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Fake news: people with greater emotional intelligence are better at spotting misinformation

By Tony Anderson, Senior Teaching Fellow in Psychology, University of Strathclyde
David James Robertson, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Strathclyde
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The spread of misinformation – in the form of unsubstantiated rumour and intentionally deceitful propaganda – is nothing new. Even in antiquity, Antony and Cleopatra were were cast as villains through fake news shared by Octavian.

However, the global proliferation of social media, the 24-hour news cycle and consumers’ ravenous desire for news – immediately and in bite-size chunks – means that today, misinformation is more abundant and accessible than ever.

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