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New Research Paper on Trust in Scientists and Medical Experts Regarding Covid-19 Vaccines

  • June 27, 2022
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Are scientists and medical experts the most suitable figures to convince the general public to get vaccinated? Research from PERITIA and others has shown that they are among the most trusted professionals, but do people trust them enough to effectively change their behaviour and overcome their vaccine hesitancy? In their recently published article Countering Vaccine […]

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Why Trust Dr Didier Raoult? New PERITIA Research Article

  • May 6, 2022
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A paper published in Social Epistemology last week by PERITIA researchers Ty Branch, Gloria Origgi and Tiffany Morisseau examines the rise to fame of Dr Didier Raoult, a French microbiologist, and his claims regarding the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19. By outlining the chain of events that led to these claims and […]

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Lateral Reading and Monetary Incentives to Spot Disinformation about Science

  • April 11, 2022
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Disinformation about scientific findings has become a pressing issue during the Covid-19 pandemic. The spread of false information about vaccines or medical treatments has led to enormous economic and public health burdens. Researchers, journalists, policymakers and other practitioners are working together to find practical strategies to tackle disinformation and help online users recognise false contents. […]

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Testimonial Injustice and Trust — A PERITIA Special Issue

  • December 9, 2021
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Should we simply trust what people or institutions say? Which values should be at play when assessing the words of others? Are experts or testifiers vulnerable against their own audiences? What if we wrongly discredit testimonies? Can we make sure that testimonies are accessible to vulnerable audiences? What strategies can help us to create testimonially […]

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Controversial Scientific Information & Hydroxychloroquine in France

  • October 20, 2021
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“Although people generally aim at getting a fair representation of reality, accuracy about scientific issues only matters to the extent that individuals perceive it as useful to achieve their own goals.” This is what Tiffany Morisseau, Ty Branch and Gloria Origgi from the PERITIA team (Work Packages 5 & 6) argue in a recently published […]

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Valorised or Vilified – Has the Pandemic Increased Trust in Science?

  • June 21, 2021
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A recent article on Research Europe features PERITIA Work Package Leaders Tracey Brown and Gloria Origgi. The publication discusses the question whether the Covid-19 pandemic will make researchers more trusted by the public. After more than a year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Tracey Brown has noticed increasing signs that people are tiring of experts. “There’s […]

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It’s all about reputation now

  • April 28, 2020
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PERITIA investigator and Work Package Leader Gloria Origgi reflects on what she names the “reputation age”, in which we should rank the quality of information not by its content but by the agenda of its source. Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that […]

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