The media is an important source of information for the public. From university research findings to scientific journals and conferences, the media directly impacts the decisions of consumers including what they buy, eat and believe in terms of food. As information passes from researchers to press officers to journalists to the public and misinterpretation of messages can take place at any stage, accidentally or deliberately. Simple things like learning how to check sources and understanding some basic scientific concepts can help us identify which information to trust.
In a world flooded with information, distinguishing fact from fiction is crucial, especially when it comes to health. It’s easy to stumble upon articles that claim to be backed by science but actually twist the facts. They may make extravagant promises or single out specific foods, leaving us puzzled about what to believe. This infographic will help you spot fake nutrition information when you’re browsing through the internet or other media outlets, teaching you how to spot credible sources, recognise qualified authors, and avoid falling for too-good-to-be-true claims.
In today’s information age, our ability to make informed decisions is crucial, especially when it comes to nutrition and health. To make sense of the huge amount of information that surrounds us, our brains sometimes make systematic thinking errors – known as cognitive biases. This infographic explores seven common cognitive biases (confirmation bias, health halo effect, negativity bias, bandwagon effect, anchoring bias, false-cause effect, and the Dunning-Kruger effect) and includes tips to help you overcome them so that you can make more informed decisions.
It’s been said that we have arrived at the 'post-fact' era. In this era, people are no longer convinced by lengthy arguments because the foundation of arguments is no longer based in facts but in emotion. This conference looked at how social media can influence public perception, how the post-fact era has influenced science journalism and science, and how different stakeholders could play a part in creating a new ‘fact era’.