Four Thoughts to Start College Off Right

What a great idea. My campus asked faculty and staff on campus to give "micro-lectures" to new students about topics near and dear to our hearts.

My goal was to take the results of our "fake news" study (conducted with my colleague, Dr. Nancy Cheever) and generalize them to misinformation and critical thinking in general. It was a challenge, for sure. We were given only 3 minutes each. But, I was able to do it.

I covered four main points: avoiding confirmation bias, regulating Internet behavior, having a need for cognition, and fostering an anti-fake-news attitude.

Here is a link to a video recording of the speech.

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