Truthiness, Fake News, and Misinformation: How truth comes from the gut and not books

 Location: Acton campus
 Format: Interactive presentation
 Year group: Years 10 -12
 Duration: 60 minutes (flexible)
 Number of students: 20-30
 Availability: Weekdays excluding public holidays. Please contact us for availability throughout the rest of the year. At least 1 months’ notice required
 Cost: No cost

How do people decide whether something is true? How do we know whether we are remembering something correctly? As it turns out, most of the time when we believe something or remember something, we are going with a gut feeling. Dr Eryn Newman will talk about how people come to believe and remember things are true and how our brains can trick us in to believing things that are wrong and sometimes remembering things that never actually happened. Dr Newman will also talk about how we can protect ourselves from fake news and misinformation and whether we should trust an eyewitness.

Dr. Eryn Newman's research and training are in memory and cognition. She earned her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand and from 2012-2015  spent four years at the University of California, Irvine as a Fulbright Scholar and then Postdoc. During this time Dr. Newman studied human memory and forensic science communication/jury decision-making. From 2015-2017 she trained as a Research Associate/Postdoc at the University of Southern California, studying social-cognitive perspectives on assessments of truth and memory. In early 2018 Dr. Newman joined the ANU as a Lecturer in the Research School of Psychology.