Scientists have found an overlap between people who believe in fake news and religious fundamentalists, dogmatic people and those who harbor deluded ideas.
The new study suggested people who do not employ their open-minded thinking and analytic thinking faculties are more likely to believe false stories. In turn, this could explain why dogmatic people, religious fundamentalists, and those who hold delusion-like ideas (including conspiracy theories and paranormal phenomena according to the authors) are more vulnerable to believing fake news.
Psychologists hope their findings can be used to battle the spread of false information online.
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