“Fake news or not? The effects of perceptual disfluency on truth judgments, memory predictions and actual memory performance for news items”
Miri Besken, Bilkent University
Date: 12 March 2020, Thursday
Place: FEASS MA-Z02
Perceptual fluency is the subjective feeling of ease experienced during the perception of a stimulus. Previous studies have shown that perceptual fluency both affects metacognitive judgments and actual memory performance. These studies have typically used simple materials in the visual modality. Yet, in daily life, most stimuli (news, paragraphs, events) are more complex, transmitted us through auditory modality. This set of studies examined the effects of perceptual disfluency of aurally-presented news items on metacognitive judgments of truth, judgments of learning, as well as actual memory performance. I will specifically focus on how perceptually disfluent news items might make us think that they are less truthful and lead to lower memory performance than perceptually fluent news items.