigators found that people who trust science are more likely to believe and share false claims that contain scientific references than those who don’t trust science.
“We conclude that trust in science, although desirable in many ways, makes people vulnerable to pseudoscience,” said study co-author Dolores Albarracín, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues.
For their study, the researchers presented hundreds of online participants with two fictitious stories. One was about a virus created as a bioweapon, similar to claims made about the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The other was a conspiracy theory about the effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on tumors.
The stories included references to either scientific information and scientists