Jul 17, 2023

Intentions Matter: How Source Intent Influences Perceptions of Truth

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Summary: Psychologists revealed people’s judgments of truthfulness are influenced by what they perceive as the information source’s intentions.

They found that even when individuals knew the factual accuracy of a claim, their judgment of its truth was affected by whether they thought the source was trying to deceive or inform them. This tendency held true for both politicized and non-politicized topics.

This research uncovers a new facet of truth perception, showing that objective accuracy is not the only criterion considered.

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