Pop Press / News / Podcasts


Rand, D. G., & Pennycook, G. (2021). Most People Don’t Actively Seek to Share Fake News. Scientific American. Link
Rand, D. G., & Pennycook, G. (2021). The truth about Donald Trump voters and violence in politics. The Hill. Link
Pennycook, G. (2020). How the COVID-19 crisis exposes widespread climate change hypocrisy. CBC. Link
Pennycook, G. & Rand, D. G. (2020). The Right Way to Fight Fake News. The New York TimesLink
Pennycook, G. & Rand, D. G. (2019). Why Do People Fall for Fake News? The New York TimesLink
Pennycook, G., Martel, C., & Rand, D. G. (2019). Knowing how fake news preys on your emotions can help you spot it. CBCLink
Rand, D.G. & Pennycook, G. (2019). Crowdsourcing is the best weapon in fight against fake news. The HillLink
Barr, N. & Pennycook, G. (2018). The most dangerous and misunderstood threat to humanity is the human mind. QuartzLink [Note: We did not choose this terrible title.]
Cheyne, J.A. & Pennycook, G. (2016). The seductions of pretentious bullshit: An empirical study. Skeptic Magazine, 21, 40-45. PDF
Pennycook, G. (2016). Why bullshit is no laughing matter. Aeon Digital Magazine. Link


2 Psychologists 4 Beers (Michael Inzlicht & Yoel Inbar) / CBC Cross-Country Checkup (Ian Hanomansing) / Data Skeptic #1 (Kyle Polich) / Data Skeptic #2 (Kyle Polich) / On Wisdom (Charles Cassidy & Igor Grossman)Opinion Science (Andy Luttrell) / The Dissenter (Ricardo Lopes) / The Super Awesome Science Show (Jason Tetro) / Talking Green (Michael Norton & Allison Schrager) / Teaching Tolerance (Katy Byron)You Are Not So Smart #1 (David McRaney) / You Are Not So Smart #2 (David McRaney)


New York Times: ‘Belonging Is Stronger Than Facts’: The Age of Misinformation
Global News: What happens to anti-maskers after the pandemic?
Financial Times: What magic teaches us about misinformation
Science News: A few simple tricks make fake news stories stick in the brain
New York Times: The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof
Psychology Today: Think Before You Share!
CBC: Confused wading through all the COVID-19 vaccine info? Here’s help
GizModo: Researchers Have Figured Out a Way to Stop People From Sharing Misinformation
Saskatoon StarPhoenix: Conspiracy theories noticeable and persuasive in Sask., expert says
Forbes: The TikTok Of The Fake News Clock: Thinking Our Way Out Of The Fake News Crisis
Tech Crunch: TikTok to flag and downrank ‘unsubstantiated’ claims fact checkers can’t verify
Forbes: Disinformation Propelled By Social Media And Conspiracy Theories Led To Insurrection
Vox: Platforms are cracking down hard on political misinformation, but it’s still easy to find
Knowable Magazine (Annual Reviews): The enduring allure of conspiracies
APA Monitor on Psychology: Controlling the spread of misinformation
Financial Times: What puzzles and poker teach us about misinformation
FiveThirtyEight: Americans Were Primed To Believe The Current Onslaught Of Disinformation
CBC: Confusing COVID-19 advice is undermining public trust; here’s how to restore it
New Yorker Magazine: Is Russian Meddling as Dangerous as We Think?
New York Times: ‘The Whole of Liberal Democracy Is in Grave Danger at This Moment’
Time Magazine: The Misinformation Age Has Exacerbated—And Been Exacerbated By—the Coronavirus Pandemic
Forbes: Research Shows How To Spot Fake News About Coronavirus
Scientific American: Near Real-Time Studies Look for Behavioral Measures Vital to Stopping Coronavirus
Smithsonian Magazine: How to Avoid Misinformation About COVID-19
FiveThirtyEight: How Bad Is The COVID-19 Misinformation Epidemic?
Globe and Mail: Social-media platforms’ misinformation seawalls aren’t high enough
CBC: The latest on the coronavirus outbreak for May 15
CBC: Mixed messages, frustration with lockdowns fuel some skepticism about pandemic
Science Magazine: Crushing coronavirus means ‘breaking the habits of a lifetime.’ Behavior scientists have some tips
CBC: No, someone wasn’t fined for sharing a car in Yellowknife during the pandemic
CBC: Sask. professor warns against crossing the line with social media shaming
The New York Times: Why Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Flourish. And Why It Matters.
BBC: Why smart people believe coronavirus myths
CNNHere’s how to debunk coronavirus misinformation and conspiracy theories from friends and family
WiredThe Analogy Between Covid-19 and Climate Change Is Eerily Precise
New York MagazineHow Facebook Fact-checking Can Backfire
Wall Street JournalDetecting Fake News Takes Time
The GuardianHow to stop the spread of fake news? Pause for a moment


CBC (The National) / CBC (Politics)CBC (Calgary) / CTV National News Link1 Link2 / CTV News (Kitchener-Waterloo) / CTV News (Regina) Link1 Link2 Link3 / CTV Morning Live (Saskatoon)Global National News / Global News Regina Link 1 Link 2 Link 3 Link4 / Business News Network


August 12/20: Why do people believe what they believe about climate change? (Scholars at Brown for Climate Action)
June 2/20: Fighting misinformation online in the age of COVID-19 (CASOS IDeaS Seminar Series – Carnegie Mellon University)
May 5/20: On the psychology of misperceptions about COVID-19 (Hot Politics Lab – University of Amsterdam)
Feb 19/20: Fake news, political ideology, and climate change (Academics for Climate – University of Regina)
Nov 22/19: Reasoning like good lawyers or bad philosophers? (A Multidisciplinary Look at Knowledge Resistance Workshop – University of Stockholm)

SOME PREVIOUS COVERAGE (maintained for posterity*)

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*I.e., I started doing this a long time ago, when it was a tiny list, and now I can’t bring myself to delete it