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Why fake news is so fascinating to the brain

Social media have profoundly changed the ways information is communicated and news can be manipulated by groups, aimed at spreading their opinions rather than scientifically verified data. As a consequence, communication has become more difficult for researchers who had to modify they way they communicate in order to meet the public attention.

During this event, panellists discussed and tried to understand the context in which fake-news develop, the basis for behaviours associated with fake-news and the brain areas and neurotransmitters associated with those behaviours.

This special interest event was organised by the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training at the FENS Forum 2022 (9-13 July 2022, Paris).

Video 2022 Why fake news is so fascinating to the brain
Why is fake news so fascinating to the brain?

Present-day fake news generates an “information disorder” in which news satire, parody, fabrication, manipulation, advertising, and propaganda are blended and denoted using a threefold distinction: (1) misinformation, that is, unintentional incorrect information; (2) disinformation, that is, the deliberate fabrication and/or sharing of false information; (3) mal-information, that is, deliberate publication of true private/sensitive information with change of context (cherry picking).

This EJN Editorial was published following the Special Interest Event organised at FENS Forum 2022 by the FENS Committee for Higher Education and Training (CHET).


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