Acceptance of Climate Disinformation



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What is this project?

Project Mizaru was born out of the realization that among the many angles of climate change research, there is a sufficient lack to date of research on the actual acceptance of disinformation on the climate crisis. The project aims is to create the definitive compendium of scholarly explanations of why climate disinformation is still accepted by large numbers of people, despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary.


Faculty PI: Michael Mosser

Task Team Leader: TBA

Goals for 2023-2024

Student researchers will analyze publications from disciplines such as psychology, where climate change disinformation acceptance might be explained from a cognitive dissonance avoidance / confirmation bias approach. Students will also examine climate change disinformation research from sociology, where scholars examine social pressures or group identity dynamics as driving reasons for disinformation acceptance, as well as from history, political science, and economics


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