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Truth Labs for Education is a collaboration between Cambridge University, the University of Bristol, and Google Jigsaw. They created a series of short videos designed to help people resist unwanted persuasion online. The videos are rooted in a framework from social psychology called inoculation theory, which posits that by exposing people to a weakened dose of a persuasive argument or technique and pre-emptively refuting it, they develop psychological resistance against future manipulative persuasion attempts.
They created 5 videos, each of which “inoculates” people against a particular manipulation technique or misleading rhetorical device commonly encountered online: ad hominem attacks, using emotional language to evoke fear or outrage, false dichotomies, incoherence, and scapegoating.
VIDEO #1: EMOTIONAL LANGUAGE: Inoculation Science - Videos - Emotional Language
VIDEO #2: INCOHERENCE: Inoculation Science - Videos - Incoherent Arguments
VIDEO #3: FALSE DICHOTOMY: Inoculation Science - Videos - False Dichotomies
VIDEO #4: SCAPEGOATING: Inoculation Science - Videos - Scapegoating
VIDEO #5: AD HOMINEM ATTACKS: Inoculation Science - Videos - Ad-hominem Attacks
This short video from the Stanford History Education Group explains how to use lateral reading to vet online resources and outlines the research behind it. Source: Stanford History Education Group (2020): https://youtu.be/SHNprb2hgzU