(STUDY FINDS) -- PRINCETON, N.J. — Dispelling someone’s personal beliefs is always difficult, even if that belief is something that has no basis in science or reality. However, a new study claims to have uncovered the secret to doing away with false beliefs. Researchers at Princeton University say that an individual can be convinced that their belief is wrong by being supplied with facts related to the misinformation.
The researchers came to a number of interesting conclusions after conducting an experimental study on the roots of belief and possible ways to disrupt those beliefs. First, they found that listening to a speaker repeating a belief, based on fact or not, increases the believability of the statement, particularly if the listener already somewhat believes in what is being said. But, if the listener hasn’t committed to particular beliefs surrounding the statement’s subject, hearing correct information can help override myths.
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Here’s an example given by the study’s authors: a policymaker wants to dispel the myth which claims “reading in dim light damages children’s eyes.”