Photo by Getty Images. Artwork by Ben Backhouse.

Photo by Getty Images. Artwork by Ben Backhouse.

The truth about truthiness

For psychologists, fake news provides a worrying insight into human cognition, as Tabitha Carvan reports.

Dr Eryn Newman is describing the results of one of her studies of ‘truthiness’ at the ANU Research School of Psychology:  “The really cool thing about this is … ,” she begins, before stopping herself mid-sentence. “No, wait. I should say, it’s the really disturbing thing.”