Can fake news help you remember real facts better?

A 2020 study published in the journal of Psychological Science explores the idea that fake news can actually help you remember real facts better.

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  • In 2019, researchers at Stanford Engineering analyzed the spread of fake news as if it were a strain of Ebola. They adapted a model for understanding diseases that can infect a person more than once to better understand how fake news spreads and gains traction.
  • A new study published in 2020 explores the idea that fake news can actually help you remember real facts better.
  • "These findings demonstrate one situation in which misinformation reminders can diminish the negative effects of fake-news exposure in the short term," researchers on the project explained.
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Millennials reconsidering finances and future under COVID-19

A new survey found that 27 percent of millennials are saving more money due to the pandemic, but most can't stay within their budgets.

  • Millennials have been labeled the "unluckiest generation in U.S. history" after the one-two financial punch of the Great Recession and the pandemic shutdowns.
  • A recent survey found that about a third of millennials felt financially unprepared for the pandemic and have begun saving.
  • To achieve financial freedom, millennials will need to take control of their finances and reinterpret their relationship with the economy.
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    How confident are you in making decisions?

    New research pinpoints the neurons responsible for your choices.

    • Researchers at the University Hospital Bonn linked confidence in decision-making to neurons in the medial temporal lobe.
    • Learned memories appear to instill confidence in many of the decisions you make.
    • The team believes identifying these individual neurons opens up new areas of research moving forward.
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    How we make moral decisions

    In some situations, asking "what if everyone did that?" is a common strategy for judging whether an action is right or wrong.

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    Imagine that one day you're riding the train and decide to hop the turnstile to avoid paying the fare.
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    How does your brain make split second decisions?

    Researchers explore the "complex web of connections" in your brain that allows you to make split second decisions.

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    • Researchers at the University of Colorado discovered the cerebellum's role in split-second decision making.
    • While it was previously thought that the cerebellum was in charge of these decisions, it's been uncovered that it is more like a "complex web of connections" through the brain that goes into how you make choices.
    • If the decision is made within 100 milliseconds (of being presented with the choice), the change of mind will succeed in altering the original course of action.
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