Would I misinform you? The psychological impact of misinformation
Ascertaining what is real and what is false has always been a priority in defence and security.
Carl von Clausewitz’s On War was published in 1832 following the Napoleaonic wars and identified a key problem in the ‘uncertainty of all information’.
Similarly, in recent years the civilian world has seen a rise in allegations of ‘fake news’, and the rapid rise of social media has made it increasingly difficult to tell the difference between what is real and what is false, warping perceptions of what is normal and our understanding of the world.
- How can we spot social media that is presenting information in a mis-leading way?
- What are the defence and security challenges in today's information age?
- How can psychological research and practice support the well-being of those facing misinformation?
- What is effect of misinformation on decision making?
- How do we understand risk when we cannot be certain of the information received?
This conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to foster an understanding of the psychological impact of misinformation and identify areas of good psychological practice for future research. Through presentations, poster sessions and workshops we will discuss the psychological impact of misinformation in the following three areas:
- Risk taking
Who is the conference intended for?
Researchers, psychological practitioners, military, clinicians, defence and security professionals, emergency services personnel, and anyone with an interest in risk-taking, decision-making and wellbeing psychology.
Members, non members, students, and related professions in military and emergency services are all welcome.
The Ark Conference Centre
We are pleased to announce 2 of our Keynote Speakers:
- Professor Karen Douglas
- Professor Rebecca Milne
Biographies and abstracts can be found on the registration page.
Learning outcomes and objectives
- Improved understanding of the current research evidence in the area of decision making, risk taking and well being in the area of misinformation
- Improved understanding of practitioner tools and techniques to address misinformation in organisational and clincal settings
- Enhanced networks for researchers and practitioners
2nd Call for Papers
The British Psychological Society has recently approved the proposal for a new Defence and Security Section. To support the launch of this new section the call for abstracts for posters has been extended. Abstract applications are invited on any topic that considers how psychology supports Defence and Security challenges. If you are interested in submitting poster, please make your submission via the online submission system.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Poster presentations will be accepted until 23:59 Sunday 30th September 2018
Poster Prize sponsored by Security Lancaster, Lancaster University
We are delighted to confirm that Security Lancaster, Lancaster University are sponsoring our Poster Presentation.
The first place prize winner will receive £150, the runner up will receive £100. Posters will be judged by an independent panel.
If you would like to be in with a chance of winning one of these prizes, please submit your abstract using the information below.