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Second round of submissions open for Wessex Branch fake news event

13 June 2018

This year’s Wessex Military Conference will bring together researchers and practitioners to foster an understanding of the psychological impact of misinformation.

It takes place at the Ark Conference Centre, Basingstoke, on 8 November 2018, under the title ‘Misinformation in Defence and Security’.

The conference will consider such questions as:

  • How can we spot social media that is presenting information in a misleading 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?

It will bring together researchers and practitioners to help understand the psychological impact of misinformation and identify areas of good practice for future research.

Two keynote speakers have been announced.

Professor Karen Douglas is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. She studies the psychological processes that explain belief in conspiracy theories, and some of the social, health and environmental consequences of conspiracy theories.

Professor Becky Milne is a Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, specialising in the research of interview strategies and intelligence gathering techniques.

A second round of submissions for the conference has now been announced on these themes:

  • Risk taking
  • Decision making
  • Wellbeing

If you are interested in submitting a workshop, oral presentation or poster, please make your submission via the conference website. Submissions will be accepted until Monday 3 September 2018.

Click here to visit the conference website.


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