Cognitive Science on the Spread of False Information

June 3, 2021  • Aspen Digital

Disinfo Discussions: Brendan Nyhan

Dr. Brendan Nyhan is a political scientist and professor of government at Dartmouth College. He spoke with Ryan Merkley, Commission on Information Disorder project director, about the effectiveness of misinformation countermeasures, like fact checks, on the retention of misperceptions, the US elections, platforms and the YouTube algorithm, and more.

This session is part of a series of expert briefings hosted in tandem with our Commission on Information Disorder to help make sense of the various facets of the information crisis. “Disinfo Discussions” is designed as a resource for the commissioners as well as the broader public. To learn more about the Commission, visit, and follow¬†us on Twitter at @AspenDigital.